James Patterson Women’s Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey
March 12, 2009
OS: Windows XP/Vista
CPU: 1.0 GHz or faster Processor
RAM: 128 MB
Hard Drive: 120 MB
Follow Detective Lindsay Boxer’s investigation of the death of a young student at a military academy by searching the hidden objects.
James Patterson Women’s Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey review
The Women’s Murder Club: Darker Shade of Grey is the 2nd game in the Women’s Murder Club series. This time you will investigate the death of a young student, which looks like an accident at first. The student has fallen from a cliff during jogging, but as Lindsay with the help of medical examiner Claire and reporter Cindy investigates the case further, the death doesn’t seem as an accident anymore. You play for each of those 3 characters in the game during different scenes.
The Darker Shade of Grey is a brilliant game, which clearly stands out from the rest of the average hidden object games. The hidden objects part of the game is nothing really unusual, but it’s done very well. All the objects you encounter fit the scene and the story well. The storyline is great and you will be eager to learn the next part of the storyline with each scene. The hidden object parts and the puzzle parts all fit the storyline nicely and you won’t feel detached from the story during the mini-games.
While the hidden objects part is neatly done, it doesn’t introduce anything new to the genre. But the game features a lot of the mini-games besides the main hidden objects part, and that’s where Women’s Murder Club: Darker Shade of Grey really shines! The puzzles are very creative, and may be a good game on their own: translating the messages in Morse Code, deducing newspaper filing system to name a few. If you do not like any particular puzzle though, the game doesn’t force it – you may just skip any puzzle.
The hints system is good. You’re given 5 hints per chapter and unused hints carry over to the next chapter, which should be enough in most cases.
The Darker Shade of Grey does have a few minor drawbacks, but they don’t really take away from the game. The most noticeable is the inability to quickly skip over the cutscenes text. The text is introduced at a rather slow rate during cutscenes, and most of the time you’ll find yourself frustrated with this slow rate and you can’t skip it.
Conclusions: James Patterson Women’s Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey is an awesome, fresh and unique hidden object game, recommended to play for everybody! The game features a great and well-thought out storyline, very decent and clear hidden object part, and unique and imaginative mini-games. There are just a few drawbacks in the game, and they are just minor things, which do not subtract from an otherwise great game.