Because of its affordable price, I bought Inspector Parker sight unseen. I had (mistakenly) thought it was a hidden object game like the Mystery Case Files (Prime Suspect, Huntsville, etc.)
Essentially, Inspector Parker is a logic game. Remember those logic puzzles in book format where there is a cast of characters wearing different clothes in different rooms--and then, after reading some clues (John wore a green hat but was not in the kitchen), you had to place each individual in a particular room wearing particular clothing?
Well, this game is a lot like that, except the same premise is carried out visually. You get a vertical "slice" view of a house with several characters and several weapons. Based on the clues given, you have to figure out who was in what room with what weapon.
It's not a bad game...but it's not, in my opinion, an enjoyable or addictable missing object game. (I get enough of a mental workout writing, so I tend to look to PC games to relax between chapters or reviews.) No, this requires a bit more brain power akin to logic puzzles. If logic puzzles are your thing, you may enjoy this. But if you're looking for casual gaming that doesn't require a ton of logical analysis, you may be a bit disappointed.
Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
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Platform: WINDOWS 98/ME/2000/XP Publisher: MUMBO JUMBO Packaging: JEWEL CASE Rating: EVERYONE If you like to snuggle with a good mystery you'll love Inspector Parker to death. Solve the mystery of Misanthorpe Manor where seven potential suspects motives weapons victims pieces of evidence and body disposal methods must be sorted through to solve the crime. This puzzler plays like a simple logic game. Eliminate possibilities from the gameboard using the clues in your notebook until the details of the crime emerge. Your mentor Inspector Parker will guide you through each level in this murder mystery.Features:Unlimited game play!10 levels of difficulty each with randomly generated boards for unlimited variationAccess to the victims and rooms galleriesUnlock the entire gallery with the expansion pack get a close up of all the rooms and suspects Bonus - 2nd case included free - Case #2In this adventuresome puzzler travel with the Chief Inspector to Ravencourt. Investigate 12 shady suspects and a castle full of booby trapped rooms to sniff out the would be murderer. You must incapacitate him until help arrives. Unravel the full mysteries of Ravencourt and the Vandernots in Adventure Mode or simply solve increasingly challenging puzzles in Puzzle Mode. Deep in story and rich in graphic detail Betrapped! is the perfect to while away a stormy night in your own castle.Features:Ponder of the puzzle ...