Let’s have a quick question and answer session, shall we. Now who out there likes the Phoenix Write/Ace Attorney series? Good, good. Nice show of hands. How about Professor Layton? Do we have any puzzle fiends in the house tonight? My, my. So many of you. Excellent. How about fans of more classic adventure game fair like Monkey Island or Grim Fandango? I thought as much. So many reasons to love those games, not the least of which the wonderful branching dialog trees. Now, what if I said that there was a game in production right now that combines some of the best elements of all those games while still featuring plenty of new and unique aspects as well? Because there is and its name is Detective Grimoire.
The brainchild of SFB Games (whose previous free indies games Help the Hero and From Beyond where featured in my weekly D(LC)elightful Treats column along with the former getting the spotlight recently on Cheap Damage), Detective Grimoire is a feature length adventure game intended for release on iOS, Android, PC, Mac, & Linux. The game centers on the titular Detective Grimoire, whose latest cases brings him to a mysterious and rundown tourist attraction by the name of Boggy’s Bog that is located in the middle of a swamp. There has been a murder you see, but the chief suspect is not one of the many oddball inhabitants of this little slice of tourist purgatory. Instead it is none other than the main attraction of Boggy’s Bog, Boggy himself. Grimoire is less than pleased by the thought of having to arrest a seemingly mythical entity but a murder is a murder and Detective Grimoire is on the case… Whether he likes it or not.
As previously mentioned, Detective Grimoire is a point-and-click style adventure game very much in the same mold as the Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton series. The game’s main focus is, naturally enough, on solving the mystery of the murder and as such players will have to find clues, interrogate suspects, and solve a variety of puzzles that otherwise bar Grimoire’s progress. DG features a gorgeous hand drawn art style and full voice acting from a cast that includes such luminaries as Josh ‘Tomamoto’ Tomar (whose most recent role was the voice of the announcer in Skullgirls), Faye ‘Princess Aura’ Mata (the voice of League of Legend‘s Lulu), and the voice of Grimoire himself, Edwyn “Omahdon” Tiong (whose previous credits include Trapped, Dust: An Elysian Tale, The Journey Down and Dungeonland among others).
Honestly, there is only so far my words can go in describing this game and your really need to just see it in action. I can certainly say, from my experience playing DG, this is a game that feels both familiar and fresh, staying true to best aspects of adventure games past even while still blazing it own trail. Yes, I have played the game and you can as well via a demo released by the developers. Said demo even plays in your browser for a minimum of mess and fuss. Check it out at the following link, along with the game’s trailer, below:
So yes, a demo with full voice acting and everything. Not only is that snazzy as all get out, it points to another important fact: Detective Grimoire is not just some piece of potential vaporware still stuck solely in the idea phase like so many Kickstarter projects by necessity are. No, this is a game that has been in full production for over a year now and is being aimed for a hopeful September release. Much of the work has been done, the developers now just need that little extra bit of funding to complete the game and make it as good as it can be. And this, of course, is where all of you come in.
Detective Grimoire currently has a Kickstarter entering its final days. Indeed it only has about four days left. To be funded, the project needs to reach $25,000. It is currently at $18,175. So its definitely doable for this Kickstarter to reach its goal in the remaining allotted time it has. As small an amount as a four dollar contribution will earn a free copy of the game on a platform of your choice from the following selections: iOS, Android, PC, Mac, and Linux. A contribution of ten dollars earns you a digital copy of the soundtrack to go along with your copy game while fifteen adds a digital copy of an art book dedicated to the game plus five high quality wallpapers to the pile as well. And of course rewards continue to grow up to contributions of a thousand dollars.
For a very small sum you can help fund a game I think we all should want to see hit the market and still get a copy of said game to call your own. I know there is a good portion of this site’s readership who love the indie gaming scene and this is a great project from that very scene to support. I have already done so myself and urge everyone else to at least watch the above trailer, play the above demo, and then visit the below link before making a decision. SFB games have already produce any number of amazing titles (and for a look at additional ones beyond just what is already listed in this article, stay tuned for this week’s D(LC)elightful Treats) and I have no doubt Detective Grimoire will continue that tradition and then some.