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.

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Review by mdemslie1
20 Dec 2018
I gotta hand it to them. The music was great, the puzzles were well-planned and carefully thought out. It was just FANTASTIC! I just loved it!!!

Review by vequira
04 Nov 2018
Excellent game! Great writing, great music, nice puzzles. Very satisfying how it all comes together at the end.

Review by Hormus
20 Jul 2018
An excellent game! However, I rage-quitted at the end, after playing this for 8 hours, and dying at the very end.


Review by Mr. Parser
30 Jun 2018
This would get 5 stars from me if it were a true parser.

Review by hannatude
30 Jun 2018
I can't give this enough stars. I'm honestly amazed by the fact that it was free to play - it was such a high-quality game! The sound effects, original music, unique interface, stylized portraits and phenomenal scriptwork blew me away. I'm not kidding when I say this game is now sitting right up there with the Her Interactive Nancy Drew games as top-tier armchair detective gaming.

Thank you for what had to have been months of work. Your passion for your craft was evident and very appreciated.

Review by felixp7
20 Mar 2018
Oh look, a game that manages to capture the elegant simplicity of old text adventures while adding a revolutionary user interface. Did I mention the presentation is top-notch, too? More games need to take a hint from _Detectiveland_.

Review by Philboy7488
07 Mar 2018
A wonderful mystery-comedy mix!!

Review by archerqueen08
27 Feb 2018
LOL this is so funny!!!

Review by ElloiseVonguard
14 Sep 2017
Amazing story. I love games that make me expect the least. I love the comedic factor and easy gameplay mechanics. I also appreciate the hints a lot (I read all of them and loved the humor). All in all this game is amazing and you should all try it out for yourselves.

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!

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