Murder by Numbers

Rating Summary

Based on 31 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 31 critic reviews
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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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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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71 / 100
Mar 13, 2020

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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