The Darkside Detective is a pixelated retro throwback to the golden age of point and click adventure games of yesteryear.
There’s no shortage of comedy when it comes to movies and TV shows, but true comedy has proven to be something of a mystery to most video game developers. We fondly remember old LucasArts adventure games, such as Monkey Island and Sam & Max. There are even some modern games that are genuinely hilarious, but they’re few and far between. The Stanley Parable is probably the funniest game I’ve played in the past decade.
Enter The Darkside Detective, “a micro-adventure game with a distinct art style and charm”. Players take on the role of detective Francis McQueen, the sole member of the “criminally underfunded” Darkside Division. This, um, organization strives to uncover the evil that haunts Twin Lakes City. A bit like Fox Mulder, McQueen is there to investigate the cases that nobody else will touch – cases that deal with cultists, demons, and the occult.
Developer Spooky Doorway (love the name) promises “a series of humorous bite-size investigations into the occult and extraordinary”. The game features six bizarre mysteries, original soundtrack by Ben Prunty of FTL and Gravity Ghost fame, and “cutting edge, high definition pixels”. You even get one free curse removal, “up to and including mid-level witch hexes”.
Previews have been largely positive, with Adam Smith of Rock, Paper, Shotgun saying that “Darkside Detective looks like it might be a nineties LucasArts take on Ghostbusters, by way of Columbo.” Joel Couture of Indie Games said that the demo had him “laughing consistently” thanks to its “silly sense of humor”. Touch Arcade’s Carter Dotson is confident that The Darkside Detective “may just be up your alley” if you’re looking for a new, exciting point and click adventure game.
There’s no exact date for The Darkside Detective yet, but it is supposedly coming out in Q2 2017.Published in