Summary: In Evil Under the Sun, famous detective Hercule Poirot is back in typical style, turning up at just the right time to begin an investigation into the murder of a famous actress during what should have been the start of a relaxing holiday.
Excerpt: Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun is a third person point-and-click adventure game based on the novel of the same name. It is the third title in the officially licensed Agatha Christie series from The Adventure Company by game designer Lee Sheldon. This time, the storyline involves the retelling of a murder case by Hercule Poirot to his friend Arthur Hastings on the killing of a stage star named Arlena Stuart and how he has solved the case by interviewing suspects and...
Excerpt: The opening sequence of Evil Under the Sun sets up an unusual premise. Famed fictional detective Hercule Poirot sits in his office relating the story of an earlier case to his Watson-like colleague Hastings. Rather than simply telling the story, Poirot presents it as an interactive intellectual exercise for Hastings. Poirot walks Hastings through the case and answers all of Hastings' questions as Hastings attempts to solve the case himself.
Excerpt: Agatha Christie was a mystery-writing machine. Over the course of a career that stretched some 50 years, she pretty much created the modern whodunit genre through over 80 detective novels and the creation of two famous sleuths in Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. So you expect good things from Evil Under the Sun, the third in a growing series of adventure-game adaptations of the author's best works.
Pros: Great visuals and voice acting bring the 1940 setting to life, Features all of the memorable characters from Christie's great novel
Cons: Completely rewrites the original story, Detective work replaced by mundane scavenger hunting, Pace is weighed down by endless backtracking and endless conversations
Conclusion: I haven't read the original novel the game was based on, but once you strip out the Hastings narrative device, the actual storyline is a good one, and I will definitely be tracking down a copy of the book. But as for the game, it's a hard recommendation to make. It's too easy and too tedious for seasoned adventure gamers, but I'm afraid that the large amount of backtracking will put off novice gamers as well.
Excerpt: Agatha Christie: Evil under the Sun is the third Agatha Christie adventure from Florida-based developer AWE Games. The prelude for the game starts out months after one of Hercule Poirot’s cases, with Poirot talking to his friend Hastings. The year is 1940, with World War II just getting into full swing, and when air raid sirens start going off, Poirot and Hastings decide to spend the evening discussing that earlier case, with Poirot describing the events and Hastings...
Excerpt: Not very many gamers are going to be able to wrap their heads around this one.
Pros: • It’s Hercule Poirot! Much love for the egotistical Belgian detective., • Different storyline than the book means Agatha Christie fans will love the new twists., • Really makes the player think.
Cons: • The graphics look great… until they’re on anything bigger than 1024x768., • It’s hard not to become very tired of the way Poirot moves., • Occasional moments of being stumped by the game, not the detective story, will leave some very frustrated.
PC Preview - 'Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun'
10 October 2007
Summary: In Evil Under the Sun famous detective Hercule Poirot is back in typical style, turning up at just the right time to begin an investigation into the murder of a famous actress during what should have been the start of a relaxing holiday.