Percentile Rank

Murder by Numbers is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 31 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 31 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Mar 5, 2020

Shades of Picross and Phoenix Wright blend together in this unlikely but utterly lovable genre mash-up.

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GameOctane
B
B
Apr 1, 2020

Murder by Numbers was a fun game for me to play. It was a nice change of pace to a lot of the current games and the puzzle aspect got my brain working well towards the end of the game. I would definitely recommend Murder by Numbers to puzzle, point and click, and visual novel fans. Take a break and enjoy something different!

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 10, 2020

While both aspects of Murder By Numbers are pretty good, neither of them are given enough space to really breathe.

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GameSpace
Unscored
GameSpace

Top Critic

Unscored
Mar 23, 2020

Filled with quirky 90s cheese, engaging characters, and some fantastic animation, Murder by numbers is the sort of case file that goes above and beyond the line of duty.

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Scored Reviews

Nintendo Times
10 / 10
10 / 10
Mar 5, 2020

OUTSTANDING - Murder By Numbers combines Picross puzzle solving with graphic novel gameplay and completely nails the experience thanks to its hilarious writing, endearing characters, awesome visuals, and stellar soundtrack. Fans of either genre should fall in love with this game, and newcomers will find a game that’s approachable and addicting.

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NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2020

I'm pleased to not be let down by my cascading hype as it turns out that Mediatonic has a firm grasp on the distinctive appeal of Ace Attorney's world and characters, putting together a flashy and bright '90s world that wouldn't feel out of place if it was actually across town from Phoenix and the gang. Throw in the well-executed Picross puzzles and you have yourself one of the best surprises of 2020. Here's hoping we can see more of this enjoyable cast of characters and welcome visual novel twist.

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Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 10, 2020

Murder By Numbers puts you into the heart of a detective drama with fun characters to hook you into the story and puzzles that give your brain a decent workout.

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GameSpew
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2020

Whether you’re a fan of Picross, or whether you enjoy a good murder mystery, I can’t recommend Murder By Numbers enough.

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GameSkinny
Mar 9, 2020

Murder by Numbers is an exquisite detective puzzler with wonderful writing, gorgeous graphics, and masterful music.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2020

This charming crime drama is packed with emotion, and provides the perfect framework for your journey into Picross. Murder by Numbers masterful learning curve and beautiful art style will keep you coming back for more, and its heart-felt story will stop you from ever putting it down

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Fintendo
Mar 17, 2020

"Unordinary genre fusion works."

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2020

Despite a few missing features, Murder by Numbers is still a delightful twist on a classic puzzle game. Fans of Ace Attorney or Picross will not want to let this one fly under their radar. This is a universe begging for a sequel.

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COGconnected
84 / 100
84 / 100
Mar 6, 2020

Unfortunately while it could be difficult for newcomers, I would still recommend learning it through Murder by Numbers, because solving one feels incredibly rewarding, especially if it involves unraveling a murder mystery.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2020

Murder by Numbers is a video game that knows how to combine its two aspects in an excellent way, inciting the player, either due to the plot or the challenge offered by their puzzles, to continue playing.

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New Game Network
82 / 100
82 / 100
Mar 25, 2020

Murder By Numbers is a satisfying adventure that will delight any fan of Picross. The visual novel aspect gives the game a unique angle for the genre, and the personable art design leaves a great impression. If you're looking for a way to test the waters on Picross, this is a great way to do so.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2020

Murder by Numbers successfully blends a Phoenix Wright-style visual novel with a Picross-style puzzle game by making each aspect great in its own right.

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GamesRadar+
Mar 6, 2020

Murder by Numbers has all the logic of picross with the look and feel of your favorite childhood cartoon.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 6, 2020

An exciting and well-executed puzzle title that should certainly be experienced once, even if you're just in it for how impossibly cool all the characters look.

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
PC Invasion

Top Critic

8 / 10
Mar 6, 2020

A whole heap of well-designed nonograms spread out across a well-written story which is delightful to look at and listen to makes Murder by Numbers an easy recommendation.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
May 17, 2020

Murder by Numbers is a unique project with really addictive puzzles, but sometimes it seems that the story is too long, and references to pop cultural phenomena will not be clear to most of the Russian audience. However, interesting tasks and charming characters will make you return to this game regularly. After all, such a satisfying dish simply requires small portions and several approaches.

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Slant Magazine
Mar 5, 2020

The game is a charming concoction full of endearing characters and set to a wondrous soundtrack.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 6, 2020

Murder By Numbers successfully manages to combine an entertainingly wacky series of whodunnit mysteries starring a properly entertaining cast of characters with some excellent puzzling that'll keep Picross fans happy for a good long while.

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TechRaptor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2020

Murder By Numbers is a fun and funny 90s romp for nonogram enthusiasts, but perhaps not the casuals.

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PC Gamer
71 / 100
71 / 100
Mar 13, 2020

A vibrant mystery adventure but maybe not for you if you're picky about picross.

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USgamer
Mar 6, 2020

Mediatonic's Murder By Numbers combines visual novel storytelling with picross puzzling, and it makes the pairing feel just right.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 1, 2020

Murder By Numbers puts a narrative-heavy spin on the Picross experience and accompanies it with enough difficulty setting that even a mathematically challenged fool like me to get engrossed in the grid-filling action for hours on end. Unfortunately, so much of the story is tainted by unlikeable characters and a constant barrage of eye-rolling references that take away from the otherwise unique style of the world.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 6, 2020

With Murder by Numbers, Mediatonic has managed to mix various elements from visual novel games with nonograms. The gameplay lacks of variety but the overall setting is sufficiently engaging, thanks to its characters, to make sure the player will stay until the very end.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Mar 5, 2020

Murder by Numbers is a game for people who enjoy playing nonogram/Picross puzzles.

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Rice Digital
Mar 3, 2020

Despite some awkward difficulty spikes, cheap reference humour, and some characters being hit or miss with me, I have had a good time with Murder by Numbers. It was a huge learning curve to solve these puzzles and I'm certain that fans of Ace Attorney and similar titles who also happen to be skilled at Picross will have a fantastic time with the story and the cast of colourful and wacky characters.

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AnaitGames
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 5, 2020

A fun and clever game that mixes Picross-style puzzles with engaging mysteries, more interesting as the game goes on.

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MonsterVine
Mar 5, 2020

If you like picross, Murder by Numbers has some entertaining dialogue and colorful characters to go along with your puzzles. If you aren’t going into this for picross first and foremost, however, the rest of the game isn’t going to carry it.

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