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Metacritic: 75/100
Release: Aug 2010
Reviewed on: iOS

Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds

Site Score
8.0
Good: Mini game variety – Good balance of crime investigation and object hunting
Bad: Weak voice acting breaks immersion
User Score
8.8
(6 votes)
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Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds is a multi-platform game where you’ll have to catch the criminal while uncovering hidden objects in a variety of scenes.

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In the game you’ll be partnering up with detectives Lamonte and Turino who are recent hires in the Special Enquiry Detail unit who investigate the most severe of crimes thanks to their experience and equipment.

Players are thrown right into the first high profile case soon after being introduced. This case has you exploring the brutal death of a daughter within a wealthy family, which includes a few twists you won’t be expecting.

The level of quality cases isn’t limited to the game start either with interesting settings and crime developments to solve across the dozen exciting chapters. Said chapters will take you to dozens of locations and mini-games to ensure Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds is more than just hidden objects.

Gameplay is comparable to others in the genre with the likes of clue collection, interviews and information finding puzzles. All of these elements tie together with clues from one element often being the vital piece to another. If these aren’t up your alley they are skippable after a certain amount of time has passed.

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The main focus though is the aforementioned hidden object gameplay and is well designed with colourful scenes where you’ll have to find a random list of items along with a vital piece of information referred to only as the clue.

All these mechanics are wrapped in a pretty believable story that offers a good balance between gameplay and the story elements. It is somewhat let down by the atrocious voice acting though.

Summary:

  • Solve the crime by solving puzzles and collecting clues.
  • Hunt for hidden objects in a variety of scenes.
  • Follow a well-written and believable crime story.
  • 12 chapters, 30+ locations and 25 mini games.
  • Play on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

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Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds, 8.8 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
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