History VideoGame / EagleEyeMysteries

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''Eagle Eye Mysteries'' is a two-part EdutainmentGame series developed by Stormfront Studios (now defunct as of 2008) and published by the Creative Wonders (EA*Kids) studio. It was released for the PC and AppleMacintosh computers and playable on DOS, as a first-person detective game involving reading, puzzle-solving, and much research on the part of the player. The series is for players aged 8 and up, which means adults can get in on the fun as well.

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''Eagle Eye Mysteries'' is a two-part EdutainmentGame series developed by Stormfront Studios (now defunct as of 2008) and published by the Creative Wonders (EA*Kids) studio. It was released for the PC and AppleMacintosh UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh computers and playable on DOS, as a first-person detective game involving reading, puzzle-solving, and much research on the part of the player. The series is for players aged 8 and up, which means adults can get in on the fun as well.
8th Sep '17 9:04:00 PM Angeldeb82
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In-game, Jake and Jennifer use a hand-held electronic notebook called a [[MagicalComputer TRAVIS]] (short for Text Retrieval And Video Input System), which can store notes and photos of suspects or other pictures for easy reference later when going through clues to solve the mystery. [[AllThereInTheManual According to the game manual,]] they also adhere to a strict series of rules that govern mystery-solving, allowing them (and you) to better sift through clues, identify the ones that are most relevant to the case, and thus correctly identify the guilty party.

Each game begins with a [[JustifiedTutorial practice mystery]] that the player can access to get a feel of how gameplay works. In ''EEM London,'' when you start playing for the first time, you're immediately launched into the practice mystery, as it sets the pace for the game's underlying StoryArc, where the kids will have to match wits with an elusive criminal known only as [[TheChessmaster Macavity.]]

The mysteries are separated into "books," each containing roughly 25 mysteries. In ''EEM Original,'' there are three books, Book 1, Book 2, and a "Challenge Book." The cases in Books 1 and 2 have the same names, but those in Book 2 are only slightly more difficult, have different clues and come with different outcomes. The Challenge Book contains only six mysteries, all having the same names as their namesake cases in Books 1 and 2, but with [[UpToEleven significantly higher difficulty.]]

In ''EEM London,'' there are two books, with the cases in Book 1 being very different from those in Book 2 and with approximately the same level of difficulty across all the cases. (On a side note, both books in ''EEM London'' contain exactly 25 cases, which means you get to solve 50 mysteries in all - not counting the [[JustifiedTutorial introductory mystery]] that you get when you first start playing the game.)

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In-game, Jake and Jennifer use a hand-held electronic notebook called a [[MagicalComputer TRAVIS]] (short for Text Retrieval And Video Input System), which can store notes and photos of suspects or other pictures for easy reference later when going through clues to solve the mystery. [[AllThereInTheManual According to the game manual,]] manual]], they also adhere to a strict series of rules that govern mystery-solving, allowing them (and you) to better sift through clues, identify the ones that are most relevant to the case, and thus correctly identify the guilty party.

Each game begins with a [[JustifiedTutorial practice mystery]] that the player can access to get a feel of how gameplay works. In ''EEM London,'' when you start playing for the first time, you're immediately launched into the practice mystery, as it sets the pace for the game's underlying StoryArc, where the kids will have to match wits with an elusive criminal known only as [[TheChessmaster Macavity.]]

Macavity]].

The mysteries are separated into "books," each containing roughly 25 mysteries. In ''EEM Original,'' Original'', there are three books, Book 1, Book 2, and a "Challenge Book." The cases in Books 1 and 2 have the same names, but those in Book 2 are only slightly more difficult, have different clues and come with different outcomes. The Challenge Book contains only six mysteries, all having the same names as their namesake cases in Books 1 and 2, but with [[UpToEleven significantly higher difficulty.]]

difficulty]].

In ''EEM London,'' London'', there are two books, with the cases in Book 1 being very different from those in Book 2 and with approximately the same level of difficulty across all the cases. (On a side note, both books in ''EEM London'' contain exactly 25 cases, which means you get to solve 50 mysteries in all - not counting the [[JustifiedTutorial introductory mystery]] that you get when you first start playing the game.)



* AdultsAreUseless: [[AvertedTrope Actually, no,]] adults are ''very'' helpful when it comes to giving information. [[PoliceAreUseless The police's ability to solve cases without the Eagles' help, on the other hand...]]

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* AdultsAreUseless: [[AvertedTrope Actually, no,]] no]], adults are ''very'' helpful when it comes to giving information. [[PoliceAreUseless The police's ability to solve cases without the Eagles' help, on the other hand...]]



