A Case of Distrust
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A well-formed slice of noir mystery, beautifully presented. Some writing issues aside, A Case of Distrust is well worth your time.
The world is more enjoyable than the mystery therein, but the experience is intriguing overall
At three hours long, A Case of Distrust held my attention all the way, but that's not to say it's without imperfections. The main character, I think, lacks the energy of her associates. She's rightly angry about how she was treated as a woman on the force, but her feminism falls somewhere between overly earnest and glib. Despite a strong backstory, she lacks emotional force and presence.
A Case of Distrust is a charming and gripping noir interactive text adventure. Halfway between 80 Days and Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Ben Wander's game tells us about the roaring 20s in a very stylish way. If you can turn a blind eye to some cumbersome mechanics and a couple of trivial choices you'll spend three lovely thrilling hours hanging around San Francisco.
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The Wandering Ben has delivered a riveting crime caper, revelling in the clichés of the period, but not beholden to them. If you enjoy mystery, noir or simply an atmosphere to get lost in for a few hours, A Case of Distrust is essential.
It's very effective at reinforcing the material and committing the facts to memory. The game is a bit too short (the big reveal is never given a chance to really build to its full effect), and I feel it ended a bit abruptly, but after the credits as the events came to a close, I was intrigued by the hint at a later installment. In A Case of Distrust, the verdict is in: guilty of being an enjoyable game.
A pretty good release for the bookworm crowd, A Case of Distrust will keep you entertained, even if it's only for a few hours.
Hopefully Wander is able to focus on getting the story right in his next effort, because there's a ton of potential in A Case of Distrust. So much so that it's worth checking out despite its flaws. Its art style alone could warrant a purchase and coupled with the animation, transitions and music, it has a really great noire feel to it. The story is just OK, but A Case of Distrust is cool and different, and it deserves a look.
All of the parts of A Case of Distrust almost come together for an amazing adventure experience. Unfortunately, the all-important plot is too familiar to be wholly engaging.
A Case of Distrust is a really fun adventure game/visual novel. It has a solid, if telegraphed, mystery and a unique cast of characters. It succeeds in capturing Roaring Twenties San Francisco and the evolving social mores of the interwar period. Its style is captivating, and positively contributes to gameplay. This is a strong recommendation for anyone who loves a good murder mystery.