Recently I visited Relentless Studios in Brighton to go hands on with Blue Toad Murder Files, which of course is released today for free on the Playstation Network. I haven’t been able to write about this until now due to the embargo, so I’m finally pleased to be able to reveal what I have seen of the game.
Blue Toad Murder Files Episode 3 (or maybe that should be episode free) takes the same guise as the previous two episodes, in that most of the gameplay is assigned to solving puzzles and answering questions, while inbetween the narrator will describe how you are feeling about the case so far and also tell you who you should be questioning next. Throughout the game you will question suspects, which will then lead to you having to solve these puzzles.
The main difference between Episode 3: The Mystery of the Concealing Flame and the others is that the difficulty has been ramped up a stage, there seems to be a lot more mathematical questions to have your brain in a twist and what’s even more difficult is choosing the culprit at the end, I have to say me and the two other press members I was playing with got that one wrong.
It has to be said that for the total price of zero, Blue Toad Murder Files Episode 3 is going to be one of the best presented titles you will ever have seen, the polish, quality of voice acting and overall gameplay is outstanding, so much so that I would definitely have paid for this title.
When I asked the developer about the decision to make this episode available for free I was told that they “took the decision to make the third game available for free” and the representative hoped that you will agree that three high quality titles for £9.99 is well worth the asking price. “I mean if you compare the value of these titles to something else you may do with your family such as watching a movie or playing a board game I’m sure you will agree that it is very good value”, he said.
My only reservation with this game and also the previous episodes was that the culprit always stays the same, therefore making replayability an issue, but then you can hardly complain about that when you are receiving something for nothing.