* AlliterativeName: Most of the case-names in both games, although it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] with ''EEM London's'' "Case of the Sherlock Holmes Hoax" and "Case of the Robin Hood Hacker."

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* AlliterativeName: Most of the case-names in both games, although it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] {{subverted|Trope}} with ''EEM London's'' London''[='=]s "Case of the Sherlock Holmes Hoax" and "Case of the Robin Hood Hacker."



* BreakingTheFourthWall: A necessary part of both games' [[JustifiedTutorial practice mysteries.]] In-story, in ''EEM London's'' "Case of the Marlford Murder," Count von Coburg does it constantly, forgetting that he's supposed to be playing the murder victim and is therefore supposed to be playing dead.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: A necessary part of both games' [[JustifiedTutorial practice mysteries.]] mysteries]]. In-story, in ''EEM London's'' London''[='=]s "Case of the Marlford Murder," Count von Coburg does it constantly, forgetting that he's supposed to be playing the murder victim and is therefore supposed to be playing dead.



** In ''EEM Original'', the mysteries in Book 1 are extremely easy and require that you pick five clues to solve each one. Then comes Book 2, whose cases are slightly more difficult and require that you pick ''four'' clues to solve them. And then comes the [[UpToEleven Challenge Book,]] which for at least one of the cases will require you to take out actual pen and paper to keep track of the facts, and all of which require you to pick '''three''' clues before you can choose the guilty party.

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** In ''EEM Original'', the mysteries in Book 1 are extremely easy and require that you pick five clues to solve each one. Then comes Book 2, whose cases are slightly more difficult and require that you pick ''four'' clues to solve them. And then comes the [[UpToEleven Challenge Book,]] Book]], which for at least one of the cases will require you to take out actual pen and paper to keep track of the facts, and all of which require you to pick '''three''' clues before you can choose the guilty party.



* EagleEyeDetection: TropeNamer.

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* EagleEyeDetection: TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}.



** Pay keen attention to anything that is learned regarding [[spoiler:Mrs. Harper's family finances]] in ''EEM Original.'' It'll be important later on.
** In the same game, in Book 1's version of "Case of the Midnight Masquerade," there's a slight animation error that will later prove to be a vital clue in Book 2. [[spoiler:The tear in the gorilla costume]].

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** Pay keen attention to anything that is learned regarding [[spoiler:Mrs. Harper's family finances]] in ''EEM Original.'' Original''. It'll be important later on.
** In the same game, in Book 1's version of "Case of the Midnight Masquerade," there's a slight animation error that will later prove to be a vital clue in Book 2. [[spoiler:The tear in the gorilla costume]].costume.]]



* HintsAreForLosers: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted;]] in both games, at the screen where you can select clues from your TRAVIS to accuse the guilty party, you can click on Jake/Jennifer's head to get up to two hints as to the clues you need to pick.

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* HintsAreForLosers: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted;]] {{Subverted|Trope}}; in both games, at the screen where you can select clues from your TRAVIS to accuse the guilty party, you can click on Jake/Jennifer's head to get up to two hints as to the clues you need to pick.



* IdiotBall: Handled often by people who you would expect ought to know better, especially when it comes to their [[InformedAbility field of expertise.]] Read: cops, scholars, and other people in authority.
* JustifiedTutorial: Both games have a practice mystery where the player can get a feel of how gameplay works. In ''EEM London,'' when you begin playing for the very first time, you're immediately launched into the practice mystery, although you can quit it midway through and go straight to the main cases to be solved.

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* IdiotBall: Handled often by people who you would expect ought to know better, especially when it comes to their [[InformedAbility field of expertise.]] expertise]]. Read: cops, scholars, and other people in authority.
* JustifiedTutorial: Both games have a practice mystery where the player can get a feel of how gameplay works. In ''EEM London,'' London'', when you begin playing for the very first time, you're immediately launched into the practice mystery, although you can quit it midway through and go straight to the main cases to be solved.



* NotNowKid: Averted; despite the main characters being children, nobody ever brushes them off. This is justified, as by the time your character joins the Eagle Eyes at the start of the first game, they've already established themselves as competent detectives.

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* NotNowKid: NotNowKiddo: Averted; despite the main characters being children, nobody ever brushes them off. This is justified, as by the time your character joins the Eagle Eyes at the start of the first game, they've already established themselves as competent detectives.



** Politician Sir Toby Uppingham has a very similar reaction in ''EEM London's'' "Case of the Envelope Espionage," when he realizes that the seal on a top-secret government envelope in his possession has been tampered with.

