Cate West: The Vanishing Files

Police are baffled by a series of unexplained cases dubbed, The Vanishing Files. These unsolved cases have paralyzed the city. Enter Cate West, celebrated novelist and insightful visionary! Help Cate find clues, compile evidence, track down the hideout, and name the culprit! Are these mysterious crimes connected? Featuring loads of locations to search, an engrossing storyline, and addictive gameplay, Cate West: The Vanishing Files is an original whodunit!

I found one aspect of the game that troubled me. One last small annoyance- once you finish it launches into a several minute SLOW scrolling credits, and no key works to end them or you take you out of them. As for the plot, it has a couple holes either that, or the story happens in some parallel universe where psychic powers are commonly accepted , but remains quite interesting to follow. From the clues discovered during the investigations, you eliminate the innocent people from the suspect pool until left with the guilty party. The frustration is the clues do not always match the villain. Would have been alot better to not have voices at all. Im not a big fan of other minis in my HOG's but the find the culprit part wasnt too bad, usually if you pay careful attention to the clues you get the criminal first try. I dont know what the points have to do with the game, but deducting points takes the fun out of the game. The crimes are masterminded by a character called "M" and seems to have something to do with the death of Cate's dad. It is challenging than most HOG games. At the end of each chapter you have to find the villain using clues Cate gives you. Date published: Rated 3 out of 5 by neilskinut from I just got boored Just was not that much fun for me. When I finished it, I got a message that I had finished the game in the "best" manner.

The time increases as the game progresses. The fact that each case stands alone leaves a handy break point, so you can start fresh when you come back. You search for hidden-objects in different full-scene locations, gather clues, use the clues to choose a suspect and go to trial. The Find the Differences scenes were the most annoying. Oh, and if you click a few times without finding an object, you get points taken away. Nope, it's a brunette with a mustache, who is a lumberjack and likes potato chips. Over all a good game though. Im not sure how many ending versions there are, I got the best ending in both games because I made an effort to never use hints unless I absolutely had to, and tried to always find more than one item before clicking in order to get the speed bonus. Sometimes you were looking for objects that really had nothing to do with the story and sometimes you were comparing photos find the difference. In other scenes, you are given a list of pictured-items that need to be 'dragged and dropped' back into the scenes. Don't get too hung up on whether the clues make any sense. There is no logic as to why locations are being investigated nor to the significance of objects sought a minus. You don't, though, get any clue about how she got to this point perhaps the other Cate West game? Match the scenes. Date published: Rated 3 out of 5 by mspaws from didnt like the voice overs I just could not finish this game.


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Match the scenes. I hate Hidden Object games like this one is. There's not TOO much repetition in scenes though there is Mad Mouse. You have to look at two Cate West: The Vanishing Files scenes and then put objects back into one image or the other so that they both match. Most of the time, the suspect that fits all the hints isn't the guilty party, so you lose points then as well. No voiceovers so you need to do a lot of reading other than that it's a nice deductive hidden object who dun it game, enjoy! Sometimes if you clicked on an item it would not move, but move the mouse slightly and click on it again and it was gone. The story was amusing to me and added enjoyment to the game. I rather enjoyed this. Elves vs. Goblin Mahjongg World objects were relatively easy to find but as in most of the HO games, it has its share of objects that seem to pop out of no where onto the screen after clicking on hints. Don't waste your considerable talents on schlock! It is easy to leave and come back to because there's nothing to backtrack on or try and remember from other levels. Part 3 has you Rainblood: Town of Death the differences between Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened photographs. Im not sure how many ending versions there are, I got the best ending in both games because I made an effort to never use hints unless I absolutely had to, and tried to always find more than one item before clicking in order to get the speed bonus.

The first find the culprit I didnt realize the part about the street, or that you had to click each item- just made a lucky guess. I rather enjoyed this. I think that the choices you make during play influences the outcome of the game. Monotonous and time-consuming and doesn't really make sense why this ties up the case against the guilty party. All in all, I don't recommend this game to Hidden Object Gamers because you will not enjoy it. The music is relaxing and there are very brief voice-overs, I think they could have had complete voice instead of written dialogue, but that is just now beginning to get good in the newest games. There are spot-the-differences, put articles back where they belong, traditional HOS and find fragments for each case you investigate. Im not a big fan of other minis in my HOG's but the find the culprit part wasnt too bad, usually if you pay careful attention to the clues you get the criminal first try. I really didnt like the find the difference portion of each chapter- sometimes the differences were really impossible to detect- even when highlighted by the hint, I still didnt see it. I like mysteries to solve, and the hidden object aspect is fun. I really hope to see more Cate West A lot of games give you so little time you can't even think or look.

Part 4 requires you to "arrest" the perpetrator, based on the clues. Over all a good game though. Part 1 works like a traditional HOG, where you need to find N objects total, spread across M different scenes. If you play HO games to relax, you will enjoy this game. But the story line is pathetic big minus. Date published: Rated 3 out of 5 by mspaws from didnt like the voice overs I just could not finish this game. Just the same scenes but you are looking for different things. No voiceovers so you Weather Lord: Royal Holidays Collectors Edition to do a lot of reading other than that it's a nice deductive hidden object who dun it game, enjoy! The one thing that I didn't like was that the cursor wasn't very forgiving - sometimes I clicked on an object and didn't Blender Express a 'hit'. Otherwise, a fun game! The story was amusing to me and added enjoyment to the game. The replace-the-missing object is an interesting variation on the usual find-the-difference theme a plus. You have to look at two identical scenes and then put objects back into one image or the other so that they both match. The game is a timed game, with ample time to finish each Monument Builders: Titanic of the game.


