If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, and if there’s something weird and it don’t look good. Then who ya gonna call? Detective Francis McQueen of course. I’m not sure what you were thinking...
The Darkside Detective is the latest game on the drawing board from indie developer DoomCube. Originally created in under eight hours at the Galway Game Jam by Paul Conway and Christopher Colston in November 2014, The Darkside Detective follows Detective Francis McQueen as the sole member of the criminally underfunded Darkside Division. In the words of the dev:
“Where cultists crawl, where demons dwell, where the occult... occults, you’ll find Detective Francis McQueen. When evil darkens the doorsteps of Twin Lakes City – hell, even when it just loiters around shop fronts or hangs out in shady alleyways – Detective Francis McQueen is there, ready to investigate the case that nobody else will.”
As is readily apparent, The Darkside Detective takes a rather light and humorous approach to the occult. Described as a “micro-adventure game,” The Darkside Detective is heavily influenced by point-and-click adventure games of yesteryear. But rather than playing out as one long and convoluted story, Detective Francis McQueen’s job is to investigate numerous bite size cases into the occult and extraordinary.
To get a flavour of what’s in store when the game releases, the original prototype developed for the Galway Game Jam is playable at the following link. While it took me less than ten minutes to solve the case, it is obvious that The Darkside Detective has bucketloads of potential. The humour appealed to me straight away and left me smiling the entire time. The case, although not terribly difficult to solve, was fun and enjoyable. As long as DoomCube can maintain the humour and variety in its cases for a full length game, we could have a real winner on our hands. As it stands, The Darkside Detective is easily one of my most anticipated games of this year.
The Darkside Detective is due to be released on PC, smartphones and tablets in 2015. Check out the trailer below.