Noir: Killer vs. Inspector
By D. Brad Talton Jr.
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Noir is a simple yet addicting 2-player game for the iPhone and iPad. Take on the role of the killer or inspector, and take to the streets to uncover the secret identity of your opponent. Both players have different styles of play, but only one can be declared the victor.
The goal of each player is to discover and eliminate the identity of the other, but each has a very different style of accomplishing this. The Killer kills at random, luring the inspector into false accusations and missteps to reveal his identity, while the Inspector secretly exonerates suspects, reducing the pool of potential targets in his pursuit of the killer.
- Easy to learn, teach, and play in 10 minutes or less. Perfect for a quick break at the train station or jazz club.
- Simple play rules allow you to focus on getting inside the opponent's head and deducing his motives.
- A diverse cast of suspect characters illustrated by Fábio Fontes.
- Suspenseful music score by Kevin MacLeod that grows more intense as the game progresses.
See the gameplay trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGhUp-s8v3w
What's New in Version 1.1
- Exonerate is less powerful now. Exonerate provides only 1 suspect, but the Inspector starts with 5 suspects pre-exonerated.
- Shift, Kill, and Investigate actions can now be canceled.
- iPhone Universal support.
Great implementation of the card game.
Noir is based on an unpublished card game by the developer (well, unpublished as of my writing this). I stumbled into the physical version of the game at a game shop which was selling some of his self-published versions of the cards. It's a great, simple concept, though the original rules had a few wonky parts. This iPad version of it is really good and helps clarify some of the rules issues of the physical game. It's pretty much perfect apart from some tiny interface issues (the slide buttons could be more responsive and maybe put the cancel button somewhere else while sliding). The only major change I would recommend to the developers is this: make it so that exonerated suspects show up on the bottom of the screen while you are holding the magnifying glass icon. This way, all a player has to do is cover his side of the board rather than having to pick up the iPad and hide it from the other player to check his suspects. I think if the exonerate cards just popped up from the bottom, it would make the game just that much smoother without having to pick up the iPad.
Great 2 player game.
My girlfriend and I are always looking for fun 2 player games and I came across this game the other day. We played it a lot last night and It's a really fun strategy game. With the number of times we played it's already been well worth the price. It was interesting to see how our strategies changed the more we played. I do wonder about future balance issues with the exonerate feature. It seems the inspector may have an advantage. Maybe a mode where there is limited exonerates or a mode where you can only exonerate every other turn to force the inspector to move the board or investigate? The orientation flip for inspector that other reviews mentioned would be cool too. Anyway, great game! We're really enjoying it.
Fun, stylish, but broken
Fun premise and nice presentation, but I found the game mechanics to be fatally broken.
As inspector, you exonerate right from the start giving no information to the killer (you don't even have to check for your own identity yet). Once the killer strikes, you continue to exonerate until you know exactly who the killer is. Only blind luck on the killer's part earns them a win. Once the killer is known, moving in is fairly easy to hide your identity as inspector to make the first (and final) investigation.
As a recommended fix, revealing exonerated characters to both players (and removing the rows and/or columns when they are all slain or exonerated) would at least narrow the killing field for the killer. The inspector would not want to use Exonerate too heavily, as it would increase the odds of a lucky kill.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Jul 08, 2011
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 55.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: David Talton
- ©2011 Level 99 Games
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.