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Deja Vu I & II: The Casebooks of Ace Harding (Game Boy Color) artwork

Deja Vu I & II: The Casebooks of Ace Harding (Game Boy Color) review

"The story is Deja Vu's strong point and the reason you'll keep playing. If you don't get into the story, then you'll have little reason to play the game."

Deja Vu was originally released WAY back in the day for the Amiga. However, the most popular version was for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The Game Boy color version keeps the original intact, and also lets you play the sequel to Deja Vu, Deja Vu 2: Lost in Los Vegas.

In Deja Vu, you play the role of Ace Harding, Chicago private detective. You wake up groggy in a room that you don't recognize. You have no memory and you've been framed for a murder that you didn't commit. You must remember who you are and clear your name.

Deja Vu 2 doesn't rely too-too much on Deja Vu 1 for support, so playing 2 first instead of 1 won't totally ruin the story for you. Not really recommended though, you won't be able to know some of the names. In Deja Vu 2, you have to track down a famous Los Vegas mobster's money for him before his henchman whacks you off.

The game is mainly a text adventure. You use a little hand to select various features, such as look (an eye symbol), take (a hand symbol), use (a wrench symbol), and speak (a mouth symbol). You'll have to use your cunning and hit to make your way through these mysteries. There's very little action, except in the storyline.

The story is Deja Vu's strong point and the reason you'll keep playing. If you don't get into the story, then you'll have little reason to play the game. The graphics are easy to see and readable, the biggest demand for a text and picture adventure. The sound is also decent, with a dubious theme when you did something bad.

The challenge level is fairly high. There's nothing impossible, but you will die many many times in solving these mysteries. Luckily, you can revive yourself just one room away from where you died and you can save as many times as you would like. It can be aggravating though.

The replay value of Deja Vu is not very high unfortunately. The basic game doesn't change after you beat it at all. It is pretty fun to go around doing silly things though, like using the gun on normal everyday people and breaking windows :)

Overall, Deja Vu is a very fun game that should last you a week or two in playing, as long as you don't use a FAQ. It's highly recommended that you pick it up even if you've beaten Deja Vu on the NES, because this is really two games in one.

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