Blue Toad Murder Files: A Touch of Mystery
One part puzzle solving, one part snarky story, and one part riddles, Relentless Software's Blue Toad Murder Files: A Touch of Mystery is what you would get if you combined the Professor Layton series with You Don't Know Jack. Sounds like strange bedfellows for sure, but Blue Toad's wild narration and sense of humor keep the whodunit theme light and enjoyable while popping you from one mystery to the next. All without a single reference to Murder, She Wrote!
Your mother has sent you to the quaint town of Little Riddle for some respite after you solved a particularly brutal case, knowing your detective skills could use a bit of a recharge. What better place to relax than a town with cows and streams and teashops and a mayor who gets murdered right in front of your face? Oh, wait, that last bit's not exactly good is it? Looks like it's time to put on your sleuthing hat after all.
Blue Toad Murder Files: A Touch of Mystery plays out as a series of puzzles interspersed with cutscenes that drive the story forward. Once the investigation begins, you'll head out to question suspects, each with their own motive and personality quirk (or two). After listening to their story you'll decipher a riddle, usually something involving a quick bit of wordplay or a classic mini-game like Towers of Hanoi. Afterwards you'll receive a ribbon based on how quickly you solved the puzzle, then it's on to the next bit of detective work!
This is only the beginning, however. Blue Toad Murder Files is packed with six episodes to complete, which should be plenty to keep you chuckling and solving for several days. And with its lovely artwork, smart puzzles and fantastic voice acting, you won't want to stop until you reach the end.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad 3. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.