Agatha Christie: Peril at End House (PC)

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, February 11, 2008

Graphics: 8.75
Sound: 7.00
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 8.00

Oberon Games has been one of the more exciting casual games publishers in recent months, putting out a number of great puzzle titles recently. Their latest is the second Agatha Christie branded game, Peril at End House. Continuing the successful seek and find gameplay of the first and giving players an all new case to solve, this latest release in the series has enough new elements to bring players of the original title back while still containing more than enough to attract newcomers as well.

Gamers are once again cast as Hercule Peroit as he investigates End House, an isolated estate. After the inhabitant of the estate, Nick Buckley, has three close calls with death in one day Peroit decides to investigate who is attempting to murder her and why. Oberon Games has kept the storyline of Peril at End House close to the original novel, so fans will find a lot of familiar elements within the game. And though there is no voice acting, the story is told through beautifully animated comic book esque story panels.

Agatha Christie: Peril at End House is a seek and find game, meaning that every particular room that the investigator is tasked with searching for specific items that will help give clues to who is trying to kill Ms. Buckley. Though this may sound easy enough, the developers have made sure that certain items are very well hidden in each area. In addition to this, each room also features a puzzle within the seek and find (such as finding five flowers and putting them in a vase for example) to throw in a little variety. Combine that with other minigames that add additional puzzles and you have a title that is both addictive and packed with a variety of things to do. And though gamers may be under a time limit (with time deducted from just randomly clicking), it never feels as though the title rushes you.

The developers have made the graphics fit the time period that the game is set in very well. Objects are authentic for their time, and the backgrounds are gorgeous. There is an astounding amount of detail packed into every room, meaning that gamers will have to look at every little thing in order to find the objects they need to progress. Though some of the locales repeat throughout the course of the game, everything looks good enough that players likely won’t mind. As for the sound, it is very minimal and there is one or two background songs with a few sound effects here and there. However, seeing as players will need to concentrate it is good that the sound is very sparse.

Agatha Christie: Peril at End House is another strong casual game from Oberon Games and a strong second entry into what will hopefully become a long running series for the publisher. Thanks to an intriguing story and addictive gameplay (made fresh to veterans thanks to additional minigames), this is definitely a title that many will be able to appreciate. And even if this type of game isn’t what one would traditionally expect from the license (Agatha Christie’s works are also featured in some point and click adventure games from The Adventure Company), Peril at End House demonstrates just how well this style works.

Overall Rating: 8.75

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