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A morning jog presents a chilling find, and a new wave of fear descends upon San Francisco. Enter the world of James Patterson, America`s #1 storyteller, and study murder scenes as Lindsay Boxer, Claire Washburn, and hotshot crime reporter Cindy Thomas. Find hidden objects inside nine investigations, brain-bending puzzles, strikingly-beautiful artwork, and an all-new spine tingling storyline. Discover the truth and stop a psychotic killer in Women`s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 89 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/2462/james-pattersons-womens-murder-club-death-scar/

File Size:

82 MB

Price:

$9.99

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James Patterson Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet :
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In Brief:
James Patterson Women's Murder Club Death in Scarlet has been given away twice previously firstly on the 1st of July 2018 where it received a positive 91% from 32 votes with 30 comments which you can see HERE. It was also given away more recently on the 20th of February last year, where it received a positive 93 % from 29 votes with 15 comments which you can see HERE
If you like/love TV series such as NCIS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Sopranos, The Wire, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Poirot, Sherlock, Elementary and Diagnosis Murder, reading James Patterson novels and enjoy playing HOG’s you’ll probably enjoy playing this crime solving hidden object game with puzzles based on the bestselling novelist James Patterson; (he has the highest number of NY times best sellers of all time). Despite its age (a decade old), I found it refreshingly enjoyable to play after attempting to play innumerable stale HOG’s over the past several years. I give this a decent 8 out of 10
The Game:
Looking for murder and intrigue, wrapped up in a meaty story with lots of twists? Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet, a combination hidden object puzzler and detective adventure, should do the trick.
Women’s Murder Club is based off the popular Women’s Murder Club James Patterson novels and the spin-off television series of the same name. The character’s personalities and appearances resemble their fictional counterparts rather than the television actors (which is probably a good thing considering the show’s Nielsen ratings). If you’ve read all the books or seen all the episodes, don’t fret – the mystery is completely original, so there’s no chance of spoiling your fun.
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Now, about the murder…the body of a strikingly beautiful young girl is discovered at Marin Vista Point. Forensic analysis indicates she’s been poisoned with an overdose of aphrodisiac. No one’s reported her missing, and there’s no clues to her identity, other than a mysterious lotus tattoo and eerie Chinese branding across her chest. Who could do this, and why?
As you investigate the murder, uncovering new victims and suspects, you’ll have the chance to play from three-character perspectives – Lindsey Boxer, a homicide detective with the San Francisco police, Claire Washburn, a talented forensic examiner, and Cindy Thomas, a news reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who’s got a knack for digging up dirt. Assistant district attorney Jill Bernhardt does a few cameo scenes, but ultimately works behind the scenes.

In true hidden object style, you’ll find yourself searching through suitably cluttered rooms and crowded crime scenes. During each investigation, you’ll have a list of items to find in each scene, plus a list of tasks to accomplish before advancing, such as getting a victim’s fingerprints or doing an identity search. Game play is untimed, and there’s no penalty for clicking useless objects, so feel free to explore the surroundings. You’ll also get 5 clues during each investigation, just in case you get stuck.

During your investigation, you’ll also gather inventory contents. Your inventory holds these special items, which you’ll need to use to solve the in-game puzzles. Puzzles are different from normal game play and have you doing a variety of tasks which reveal further information about the case. For example, Claire often has the job of putting her chemicals in order using logical clues, and then testing each chemical in a Petri dish to note reaction and determine the nature of each substance.
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Cindy has the tedious task of arranging microfiche in proper order (by colour and category), and then deciding which film will reveal an article pertinent to the case. There are also word games reminiscent of wheel of fortune, a bunch of jigsaw-type assembly puzzles, and one suspect chase through a hedge maze to name a few more. If any of the puzzles have you stuck, or you’d rather just play the hidden object component, you can press “solve” to skip them.

If you want to review your clues, or need advice on what to do next, you can check your evidence cards and investigation docket. These will include everything you’ve uncovered, along with hints at what you still need to solve the case.

Women’s Murder Club goes beyond what you’d expect from a hidden object mystery. The use of inventory adds depth to the puzzles, and there’s a great deal of realism to the detective work. You’ll find yourself examining the faces and bodies of victims, using black light to search for bloodstains, and finding ways to "accidentally" open letters without a warrant. Perhaps the best part is that the story is detailed and engaging, with plenty of twists to keep you guessing, but still offering subtle foreshadowing so that you can speculate as you play.

