Friday 14 December 2018

Follow the clues to a wisecracking mystery

The Darkside Detective (PC/Mac) ★★★★ Age: 12+

The Darkside Detective for PC and Mac
The Darkside Detective for PC and Mac
Ronan Price

Ronan Price

The age of the point'n'click adventure may seem a distant memory but no one told Galway-based collective Spooky Doorway. They channel their love of classics such as Secret of Monkey Island into a pun-filled, droll series of six short yarns that might be loosely classed as paranormal mysteries.

Never mind the plotting, enjoy instead the sparky banter between the titular wisecracking 'tec and his beat-cop partner/straight man. Revel also in the blocky beauty of the pixelated artwork and the Twin Peaks vibe of the soundtrack. You'll come for the game - a relatively untaxing series of genre-staple puzzles - and stay for the pop-culture atmosphere and zippy one-liners.

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