|System: X360 (XBLA), PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: TikGames||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Microsoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 7, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Despite Interpol's fairly simplistic premise and gameplay, it's strangely appealing, nostalgic feel makes playing through its entirety quite entertaining. However, this probably has more to do with its incredibly short length than how compelling the actual overall experience is. Even with its eleven different cities and multiple locations per city, Interpol will only take you between two to four hours maximum to fully complete. Since you blaze through the game at such a quick pace, the fairly weak storyline and repetitive gameplay don't really have a chance to fully set in.
This, probably generous, time estimate becomes even shorter if you take advantage of the up to four player local or online co-op afforded by the game. When playing with friends, several of the games locations can be finished in less than a minute if you work well together. Still, all the included levels can be played through several times without being entirely repetitive, since the game will randomize the objects you need to find for each attempt. There are also a couple of bonus levels waiting to be unlocked that will have you finding discrepancies between two, almost entirely similar pictures.
While it is fairly short, simple, and not particularly impressive in any way, Interpol still somehow manages to be an enjoyable experience. For anyone who enjoys a good word search or visual puzzle, I would definitely suggest picking up this title. The ability to play through multiple times, searching for different items each go around should certainly help to justify its ten dollar price tag to players looking for some sort of longevity from the game as well. However, if you don't derive pleasure from meticulously combing over pictures, while looking for hidden objects, Interpol won't do anything to change your mind.
CCC Staff Contributor