Blend Games writes: "The only downside I found while playing was that it's incredibly easy to get burnout on the gameplay. Suffice to say, Cate West is best played in small doses, maybe a chapter at a time. Sitting down for a longer session of four chapters was more than enough for me in one sitting. Cate West: The Vanishing Files doesn't actually do anything new; it simply combines point-and-click adventures with I Spy, but that's more than enough for what it is. Being able to rope the wife into actively playing and enjoying herself is a definite plus, and hopefully this will be a gateway into more adventure titles".