One of the biggest challenges for any investigator is separating the truth from the lies. In indie Swedish developer Winteractive’s upcoming How Do You Know Mr. Blue?, you’ll need to identify any and all contradictions of the suspects you interrogate if you hope to succeed.
Players assume the first-person role of a private investigator who has been “hired by the enigmatic mega-corporation C-Corp to track down the whereabouts of a ‘Mr. Blue’, an employee of theirs who has gone missing.” Rather than don your deerstalker and pull out your magnifying glass searching for clues, “your first assignment is to interview Mr. Blue’s immediate co-workers about his disappearance. They’re all claiming ignorance, but someone is lying. Find out who.”
Presented in a distinctive hand-painted art style, this “narrative-based detective game” is driven by dialogue with a primary focus on interrogation. In an attempt to “unravel the mysterious inner workings” of the company, you will meet various colour-coded characters, each of them fully voiced, and it is your job to “collect statements, organize them and discover contradictions” in their testimonies in order to confront those not telling the truth.
There is currently no target launch date for How Do You Know Mr. Blue?, but you can already sample its work-in-progress gameplay through the prototype demo that can be downloaded either from game’s official website.
How Do You Know Mr. Blue? is a cleverly designed murder mystery adventure where you interrogate witnesses at a mysterious hardware company and use contradicting statements to discover more about a missing employee.
In How Do You Know Mr. Blue? you take on the role of a private detective who has been brought in to a large hardware corporation to find out what happened to Mr. Blue – an employee in the repossessions department who recently went missing. With no physical clues as to his whereabouts, your detective work is entirely interrogation based and sees you talking to witnesses to gather information.
After questioning them, the statements you take from Mr. Blue’s colleagues are sorted into folders which you can examine on your computer. There’s a lot of information to go through, but if you find two statements that contradict each other then you can confront your witnesses about the contradictions and squeeze more juicy info from them.
The current build of How Do You Know Mr. Blue? Takes around 30 minutes to play through and really impresses with its unique visual style, great voice acting and clever contradiction-seeking detective gameplay. The characters are a particular highlight – each one is unpleasant in a different way and each one knows a whole lot more than they’re letting on. Will you be able to tease the truth out of them?
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