Quick Look: “The Detail’s” 1st Crime-Filled Episode!

The Detail is a very interesting noir crime adventure game from Rival Games, first made available in October 2014. Much like Blues & Bullets, this one is an episodic game with the final of the three episodes having hit Steam on April 27. The developers call the three episodes together a “Season,” but whether that means another season of episodes will be made in the future or not I can’t say. My understanding, though, is that originally five episodes were planned, so for some reason it got paired down into three. Take from that what you will though.

At any rate, this game has a very interesting style to it. It’s basically like an interactive graphic novel, with action powered by Quick Time Events and choices that do drive the direction of the scene cropping up. When the game isn’t a linear scene of events, it borrows from a third-person point-and-click style, with the player driving the character’s actions, letting them interact with items, speak with NPCs, research things, look for clues, and other things to help solve crimes and interact with the living world of the story. The musical score is pretty great and the characters are well-done and quite memorable, though part of me does wish the story was voice-acted though.

The first Episode, entitled “Where the Dead Lie,” introduces us to a wide cast and sets the stage for a major investigation that appears like there’s a lot more to it than the simple murder it seems to be on the surface.

Sometime, I’ll take a peek at Episode 2 and offer a preview video of it, too, but for now I hope you enjoy this one. If you like it, check it out on Steam and pick up a Season Pass!