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Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos Review

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Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos is a way more exciting and evocative title than this boring photo-hunt game deserves.

Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos is a title that implies international intrigue, Bond-caliber evil geniuses, and perhaps even some nostalgia-tickling Carmen Sandiego-style gameplay, but what you get instead is a weak-ass photo-hunt game. It tries to trump things up with a “plot” about chasing down Dr. Vladimir Chaosky (seriously!) and his henchmen, but that doesn't make scouring a blurry screen full of random junk for a specific piece of junk particularly fun.

You might think that, hey, for $10, you'd at least get a really good photo-hunt game, right? But Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos is barely committed to its globe-trotting concept. You theoretically travel from San Francisco to Cairo and all points in between, but each location is essentially a mildly themed room that's been haphazardly filled with just stuff. Some of it matches the theme of the location, but there's apparently a preponderance of CDs and umbrellas the world over. To its credit, there's enough stuff on every screen that you can approach any one location multiple times and not be asked to search for the same things.

There is, however, a very finite number of locations in Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos, and you can easily plow through all of them in an hour and change. You can play it cooperatively with up to four players, either locally or over Xbox Live, and I found this experience slightly more enjoyable, simply because misery loves company. It's rarely very difficult, providing you with a spacious time limit and numerous hints that you can cash in to find the more evasive items. Any difficulty usually comes from the fact that the art isn't quite HD-quality, and attempting to use your in-game magnifying glass just makes it look muddier.

Sometimes, though, the description of what I was looking for was unclear, which eventually lead to me just randomly clicking on stuff and hoping for the best. Maybe this speaks more about my own ignorance, but how am I supposed to discern between a bocce ball and, well, any other type of ball, ever? And since when is "swift" another name for a pterodactyl? Occasionally the game just makes inexplicable assumptions about the player's knowledge base. There's one location where you're asked to identify a number of "changes" in various pieces of presumably real-world art, though without providing any sense of what the pieces might've looked like before.

It's unsurprising that developer TikGames is primarily known for cell-phone games and casual Flash-type stuff, because that's exactly what Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos feels like. This is exactly the kind of simplistic, disposable, and completely charm-free junk that Microsoft shouldn't be clogging up Xbox Live Arcade with.

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This does look pretty terrible. Honestly never heard of it before just now.

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Looking at the 1 star Ryan pic is probably more fun than playing this game.

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I would have to agree with this review, sir.

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Nice picture I laughed

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I was up late on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and gave the trial game a whirl, hoping it would at least remind me of the pleasure of playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. But it's not that at all. It's Where in the World Did I Leave My Wallet? Only way more boring than that sounds.

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Is this Giant Bomb's first ever one-star review? Sweet pic.

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Look at all that Hemp Milk coming back up.

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Whatching my dog chasing his tail is more fun then this...
Can't believed Ryan lost time writing a review for this crap, this game doesn't even deserved to be talked about..

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McBain, they gave one star reviews to Rock Revolution and Fable II Pub Games.

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God i wonder what Vinny and Brad's 1-star pics are like.. Because Ryan and Jeff's are amazing.

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Man, kickin in the new year with a 1 star review. This is going to be one helluva year. 200Crime fosho

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haha, I clicked just to see the pic for a 1 star
hilarious
I am satisfied

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I wanted this game to be good pretty much because of the Carmen San Diego games. I like those.

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Great 1star logo. This game sounds like crap!

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Great 1star logo. This game sounds like crap!

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Best one 1 star pic ever!

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@McBain: nope, the first 1 star review was Fable II: Pub Games

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I almost want more bad games just so we see the pic more often.

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Damn Ryan, you need some Pepto-Bismol.

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Great logo Ryan. We need more variety in them.


P.S. Don't care about the game.

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Phished0ne:
http://media.giantbomb.com/media/bomb/img/black/layout/vinny-1.png
http://media.giantbomb.com/media/bomb/img/black/layout/brad-1.png

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OUCH! Love seeing the 1 star. Need it to break the ice once in awhile.

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Dang, Ryan always reviews the crappy XBLA games.    lol

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I imagine this was a fun review to write......

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This game=1*
Ryans Pic= 5*

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Can we get the Ryan 1 star review image on a shirt? :)

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The name of this game reminds me of another bad game for the NES. It featured the same mad doctor and was in fact just as bad as this one, or even worse...

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Yepp this game is shit


Nice review picture btw there Ryan xD

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Isn't it funny how Ryan's gotten stuck with reviewing the two one-star games on the site so far?

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I only clicked on this to see the AWESOME 1-star picture. Guys, you should just put up a gallery of the pictures for all of us to see!

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"Isn't it funny how Ryan's gotten stuck with reviewing the two one-star games on the site so far?"
To be fair, that Vomiting Ryan icon is hilarious.

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Next time theres a 1 star game get brad to review it just to see brads 1 star pic

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Satisfied?

Man, this game doesn't deserve such a cool-sounding name.
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"Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos is a title that implies international intrigue, Bond-caliber evil geniuses, and perhaps even some nostalgia-tickling Carmen Sandiego-style gameplay, but what you get instead is a weak-ass photo-hunt game."

Oh Thank god. When I saw the name "Interpol", I thought the band interpol got their own music game. My reaction was quite similar to Ryan's.
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Wow, this game must really suck. I shall avoid it like the plague.

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Ewww... Why even review this?

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In the future, all shitty games should be reviewed by Ryan.

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Where's Jeff's one-star picture?

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beautiful picture. with dr.chaos in the subtitle, it should of been the greatest game ever =(

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I think this was only reviewed as an excuse to use that picture.

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The pic says 5, the stars say 1.

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Haha, first Need For Speed now this? Ryan, I feel sorry for you.

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I was thinking of checking this out but i wasn't sure if it was worth it.  I geuss not.

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This looks like a 90's' Broderbund game.

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Hey, thats where my umbrella went.