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James Noir's Hollywood Crimes

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Review: James Noir's Hollywood Crimes (Nintendo 3DS)

Diehard GameFAN
21 March 2012
  • Summary: James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes is not only a good game, but it’s one of the best exclusives for the Nintendo 3DS this year. With over 140 puzzles to encounter, the ability to pick and choose what puzzles you do in story mode and the chance to unlock extra optional puzzles for fun make this game a lot of fun.
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Intriguing puzzle-based whodunit with mild violence.

Common Sense Media
15 March 2012
  • Summary: Parents need to know that James Noir's Hollywood Crimes is a puzzle-solving game wrapped around a whodunit mystery. The game has occasional rough language and features some mild of violence, such as a body hanging from a noose and a character getting knocked out, but it is no more violent than a movie from the 1960s. The focus is on solving brainteasers, not action.
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Overall 6

James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes 3D

2 March 2012
  • Conclusion: It can be tough to be too critical of a game that’s available at a low price and offers enough content to warrant the price tag, but at the same time it’s a game that falls notably short of its own potential. Hollywood Crimes is not without a sense of charm and may well appeal to budding super sleuths, or anyone who’d rather sit with the stylus and a good brain teaser than take on epic adventure or blow things up.
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James Noir's Hollywood Crimes 3D (Nintendo 3DS) Review

27 February 2012
Overall 6

James Noirs Hollywood Crimes Review

17 January 2012
  • Summary: " James Noir's Hollywood Crimes " is hugely underwhelming. In its favour it does offer a range of reasonably good puzzles, but everything in between them feels tacky and laughable. I suppose if all you want are some new mindbenders to pass the time James Noir’s 140 could be enough of a draw, but you will have to ignore the dull plot.
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Overall 5

James Noir's Hollywood Crimes

Auracore MediaWorks
16 January 2012
  • Summary: Hollywood used to be a little more interesting than this.
  • Pros: Lots of puzzles to play through.
  • Cons: Too much repetition in puzzles; slow-paced story; lack of interesting puzzles.
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Overall 6

James Noirs Hollywood Crimes 3D (3DS) Review

12 December 2011
  • Excerpt: There’s always going to be that one game that was announced alongside a console, but missed the launch window only to be quietly released many months later.
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James Noir's Hollywood Crimes 3D

7 December 2011
  • Excerpt: Why would you buy this? It’s a puzzle! Ultimately, James Noir’s Convoluted Title 3D makes for a largely..
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3DS Review: James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes

Video Games Reloaded
6 December 2011

James Noir's Hollywood Crimes Review

29 November 2011
  • Excerpt: Hollywood of the 1960s might not scream "3D-optimized puzzles," but that doesn't mean the two can't go hand in hand. James Noir's Hollywood Crimes knows this is the case. As a contestant on fictional quiz show Incredible Puzzle Masters, you're naturally the best choice to help the FBI with its investigation into a serial killer who leaves puzzles at every crime scene. Not only are you the best choice, but the victims are also past champions of the show. Puzzling.
  • Pros: Puzzles are fun and rewarding, Quirky, unique atmosphere, Makes good use of the tech
  • Cons: Repetition of puzzle types, Occasional typos in the text, Main game is short
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