DinerTown Detective Agency (Bigfishgames.com)

Bernie the bookworm loves detective fiction more than anything.  Therefore, when he comes across an ad to become one, he teams up with Flo to solve fifty crimes to send in.

The plot’s not as serious as you would think.  Instead of solving murders, you have to figure out who’s sticking gum all over Flo’s diner or who’s partying with animals late at night.  Some scenes hint that there’s a much bigger plot in DinerTown but it’s not anything serious.  The only issue I really have is that in one scene, Mr. Smith said he didn’t know Flo when in Diary Dash we learn that The Smiths wouldn’t have their farm if it weren’t for her.

The game is not your typical hidden object.  You go from scene to scene solving individual mysteries.  First, you collect the objects in the room.  Some require a magnifying glass, an eyedropper, or a fingerprint brush to find them all.  Then you participate in a mini-game to eliminate three of the six suspects.  Finally, you ask people questions about the last three suspects to find out who the culprit is.  In some scenes, you take part in a mini-game that helps you solve the actual mystery.

This game is addictive and amusing.  I give it 9 out of 10; I snickered in some scenes but I wasn’t laughing aloud.

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