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PC Review - 'Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny'
27 June 2010
Summary: Young FBI agent Nicole Bonnet receives a mysterious package. Inside she finds a complicated logical puzzle that appears to be a message from a serial killer. This is just the beginning of an epic duel of minds between Nicole and the ruthless murderer, who leaves playing cards by the bodies of his victims as signature.
Excerpt: City Interactive's Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny is a game whose flaws are not obvious at first glance. The setup is clichéd but workable: an FBI agent named Nicole Bonnet is after a wily serial killer (a questionable and perhaps apposite translation refers to him as a "series killer"), who leaves playing cards on the body of his victims.
Conclusion: In evaluating this game overall, I’m reminded of another adventure I reviewed many years ago, Post Mortem--another dark and serious murder mystery game that hit all the right atmospheric notes but completely fell apart in every element of character interaction. Similarly, Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny shows a lot of promise and intelligence in the areas of storytelling, art direction, and plot development—especially impressive considering the budget price--and if only...
Excerpt: Since 2008, Polish developer City Interactive has been hard at work building up its Art of Murder adventure series. The games in the series blend a somewhat CSI-ish approach with the traditional point-and-click adventure and follow the investigations of sexy FBI agent, Nicole Bonnet.
Summary: A serial killer pulls a young FBI agent into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Tension builds, victims increase, and she is only step behind in the bloody high-stakes game. Can the homicidal mastermind be stopped in time? While these few sentences might describe the next Hollywood blockbuster or New York Times best seller, it’s also the premise for Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny. Does it measure up or fall flat? Neither. It hits somewhere right in the middle.
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23 March 2010
Excerpt: By Louis Bedigian It seems that The Joker, the famed Batman villain who loved to kill with a smile, was ahead of his time. In the latest edition to the Art of Murder series, Federal Agent Nicole Bonnet must track down a serial killer who, like The Joker, appreciates a good tease. He plants clues, selectively and cleverly, that’ll bring the feds – particularly Ms. Bonnet – to the scene just before the crime unfolds.
Excerpt: Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny is the third entry in the Art of Murder series, following in the footsteps of FBI Confidential (2008) and Hunt for the Puppeteer (2009). In all three games you control an FBI agent named Nicole Bonnet. As Cards of Destiny opens up, you’ve just returned home from a vacation, and you discover a package at your apartment.
Excerpt: There used to be a time when adventure games ruled the PC gaming industry. Growing up I gorged myself on Infocom text adventures, and later almost every Sierra or LucasArts adventure game I could get my hands on. With the advent of high-powered graphics cards, adventure games fell out of fashion.
Excerpt: Wie die beiden Jahre zuvor erscheint auch Anfang 2010 ein neues Adventure aus der Reihe Die Kunst des Mordens des polnischen Low-Budget-Entwicklers CITY Interactive. Ob Karten des Schicksals mehr taugt als die Vorgänger? Wir legen die Karten auf den Tisch!
Pros: im Ansatz spannende Geschichte, hilfreiche Hotspot-Funktion, interessante Schauplätze
Cons: Sound und Sprachausgabe mit Schwächen, aufdringliche Musikuntermalung, dämliche Dialoge, teilweise sehr nervige Rätsel