I’ve been really into Point & Clicks lately and as The Darkside Detective (2017, Spooky Doorway) had been on my to-play-list for quite some time now, I decided to finally look into it. I didn’t know what I had expected, but I was (positively) surprised, that you’re solving 6 cases instead of 1 big case. This means: You totally get character development and recurring characters – which I LOVE! It’s like watching a series. You get hooked.
The Lovecraft-inspired cases are well-structured and you don’t really need a walkthrough to solve the puzzles. I really liked the limited inventory (mostly you don’t have more than 5 items in you inventory which I found kind of neat). Most cases can be solved in 20-60 minutes. (depending on your play-style)
I said Lovecraft, but it’s NOT a horror game (yes!). It’s more on the funny side with grammar jokes (like, a lot of them) and a little suspense. The minimalist pixel graphics add to the suspense feeling and are quite atmospheric. I really digged the style!
Btw: You’re playing as Detective Francis McQueen and his assistant Officer Dooley who are the Twin Lakes’ Darkside Division (which exists to solve mysterious cases that involve ghosts and stuff).
The Darkside Detective has been released for PC, Mac, Linux and Nintendo Switch. I hope there’s more to come from Spooky Doorway ’cause I really enjoyed this detective team and would love to solve more Darkside cases! ^_^