Travel to China to Solve an Exotic Mystery in Judge Dee – iPad App Review

The entire population of the small town of Wu Ling is hit by the curse of the God of the City, punctuated by the death of mayor’s son, Chen, on his birthday. Your job is to take on the role of Judge Dee who is commissioned to try and solve the mystery and put an end to the city’s current fate.

Written by the scriptwriter responsible for the Nancy Drew™ series, Judge Dee is rich with story-telling content.

Judge Dee boasts 40 different locations to explore while solving over 25 puzzles and playing 30 hidden object scenes (trying to find lost object well placed inside locations like the local beggar’s cart).

If you like games that you can really sink your teeth into, Judge Dee is a title that will give you hours of entertainment. Talk to the townspeople (or even engage them in a game of ‘Go’ or the ancient Chinese ‘Tangram’), use items in your inventory that you have collected to help as you work your way through all of the quests you acquire.

What I liked: The graphics for this app are really quite fantastic (looking more like artwork than the average iPad game) and the interface, while complex, is quite easy to work with once you have the hang of it.

What I didn’t like: The game is necessarily complex and a built-in tutorial (which you can end at any time) will guide you through how to play, but it seems to take a considerable amount of time to get past the introductory period and get into the meat of the app.

To buy or not to buy: If you like a good challenge and enjoy solving a tricky mystery, Judge Dee is a quality title and well worth the purchase price.

  • App Name: Judge Dee
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  • Category: Games
  • Developer: Bigben Interactive
  • Price: $3.99
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