The Trace – Investigating The Room On iOS

4.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Design: 4.5/5
Duration: 4.5/5




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A murder has been committed, and you’re on the case in the new iOS game The Trace: Murder Mystery Game. It’s a 3D puzzle adventure that requires you to investigate a crime scene, and uncover clues by solving puzzles. The Trace begins with a murder at an auto body business, and it’s the owner who has been killed. It’s up to you to solve the case by uncovering clues, piecing together evidence, and solving various puzzles.
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What really makes The Trace stand out is the deluxe interactive 3D environments that you’re presented with. There’s the obvious connection to CSI, but the touch interaction in the 3D world is most representative of The Room. Not only do you get to discover evidence, but you get to use hacksaws, wrenches, and screwdrivers with tactical interaction, all in an attempt to access new potential clues. The Trace is all about figuring out how everything in the crime scene fits together, because it all does. It’s great to discover the connection, and it always seems that each new discovery sends you on to another part of the environment to keep you constantly engaged, and immersed in the murder mystery.

The Trace also does a great job of giving you puzzles on both a micro and macro scale as you need to find a particular piece of evidence, and then see how it fits within the web of the overarching mystery. As you continue through the game, you gain access to new crime scenes and new investigative abilities to make you feel like you’re truly performing some crime scene investigation. The only real hindrance to the experience is a lack of a hint system, but you probably won’t be completely stumped too often based on the accompanying text that appears when you tap on various objects. Also, it would be nice to have some voice acting instead of just text dialogue, but that feels just like an extra to such a well made game.

The Trace: Murder Mystery Game ($4.99, Universal) is a well thought out and crafted iOs experience that is a must have for your iOS device.

$4.99, Universal



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