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** Politician Sir Toby Uppingham has a very similar reaction in ''EEM London's'' London''[='=]s "Case of the Envelope Espionage," when he realizes that the seal on a top-secret government envelope in his possession has been tampered with.



** Noticeably averted in ''EEM London's'' "Case of the Perilous Pixies." At the start of the mystery, Rae Maringh - who you've never met in any of the cases prior - phones the detectives at the Eagle family home and acknowledges that you and she have never met, but that she knows of your exploits through Nigel, who's a good friend of hers.

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** Noticeably averted in ''EEM London's'' London''[='=]s "Case of the Perilous Pixies." At the start of the mystery, Rae Maringh - who you've never met in any of the cases prior - phones the detectives at the Eagle family home and acknowledges that you and she have never met, but that she knows of your exploits through Nigel, who's a good friend of hers.



** In ''EEM Original's'' "Case of the Ghastly Ghost," it's revealed that the town of Richview has a legend about a woman named Niagara Tumbel, who supposedly fell off the balcony of the Egyptian Theater after fainting while watching a horror movie there in 1925. In reality, as the Eagle Eyes soon learn, Ms. Tumbel was an actress who pretended to faint while watching the movie, in order to attract publicity for the film.
** In ''EEM London's'' "Case of the Perilous Pixies," it's discovered that most of Dartmoor's residents believe very strongly in the existence of faeries, pixies, and the like. Plus, there are all the familiar stories about King Arthur and Camelot, which are the focus of "Case of the Crumbling Castle."

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** In ''EEM Original's'' Original''[='=]s "Case of the Ghastly Ghost," it's revealed that the town of Richview has a legend about a woman named Niagara Tumbel, who supposedly fell off the balcony of the Egyptian Theater after fainting while watching a horror movie there in 1925. In reality, as the Eagle Eyes soon learn, Ms. Tumbel was an actress who pretended to faint while watching the movie, in order to attract publicity for the film.
** In ''EEM London's'' London''[='=]s "Case of the Perilous Pixies," it's discovered that most of Dartmoor's residents believe very strongly in the existence of faeries, pixies, and the like. Plus, there are all the familiar stories about King Arthur and Camelot, which are the focus of "Case of the Crumbling Castle."



* [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry Everything's Sparkly With Jewelry]]: Amy Jolanna and Mrs. Harper are the two most noteworthy examples; in Amy's case, during Book 2's and the Challenge Book's versions of "Case of the Midnight Masquerade," she wears (respectively) a blue sapphire tiara and an emerald pendant, and in her avatar picture she wears a necklace and earrings. Nicola Hamble, a recurring character from the same game, is always seen wearing a necklace in her avatar picture, and a few other women in the town wear very noticeable earrings.

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* [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry Everything's Sparkly With Jewelry]]: EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: Amy Jolanna and Mrs. Harper are the two most noteworthy examples; in Amy's case, during Book 2's and the Challenge Book's versions of "Case of the Midnight Masquerade," she wears (respectively) a blue sapphire tiara and an emerald pendant, and in her avatar picture she wears a necklace and earrings. Nicola Hamble, a recurring character from the same game, is always seen wearing a necklace in her avatar picture, and a few other women in the town wear very noticeable earrings.



* [[ItsPersonal It's Personal]]: "Case of the Pilfered Pop" starts with the gang's private soda stash having been stolen from its place at the bottom of their tree-house base, and "Case of the Runaway Reptile" centers on finding out who stole the Eagles' pet iguana Watson. In Books 1 and 2's versions of "Case of the Midnight Masquerade" from the same game, the case becomes this when Nancy Marx, one of the Agency's members, is made a suspect in the case's robbery mystery.

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* [[ItsPersonal It's Personal]]: ItsPersonal: "Case of the Pilfered Pop" starts with the gang's private soda stash having been stolen from its place at the bottom of their tree-house base, and "Case of the Runaway Reptile" centers on finding out who stole the Eagles' pet iguana Watson. In Books 1 and 2's versions of "Case of the Midnight Masquerade" from the same game, the case becomes this when Nancy Marx, one of the Agency's members, is made a suspect in the case's robbery mystery.



* LetsPlay: A series of videos for the first game were created by YouTube user Resulka.

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* LetsPlay: A series of videos for the first game were created by YouTube Website/YouTube user Resulka.



* SecretTest: [[spoiler:"Case of the Attacking Aliens" in the Challenge Book]].