The production values are very high, with suitable background music fitting each atmosphere, and some exceptional artwork (particularly the character art). It’s worth noting that this is one of the few hidden object games where virtually all the items look like what they should. Granted, some are exceedingly small, but still fair. Plus, most of the items in the scenes make sense and are logical additions to the rooms. You’ll still have an array of butterflies and the occasional boomerang, but it doesn’t spoil the mood. Although replay value is limited once you’ve solved the case, you can expect at least 5-6 hours of solid gameplay, and many of the objects are different each time you play.
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While there’s heaps of things to praise, there’s always things to look forward to in potential sequels. For one, it would be nice to see a bit more variety in some of the mini games. Some got repetitive after they were used a few times in the game, like the microfiche and chemical sorting that needed doing in practically every investigation. It would also be great to see more objects in the rooms, since generally they contained less than a dozen, often fewer.

With excellent production values, solid gameplay, and a strong storyline, Women’s Mystery Club is an addictive and intriguing hidden object mystery that should please fans and newcomers alike. It manages to be suitably creepy and detailed without relying on gore, and offers enough realism to give the player a real “detective” feeling.

SPOILERS…Hints…….SPOILERS:
Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet spans across 18 locations and 9 unique investigations. Here are a few hints from the game in case you get stuck. If you really get stuck, there's a link to a full game walkthrough below.

INVESTIGATION #1: Shelf of bottles: You must arrange the bottles in order using the hints on them. Unfortunately the hints change each scene/game so there's no cheat for this puzzle.

INVESTIGATION #2: Coffee Shop Tokens: There are 5 tokens in the coffee shop - briefcase, basket, on counter, on railing, on video game

INVESTIGATION #3: Microfiche Blocks: ROWS = Blue, Pink, Black, Orange, Green scarlet cover

INVESTIGATION #4: PHOTO WALL: I got stuck with the photo wall in the back of the bar. One of the photos should be lit up. Drag the photo of the unknown victim from your inventory over the photo on the back wall.

GLASS STATUES: Hat - Left Arm Down, Right Arm Up - No Hat - Right Arm Up, Left Arm Down - Hat - Both Arms Down - No Hat - Both Arms Down - Hat - Both Arms Down - No Hat - Left Arm Down, Right Arm Up - Hat - Left Arm Up, Right Arm Down.

A "shuttlecock" is the projectile used in the sport of badminton

If you are still completely stuck, you can find a walkthrough HERE.

Edited reference HERE. Originally posted by Lisa Haasbroek on May 15th, 2008, and tips by Lauren English posted on Aug 30th, 2008, Edited and reposted by Whiterabbit-uk Aug 1st, 2018, and again on the 25th of Oct 2022.
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Other Reviews, Images and Videos of James Patterson Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet:
You can see community reviews of James Patterson Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet HERE (see bottom of page), and HERE. You can see around 50 in game images HERE and several videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE.
Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found zero hits from 64 antimalware engines. You can see a scan of the installed game HERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Whiterabbit-uk, Thank you for your continued efforts to make our community safe. As you already saw on Steam I had to remove inappropriate comments on my Steam profile as I did not log in for a long time. I don't know why people would leave negative comments on anything to be honest. I hope you're having a great weekend. It's time to get ready to go to Dia De Los Muertos in Oakland California where San Francisco from there is not far if you drive down Highway 80.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#5

A Dragnet style puzzle where you are exposed to the mundane aspects of police work, though this isn't necessarily a drawback. But this will mainly appeal to folks who like that kind of meticulous detail work, which, if you like match 3 for example, again, isn't a big turnoff. The bad aspect: this sort of thing gets repetitive, as you would expect, so, liking games like match 3 is kind of required for this not to grind on you. Of course, many HOGs also have that aspect, so, that's still not disqualifying. But, since your chasing around a serial killer by mainly examining the bodies afterward, then testing blood, looking up fingerprints, etc. it's not keeping me on the edge of my seat after 2 investigations.

