Released (on Steam): 21 Oct, 2015
Genres: Adventure, Indie
Developer: Peter Moorhead
Publisher: Curve Digital
Steam Price: £0.79
Murder is a short story about the intersection of morality and sentience, told in the form of a point and click adventure.
Over its memorable twenty to thirty minute playtime, Murder takes players on a journey through a near-future Tokyo, following the actions of Lieutenant Motomeru Minori of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on an unusual and dangerous case, in a story that explores the intersection of morality and sentience in a future where both have become commodities.
Completion: Finished once.
Playtime at Review: 0.3 hours
Total Playtime: 0.3 hours
My rating: 3.6/10
Graphics, sounds and voice acting are decent.
Short story that ends just as the story is starting to go somewhere.
Murder is a very short short story based in a cyberpunk future. The core gameplay is point and click oriented, with the voiced (and written) dialogue being the main focus.
There are optional clickable areas or items (Hotspots) for a little extra information or dialogue while playing or you can go straight for the compulsory (Critical) Hotspots to progress the story. I wanted to experience everything so I clicked everything I could before progressing.
Murder took me 20 minutes to finish and that’s including the short prologue/tutorial that basically consists of what I just mentioned about Hotspots. I really liked the graphics, the sounds were fitting, and I quite liked the voice acting too. I really liked the idea behind the story too, but, unfortunately, it was lacking. Just as it started to feel like it was going somewhere, the game ended.
I feel like Murder could have been something worthwhile, but I can’t recommend the game/short story as it is simply because I feel like it was a waste of 20 minutes. Just as the story picked up and I started to get interested, it finished. It’s a shame because the rest of the game seemed pretty strong, but that becomes pretty irrelevant when the main aspect is missing. It’s a short story that seems to be missing it’s story. The price tag is pretty good at least, and even better if you get it on sale like I did.
Posted on 27-10-2020