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James Noir's Hollywood Crimes

3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
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  • The first ever interactive 3D movie
  • Play the main character in a truly immersive experience using the 3DS camera
  • 1960's realistic art using the power of the 3DS
  • A variety of 150 puzzles, classic and 3D puzzles
  • Player performance tracking for the puzzles

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James Noir's Hollywood Crimes for Nintendo 3DS makes you the main character in a mind-twisting puzzle adventure in an interactive 3D world! Live the thrill of mastering tailor-made mind games as you solve over 140 intriguing puzzles to solve a deadly mystery. The game takes place inside a TV game show, where you are a participant. As you play, you discover a series of murders and a diabolical criminal mastermind that is manipulating and defying you at every turn. Everyone on the set of the show is in danger - especially you! Solving the puzzles left by the killer at every crime scene is the only way to clear your name and to uncover his identity before it's too late!

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Be the main character of a mind-twisting murder mystery in James Noir's Hollywood Crimes for Nintendo 3DS. In this unique release that harnesses the power and functionality of the 3DS, you must solve more than 150 puzzles to find a diabolical criminal mastermind. Additional features include: an interactive 3D movie game mechanic, 1960s era art direction, 40 fun mini-games and accelerometer integration into actions and puzzles.

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A Murder Mystery Where You're the One Being Played

James Noir's Hollywood Crimes for the Nintendo 3DS system makes you the main character in a mind-twisting puzzle adventure in an interactive 3D world. Live the thrill of mastering tailor-made mind games as you solve over 150 intriguing puzzles to solve a deadly mystery. The game takes place inside a TV game show, where you are a participant. As you play, you discover a series of murders and a diabolical criminal mastermind that is manipulating and defying you at every turn. Everyone on the set of the show is in danger - especially you. Solving the puzzles left by the killer at every crime scene is the only way to clear your name and to uncover his identity before it's too late.

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Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS is a groundbreaking hardware release that brings 3D gaming to the handheld market for the first time. The fourth major release in the DS product line, the Nintendo 3DS utilizes 3D Slider functionality and an improved top LCD display to present a glasses-free 3D effect in compatible games, while giving players the option to moderate the effect as they see fit. Taken together with additional features including full analog control in 3D game environments, motion and gyro sensors that transfer the movements of the handheld into the game, 3D camera functionality, an adjustable stylus and full backwards compatibility to all Nintendo DS games and you have not only a must-have system, but a revolution in handheld gaming.

Key Game Features

  • First ever interactive 3D movie
  • Play the Main Character and Live a Real Immersion Through the Nintendo 3DS Camera
    • The criminal mastermind provokes you by using your own private details
    • The crime scene clues and the storyline are strangely familiar
  • 1960s realistic art using the power of the Nintendo 3DS
    • Appealing and trend-worthy art direction that puts you back in the best of the 60s - luxurious settings and a dashing crime-busting partner
    • The game alternates between the 60s TV game show setting and the mystery investigation
  • A variety of 150 puzzles, classic and 3D puzzles using the Top Screen
    • Puzzles cover a range of classic types: Images, Wordplay, Numbers, Drawing, Shapes and Colors, Tiling Puzzles, Grids, Problem solving, Labyrinth, Physics
    • Also play a range of 40 fun mini-games
    • Use the accelerometer through actions and puzzles
  • Player performance tracking for the puzzles
    • All puzzles adapt to your ongoing performance through difficulty level
    • Make your selection of puzzles to solve at each crime scene
    • The killer will track your selection and performance so that as you progress the difficulty will adjust to challenge and entertain

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Product Information

ASIN B004RLL4XK
Release date November 1, 2011
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3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11,178 in videogames
#341 in Video Games > Nintendo 3DS > Games
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Product Dimensions 5.3 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
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By Ed Pegg Jr VINE VOICE on November 1, 2011
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I run a famous puzzle site, and I've played Hotel Dusk, Again, 9 Hours, Trace Memory, Time Hollow, the Professor Layton series, and the Phoenix Wright series. A puzzle game will depend on both the puzzles and the presentation.

The Puzzles
In the opening scene, where you arrive at the studio, take your own picture, and fill out a contestant form, one 3D puzzle is given, where a plant with multicolored leaves must be twisted to find a particular viewpoint where a number can be seen. Shortly thereafter, a set of 12 puzzles is given to you in a Jeopardy format. Solve puzzles until 80 points is scored, with bonuses for not using hints. The Hint system is excellent, much like the Layton series. After the game show, host takes you out for a drink, but an FBI agent comes to ask for help with puzzles found at a murder scene. Then there is more back and forth -- gameshow puzzles, crime scene puzzles. These are good puzzles, and excellently presented. Puzzle creators include the best in the world: Oscar van Deventer, Andrea Gilbert (clickmazes,
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I will admit that I haven't made it very far in this game, but that's probably due to how annoying it is. Let me first say that I *love* puzzle and mystery games. I have a pretty varied collection on the DS, so when I saw this title available for the 3DS I jumped on it. The premise is sound, but the way they went about it is terrible. The chintzy animation is just distracting. The developer seems to have used stop animation to save space on the cartridge (or something). When someone talks it looks like I'm watching South Park's interpretation of a Canadian with a flop-top head -- except South Park uses more than 3 frames of animation. The acting is pretty bad in general though, so maybe that's why it was done. Hire some convincing actors next time. The game also suffers from pretty lengthy load times. I found myself wanting to go do something else between puzzles just to avoid dealing with more bad cut-scenes and load times. The puzzles themselves were fun, but it felt like I was wading through a sea of terrible to find my reward.
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I have been really enjoying the glut of point-and-click adventure games on the DS. However, I've noticed that there aren't nearly as many of them being released on the 3DS (almost none, in fact), and that's really a shame since I was really enjoying the revival of the old adventure genre. While there isn't as much selection for this genre on the 3DS, there is this game: "James Noir's Hollywood Crimes." I honestly meant to try this game out a lot sooner, but it kind of got forgotten under a slew of other titles in my backlog – until now!

Graphics (score 6/10): These graphics are...rather poor. They use live-action character models, just like another game on the DS called "Again," but somehow these look grainier and poorer than the ones in that game, despite this being a more advanced system. The 3D effect during cutscenes wasn't too bad, but I still don't care about it, especially since it seems to worsen the effect of the graininess. On top of that, character's mouth movements don't match their voice overs, so rather crap all around. I honestly wish they'd just gone with animated characters instead – it might have turned out nicer.

Music (score 6/10): The voice acting is alright – I've heard better, but I've also heard considerably worse. Music is rather bland, but not terribly bad. I will say, though, that you'll probably get sick of hearing the same repeated tunes over and over again, especially the game show theme song.

Characters (score 6/10): Ugh, this game utilizes the "insert yourself into the story thing" - which I never cared for. On top of that, it's pointless, as they just as easily could have written a proper character for the part and it would have changed nothing.
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Ranks in the top 3 worst games I've played on either the DS or the 3DS....and I've played well over 100+. I actually played through the entire game to the end because I like to completely finish any game I start, however it truly was torturous. The best I can say is that is was extremely short. The grating, cringe inducing game-show dialog, game mechanics/puzzles, art direction, poor pacing and extremely obvious 'twist' (if you could call it that) was just poorly done.

If you enjoy DS/3DS games like the Professor Layton series, the Ace Attorney series, 999/Virtue's Last Reward, Trace Memory, Broken Sword, Ghost Trick, Time Hollow, Hotel Dusk/Last Window, etc........then do not think that this game will be even remotely in the same league. If you haven't played one of the aforementioned games, do yourself a favor and use the money you were about to spend on this game and go for one of those.
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