By Margriet "Daisy Gunpowder" Dumee on September 15, 2014

124 years ago, on September 15th 1890, Agatha Christie was born. During her life she created numerous detective stories. Those stories turned into movies and also videogames. Agathaís birthday inspired us to try two games, based on her stories.

Death on the Nile is a mystery game, based on Hercule Poirot, the famous character created by Agatha Christie. Poirot is a French private investigator that is famous for solving some of the world's most perplexing mysteries. Death on the Nile follows Hercule Poirot as he embarks on a vacation in Egypt.

It all starts when Linnet Ridgeway, one of the richest young ladies in London, steals the fiancť of her best friend, Jacqueline de Bellefort. (the bitchÖ) Linnet Ridgeway not only steals Simon Doyle away from her friend Jackie, but she marries Simon and they head off on their honeymoon to Egypt. In revenge for stealing her man, Jackie starts showing up at all the locations where the newlyweds are present and harasses them. Coincidentally, while Hercule Poirot is on his well-deserved vacation in Egypt, he boards the same ship to sail up the Nile that the Doyles and Jackie de Bellefort take.

While on board, Jackie shoots Simon Doyle in the leg one night in the saloon. On the same night, Linnet Doyle is shot in the head while she's sleeping. During the investigation, two more people are shot and killed, including Linnet's maid and one of the other passengers, Mrs. Otterbourne. In the nick of time, Hercule Poirot finds the murderers as the ship returns to port and justice triumphs.

From the beginning of the game, it is made abundantly clear that all of the other passengers also have a good reason to dislike Linnet Ridgeway. Everyone on board has a motive for the murder and no has a very good alibi, making everyone a possible suspect in this murder case. The story is told through old movie fragments. You, the player, has to help Hercule Poirot in his investigation of the murders. You do so by finding items in search areas.

You get a map showing all the different rooms on the ship. The rooms that are lit up are the ones you can investigate. Each room is one big search area, Yeah! When you find an item on Poirotís list, it is eliminated from the list or identified as an important clue. When you have found all the items in a room, youíve finished your investigations and you have to solve a puzzle. When youíve solved the puzzle, you get a clue to solve the crime. In Death on the Nile you can also talk to people and have the opportunity to review the clues you have gathered so far.

Per level, you get 25 minutes to complete your search of the rooms. If you cannot find an item, you can use a hint. If you run out of time, you will be reset to the start of the first room. Each higher level means more rooms to search or more items to find. You get 5 hints for each level so use them wisely. You can skip the puzzles at the end of a level if you want to, but of course itís more fun to solve them.

When youíve seen the movie or read the novel, it will not be not a huge surprise who actually killed Linnet. But if you like point and click games, itís a nice game with surprisingly good search areas. We at liked this game very much!

Agatha Christieís Peril at End House is the second game we checked out. If you like Death on the Nile, you will definitely also like Peril at End House. Itís as simple as that. The story is different, but the premise of the game is the same. The big difference is, that this story is told through comic book pages instead of movie fragments. I liked this story more because I didnít already know how the story ended. In this game you donít have the possibility to talk to people or review your clues. But after each investigation, you receive a clue, pointing to people who are involved. I didnít miss the talking to the murder suspects so much, because I like searching areas better than I like talking to a bunch of people.

Again, the story is about Hercule Poirot, the famous detective, he is on holiday (does this guy even work?!) in the south of England when he meets a lady called Nick Buckley. Nick has had a lot of mysterious 'accidents'. First, her car brakes failed. Then, a large rock just missed her when she was walking, and later, a painting almost fell on her while she was asleep. Finally, Poirot finds a bullet hole in her hat! Nick is in danger and needs Poirot's help. Can he track down the guilty party or parties before Nick is harmed, or even killed?

As in Death on the Nile, the search areas are great, sometimes even rather difficult. And again you have to play against time, with only 5 hints for each investigation. Also, the further you progress through the game, the more rooms and items youíll need to search or find. But thatís why weíre playing, isnít it!

As this is an Agatha Christie story, anybody can be the murderer, everybody has a motive. Ultimately, however, there can be only one murderer. Itís a nice game and you really have to pay attention to the areas you are searching. Sometimes itís hard to find all the items and sometimes (we are slightly ashamed to admit) we really needed the hints.

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Floodlight Games & Oberon Media Inc