It seems I’m on a roll this week! It’s time for yet another review of a new adventure game. Following the superb Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered (TMA Review) and frustrating but promising The Train episode 01 (TMA Review) I’m going to examine another recent entry to the genre on the App Store, which also happens to be an iDevice exclusive as well – Cop – the case of the cloned beauty queen. Will this one prove to be worthy of our The App Store’s Best Adventure?
Cop – the case of the cloned beauty queen is another point-and-click adventure, even closer to the classics than most other original releases on the iOS platform. In a world just like our own – save for a few minor differences – a clumsy and underappreciated cop is spending his days snoozing in his office. Until one day a fire decimates the hotel where this year’s awards for the “Cloned Beauty Queen” title are held. Did I say “minor differences”? Anyhow, since the only other cop in the force is home sick, the chief doesn’t have any other choice but to put our fair hero forward to investigate the dastardly deed.
The developers (zima-software) managed to create a unique world, a parody of our own, by simply adding a few minor changes and speculating on what would happen if we could suddenly create a copy of anyone who ever lived. The writing is great and I seriously advise you to read through all of the dialogues and item descriptions carefully – you won’t regret it. Additionally, Cop is one of the few original indie adventure games to feature full voiceovers with quite decent acting, so it’s definitely advisable to play with the sound on. The graphics are excellent, with the artwork done in a somewhat hypertrophied cartoony style, and none of that flashy 3d graphics to spoil stuff. Instead, colorful hand drawn 2D graphics rule the world in the case of the cloned beauty queen.
Gameplay-wise Cop takes its inspiration from the classic adventure games of the early 90s – a huge inventory, lots of accessible screens, characters active hotspots. Unfortunately what Cop neglected to take was – common sense. Despite available descriptions for all hot spots and items, most of the puzzles are extremely obscure. And I DO mean extremely! For example, despite the availability of a pond and a fire hose on numerous occasions, you’ll discover that finding a drop of water is next to impossible and requires an absolutely impossible feat of ingenuity. Sadly almost 60-70% of puzzles are like that. All this makes for one of the most difficult adventure games in all my experience of more than 20 years of gaming. The only refuge is the built-in walkthrough… which skips a few important steps on several occasions.
The other real downer, adding ever more grief to the difficulty level, is the interface. Despite being originally developed for the iDevice (at least I was unable to find any mentions of the Cop for any other platform), the game features touchpad-style cursor control, instead of a full-touch interface. Add to this the absolute lack of any way to display all of the available hot-spots on-screen, and you get yourself a boat-load of pixel-hunting pain. This may add to the feel of a classic adventure game you say? Maybe, but on the iPhone I would say it spells the death of Cop for any casual gamer.
Cop – the case of the cloned beauty queen is a baffling game in many ways. On one hand it has hilarious writing, original setting, colorful graphics and loads and loads of gameplay worth. On the other, the barringly high difficulty level will make it frustrating to play for almost anyone apart from the true adventure game fans, even with the availability of the built-in walkthrough. The outdated control scheme doesn’t exactly help either. That said though, and despite the aforementioned shortcomings, I still thoroughly enjoyed my way through Cop thanks to the simply superb writing and graphics.
With this I declare Cop – the case of the cloned beauty queen officially touched!
|Title:||Cop – the case of the cloned beauty queen||Developer:||Zima-software|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0||Min OS Req:||3.0|
Can’t get enough of the adventure genre for the iDevice? Take a look at these TMA articles/reviews!
- The App Store’s Best Adventure (Updated 30.08.2010)
- Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered in Review – The shard may be mightier than the sword
- Nostradamus The Last Prophecy – Part 1 in Review – Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here. I shall be… on iOS!
- Gobliiins in Review – Putting the iii in iDevice adventure gaming…
- Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures Episode 1 in Review
- The Secret of Grisly Manor in Review – It’s not THAT big of a secret.
- Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge in Review – On your iDevice – a three-headed monkey!
- Puzzle Agent in Review – Freeze, FBI! Department of Puzzle Research!
- HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 in Review – A “Half-decent” adventure worth its weight in gold…
- The Last King of Africa in Review – A trip to paradise that just went awfully wrong…
- 1112 episode 02 in Review – The LOST of iPhone adventure games!
- Broken Sword: Director’s Cut in Review – Neo-Templars, Hashishin, Baphomet and world domination
- Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 1 in Review – sadistically beautiful