PlayDetective: Heartbreakers
Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Sunday, 11 November 2007

Uziana.com tests PlayDetective: Heartbreakers, the one and only detective game where your mission is to capture cheating spouses.

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The story in PlayDetective: Heartbreakers is hardly one of epic proportions. There is no saving the world, or no real bad guys for that matter.  You are a detective trying to gather evidence to nail cheating spouses (male and female).

There are 15 cases in the game with the ability to download additional ones.  While the storylines in the cases are different the concept is the same. Before each case you have to gear up; buy eavesdropping devices, a phone call or a camera.

Eavesdropping is done when the suspects are separate and is presented as a text, not as audio. The phone is simply used to call the suspects in order to gather evidence. Finally the camera is used to snap pictures of the suspects. The items can only be applied at certain stages in the case; it doesn’t take very long to figure out which item to use.  When completing a mission you will earn cash, which is used to buy the items mentioned above.

The cases are divided into one stage where you use the different devices and another where you solve puzzles.  The puzzle part of Heartbreakers are what makes this game worth it, they are fun and engaging. However after playing ten cases you will probably feel like you know them all.

There are several types of puzzles; one where you are to fill in blank letters in a message, there is also a puzzle memory minigame. The weaker puzzle games are the control questions about the case you are working on, they aren’t very fun or engaging.  There are two reasons for it, one is that the cases themselves aren’t very engaging. The characters are not as deep or dynamic as one would want, and let’s face it cheating on your partner is bad but it’s not like you are hunting for murderers or terrorists.

You will not fall off your chair because of the graphics in PlayDetective: Heartbreakers. If you remember the original Emergency game you will instantly feel at home. The game is isometric with not many effects at all. Overall it’s kind of boring to watch and looks old.

One might be fooled and think that this is a game suitable for a female audience rather than a male one. While it might be true no one really likes shallow characters and cases where it seems more important for the characters to transport themselves from one point to another.
Yes there are a lot for the developers to improve in this game. Most importantly I think the characters and storylines in the cases needs to be presented better. There are older adventure games such as the Police Quest-series that does this much better; Kayo Games should take a look at them.

So is there nothing good at all with Detective: Heartbreakers? Well of course there is; the puzzle mini-games are good. There is still work to be done in order to make this game more interesting for the player.

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Related: CSI, Police Quest, Hopkins FBI
Developer: Kayo Games
Website for Game: http://playdetective.com/
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Cost of Full Game: $19.95
Where to get:
Download Trial Here!
Year of Release: 2007

Requirements:
Pentium 1.0 GHz, 256 MB  RAM, Direct X 7.0
Tested on:
Intel Core2Duo 1,86 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Windows Vista

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