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Game Review   2009-04-13

 

Detective_AgencyDetective Agency - Search It Out

 

Detective Agency is a new hidden object release from Far Mills Game Studios and GFI. In Detective Agency, James is a private eye whose "daily proceedings revision" is interrupted by a call from his pal Bill at the "Editorial" who gives him a lead on a theft that's just been committed. He decides to "turn to this case."

 

 

In between levels you'll play a variety of mini-games, all of which are enjoyable though standard variations on familiar themes (connect the electrical tubes to close the circuit, match pairs of cards, decipher the secret message, and so on).

 

Detective_AgencyThe story itself is a maddening series of visits to various buildings where no one will help you until you perform a mundane task for them first, like fixing a radio, turning on the lights, or – the most absurd – putting a man's pearl necklace back together.

 

And then inevitably they just tell you that they can't help you anyway, and to try a different location instead.

 

The levels aren't timed, but too much random clicking will result in your cursor being frozen for a few seconds. There are ample hints to be had, which are replenished by finding and clicking on tiny magnifying glasses hidden in the scenes.

 

Detective_AgencyUnfortunately, the hint system itself is annoying. Instead of just highlighting an item, you have to move a magnifying glass around the screen while it clicks and flashes confusingly until it suddenly begins beeping very quickly to signify that you're close to an item.

 

You have to find items either from a list or by silhouette, with the odd spot-the-difference challenge thrown in for good measure. The silhouette puzzles are far easier to deal with, since many of the items have been mis-labelled or are simply too vague.

 

Does "hat" refer to the beanie or the fedora? And "piece" could refer to half the objects in the scene. A "cell" is actually a birdcage, a "plate" is actually a bowl of rice, and "map" looks more like a paying card.

 

Detective Agency is another one of those games that could have used more guidance and localization before it was released to the general public.

 


 

 

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William  2012-10-10 23:54:41
I think it is both gender and age that older women can get away with tnhigs almost in broad daylight that men or perhaps younger women cannot. It is also the way that they prey on people--not in the typical fashion but more behind the scenes with people who no one really cares about (i.e. the elderly, men, homeless). The media has little frame of reference for these crimes--especially those that involve serial killers. Believe it or not--women make up 17% of serial killers but no one counts them because we do not perceive them as frightening characters like Jack the Ripper. There are some female killers who dress older to look like little old ladies so they can get away with more right under people's noses. Why? Because no one bothers to think they are guilty. Even when female predators are caught--people respond to them with curiousity rather than fear.Chris Key Says: In my opinion, part of the problem is derived from the chivalrous nature of the sex-obsessed men from the 1960's, as they're the demographic who are intent on pampering women on a perpetual basis, and they're responsible for lauding and rewarding the women who commit horrific acts of malice against men.The sex-maniacs from the 1960's were the promiscuous decadents who thought that the implementation of feminism would allow men to gain a perpetual amount of free-sex, so they supported it and allowed the feminazi-socialists to introduce a variety of draconian laws that subjugated men.The sex-maniacs from the 1960's are the insane men who think their daughters are precious little angels, and they let them commit horrific acts with impunity and try to blame it on everyone else. They are intentionally rude and callous to any boy that their daughter brings home, and try to enforce him to pamper their 'little princesses' and expect him to be *grateful*.It is that very attitude that is passed on down from fathers to daughters that causes women to think they're superior little princesses who have the right to commit any type of act that they want and gain impunity in the process. Those type of women tend to develop into the neurotic feminazi's who wish to *magnetically attract* a husband who will pamper them in the manner that they have become accustomed to living due to their father's behaviour, and when such a person does not arrive on their doorsteps, they throw a tantrum, claim 'all men are pigs' and they talk about how they wish to castrate all men.Those type of women are likely to watch the insane feminazi programs such as *Desperate Housewives* and *Oprah* and the feminazi gossip channels in order to hear about the malevolent shrews who marry men for their money and then file for divorce so they can obtain thousands of dollars per month in spousal support. These women literally develop an orgasm at the thought of a woman being able to use the anti-male law system to her advantage.
 

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