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James Patterson Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet

Posted by GG Goblin On January - 11 - 2010

Do you think they have badges and a special handshake?

James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet is now available through I-play on the mobile phone. To review the game, I played the SE K800 build.


James Patterson is the author behind the Women’s Murder Club phenomenon. I have never read one of his books, neither have I watched the TV shows, yet I have still heard about it and, although not my cup of tea, I can understand the appeal. Fans now have the opportunity to play through a number of investigations on their mobile phones.

James Patterson has written a brand new story for this game, which consists of 8 investigations and 29 levels in total. The puzzles included are mostly of the hidden object variety. The player is presented with a picture of the scene and must then scroll around and find certain objects within a given time limit. Variations on this theme include spot the difference and gathering evidence. In order to gather evidence, the player must interact with the objects in the picture, using either objects they carry, or other objects that can be found.


The story moves on between investigations by use of comic book style cut scenes. Considering the mobile platform, the graphics are actually quite good. Although it should be said that trying to find specific small objects on a mobile phone screen can be quite difficult. The scenes that are offered are highly detailed and contain a lot of objects. The background sounds, however, would probably be best turned off, as they become slightly irritating after a while.


For those without a touch screen phone, the game is controlled by moving a cursor around the screen. This actually works very well, and is probably preferable to using a finger on the screen. There are award medals to be obtained throughout the game, allowing the player to feel they are achieving something.

This is actually quite a good little game, something that surprised me considering that it is a tie in game. Although knowing next to nothing about the Women’s Murder Club, I appreciated the hidden object gameplay. I found myself pulling out the mobile phone and playing through a couple of investigations whilst on journeys or waiting for people.


Whilst not for everybody, I feel that WMC will appeal to more than just the fans of the books/TV shows. If you ignore the storyline altogether, the game still holds its own as a decent mobile hidden object game.



This game was provided for review by I-play

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