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Genre: Movie/TV based, Quiz/Puzzle/Strategy :: Players: 1 :: Released: 06/2/07

Special Crime Unit Blood on Campus Review

Developer: Gameloft


Game Features


Plenty of people to interrogate
Interesting adaptation which works well


Average graphics
The plot may be the same between levels
A little easy to complete

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Review Details
Handset Sony-Ericsson K600

Anannya Sen’s Review

Review Date: 14/2/07

An interesting adaptation of the hit TV series. Will you be able to solve the murder on campus?

I have to admit, I don't really watch the various US detective dramas that have sprung up recently. CSI, SCU etc etc, they seem to me to be lesser versions of some original classics such as Quincy, Ironside and Diagnosis Murder. Instead of having two plotlines, an obvious villain and about 43 minutes of silent montages of people analysing evidence, there were powerful stories, interesting twists and inimitable lead characters. But enough of my rant about the decline of certain types of TV, let's get stuck into the game.

The obvious challenge in converting a game based on detective work is in the gameplay. The developers are Gameloft so thankfully they are pretty skilful at this sort of thing. The game is a murder mystery that you have to solve using your keen wits and by following the trail of evidence. Ok, mainly by following the trail of evidence. You can move between locations and do different things in each one. In the crime scene and peoples houses, you can search for clues and use different tools for this. In the lab you can analyse the evidence with some mini games and pick up new information that may shed some light on the facts that you know. Then there's the precinct and this is where you can interrogate the suspects. There's a heartbeat monitor as well and you have to try and extract more information than the suspects initially give.

The graphics are 2D but are reasonably well done. The characters are well detailed, but the locations often have a slightly unpolished look and reminded me a bit of the old Commodore graphics. I'm not saying that they're that bad, but I thought they could have been a whole lot better on the locations where you examine for evidence. The lab is pretty good, the technical graphics on the mini games are quite nice and the still shots at the police station are also quite well detailed. The music is a nice polyphonic tune when you load the game and there are some little pieces of sound when you find things or when you finish objectives.

Controls are very simple, you use the stick or the pad to move your pointer around. This will either allow you to explore an area or to move to another location. The main button will let you look at things or select the questions you want to give in the precinct. When you are in the lab the you have a few mini games to play in order to examine the evidence. These are pretty self explanatory.

The game is fun to play, if a little paint by numbers. I played it through on the rookie level and was definitely interested in the plot as I wanted to see if my suspicions were accurate. They were (Ironside eat your heart out) but it was still enjoyable to go to each location and collect and analyse evidence. The evidence is not that hard to find, all you have to do is make sure that you scan the rooms carefully and use the right tool to pick it up. If you choose the wrong tool, someone will say so which makes it pretty hard to go wrong. That said, you often have to scrutinize the room quite carefully to find everything.

It??????s also fun to interrogate the people. You only have a list of questions to ask, but if you follow the lie detector and keep asking the question that makes them nervous, you can often get them to admit more than they were initially letting on. The lab mini games are also ok, although nothing spectacular.

SCU has a reasonable longevity, it may take you about an hour to play through the game completely, maybe a bit less. The unfortunate aspect is that I think it??????s the same murderer on each difficult level although to be honest, after playing it through once, I didn??????t really bother to check. Can someone tell me if this is true? So in that respect, the lastability suffers once you have played through the game once.

Overall, an enjoyable foray into the world of forensic medicine and a good adaptation of the series. Now all I need is a game featuring Quincy and the inimitable Sam Fujiyama!