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* SecretTest: [[spoiler:"Case of the Attacking Aliens" in the Challenge Book]].Book.]]



* AntiVillain: The game's {{Big Bad}} Macavity never does much to actually harm anyone, and all of his/her actions are designed as protests against animal abuse.

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* AntiVillain: The game's {{Big Bad}} BigBad Macavity never does much to actually harm anyone, and all of his/her actions are designed as protests against animal abuse.



* TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:In two murder-themed mysteries in ''EEM London''. Both times, the murders are part of an annual game with the "victim" either playing dead or being a very lifelike doll]].

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* TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:In two murder-themed mysteries in ''EEM London''. Both times, the murders are part of an annual game with the "victim" either playing dead or being a very lifelike doll]].doll.]]



* CoversAlwaysLie: Unfortunately the case with ''EEM London's'' box art, pictured above. Despite what the box art portrays, Jake and Jennifer are never shown in-game as using a flashlight in any of their investigations. And the mysterious man standing underneath the street lamp? He is only ever seen in-game during a transition cut-scene when you traverse London by bus, where he sits beside your partner reading a newspaper.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: Unfortunately the case with ''EEM London's'' London''[='=]s box art, pictured above. Despite what the box art portrays, Jake and Jennifer are never shown in-game as using a flashlight in any of their investigations. And the mysterious man standing underneath the street lamp? He is only ever seen in-game during a transition cut-scene when you traverse London by bus, where he sits beside your partner reading a newspaper.



* LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler:The motive behind "Case of the Pilfered Phone"]].

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* LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler:The motive behind "Case of the Pilfered Phone"]].Phone".]]



* PutOnABus: Everyone in the first game who's not the player (you) or named Jake or Jennifer Eagle, is put aside to make way for the new characters in the sequel. Justified in that at the start of ''EEM London,'' the detectives are going on holiday to a place that is an ocean away from their home town. [[spoiler:[[TheBusCameBack Amy Jolanna does make a cameo in the sequel, though]]]].

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* PutOnABus: Everyone in the first game who's not the player (you) or named Jake or Jennifer Eagle, Eagle is put aside to make way for the new characters in the sequel. Justified in that at the start of ''EEM London,'' London'', the detectives are going on holiday to a place that is an ocean away from their home town. [[spoiler:[[TheBusCameBack Amy Jolanna does make a cameo in the sequel, though]]]]. though.]]]]



* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Mouse?]]: [[spoiler:The ruby in "Case of the Rajah's Ruby" is covertly bought by Macavity at the end of the case and never shows up again for the rest of the game - not even among the wealth left behind by Macavity at the end of the game]].

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* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Mouse?]]: WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:The ruby in "Case of the Rajah's Ruby" is covertly bought by Macavity at the end of the case and never shows up again for the rest of the game - not even among the wealth left behind by Macavity at the end of the game]].game.]]
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* [[spoiler:SecretTest]]: The Challenge Book's version of "Case of the Attacking Aliens."

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* [[spoiler:SecretTest]]: The Challenge Book's version of "Case SecretTest: [[spoiler:"Case of the Attacking Aliens."Aliens" in the Challenge Book]].



* [[spoiler:TheButlerDidIt]]: In two murder-themed mysteries in ''EEM London''. Both times, the murders are part of an annual game with the "victim" either playing dead or being a very lifelike doll.

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* [[spoiler:TheButlerDidIt]]: In TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:In two murder-themed mysteries in ''EEM London''. Both times, the murders are part of an annual game with the "victim" either playing dead or being a very lifelike doll.doll]].
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: The TRAVIS is a hand-held device capable of storing written data and photographs, and is small enough to be stored inside a jacket pocket. Sounds almost like our modern palmtop computers and smart-phones, except the TRAVIS doesn't have a phone or Internet function and is somewhat bulkier than those devices.
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pay keen attention to anything that is learned regarding [[spoiler:Mrs. Harper's family finances]] in ''EEM Original.'' It'll be important later on.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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Pay keen attention to anything that is learned regarding [[spoiler:Mrs. Harper's family finances]] in ''EEM Original.'' It'll be important later on.



* OhCrap: Bobby Garcia in ''EEM Original'' when he realizes he may have allowed a con artist to clean him out of all his birthday money, some of which he should have put in the bank like his mother had instructed him to.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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Bobby Garcia in ''EEM Original'' when he realizes he may have allowed a con artist to clean him out of all his birthday money, some of which he should have put in the bank like his mother had instructed him to.



