Murder By Numbers

When I picked up Murder By Numbers, I thought the title was referring to the fact that it’s got Picross-style gameplay mixed with a visual novel. It didn’t expect the name would refer to the plot, too! Murder By Numbers chases the quirkiness of the Phoenix Wright games, but never quite lands with its characters and jokes. Plot points and tropes become all too predictable, slowly turning a game into a chore. The Picross puzzles are alright and never too challenging to bar progress, but a couple of UI missteps can make puzzles more frustrating than they need to be.