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Chinatown Detective Agency

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Adventure
Developer: General Interactive
Release Date: Winter 2020

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'Chinatown Detective Agency' Launches Kickstarter Campaign - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 26, 2020 @ 12:32 p.m. PDT

Inspired by the classic Carmen Sandiego games of the 80s and 90s, Chinatown Detective Agency is a mystery adventure game that will take you across Singapore and the world in hot pursuit of criminals, witnesses and clues.

Midnight in Singapore. Your contact’s a no show, your client wants answers and your empty bank balance hangs over you like a neon-tinted Sword of Damocles. Welcome to 2032. Welcome to Chinatown Detective Agency

Solve puzzles and uncover leads using real research and investigation, and manage your time and money to solve cases from clients both well-intentioned and nefarious. Along the way, untangle a web of conspiracies and plots that threaten to push the Lion City over the edge.

Blending management mechanics into a classic point and click detective adventure formula, you’ll have to do real-world research to crack the toughest cases, while picking your cases carefully and keeping an eye on your bank balance.

Explore a rich cybernoir future of mystery and intrigue in a world inspired by Blade Runner, The Da Vinci Code and Black Mirror. Travel the globe from your base in Singapore in search of leads, and talk with dozens of uniquely voiced characters each with their own mysterious agendas. 

Nothing’s ever simple in Singapore. What starts as a routine recon job might be the spark that ignites this whole city. Your choices matter: do you side with the shadowy underworld informant, or root out corruption for a junior politician? In Chinatown Detective Agency, the cases you choose will tell a story all their own, for better...or for worse.


General Interactive has launched a Chinatown Detective Agency kickstarter campaign, looking to raise $39,359.

Interested fans can also check out the alpha demo.

Leads and clues are the lifeblood of the detective. In Chinatown Detective Agency, each piece of evidence affects the outcome of your cases, and many puzzles require real investigation through internet research, code breaking and more.

Although most of the main quest can be finished entirely in-game, if you want to earn your stripes, you’ll have to dig a little deeper. Solving side quests will require genuine investigation, from googling clues, checking an encyclopedia or scouring a map, meaning you’re not just playing an investigator, you’ll have to become one yourself.

Key Features:

  • Unravel a global conspiracy: Travel the globe from your base in Singapore in search of leads, and talk with dozens of uniquely voiced characters each with their own mysterious agendas.
  • Build your case with real investigation: Leads and clues are the lifeblood of the detective, but uncovering part of the truth isn’t always enough. In Chinatown Detective Agency each piece of evidence affects the outcome of your cases for better or worse, and many puzzles require real investigation through internet research, code breaking and more.
  • Work smart: In Chinatown Detective Agency, time is a precious resource. The daily grind of the working Joe is a one-way ticket to fatigue, and tasks have a funny way of taking longer as you tire. Time is money, and the clock is always ticking. It's up to you to make good use of the time you have and to keep your agency, and yourself, alive.
  • Assemble a team: You’re new to the PI game, but over time you’re bound to make contacts, build a network, maybe even hire some staff. Alongside investigating cases and solving mysteries you’ll need to keep your business running and your staff happy.
  • Lose yourself in the future: Neon lamp-light reflected in pools of rainwater. Anti-government graffiti daubed across aging subways. Explore 30 stunningly rendered locations by artist Ricardo Juchem and immerse yourself in the chaotic future of 2032.

Chinatown Detective Agency is in development for PC (Steam).



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