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Check out the free wonderful point and click mystery-comedy Loco Motive

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Love a good murder mystery? Check out the absolutely charming Loco Motive which was made for the AdvXJam 2020 Game Jam. Impressive with the amount of effort and quality that went into this one, from Robust Games which is made of developers from the likes of Chucklefish along with Paul Zimmermann for the audio.

"Loco Motive is a murder mystery-comedy, full of deadly surprises, larger than life characters and yes, the occasional blood fountain! Mr. Arthur Ackerman finds himself in the personal employ of Lady Unterwald, an eccentric heiress of the Wald-Bahn rail company.

On the verge of a landmark speech, you've been summoned to make a last minute amendment to her Will - aboard her flagship luxury train, The Reuss Express. Little does Arthur know, he's about to become embroiled in a murder, a mystery and worst of all... an adventure!"

It's so good, it should be a proper commercial release. The developer gained some good feedback from it too, with others thinking the same. So, they're actually having a go of it. They've announced work on a bigger paid version now too which will have upgraded visuals throughout the whole game, more characters and full voice acting, more puzzles and places to explore. There's even going to be some localization to other languages if they can afford to do so.

Don't miss out, try it free on itch.io.

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3 comments

kaiman 1 Feb, 2021
QuoteDon't miss out, try it free on itch.io.
It's pay what you want, not free. Although you'll obviously get away with paying $0. It's not overly long, but quite polished and it did exceed my expectations, so I think it's definitely worth something :-).

I'm just not sure if turning it into something bigger will allow it to retain its qualities and charm, but best of luck to the devs if they try!
Liam Dawe 1 Feb, 2021
Quoting: kaiman
QuoteDon't miss out, try it free on itch.io.
It's pay what you want, not free. Although you'll obviously get away with paying $0. It's not overly long, but quite polished and it did exceed my expectations, so I think it's definitely worth something :-).

I'm just not sure if turning it into something bigger will allow it to retain its qualities and charm, but best of luck to the devs if they try!

Quote direct from itch:
QuoteThis game is free but the developer accepts your support by letting you pay what you think is fair for the game.
Emphasis mine.
kaiman 1 Feb, 2021
Quoting: Liam DaweQuote direct from itch:
QuoteThis game is free but the developer accepts your support by letting you pay what you think is fair for the game.
Emphasis mine.
So technically it's free then, but itch.io does a very good job at gently steering you towards paying anyway, with a cunningly designed UI that reminds me a bit of those manipulative tracking consent popups. The proceed to download link is certainly subtle compared to the blatant $2 and brightly colored Pay! buttons.

Anyway, as said before, it was well worth the $2 (plus tip).
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