Developer: G5 Entertainment
Price: $4.99 (to unlock full game)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Continuing the CSI style theme that worked so well for its predecessor, Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill is a highly enjoyable if somewhat easy Hidden Object style game.

sedengaged5Following the trail of a particularly gruesome serial killer, Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill still finds the time to include some entertaining one-liners and a dose of black humor, just like CSI. Within the six chapters of gameplay, there’s plenty of variety too. Some investigation of crime scenes is required to find special items to proceed, as well as simple interviewing of witnesses and suspects. Each chapter is broken up by a comic-book style expansion of the story. Of course, there are more typical elements such as Hidden Object scenes and plenty of mini-games, with each working suitably well.

The Hidden Object scenes are quite complicated at times with cluttered scenes plentiful, but these benefit from penalty-free tapping, as well as unlimited hints without punishment. The individual objects themselves tend to be reasonably straight-forward to recognise, with only a handful of cryptic clues. The mini-games can be quite taxing but, again, they come with a skip puzzle button so it’s as challenging as one feels like. Most of the time, these puzzles and Hidden Object scenes tie in quite neatly with the theme of the game so they rarely feel thrown in for the sake of it.

For a Hidden Object or Casual Gaming fan, Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill is an essential purchase. Unusually, for everyone else, it’s still a very worthy title to check out. It might be a little easy but it offers a selection of what the genre does best.

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