The one criticism that practically every critique I've read mentioned is the mostly small items that your searching for. I didn't find most of them miniscule, but a couple were, and most were not particularly large. Eventually, I understood the complaints as I found myself unconsciously squinting a bit. If you struggle with games because of eyesight, pass this by. You won't enjoy it. Most of the items fit the scenes they're found in, though there's 1 incongruous item that keeps appearing over and over. Not sure if it's a clue or a joke. Anyway, it's not a problem.

Bottom line: the realism here is admirable. Will it be entertaining after 3 hours or so, not sure. For those wanting a different challenge every scene, well, this may not be your cup of tea, but few HOGS are really good at this, though some come close. And, again, for people with eyesight problems, your probably going to throw up your hands after awhile.

Thanks, GGOTD, MPC, Whiterabbit and the community, including Sailorbear. Keep up the good work, Jason!

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

Works fine with Win 11... except for a few puzzles... But then you can click on "SOLVE" and move forward

Reply   |   Comment by agno  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#3

This may not be relevant to many here but I wanted to contribute anyway in case it helps someone here and also that perhaps future developers might see this and take it into consideration.

I have this game from a previous giveaway and just opened it to recall why I hadn't continued playing it. I preface this by saying I have one very bad eye so this issue may be unique to me.

The font used for the list of items to find is ridiculously tiny and very difficult to read. Additionally, the graphics in the HOG pictures are dull making the things to find very difficult to see. I am all for challenging game play but a challenge to see is another thing.

Because of these things, I found the game much more irritating than fun and didn't continue playing.

Despite that, I still want to say say thank you to all involved for this offer. Have a happy and safe Halloween everybody!

Reply   |   Comment by jman  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

jman,

Thanks for your feedback JMan, appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#2

Todays game is based on a popular novel which spanned quite a few books. I think 14 of them to be exact. There were multiple women with different plots in the books where each one of them explored their personal issues in life while investigating crime. I have not read them personally but they do look interesting from reviews I've read at Amazon and other sites.

That being said this game is brilliantly done in portraying the city of San Francisco which also happens to be the city portrayed in the books. I was pleasantly shown the opening screen with relaxing music and a gorgeous picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. I happen to be from the SF Bay Area so I like to see local things :)

The gameplay is a little different than traditional hidden object games you have two different check lists on the left hand side of the screen. Investigational clues and also additional hidden objects helping to the complete the levels. If you get stuck somewhere you can click on the hint button at the top left.

There are also other little puzzles to solve but if you find you can't solve one there seems to be a skip button at the top although it did nothing initially for me with the crab in the holes and the character said it was holding something.

The scenes are well done in my opinion many of them are photo realistic I especially liked the scene of the police office it looked like the developers put effort into making the objects and scenery realistic given the small file size this hidden object game is.

A word of warning about today's game. Since this game is based off of the books there may be mature themes for kids that may not be suitable for them to play. They include Mild Sexual Themes and so forth. You can see the descriptors on the screen in the opening screens. As this game was rated by the ESRB it also seen a retail release as well as it's usually a requirement for retailers to carry games in stores.

Overall, it's a very pleasant game to play and does a good job of portraying the city of San Francisco and a popular book franchise. On a side note - I do love another kind of murder mystery show on the lighter side called Monk which airs on different channels on cable and even over the air.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

Thanks for your feedback J. Those trolls must have pretty sad lives if all they can do is post negative comments on people's profiles and comments.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

"Those trolls must have pretty sad lives..."

The day Musk took over Twitter thousands of users posted stuff guaranteed to get them banned previously, just to see how far they could go, testing the waters. There was over a 500% increase in racial slurs for example. The contractors moderating social media have reportedly in some cases developed PTSD (!). This is the world we live in.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

mike,
Crazy, but true. How many of those trolls would say the same face to face, very few I bet?

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I don't want to get too far into politics and off topic, but scores of people told Musk this is exactly what would happen. He's talking about forming content moderation groups on the very 1st day after seeing what he was told over and over again he would see. What was already being seen ALL OVER Twitter BEFORE he decided to "liberate it". But what do the rest of us know? WE'RE not geniuses. (Or is it just that we're not rich enough to be massively self-indulgent. shakes head)

Reply   |   Comment by wa  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oops, that was me, watcher.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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