How do you make a game where you stare at still images searching for a variety of different size and shaped objects on the screen fun? The answer is simple. You can't. However TikGames have decided to give it a bash.
Their idea to make a game like that fun resulted in Interpol: The Trail of Dr Chaos. The storyline is pretty straight forward. You must travel across the world to a variety of different cities searching for clues which will ultimately find the bad guy. They call it an international chase for a fugitive named Dr Chaos. So what do you actually have to do I hear you say?
Well when you get past the formalities of reading the make believe storyline, and actually get to look at your first still image, you will soon become aware that the storyline has absolutely nothing to do with the actual game. So, storyline aside the idea of the game is very simple. You have a list of items like an apple, CD or burning candle in which you must find within a very generous time limit. These items vary between glaring you right in the face obvious, to having to use the zoom-in feature to see your required item on the list. If you are struggling for the more difficult items you can use some of the hints which puts a circle around the object you can't find. You then say to yourself "oh yeah, can't believe I never saw that before". The items on the list don't relate to the story whatsoever. Who ever used an apple to escape and go on the run?
As your aim in the game is to catch Dr Chaos you have to find all the objects in each city in order to progress to the next city. If you fail at one of the city's just try again. Some of the items you have to look for might have changed, but ultimately the image stays the same so you wont find it to hard to do it again. It would truly be a breathtaking experience, if we lived in upside down world.
Unfortunately that's as exciting as the single player gets. Asides from that there isn't many options. There is an Xbox LIVE feature but that doesn't work because gamers don't want to play 'let's stare at images' online. On a side note there is an option to play 4 player co-op in which you all can play through the single player mode together. This is much better than single player as after all you're playing with your friends. But again you come back to the main point. It just isn't fun trying to find objects in an image which isn't even appealing. I mean don't get me wrong, the first few images are enjoyable to an extent. It just gets boring after 10 minutes and I want to turn it off.
The achievements in Interpol are overall pretty good. You can get most of the achievements by just playing through the game normally (using your hints etc), but you will also get challenged by trying to do it using no hints which is very difficult.
To sum up my Interpol experience it has been quite the experience. I'm never going to get the time I played on it back, which is a shame. This game might appeal to fans of looking for items in small images but that's it. I'm not really sure how they could have improved the game overall. Maybe get rid of the stupid plot which has nothing to do with the game, reduce the stupid price tag of 800 Ms points and you might have something to keep you occupied for 30 minutes or so. Overall avoid, or purchase Interpol at your own risk.
- Fun for 10 minutes
- 4 player Co-Op
- Boring after 11 minutes
- Poor storyline
- No-one plays LIVE