Review: Detective Gallo (PlayStation 4)

Detective Gallo is a point&click comic-noir adventure that is entirely hand-illustrated and hand-animated, and whose protagonist is a feathered and grumpy private eye struggling with a very tricky case, bizarre characters, and puzzles that will put his insight and patience to the test. Here is our Detective Gallo review.

Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics.
  • 868.6MB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Strong voice work.
  • Point and click gameplay.
  • Uses DS4 touchpad for cursor control (optional).
  • Basic tutorial help as you play.
  • Maintains a retro atmosphere to it all.
  • Gallo visions- Press R2 to bring up all interactable objects on the screen.
  • Save when you want.
  • Humor throughout.
  • Simple controls.
  • Easy trophy list.
  • A good introduction to the genre.
  • Decent puzzles.

Cons:

  • A fair bit of hand holding.
  • Characters talk over each over a lot.
  • Slow pace.
  • Doesn’t explain everything at first like how to look at something rather than pick up or interact with.
  • Gallo vision cheapens the gameplay.
  • No tips/help on clues.
  • No tooltip help for items in your inventory.
  • The font can hurt to read sometimes.
  • One and done experience.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

A fun return to the point and click genre. I am so glad they added support to the touchpad as so many games overlook this feature! Back to the actual game and it definitely fits into the genre and I couldn’t shake a Maniac Mansion/Day of the tentacle vibe from it, Could be the bright cartoon style or the world they have created. Either way that is only a better thing for the game, Yes you will only play it once and it is a tad short but you will enjoy yourself all the way through, Some puzzles are a bit obtuse but I tell you this is a good game for point and click dabblers or newcomers, Older vets may find it all a bit too easy and basic.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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