Not much crime happens in swamps. They don’t have a great deal in the way of assets or amenities that can be stolen, vandalised, trafficked, etc. Nefarious deeds-wise the only thing we at PCGN really use them for is hiding bodies. They’re great for hiding bodies.
Detective Grimoire: Secret of the Swamp breaks that mould. There’s a whole community and tourist attraction hidden away in the mud-slick marsh. And the whole thing could go out of business unless you find out who killed the… oh, so there is a body hidden in the swamp. Normal service can resume.
Detective Grimoire was successfully Kickstarted back at the end of 2012. It promised backers a point and click game in the vein of Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton. In all things it looks like a swish adventure game that’s got a dash humour mixed in with its murder.
What stands out from the trailer is the conversation machine. It’s a set of two tumblers, each with different sections of a sentence construction written on them, and two slots for you to fill with evidence you’ve discovered. In this way you can create questions like [How am I…] (supposed to arrest) [something] (…that might not exist?).
It’s a neat idea for formulating questions, though I’d need to have a go with it to see how many different ways you can frame the different chunks of sentences.
You can buy Detective Grimoire for $7 through SFB’s website.