James Noir's Hollywood Crimes review Just as the worst movies are sometimes the best, James Noir wins you over with its sheer enthusiasm, even if it feels a little rubbish.
You take part in a puzzle gameshow while helping an FBI friend solve a string of puzzle-related murders along the way.
The puzzles on offer range greatly. Only one or two are Layton-style logic puzzles, the majority are physical ones in which you move things, draw lines, rotate objects and the like.
There's some repetition in the puzzle types, but not any more than you've seen in a Layton game. While the main story can be completed in around five or six hours, there are also plenty of extra puzzles to play through on top of that, such as the 50 or so you didn't choose during the gameshow sections and others sent to you by the show's fans.
The voice acting is among the cheesiest we've heard, the weird character animation is straight out of '90s CD-ROM adventures and the plot is grade-A baloney, but there's a charm running through the whole thing that we can't help but enjoy.
It may not have much replay value once all the puzzles are done, but it's a fun story with some real head-scratchers.
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