Righteous Kill 2: Revenge of the Poet Killer – iPad
Publisher: G5 Entertainment
Developer: Starz Media
Release Date: Aug 14, 2013
Genre: Hidden Object Adventure, Puzzle
Reviewed by Mark Smith

Review Score: 3 of 5

I wasn’t a big fan of the original Righteous Kill game, so when my detective skills were call upon a second time I was cautiously optimistic as I loaded up Righteous Kill 2: Revenge of the Poet Killer. The good news is that the sequel is definitely better than the original, but the bad news is that the original was so disappointing that makes this game merely average.

Once again you play Erica, a female cop/detective called upon to solve the case of a serial killer known as the Poet Killer who leaves behind some fairly sinister notes at the scene of the crime…but what girl doesn’t love poetry? So prepare to test your powers of observation as you explore a variety of object-filled crime scenes and other areas of interest in search of clues that you can fiddle with back at your C.S.I. style crime lab. The object searching is a lot nicer this time despite plenty of red herring items that will distract you from the items you really need. I did enjoy picking able to pick from text or silhouette item lists, especially if you weren’t exactly sure of what an item might look like by its name. The hint system wasn’t a nice as I would have liked, often showing me hotspots rather than the next item in my list, but at least hints were unlimited with only a short cool-down timer.

Most of the puzzles take place back at the lab where you get to dust for fingerprints, this time using limited amounts of special dust for special materials, so use sparingly. You can also analyze ballistic reports, reassemble torn documents jigsaw style, and perhaps my favorite puzzle; analyze security camera images for any inconsistencies among the various camera angles. The 11-chapter game will take anywhere from 4-6 hours, so there seems to be a lot more content in Righteous Kill 2 than the first game, and there was definitely more effort put into making the game more original and fun, but the last half of the game had me doing a lot of backtracking to recycled crime scenes to find a new assortment of items.

Sadly, there is no overarching story to carry you through all the item hunts and puzzles so the game becomes more of a series of detached mini-games than the grand adventures G5 is known for publishing. The cinematics are poor, the voice acting is acceptable and thankfully they have a great mixer built into the game so you can crank down those super-annoying ambient noises and sound effects that overpower the scenery and the pleasant music.

Righteous Kill 2: Revenge of the Poet Killer takes several steps in the right direction, but at the end of the day this is still just another HOA game and not the best one on the block. There are some cool ideas this time around, but they are buried in a sea of redundant and unremarkable gameplay that make this a tough recommendation unless you can find it on sale.