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Crime-solving videogames

Crime-solving videogames — A look at the new batch of detective games including ”Nancy Drew,” ”Women’s Murder Club,” and ”Mystery Case Files”

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Three games let you solve dastardly crimes. Whodunit best, though? We’re on the case.

WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB: DEATH IN SCARLET (PC)
The Plot
In this tie-in to the book series, players unravel what could be the Bay Area’s worst killing spree since the Zodiac.
Worth Investigating?
Yes, especially for fans of James Patterson novels. The tale unfolds briskly as you research missing persons and conduct forensic tests.

MYSTERY CASE FILES: MILLIONHEIR (NINTENDO DS)
The Plot
Eccentric billionaire Phil T. Rich is missing.
Worth Investigating?
Only if you like kids’ games. Solving the crime involves a variety of family-friendly puzzles (photo-matching, word games, tinker-ready Rube Goldberg devices) that make sleuthing fun and not too intimidating.

NANCY DREW: THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE (NINTENDO DS)
The Plot
Strange things are afoot inside a crumbling Victorian mansion.
Worth Investigating?
If you’re a serious Drew devotee. But mindless item searches kill the suspense. Gloves hidden inside — gee! — glove compartments? Sorry, but Sherlock Holmes this isn’t.