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!

Part 4 is the most original of the lot - you have to pinpoint a suspect based on a series of cryptic clues. Why not expand that the theme? 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! 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. Greatly recommend this game to HOG addicts. 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. Artwork is quite detailed but some parts of the HOS are crowded, and music is okay not too sleepy and not too peppy. This is the easiest game, in my opinion. The game play is repititious and the HO;s can be hard to find, but to me the story and characters more than make up for it so I will not give less than five stars. You don't, though, get any clue about how she got to this point perhaps the other Cate West game? But the story line is pathetic big minus. If you play HO games to relax, you will enjoy this game. 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. 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. For example, the clues may be, brunette, mustache, feathers, chips.

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Cate West The Vanishing Files

Monotonous and time-consuming and doesn't really make sense why this ties up the case against the guilty party. I know I didn't and I wish I hadn't wasted money on it. Part 4 is the most original of the lot - you have to pinpoint a suspect based on a series of cryptic clues. I'd grab them up! You collect points and in the final scene, these will decide which 'ending' you see. Too many great games out there. 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. 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 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. The game consists of 15 chapters with 5 parts to each chapter. A nice blend of different puzzles and HOS. Overall I enjoyed the game. The 3rd part is a find-the-differences game. The dialogue is written but what little voice acting there is, it's overdone.

You need to find hidden objects that are on your list and weed out the innocent people until you find the guilty party. 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. Unique storyline and addictive. I dont know what the points have to do with the game, but deducting points takes the fun out of the game. At least this game gave you some time to look. I did not like the characters saying one word and you finished reading the script. It is a very nice touch to offer us multiple suspects. A lot of games give you so little time you can't even think or look. 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. Oh, and if you click a few times without finding an object, you get points taken away. 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. Hate these immensely.


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This is a great HOG with a great storyline that ends with a cliff hanger that continues into the next game Vanixhing the series. At the end of each chapter you have to find the villain using clues Cate gives you. In other West, Cate West: The Vanishing Files are given a Vanishhing of pictured-items that need to be 'dragged and dropped' back into the scenes. The fact that each case stands alone leaves a handy break point, so you can start fresh when you come back. The frustration is the clues do not always match the villain. On the downside, some of the scenes were Daily Mah Jong bit 'fuzzy' and some of the objects Wsst: very small or hidden in 'dark' areas. It's not quite perfect in any way, but the overall result is quite enjoyable. So you wind up waiting for animations to end. Unique storyline and addictive. Don't waste your considerable talents on schlock! I know I didn't and I wish I hadn't wasted money on it. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the HOS repeated over and over again. I hate Hidden Object games like this one is. There is no logic as to why locations are being investigated nor to the significance of objects sought a minus.

I haven't finished but I can say it has kept me occupied for a while. 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. It is a very nice touch to offer us multiple suspects. Gameplay-wise, the game is broken down into chapters, and each chapter follows a strict routine. Artwork is quite detailed but some parts of the HOS are crowded, and music is okay not too sleepy and not too peppy. This is the easiest game, in my opinion. The graphics were great. Once thats done it finally will tell you if you got the best ending or not. The dialogue is written but what little voice acting there is, it's overdone. This game really has 5 types of games within each "case" you have to solve: 1. I really hope to see more Cate West Animations are fun once, OK twice, but after that, awful to wait for.

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. You need to find hidden objects that are on your list and weed out the innocent people until you find the guilty party. This is a great HOG with a great storyline that ends with a Secrets of the Dark: Eclipse Mountain Collectors Edition hanger that continues Alice and the Magic Gardens the next game in the Loves Triumph. From the clues discovered during the investigations, you eliminate the innocent people from the suspect pool until left with the guilty party. 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 get a 'hit'. Unique storyline and addictive. And, there was a final section to each chapter where you tried to figure out the culprit. A good bang for the buck. The 3rd part is a find-the-differences game. At the end of each chapter you have to find the villain using clues Cate gives you. 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 Cate West: The Vanishing Files


7 thoughts on “Cate West: The Vanishing Files

  1. In other scenes, you are given a list of pictured-items that need to be 'dragged and dropped' back into the scenes. When I finished it, I got a message that I had finished the game in the "best" manner. The only thing that kept me at this game was the storyline. But the story line is pathetic big minus. Date published: Rated 3 out of 5 by neilskinut from I just got boored Just was not that much fun for me.

  2. It was rather sporadic in occurrence. 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. She is aiding the police in solving a variety of crimes — pick out the culprit and put the thug behind bars.

  3. It probably would have been just as good without the sound bites that repeated in every other scene, and the silly anime poses didnt thrill me but that doesnt hurt the overall game play, which was quite long. Who's Guilty? There is the lame psychic plot, but if you can get past that it plays pretty well. At times the clues betrayed a second language influence, and occasional poor proofreading "lockpad" for padlock? Just the same scenes but you are looking for different things.

  4. I just scratched my head and went on. Part 4 requires you to "arrest" the perpetrator, based on the clues. 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. Finally, in Part 5 you need to compare two copies of a scene, placing objects back where they're missing.

  5. All this would give this game 4 stars in my eyes, but for two problems. I really hope to see more Cate West There's not TOO much repetition in scenes though there is some.

  6. I found one aspect of the game that troubled me. Would have been alot better to not have voices at all. 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.

  7. Where do the feathers fit in with this guy? 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 a timer, but it so generous that I never ran into any time issues and I like to take my time.

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