Carmen Sandiego inspired game requires real world detective work

Crowds commute across a bridge while neon lights from advertisements shine across the river.

Long live pixel art games.
image: General Interactive Co.

When you play a cyberpunk detective game that challenges you to find clues to solve cases both in game and in real life then your imagination tickles Chinatown detective agency could be your jam.

Chinatown detective agencya point-and-click pixel art detective game developed by General Interactive Co. finally got a release date yesterday ID@Xbox Showcase. You play as Amira Darma, a former Interpol agent turned hard-nosed private investigator based in Singapore. As she travels the world and makes a name for herself, you’ll take on countless dangerous cases while avoiding the brink of bankruptcy in the collapsing economy of 2037.

Chinatown detective agency is the second game from General Interactive Co. after the 3D farming simulator from 2017. terroir. It first announced the game in 2019 and released a free-to-play prequel adventure in 2020. Chinatown Detective Agency: Day One, to set the stage for the main course. Now it’s almost time.

Don’t be fooled by the game’s point-and-click description; You may not have time to sit down and admire the elegant pixel art as you have to don your thinking cap alongside Darma for case-solving clues. If you’ve ever thrown your hands at detectives and missed the obvious, Chinatown detective agency will make you put your money where your mouth is with its real research aspect.

Indeed, the game’s Steam page teases that you’ll have to rely on your own “smart thinking” and “intuition” to look up in-game and real-life clues. If an in-game lead goes cold, you might have to investigate in the real world yourself, likely by booting up the old Google machine to find clues to Darma’s cases. This is bold game design that encourages players to do their own research outside of the game. Respect.

Aside from the detective work, the game also aims to achieve some authenticity through its voice acting. Darma, the game’s Singaporean main character, is voiced by Leonie Koh, a Singaporean voice actress. In addition to its trailer Id@Xbox posted a YouTube video Introducing Koh and shedding some light on her singing performance as Darma.

Koh credited her performance of Darma as a hardened femme fatale Chinatown detective agency‘s “outstanding” pixel art and his pulp fiction and city ​​of sin-like mood.

“[A] badass private investigator from Singapore, I don’t think this has been done before,” Koh said. Certainly not in games.

Chinatown detective agency Slated to release April 7th on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam and Humble Bundle. Carmen Sandiego inspired game requires real world detective work

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