Body of Evidence Review
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be the cleanup crew of a gruesome murder? I haven't either, but Body of Evidence by the developers at Empyrean Games lets you live out that dream. Now the idea behind Body of Evidence may seem unsettling to some, but the low-poly count, dark humor and jazzy music really lighten the mood when you're moving body parts around.
As mentioned, in Body of Evidence you're a person-for hire, brought on by murderers from around the city to come in, clean up and make sure there's no remaining evidence of any suspicious activity that took place. This includes arranging messy furniture that have been knocked over from a struggle, scrubbing down blood stains on walls and carpets from the death, and picking up and disposing of body parts to eliminate the evidence.
The best part about this game is that it never takes itself too serious. There are a few goofy characters you'll run into throughout your 30 crime scenes, that each share a piece of their story with you as you move in to help clean up. However, you're not there to find out who or why this happened. It's your job to clean. You do this by removing any evidence in the specified amount of time before the murderer gets caught.
The low-poly graphics make Body of Evidence feel moody, dark, and a bit retro-PC style too.
The time allotted for each mission can turn any level into a frenzy to scrub down, pick up, and remove all the grossness that was caused during the killing. Figuring out how to eliminate bodies or body parts is also part of the fun. Depending on the location, there are several ways to go about this. You can dunk a body in acid, or put parts into a blender and flush them down a toilet, or even have a relaxed time at the lake... and throw the body in the water while you're there.
The low-poly graphics make Body of Evidence feel moody, dark, and a bit retro-PC style too. But the fun jazz tunes that play throughout kept me at ease, even if I did panic a few times when the timer was running out.
The controls of Body of Evidence are often very loose and sometimes difficult to control. Scrubbing and sweeping away evidence is simple enough, but if the blood is on a shelf or odd-shaped surface, you have to find the exact angle the game demands in order to clean it properly. Also, getting bodies into certain positions in order to eliminate them can be an unintentionally difficult challenge. I struggled for a long time, trying to get a body into the barrel of acid. All I had to work with was a left trigger to pick up the body, and the in-game physics of using gravity and leaning the body against walls to adjust the angle at which its picked up, in order to place the body into a small barrel was frustrating and tricky and very time consuming. These are rare, but it made it so I had to do a few missions over.
Overall, Body of Evidence is a fun game in short bursts. It's a bit buggy here and there, but nothing that should keep you from eventually completing it. Even if the idea of cleaning up blood or removing body parts isn't what you consider fun, the low-poly count makes this game not as gruesome as it sounds.
A game code was provided for this review from the publisher for Nintendo Switch.