Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill |
If I had to describe Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill in as few words as possible it would be that catching a serial killer has never been so much fun. Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill, sequel to The Hand that Feeds, is a hidden object game that feels more on par with some of my favorite adventure detective games like CSI and Sherlock Holmes. The story follows Detectives Cathy Turino and Brody Lamonte as they are drawn into a dangerous race to protect brides in New York from falling to the hands of the serial killer known only as the Engagement Killer.
This tough and rather clever detective duo must collect clues, question people and solve puzzles across six chapters. The core fundamental gameplay that gets you though the story is very much that of the hidden object genre. As you make you're way through the story you'll need to find objects such as bolt cutters and ingredients to make plaster casts. You even get to mess with electronics as you lay a trap for the Killer in hopes that you might capture him, although none of that is possible without a little hard work from your part.
In each of the scenes there are a few key search locations that you return to often to hunt for tools to help you solve roadblocks like one of my favorites at the log cabin. Most of the search zones are static screens but the cabin contains a really cool search in the form of a dresser. Players must click on the drawers to open and close each one while they are searching for the listed objects at the bottom of the screen. Its a nice change from the mostly static search spots though the game is far from completely static.
There are a few puzzle segments that have you trying to stop potential suspects from fleeing the scene by tricking them in a trap by paying attention to the patterns. Adventure fans and puzzle solvers may also enjoy the several locking slider puzzles and lockboxes that you will encounter along the way. The puzzle work can be skipped if they prove too difficult, though I had little trouble with most of them. I will say that you have to be really to be open-minded when looking for some objects. For example, I spent a bit of time searching for a horse in one area only to find out that a seahorse counted towards it. This is a running theme in the hidden object genre though. There is a hint system on a recharge timer if you really get stuck and need a clue.
Searching for the items in Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill is fairly easy thanks to pretty sharp visuals on the PC. There are plenty of visual effects to make this adventure come to life as you see bushes sway in the wind, people moving on screen and water effects. The story is presented nicely in comic book style panels that are accompanied by pretty decent voice acting. As this story features murder at its core its probably not ideal for the young ones but the visuals are done in good taste.
The one thing that I absolutely loved more than the gameplay is the score for Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill. Some of the music heard while searching is calm and pleasant to listen to and the little sound effects while at each location add a sense of realism to the game. The music that really blew me away and sent chills up my spine is the wonderfully created opening theme song. It's so good that I ended up recording it on my phone just to listen to it. Seriously, I would PAY money to get it in mp3 form. This same song can be heard in the later chapters as the stakes get higher and the detectives are closing in on their perp.
Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill is pretty much a one shot deal for most players as there is no option to replay chapters. You can setup multiple profiles so that you can let others play without messing up your game session. It took me about 8 hours to get through Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill with some trail and error on a few puzzles. I'm usually not a huge fan of the hidden object genre, but this is easily one of my new favorites now, thanks to the fact that I felt like I was playing a true adventure title most of the time. I absolutely recommend purchasing Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill for PC today.