Codebreakers: Hunting a Killer

If you want to find yourself deeply immersed in solving a time critical murder case this is for you.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hunting a Killer begins with a dramatic video giving me flashbacks of the themes of Se7en as we learn about an infamous serial killer who is leaving dark, cryptic puzzles as calling cards on the path to his 9th victim.

I’m suitably intrigued, so we begin a text conversation with our new colleague – Inspector Collins. We’ve been assigned to his team to help catch The Inferno Killer before it’s too late!

There is a puzzle per victim, and they are mostly interactive which I absolutely love. You have to move game pieces, put pieces of a torn up note together and flip switches to get to the next stage, and that’s after all the online sleuthing you need do to figure out the answer.

There are some elements of the game where you will need to go into the real world of google maps etc. but the puzzles for these are expertly done and exciting and don’t take away from the immersion of the game. I particularly enjoyed the use of YouTube which made it feel all the more creepy.

And then there’s the moment I wasn’t expecting, which I wish I had seen coming because then I wouldn’t have squealed so loudly. Very well played Codebreakers.

If you’re playing with more than one computer, I’d recommend you all opening the same browser. You’ll all have to enter the answers to proceed at the same time, but it’s better than sending the URL’s over Whatsapp like I did, which probably made the game not as much fun and captivating for my pal.

The game ends with you having to choose the right killer, and believe me the stakes feel high. The relief when the final video played was real, and we both chimed together “That was so good!”.

For a Criminal Minds fan, this was a dream. I really enjoyed being part of the team bringing down a killer, and will be on the lookout for more offerings from Codebreakers in the future.

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