"Popcorn, Soda . . . Murder?" Review


#1

Brilliant game! The merits are obvious - some actual problem-solving skills are needed to complete the game (which is more than what could be said for a majority of games/gamebooks of the same genre IMHO), and it *is* possible to come to a wrong conclusion, which adds to the challenge.

*SPOILER ALERT*

Also, ironically, many of the deductions (such as the conclusion that the killer struck before 2:55) are made using the wrong assumptions, giving the game an authentic real-life feeling.

As for possible improvements, personally I would recommend starting the “sudden death” mode much earlier in the game. Calling the police officer a suspect or prematurely announcing the incident a suicide, for instance, is something which should definitely end the game IMO.

There is a slight detail the author may have overlooked: when Alan is first accused of murder, he produces a piece of glass which has both his and Louis’ fingerprints on it, also mentioning that there is more in the washroom garbage. The piece of glass used to stab Serge did not have Alan’s fingerprints. If the incident was a suicide as Alan described, this could not be the case. That was how I initially deduced that Alan was lying, not any of the options given, which was confusing. Of course, this is only a minor detail that doesn’t affect the quality of the game.


#2

@bcyy That sounds like a really cool game :smiley: It seems there are a lot of games on here that don’t off much of a choice when it comes to the plot, despite the name of this publisher. Anyway, I found another game a lot like this game in terms of story arch and a real life feel–if you don’t mind fantasy elements ^u^ It’s called Way Walkers: University http://www.choiceofgames.com/forum/discussion/711/way-walkers-university/p1


#3

There were so many holes in Alan’s story that weren’t addressed. How did Louis get the chlorophyll in his lungs if he just dropped the towel on the ground? How could he shove glass down his throat while unconscious? Why weren’t there any cuts on his hands if he just shoved a bunch on glass down his throat? Why didn’t Alan try to stop? He probably had ample time since there was a lot of glass he’d have had to shove down there. Also, Ben spefically states that there’s no way it could be a suicide if you tell him it is but he’s suddenly eager to believe it because Alan said so? There’s so much against his story its ridiculous that Ben even considered it true