Carmen Sandiego-Impressed Recreation Requires Actual-World Sleuthing



Crowds of people commute over a bridge as neon lights from advertisements shine over the river.

Lengthy reside pixel artwork video games.
Picture: Common Interactive Co.

If taking part in a cyberpunk detective sport that asks you to seek out clues to resolve instances each within the sport and in real-life tickles your fancy, then Chinatown Detective Company may be your jam.

Chinatown Detective Company, a point-and-click pixel artwork detective sport developed by Common Interactive Co., lastly obtained a launch date throughout yesterday’s [email protected] Showcase. You play as Amira Darma, an ex-Interpol agent turned hard-boiled personal investigator based mostly in Singapore. You tackle a myriad of harmful instances as she travels the world and makes a reputation for herself, all whereas avoiding the specter of going broke in 2037’s collapsing economic system.

Chinatown Detective Company is Common Interactive Co.’s second sport, following 2017’s 3D farming simulator, Terroir. It first introduced the sport method again in 2019, and in 2020 launched a free prequel journey, Chinatown Detective Company: Day One, to set the stage for the primary course. Now, it’s virtually right here.

Don’t let the sport’s point-and-click description idiot you; you may not have time to sit down and admire its glossy pixel artwork since you’ll must put in your considering cap alongside Darma to find case-solving clues. If you happen to’ve ever thrown your palms up at detectives lacking the apparent, Chinatown Detective Company is gonna make you set your cash the place your mouth is with its real-world analysis side.

Certainly, the sport’s Steam web page teases that you just’ll should rely by yourself “good considering” and “instinct” to lookup clues inside the sport and in real-life. If an in-game lead goes chilly, you may need to do some sleuthing of your individual in the true world, possible by firing up the ol’ Google machine to seek out clues pertaining to Darma’s instances. That’s some daring sport design, making gamers do their very own analysis outdoors the sport. Respect.

Past the sleuthing, the sport additionally goals to deliver some authenticity by way of its voice performing. Darma, the sport’s Singaporean major character, is voiced by Leonie Koh, a Singaporean voice actress. Alongside its trailer, [email protected] posted a YouTube video introducing Koh and shedding some gentle on her vocal efficiency as Darma.

Koh credited her efficiency of Darma as a hard-boiled femme fatale to Chinatown Detective Company’s “excellent” pixel artwork and its Pulp Fiction and Sin Metropolis-esque vibes.

“[A] badass feminine Singaporean personal investigator, I don’t assume it’s been executed earlier than,” Koh stated. Definitely not in video games.

Chinatown Detective Company is slated to launch on April 7 on Xbox One, Xbox Collection X/S, Nintendo Swap, and PC through Steam and Humble Bundle.