Developer: G5 Entertainment
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★½☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Remember that hugely successful cinematic collaboration between De Niro and Pacino? No, I don’t mean Heat, I mean Righteous Kill. The catch is that it wasn’t a particularly big success, nor was it a great film. That hasn’t stopped a Hidden Object game being inspired by the movie, though. Righteous Kill manages to succeed as well as the film. It’s fine and offers some enjoyment but ultimately, it won’t be remembered.

There’s no sign of being able to play either Pacino or De Niro here, with the game focused on a female detective as she tracks down a murderous vigilante. Action is exactly what one would expect of a Hidden Object game with plenty of scenes to explore in order to progress. The objects are quite clearly laid out so Righteous Kill isn’t very challenging but it also isn’t frustrating. There’s a hints button in the form of a UV light but rarely did I find myself having to succumb to it.

In between such scenes, players are also given simple puzzles to solve. These fall into typical categories such as a spot the difference section, a jigsaw puzzle and dusting for fingerprints by dragging one’s finger around the screen. Each ties into the crime theme, although they’re far from overly original.

None of these puzzles take a huge amount of time to solve but they are reasonably pleasant to solve. There’s a fairly loose story here but it’s just enough to tie things together appropriately.

The main problem that lies with Righteous Kill is that it just isn’t as good as other Hidden Object games, most notably, the Masters of Mystery series. It’s all just a little too safe and average.

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