Excerpt: Cate West The Vanishing Files is another I Spy kind of video game on the Wii. There have been a rash of these in the last twelve months. Finding a list of items, and telling the differences between two pictures keeps the mind active. The zoom in feature with the magnifying glass may be the best way to search for hidden images. Cate West helps the police solve crimes thanks to her special psychic abilities.
Find hidden and missing items in creepy crime scenes.
Common Sense Media
10 July 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this game has a slightly eerie tone that could frighten younger children. The environments - static images with objects hidden in them - are sometimes creepy crime scenes. The game also discusses murder, arson, and assault in dialogue scenes, though none of these crimes are graphically shown. Overall, this fun hidden object game is as appropriate as most mystery fiction aimed at the target age.
Summary: Help Cate West unravel a citywide mystery that has paralyzed the community. The answers are in the palm of your hands as you seek, search and discover with the Wiimote. Help Cate compile evidence, track down hideouts, and discover the link between these crimes and an unsolved mystery from her past!
Excerpt: Name: Cate West: The Vanishing Files – Wii Genre: Seek and Find Platform: Wii, PC (Reviewed on Wii) The seek and find genre is not one that many gamers would consider giving a chance, but it has definitely found a casual audience on the PC and consoles. The latest offering in the “find a bunch of random items loosely tied to a story” category is Cate West: The Vanishing Files , a PC game ported to the Wii.
Summary: In Cate West: The Vanishing Files, you play as the titular heroine who uses her mysterious psychic mojo to help the local police with a strange criminal investigation. You do this by looking at scenes that are immensely cluttered with a bizarre variety of junk and picking out a few select items; it's a hidden-object game.
Pros: Substantial amount of content, A few neat variations on the hidden-object theme, Discount price
Cons: Feeble storytelling, Repetitive structure, One particularly bad variation, Some visual hitches, Drab character models
Excerpt: Mit einem Puzzle-Spiel rund um die übersinnlich begabte Krimiautorin Cate West möchte Entwickler Gamenauts für Spaß und Spannung auf Nintendos DS und Wii sorgen. Richtig Freude dürften mit "Cate West: The Vanishing Files" aber im Endeffekt nur geduldige Naturen mit Adleraugen haben.