Recently launched on Xbox after staggered launches on other platforms is Curious Cases. This title also launched on the Nintendo Switch on January 2020, Steam in early 2019, and PlayStation last summer. The copy for this review was played on Xbox Series X via backward compatibility.
Curious Cases is a small title that is only three chapters long. Each chapter needs to be completed to start the next one and the game offers solo play or multiplayer for up to six people. It also offers cross-platform play. So what is this action adventure as it’s described? You play a Detective called Thomas Moore and you are required to solve a series of puzzles to aid in your job of finding a missing scientist. However, is this worth your time or is it one to avoid?
For a small game, they aren’t too bad. The game’s file size is 2.4GB so don’t expect photo-realistic textures. Some parts of the game look better than others, but some areas do look a little shabby. In a couple of areas we have poor collision detection and a video can be found below of one example.
Simple gameplay but feels very heavy. Recently I went back to revisit the original Dead Space and for a game roughly a decade older, it ran smoother than this. The puzzles are not too hard but not a lot to them. As a puzzle game, this is not going to give games like The Talos Principle many issues.
The soundtrack works and the sound effects are decent. Nothing wrong with what’s on offer but nothing memorable either. So for a full project, it’s acceptable. If this level was put into say next month’s God of War Ragnarok then I would be less satisfied with the result.
As previously stated the game offers multiplayer. Even with cross-platform, I was unable to host a game or find a game to join. So a proper test of this feature was virtually impossible at the time of writing as it seems the online capabilities of this game are either so dead or it’s broken.
We know a scientist claimed they made a huge discovery then suddenly vanished. This included them in a locked office and only one available way out. Throughout the game, you have to work out where this scientist has gone. The game does try to explain this in the form of recorded entries from the scientist.
Curious Cases – The Conclusion
It’s a short game and rather cheap. You should be able to complete the game in around a couple of hours. All of the achievements bar three are easy to obtain. The other three are tied to the multiplayer, which at the time of writing wasn’t working. If you get all the achievements early on there’s not much incentive to replay. Overall Curious Cases is not a game I can recommend as it’s cheap and short and has little replay value.