Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle Episodes 3-6

Review

posted 6/15/2010 by Cyril Lachel
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Welcome back to Little Riddle, the small British town with a crazy high murder rate.  You're a member of the elite Blue Toad Agency, who has been sent to Little Riddle to solve a series of heinous crimes.  Do you have what it takes to solve the puzzles and finally point your finger at the real serial killer?  Find out as we journey in to the final three episodes of Blue Toad Murder Files for the PlayStation 3.

In case you missed my first review, Blue Toad Murder Files is a series of six individual episodes that link together to tell the story of small town being terrorized by a serial killer.  Each episode costs $7.49, with the full three-pack cutting you a break at $14.99.  In these episodes you will finally come face to face with the real killer and finally bring him (or her) to justice.  It's the exciting conclusion to a game that has a lot of great ideas.

The game starts off right where you left off, with a dead librarian, a serial killer on the prowl and a whole town of colorful characters with the motive to kill.  It's up to you, as the local Blue Toad Agent, to solve the crime and bring peace to this otherwise normal community.  This will involve you solving twelve different puzzles per episode, not to mention three pop-quizzes and the ultimate job of pointing the finger at the guilty party.  Do you have what it takes?  I certainly hope so, because this game isn't going to play itself. 


We start with episode four, Death From Above, where we are shocked to learn that the poor old Colonel has been, ahem, MURDERED!!  Worst of all, the crime happened right in front of our Blue Toad investigator.  And just like before, this dirty criminal (who chose to drop a large brick on the top of the Colonel's head) gets away without being seen.  But what's this?  Could the Colonel have a few secrets?  Might he not have been a highly decorated member of the military after all?  Answers will be revealed as you puzzle your way through Death From Above.

Next up is The Riddle of the Past, which finds our hero locked in jail and unable to stop the town's nefarious serial killer before he strikes again.  Unlike the other episodes, The Riddle of the Past does not feature a crazy crime for you to solve.  Instead it lets you put the pieces together and set up the exciting sixth (and final) episode of Blue Toad Murder Files.


By the time we get to the sixth episode, The Flight of the Felonious Fugitive, we already know who the murderer is.  But don't worry, there are still people to interview and puzzles to solve.  It turns out that the guilty party didn't do it alone; they had the help from one of the local shop owners.  Can you figure out who it is?  Of course you can, because this final episode makes it all but impossible not to choose the sinister shop owner.  And with that, we're done with Little Riddle and ready to go back to the big city where we don't have to worry about serial killers.

What these three episodes are able to do is bring closure to the Blue Toad Murder Files.  While I won't say that the season finale is as strong as Lost's final episode, it does manage to offer a resolution that I can live with.  We learn what the killer's motivation was, where they have been hiding out and what they were going to do when they got away with it.  But thankfully you were in town to thwart the evil plans.  It may not be the crime of the century, but you should feel good that you were able to bring the criminals to justice.  Now get the heck out of this town before you start talking like the annoying people of Little Riddle.
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