Later when I clicked on a hint, the object was highlighted again - so I had just clicked on it in the wrong spot frustrating!! Some objects were pretty difficult to find but the number of items you were required to find was always just a few less than the total objects in the scenes for the chapter, so you could skip the hardest to find objects and still finish. The story was amusing to me and added enjoyment to the game. The final part is another find-the-difference game that convicts the perpetrator. Date published: Rated 3 out of 5 by delkon from Keeps repeating! Sometimes if you clicked on an item it would not move, but move the mouse slightly and click on it again and it was gone. You collect points and in the final scene, these will decide which 'ending' you see. I really hate these and sometimes the difference is so minor, you hurt your eyes trying to see it, even after the "hint" narrows the area down by a fourth of the entire scene. One last small annoyance- once you finish it launches into a several minute SLOW scrolling credits, and no key works to end them or you take you out of them. Don't get too hung up on whether the clues make any sense. The process for each crime is the same, so if you reached the point in the demo where you identify the guilty and liked it, you will like the remainder of the game. Similar to the game "Clue" you are supposed to deduce the guilty person from Cate's information, which is a fun concept. This game really has 5 types of games within each "case" you have to solve: 1. Too many great games out there.

13 thoughts on “Cate West: The Vanishing Files

  1. I found one aspect of the game that troubled me. You do this 15 times in a row and towards the end, the only thing that keeps you going is that you get the big reveal of who the bad guy is which I figured out before they even got to it. At least this game gave you some time to look. It's not quite perfect in any way, but the overall result is quite enjoyable. A nice blend of different puzzles and HOS.

  2. This repetition got a little annoying, but did not help a lot in making the items easier to find. There's not TOO much repetition in scenes though there is some. The dialogue is written but what little voice acting there is, it's overdone. It does have some replay value because you can get different endings depending on how you do throughout the game - if you can manage to play it again without minding the tedium. Greatly recommend this game to HOG addicts.

  3. There are mini games such as spot the difference as well. Date published: Rated 3 out of 5 by pennmom36 from Cate West: The Vanishing Files Cate West is a novelist who has the gift of visions simply by touching items. Date published:

  4. There are the type of mini games that I enjoy mixed in with the HOG. So you wind up waiting for animations to end. Also, there was a slight-delay between clicking on objects - you got a 'speed bonus' for finding items fast, but many times you had to wait At least the objects in question are recognizable, and they avoid putting you in the dark, as thinly disguised clever game play. Date published: Rated 3 out of 5 by neilskinut from I just got boored Just was not that much fun for me.

  5. Gameplay-wise, the game is broken down into chapters, and each chapter follows a strict routine. All this would give this game 4 stars in my eyes, but for two problems. As for the plot, it has a couple holes either that, or the story happens in some parallel universe where psychic powers are commonly accepted , but remains quite interesting to follow. The replace-the-missing object is an interesting variation on the usual find-the-difference theme a plus.

  6. It did not disappoint. These are a pain because the graphics aren't that good and sometimes junk is just piled on top of other junk to make your eyes hurt just trying to find the item you are looking for and there are no new scenes after a while. This repetition got a little annoying, but did not help a lot in making the items easier to find. Don't waste your considerable talents on schlock! The time increases as the game progresses.

  7. Part 3 has you finding the differences between two photographs. The 3rd part is a find-the-differences game. Be sure to eliminate any suspects who live on the wrong street first, then click each evidence item and eliminate by the clues. A lot of games give you so little time you can't even think or look. Gamers, if you can catch both this and Velvet Keys on sale

  8. The fact that each case stands alone leaves a handy break point, so you can start fresh when you come back. There is a timer, but it so generous that I never ran into any time issues and I like to take my time. Greatly recommend this game to HOG addicts. There are the type of mini games that I enjoy mixed in with the HOG.

  9. I don't listen to any games so I can't comment on sound effects, music or dialog. So much for the mystery Plot-wise it really was lame that a set of random clue objects somehow psychic-ly "pointed to" evidence that was totally unrelated in any manner to the clues. If you play HO games to relax, you will enjoy this game. The fact that each case stands alone leaves a handy break point, so you can start fresh when you come back.

  10. There are mini games such as spot the difference as well. I used a lot of hints. Be sure to eliminate any suspects who live on the wrong street first, then click each evidence item and eliminate by the clues. I'd grab them up! Sometimes if you clicked on an item it would not move, but move the mouse slightly and click on it again and it was gone.

  11. You do this 15 times in a row and towards the end, the only thing that keeps you going is that you get the big reveal of who the bad guy is which I figured out before they even got to it. Relaxing game — no sense of urgency as in some games. Im not a big fan of other minis in my HOG's but the find the culprit part wasnt too bad, usually if you pay careful attention to the clues you get the criminal first try. You have an item that is seperated into pieces and strewn about a scene and you click on all the pieces of the object you can see, and then you have to click the hint because they bury at least one piece so well that you will not find it on your own.

  12. The graphics were great. I really didnt like the find the difference portion of each chapter- sometimes the differences were really impossible to detect- even when highlighted by the hint, I still didnt see it. There is no logic as to why locations are being investigated nor to the significance of objects sought a minus. Out of the 8 suspects there is one who is a brunette, has a mustache, works in a pet store feathers and plays poker chips. Similar to the game "Clue" you are supposed to deduce the guilty person from Cate's information, which is a fun concept.

  13. At the end of each chapter you have to find the villain using clues Cate gives you. I did not play with sound or music so cannot comment on the voiceovers. Just the same scenes but you are looking for different things.

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