* RememberTheNewGuy: Happens several times in both games, where characters are introduced who the player has never seen before but who Jake and Jennifer have apparently had prior offscreen acquaintances with. One of the most glaring examples of this is found in the first game, where late into the game two brothers, Michael and Christopher Gallin, are introduced who have certainly never shown up at any earlier point in the game but who the Eagles are evidently familiar with.

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* RememberTheNewGuy: Happens several times in both games, where characters are introduced who the player has never seen before but who Jake and Jennifer have apparently had prior offscreen acquaintances with. with.
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One of the most glaring examples of this is found in the first game, where late into the game two brothers, Michael and Christopher Gallin, are introduced who have certainly never shown up at any earlier point in the game but who the Eagles are evidently familiar with.



* UrbanLegends: In ''EEM Original's'' "Case of the Ghastly Ghost," it's revealed that the town of Richview has a legend about a woman named Niagara Tumbel, who supposedly fell off the balcony of the Egyptian Theater after fainting while watching a horror movie there in 1925. In reality, as the Eagle Eyes soon learn, Ms. Tumbel was an actress who pretended to faint while watching the movie, in order to attract publicity for the film.

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* UrbanLegends: UrbanLegends:
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In ''EEM Original's'' "Case of the Ghastly Ghost," it's revealed that the town of Richview has a legend about a woman named Niagara Tumbel, who supposedly fell off the balcony of the Egyptian Theater after fainting while watching a horror movie there in 1925. In reality, as the Eagle Eyes soon learn, Ms. Tumbel was an actress who pretended to faint while watching the movie, in order to attract publicity for the film.
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* AllThereInTheManual: The manuals for both games show you how to work your way around the various menus and maps and how to select clues in the TRAVIS to solve each case.
** ''EEM London's'' game manual contains guides for semaphores, hieroglyphs, train schedules, and the names of British monarchs and when they reigned. The game also comes with a map of in-game London that the player can use to find his/her way around.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The manuals for both games show you how to work your way around the various menus and maps and how to select clues in the TRAVIS to solve each case.
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case. ''EEM London's'' game manual contains guides for semaphores, hieroglyphs, train schedules, and the names of British monarchs and when they reigned. The game also comes with a map of in-game London that the player can use to find his/her way around.



* DifficultySpike: In the first game, the mysteries in Book 1 are extremely easy and require that you pick five clues to solve each one. Then comes Book 2, whose cases are slightly more difficult and require that you pick ''four'' clues to solve them. And then comes the [[UpToEleven Challenge Book,]] which for at least one of the cases will require you to take out actual pen and paper to keep track of the facts, and all of which require you to pick '''three''' clues before you can choose the guilty party.

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* DifficultySpike: In Happens a bit differently between the first game, two games.
** In ''EEM Original'',
the mysteries in Book 1 are extremely easy and require that you pick five clues to solve each one. Then comes Book 2, whose cases are slightly more difficult and require that you pick ''four'' clues to solve them. And then comes the [[UpToEleven Challenge Book,]] which for at least one of the cases will require you to take out actual pen and paper to keep track of the facts, and all of which require you to pick '''three''' clues before you can choose the guilty party.



* FanBoy: Jeremy, a bike messenger and minor character who you first meet in ''EEM London's'' "Case of the Lyric Larceny," is a rabid fan of Astrid Blake's band, Stiff Upper Lip. While you're trying to find Astrid's missing songbook, which is the main aim of the case, when you run into him he offers to pay you ''fifty pounds'' for the book, which he desperately wants to add to his Stiff Upper Lip collection. Seriously, his devotion is [[NightmareFuel not a little creepy.]]



** In the same game, in Book 1's version of "Case of the Midnight Masquerade," there's a slight animation error that will later prove to be a vital clue in Book 2. [[spoiler:The tear in the gorilla costume.]]

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** In the same game, in Book 1's version of "Case of the Midnight Masquerade," there's a slight animation error that will later prove to be a vital clue in Book 2. [[spoiler:The tear in the gorilla costume.]]costume]].
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* LetsPlay: A series of videos for the first game were created by YouTube user Resulka.
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* FanBoy: Jeremy, a bike messenger and minor character who you first meet in ''EEM London's'' "Case of the Lyric Larceny," is a rabid fan of Astrid Blake's band, Stiff Upper Lip. While you're trying to find Astrid's missing songbook, which is the main aim of the case, when you run into him he offers to pay you ''fifty pounds'' for the book, which he desperately wants to add to his Stiff Upper Lip collection. Seriously, his devotion is [[NightmareFuel not a little creepy.]]
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