Slip on some latex gloves and grab your DS
Posted 3 years ago By - Jeff Wimbush
Crime Scene DS puts you in the shoes of a forensic inspector and challenges you to interview witnesses, find clues and ultimately solve crimes. The game does a good job providing you a wide array of evidence gathering gadgets, though lack of replay value and some cheesy minigames can spoil the mood.
The game begins with Matt Simmons’ first day on the job of the police forensics team. You’ll have to help him prove his worth to superiors while learning the ins and outs of being a crime scene investigator. Primarily, the game involves discovering, collecting and analysing evidence.
Once an area of interest has been located, the camera zooms in to allow the player to collect evidence. Between swabbing for fluids, lifting fingerprints, taking material samples and small objects, there’s a wide variety of evidence gathering and it all works well. Each type of evidence requires the player to perform a delicate manoeuvre with the stylus, for example being careful not to break their swab when taking a fluid sample.
After collecting the evidence, players can take it to the lab for closer examination. This part of the investigation involves minigames like comparing bullets, matching fingerprints and analysing blood samples. Most of these minigames work well but not all of them. Analyzing blood, for example, involves destroying all the unwanted blood cells with a laser. When you have several blood samples to analyze, it can get pretty tedious. This problem could have been fixed if there were just a few less blood cells to deal with.
At every stage in the investigation, your performance is monitored by a “credibility gauge”. Every time you make a mistake or ask for help, the gauge is drained a little. Your score at the end of a chapter is based on how much credibility you have left and whether or not you run out before the level ends.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics in Crime Scene are quite simplistic, but that doesn’t mean they look bad. As a crime scene investigator, you primarily deal with inanimate crime scenes or evidence, so the backgrounds and objects you’re dealing with are static images. The same style is used during dialogue sequences, however, with several static images for each character which allows them to change expressions. The only time anything really moves in the game is when you are using tools with your stylus, like a pair of tweezers to remove a bullet from a wall. Though simplistic, the artistic style is good looking, with well drawn crime scenes and characters. Some scenes are so well done it actually feel pretty creepy.
Sound effects are pretty stock and the music is a little boring, often just a simple beat to set the mood.
Crime Scene DS does a great job immersing you in the world of forensics. It’s fun to do all the stuff you’ve seen in cop shows and movies and it’s also very creepy at times. If collecting evidence, investigating and playing a cop appeals to you, give this game a try. Though the replay value is dubious, it doesn’t really matter. The game is long enough and fun enough it could be worth it, even if you only play it once.
+ Fun and creepy
+ Decent length
- Not much replay value
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Release Date : 2010/02/16
System : Nintendo DS
Publisher : South Peak Interactive
Developer : White Birds Productions
Category : Puzzle
ESRB : M
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