Set in the near future, you play as a trainee in pursuit of becoming a licensed investigator. Presented with a set of case files, some simple while others challenging, the goal is to solve them and pass the test. Your only tools are your keen perception, mental sharpness, and real-life experience.
Can you solve them all?
Scene Investigators is a deductive reasoning game for fans of detective films, true crime genre, escape room puzzles and especially for those who love the challenge of solving cases!
Set in the near future, you play as a trainee in pursuit of becoming a licensed investigator. You are given a number of challenging case files. Your goal is to not only pass, but ace them!
Experience what it feels like to be a real-life detective by analyzing crime scenes, making assumptions, forming conclusions, and finding out if your deductions are correct.
"True Crime" Detective Experience
You are to observe each scene carefully and analyze everything on site. There is no handholding and no hints. Take notes on anything that stands out and write down your suspicions as you navigate through the crime scene.
Uncompromising Murder Mystery Puzzles
Piece everything together, not only to understand what happened but also the connection between the perpetrators and their victims. Your only tools are your keen perception, mental sharpness, and real-life wisdom.
Calculated Assumptions - 70/30 Principle
You may find that some evidence is missing, limiting you from making the best conclusion. There might be 70% of the evidence in the case, but the other 30% are nowhere to be found. This is where you have to fill in the missing gaps, trust your gut-feelings and make smart, calculated assumptions.
Telling Stories Through the Environment
Notice the pink lipstick on the wine glass? What about the trajectory of the bullet on the wall? How about the faint size-12 boot marks on the windowsill? These are part of the environmental clues that can help piece the story together.
Inspired by Real World Locations
Whether it's an American house, a Japanese classroom, or a European office building, each scene is crafted to resemble a believable, real world location, bringing authenticity to the game.
Solve Them with a Friend
It’s more fun to solve when you have someone to discuss your findings with - a friend, a significant other, or even the whole family! Scene Investigators is perfect for this and it is our hope that you can enjoy this game with others. They might spot something you missed in your investigation, and vice versa.
A NOTE FOR TPK FANS...
In terms of gameplay, Scene Investigators is quite a departure from our first game, The Painscreek Killings. TPK focuses heavily on the story and uses a rather simple 'breadcrumb' system for its gameplay, one that allows players to continue their investigation whenever they pick up a clue. SCNI, on the other hand, leans heavily on keen observation, filling in the missing gaps, looking for motives when they aren't there, and coming up with a number of possible assumptions in order to solve the case.
In short, The Painscreek Killings is a story-rich game while Scene Investigators is a deduction reasoning game.
WHAT IS SCENE INVESTIGATORS?
Scene Investigators is a whodunit game, 'real-crime' investigation game set in the near future where case files are loaded in a reconstruction room to be examined. The case files may vary from each other, both in the eras and locations they happened in.
I UNDERSTAND THE BASIC PREMISE OF RECONSTRUCTING CRIME SCENES TO EXAMINE THEM, BUT NOT MUCH ELSE. IS THERE A CENTRAL STORY INVOLVED?
Although each case file seems to differ from the others. There is a backstory that reveals itself depending on how well the player solves the cases.
WILL IT BE PRESENTED IN THE FIRST OR THIRD-PERSON? DO YOU PLAY A PARTICULAR CHARACTER?
It will be presented in first-person. You don’t play a particular character, per se. Rather, you play your own self in the game, in the role of an investigator.
THE GAME IS SET IN THE NEAR FUTURE. WHAT KIND OF FUTURE IS IT (E.G. A DYSTOPIA, SURVEILLANCE STATE, ALTERNATE HISTORY) AND DOES THIS HEAVILY IMPACT THE GAME-PLAY/NARRATIVE?
The setting of the near future is very similar to the world that we now know, with the exception of more advanced technology. It’s purpose is to allow the possibility of accessing prior reported case files for further examination. It does not impact the game-play or narrative in any way.
WHAT SPECIFICALLY IS INVOLVED IN ACTUALLY “SOLVING” A CRIME?
You play the role of an investigator, trying to solve cases through logical thinking, keen observation and smart deduction. And sometimes, coming up with your own assumptions are necessary to see the bigger picture in order to proceed in the investigation.
HOW MANY INDIVIDUAL CASE SCENARIOS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE GAME?
The number is yet to be determined as we are still in the process of determining which scenarios are best suited for release.
WILL THIS GAME BE PLAYED USING MOUSE/KEYBOARD?
The game will be played using mouse/keyboard. In addition, it will also have controller support.
WILL IT HAVE VR SUPPORT?
We hope to implement it at some point, but due to high difficulties in providing a great user experience, VR support is not confirmed at this time.
WHAT PLATFORMS WILL THE GAME BE RELEASED ON, EITHER AT LAUNCH OR LATER ON?
It’s currently set to be first released on Steam for PC, and bring it to consoles later on.
WHAT LANGUAGES WILL THE GAME BE LOCALIZED TO?
Nothing confirmed yet, but the game will at least have the following supported languages at launch: English and Japanese. We aim to include more languages down the road.
CAN PLAYERS STREAM THIS GAME, AND POSSIBLY MAKE MONEY OFF OF THOSE STREAMS?
Definitely! We highly recommend gamers, and non-gamers who are fans of the mystery/investigative genre, to share their experiences with their friends and audience. In fact, our previous game, The Painscreek Killings, proved that investigation games are more fun when they have someone to have give-and-take with.
WHEN WILL THE GAME BE RELEASED?
We do not have a exact release date at this moment, but aim to release the game in 2021.