Detectiveland by robinjohnson

New Losago, 1929 - a town full of creeps, clowns, mobsters and, if you know where to look, the occasional honest citizen. Guide private investigator Lanson Rose through a series of puzzling cases: solve the city's liquor supply problem in "Speakeasy Street", track down a missing food scientist in "The Big Pickle", and investigate strange goings-on under a dilapidated mansion in "A Study in Squid".

Winner of the 2016 Interactive Fiction Competition.
Review by DavyB
25 Jan 2017
Winning IFComp 2016, is probably sufficient reason for anyone to play this game! As might be expected, it is very well conceived, designed and implemented. What particularly appealed to me was
(a) its high standard of writing and smart humour;
(b) its afternoon length, split into three detective cases (IFComp games should be playable in 2 hours);
(c) its look and feel, including the music and sound effects (composed by the author), and the use of an old typewriter font; and
(d) the challenge of the puzzles, which should be decipherable by most players, with a little effort! For anyone stuck, there is also a comprehensive hierarchical hint system which effectively provides a full walkthrough for the game.

It was also very impressive that the author had written his own game engine.

Initially, I did struggle with the interface, which presents a half-screen control panel in which every operation is performed by touching or clicking on a button…no typing is involved. The only operations available are the ones presented as the game proceeds, which makes it necessary to monitor the control panel carefully…new operations may pop up or disappear at any time. I got the hang of it in the end but felt I was spending rather too much time staring at the control panel rather than following the story.

Overall, however, this is probably the easiest 5 stars I have had to award since returning to text adventures last year. Excellent!
(5)

Review by gamerknight007
19 Jan 2017
Awesome game. how long did this take you to make?????
(5)

Review by rzv
16 Jan 2017
Great design. Design makes it or breaks it when it comes to these games. Music, typography, everything well made! pizza, prohibition, illegal stuff and nice twists, great game
(5)

Review by Mestificus
20 Oct 2016
Loved it! Simply great. And them funky tunes had me swaying slowly from side to side the whole way through.
(5)

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Written by
robinjohnson

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HTML Game
Published 16 Oct 2016
Updated 16 Jan 2017

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