Saturday, 8 January 2011

Detective Games for PC and Mac - Agatha Christie Games List

Agatha Christie PC Detective Games
This post is all about detective games for PC and Mac that have been created from Agatha Christie's excellent stories, featuring her most popular sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. There are currently 7 Christie detective PC games for download online.
All use Christie's bestselling crime novels as a basis for the games, some stick very closely to the original storyline whilst some use just the basic plot line then can deviate quite substantially from the books.
So even if you have read the original books, there is still some suspense and surprises in these games for Agatha Christie fans to play! I've included my own review and ratings in this list of mystery PC games based on Agatha Christie's novels.


If you want to play Agatha Christie video games on other consoles, there are versions of the some of the games in the list below available for the Wii, plus you can also play the ABC murders on Nintendo DS - available on Amazon: Agatha Christie Games on Nintendo Wii and DS

Agatha Christie - Evil Under the Sun
* Game genre: adventure, puzzle
* Downloads available online: Full version PC
* Plot: Journey to Seadrift Island, circa 1940, where a strange chain of unconnected events has led to the murder of a famous actress. Now, Detective Hercule Poirot is on the case, scouring the dark and clouded relationships of the island's inhabitants. Carving deeper into the heart of the mystery, Poirot uncovers the truth behind ancestral ghosts and macabre cultists. Can he unravel the enigma before the killer gets away?

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Best Detective PC Games - Evil under the Sun screenshot
* My review: For me this is the best detective PC games version of Agatha Christie's stories. It thoroughly encapsulated the look and feel of the original story, with beautiful graphics (see screenshot above of the Art Deco bar of the island's hotel). You play the part of Captain Hastings and assist Poirot in the investigation of the murder mystery. Even if you are not familiar with the story, there are plenty of cut-scenes to fill in the background to the story. For those of you who prefer mystery hidden object games, you may find this detective game a little long-winded as you end up having to do alot of walking to and fro as you collect clues and interrogate quite alot of suspects. But if you like mystery adventures this will be right up your street, as there is hours of gameplay and plenty to investigate on the island and nearby locations.
* My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
* For full version download for PC visit: Agatha Christie game - Evil Under the Sun

Agatha Christie - Death on the Nile
* Game genre: hidden object, puzzle
* Downloads available online: Free demo/full version PC/Mac
* Plot: Hercule Poirot investigates a thrilling murder mystery and must find hidden clues, interrogate suspects, and much more in Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile. Uncover clues and evidence directly tied to the story. When you have enough evidence, question the passengers in the salon and discover the identity of the real murderer!
* For further details of the game, see my previous post: Agatha Christies Poirot Game - Death on the Nile Review.
* My review: This is a very good mystery hidden object game. With good graphics, interesting characters, plenty of hidden object games and a faithful PC game production of this famous murder mystery story. Very enjoyable!
* My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
* For free demo/full version download for PC / Mac visit: Agatha Christie game - Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie - Peril at End House
* Game genre: hidden object, puzzle
* Downloads available online: Free demo/full version PC/Mac
* Plot: Hercule Poirot and his faithful companion Hastings are challenged to another thrilling murder mystery. Set on the beautiful Cornish coast, there has always been an air of evil at End House and with three attempts on our heroine Nick Buckley's life in as many days, it is up to the famous Poirot to unravel the mystery before it's too late.
* For further details of the game, see my previous post: Agatha Christies Poirot Game - Peril at End House Review.
* My review: Sticks closely to the story, beautifully illustrated HOG scenes, and some reasonably challenging puzzles.
* My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
* For free demo/full version download for PC/Mac visit: Agatha Christie game - Peril at End House

Agatha Christie - 4:50 from Paddington
* Game genre: hidden object, puzzle
* Downloads available online: Free demo/full version PC
* Plot: While travelling through the English countryside, Elspeth McGillicuddy witnesses a frightful event through the window of a passing train: murder! With little evidence, no one will believe her. No one, that is, except her good friend, and amateur detective, Miss Jane Marple. Join the celebrated sleuth on a Hidden Object hunt for the truth about what Mrs. Gillicuddy saw that fateful night in Agatha Christie 4:50 from Paddington!
* For further details of the game, see my previous post: Agatha Christies Miss Marple Game - 4.50 from Paddington Review.
* My review: Another good mystery hidden object game based on another of Christie's bestsellers.
* My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
* For free demo/full version download for PC visit: Agatha Christie game - 4:50 from Paddington

Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None
* Game genre: puzzle, adventure
* Downloads available online: Full version for PC
* Plot: 10 strangers are invited to an exclusive house on an isolated island. Through a recording, their mysterious host accuses each of his 'guests' of murder and proceeds to exact 'justice'. Tension mounts as, one-by-one, the number of people are reduced through the ingenious plotting of the unseen killer. With new twists-and-turns to the original story, plus a brand new character. 2nd Runner-Up Best Adventure Game of 2007
* My review: If you've read this story or watched the black & white film version, you'll remember the spine-chilling atmosphere of this story. And this game manages to evoke that same tension, however the gameplay is a little confusing and could have been better. But the puzzles are good and there are a number of alternate endings, so if you are a fan of Christie, you may like to try this if only for the eerie atmosphere of being on an isolated island, with a persistent storm preventing your escape whilst one by one each of the guests are murdered!
* My rating: ★ ★ ★
* For full version download for PC visit: Agatha Christie game - And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie - Dead Man's Folly
* Game genre: hidden object, puzzle
* Downloads available online: Free demo/full version PC
* Plot: As a guest at the beautiful Nasse House, you are invited to take part in a thrilling mock-murder game. While visitors follow clues to find the killer, those in charge find themselves with a rising sense of uncertainty. Join famed detective Hercule Poirot as you discover that this charade could be the perfect disguise for a despicable scheme! Find hidden clues, decode messages and solve puzzles to unravel a story of deception, secrets and a fatal end in Agatha Christie: Dead Man’s Folly.
* For further details of the game, see my previous post: Agatha Christies Poirot Game - Dead Man's Folly Review.
* My review: Quite a good hidden object game, but not as good as other the HO mystery games mentioned above.
* My rating: ★ ★ ★
* For free demo/full version download for PC visit: Agatha Christie game - Dead Man's Folly

Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express
* Game genre: adventure, puzzle
* Downloads available online: Full version PC
* Plot: Climb aboard the luxurious train and become part of the famous murder mystery as you play the video game adaptation of Agatha Christies Murder on the Orient Express. An avalanche traps the train in the remote Yugoslavian mountains, and a rather unsavoury passenger is murdered in his sleep. Track down a savage killer by gathering clues, with tips from detective Hercule Poirot whose voice-over is performed by award-winning talent David Suchet, in Agatha Christies Murder on the Orient Express.
* My review: This is probably Christie's most famous story. And the game does well in recreating 'closed-room' feeling of being trapped in the snow on a luxury train with a murderer possibly still in the vicinity! However, the traipsing up and down on the train to collect clues, to use your inventory items solving puzzles and to interview suspects can become a litte tedious. But alternate endings and the new character that you play who takes on the investigation because Poirot is unable to, makes this still quite a good game for fans of this murder mystery adventure.
* My rating: ★ ★ ★
* For full version download for PC visit: Agatha Christie game - Murder on the Orient Express

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