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Review: Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The First Cases – More Visual Novel Than Puzzler

Compels me, though.

Mystery fans will have been keeping an eye on Hercule Poirot: The First Cases following the frightful crime scene that was The ABC Murders. The Belgian detective’s latest arrival on Switch is again courtesy of French publisher Microids, but the developer this time is Blazing Griffin, who have engaged with the Ardennian gumshoe in a very different way.

While Artefact Studio’s The ABC Murders sought to put you in the very shoes of the Northern European sleuth-hound, First Cases puts you in the shoes of, well, you, reading a Poirot novel. If you expect to be solving puzzles yourself – and neither Blazing Griffin nor Microids have done much to discourage that expectation – you will be twizzling your moustache in frustration before Chapter 2. Drop your presuppositions, however, and you will see an illuminating take on the visual novel that plays to the strengths of Agatha Christie’s timeless creation.

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