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SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.



Let's play The Darkside Detective



https://store.steampowered.com/app/368390/The_Darkside_Detective/

In the moderately fine city of Twin Lakes "spooky crap" happens daily, but only one person shows up to investigate. Detective Francis McQueen walks the line between ghosts and demons, and the constant threat of his division's closure. Often, he walks that line together with Officer Dooley, who is there mainly for the pay and free loot.

The Darkside Detective series currently features 16 cases of ever-increasing complexity, because parts of the fanbase keep demanding harder puzzles and more moon logic. Also, apparently, it has "Music from Ben Prunty, the audiomancer behind gems such as Into the Breach, Subnautica, and FTL." Sounds nice!

CASE 1.1: MALICE IN WONDERLAND



CASE 1.2: TOME ALONE



CASE 1.3: DISORIENT EXPRESS



CASE 1.4: POLICE FARCE



CASE 1.5: LOCH MESS



CASE 1.6: DON OF THE DEAD



CASE 1.7: BUY HARD



CASE 1.8: POLTERGUYS



CASE 1.9: BAITS MOTEL





https://store.steampowered.com/app/795420/The_Darkside_Detective_A_Fumble_in_the_Dark/

CASE 2.1: MISSING, PRESUMED DARKSIDE
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CASE 2.2: TWILIGHT YEARS



CASE 2.3: DRUID'S DELIGHT



CASE 2.4: FUNFAIR DISMISSAL
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CASE 2.5: ROYAL FUMBLE



CASE 2.6: CLASS OF THE TITANS
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CASE 2.7: GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PASSED

SelenicMartian fucked around with this message at 18:22 on May 23, 2022

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Rocket Baby Dolls
Mar 3, 2006

Normally I don't make aesthetic criticisms in other peoples' homes, but that rug looks like a beaver exploded. If meat is murder, then that rug is at least a severe beating.

I absolutely love this game! I've replayed it a couple of times but have yet to play the sequel.

differentiating
Mar 30, 2019



I bought this game a while back, but only played it recently, and was so charmed by the all the references and jokes. Glad to see it getting some love here!

FoolyCharged
Oct 11, 2012

Somebody call for an ant?



Well I for one was shocked by the culprit here.

racerabbit
Sep 8, 2011


I'm shocked that SelenicMartian is playing a good game. I was getting a bit worried about him, but this and Pirate DOOM seem to be pretty good palate cleansers.

SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.



Francis McQueen reads the title of every book in the city library.

racerabbit
Sep 8, 2011


The audio desyncs around the 20 minute mark, and falls behind the actions on screen.

Gnoman
Feb 11, 2014

"What we therefore hath joined together, let Gnoman put asunder..."



There were a few clever references in the book titles.

Kibayasu
Mar 28, 2010



Pipe puzzle AND a sliding tile puzzle? Now that's terrifying.

SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.



We finally go to the Darkside, after helping Shaq wipe his rear end!

Whammiewazzle
Apr 29, 2016




Should I be concerned that the first case isn't marked solved yet?

SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.



Nah, it's because I went back into it to show the wet pixels last time.

Whammiewazzle
Apr 29, 2016




Ok, that makes sense. I thought it might be foreshadowing time travel hijinks of some sort.

Tenebrais
Sep 2, 2011



Raxa sure did use a lot of words to describe a very basic puzzle.

...come to think of it, does that kind of puzzle have a name? I don't think I've ever seen them outside the context of adventure games.

Yzuped
Apr 22, 2014


It's Light's Out, isn't it?

Kibayasu
Mar 28, 2010



I think I've seen that tentacle before.

FoolyCharged
Oct 11, 2012

Somebody call for an ant?



I dunno. When I saw it it made me feel like I could... like I could... like... I... could...

TAKE ON THE WORLD!

SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.



Detecting at a retirement party is not what it's cracked up to be.



McKing :argh:

Gnoman
Feb 11, 2014

"What we therefore hath joined together, let Gnoman put asunder..."



That case felt too smooth. If younhad gone past the garage the forst time, it would have been one easy look.

Tenebrais
Sep 2, 2011



The wizard hat / walking luggage thing is another Discworld reference. One of the protagonists has a sentient walking luggage chest that occasionally eats people.



Gnoman posted:

That case felt too smooth. If younhad gone past the garage the forst time, it would have been one easy look.

Lots of adventure game item nonsense though! The last few chapters had been a fair bit lighter on that sort of thing.

Kibayasu
Mar 28, 2010



No puzzle to not get shocked by the thing that shocked the gremlin? Very disappointing.

Feels like more adventure games could skip over the whole "walking around" part. Certainly makes things go faster.

SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.



We have a new sidekicks!
Dooley, come back!

mortons stork
Oct 13, 2012


This game is lovely, lighthearted fun. Just what I needed to cheer up a bit. Thanks for showing this, I'll be sure to get a copy of this and the expansion too.

FoolyCharged
Oct 11, 2012

Somebody call for an ant?



If I understand their description correctly, there are 125 packs of blood wolves in the area. Seems like they're pretty good at not talking to government narcs.

Tenebrais
Sep 2, 2011



McQueen is surprisingly good with kids. Also, the kids were great fun. Go bloodwolves!

berryjon
May 30, 2011

I have an invasion to go to.

The aliens on the signs ... are those from Commander Keene?

SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.



Mummy madness, macabre monkey members, mansion mischief, and more.

Kibayasu
Mar 28, 2010



As breezy as the game is it does take a certain talent to keep such an irreverent tone and not have it get annoying, although McQueen seemed particularly fond of the "..." response in this case. I was actually kind of disappointed that all 3 locations' puzzles weren't linked, seemed like a natural progression for the (original) finale.

Kacie
Nov 11, 2010

Imagining a Brave New World


Ramrod XTreme

I love this game, and thanks for reminding me I haven't finished the 2nd game - I could really use the gentle humor right now.

SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.



What a week, huh?

Kibayasu
Mar 28, 2010



I was wondering how they would reach 20 screens and then the vents happened. If it wasn't a Die Hard reference I'd consider that cheating.

Tombot
Oct 21, 2008


Nice! Now I'm all caught up. I usually watch these before bed time, not intentionally but that's usually how it turns out.

SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.



:sigh:

berryjon
May 30, 2011

I have an invasion to go to.

Hey, snacks are important!

Slaan
Mar 16, 2009

I GAIN POWER FROM EATING PEOPLE, JUST ASSUME I'M ALWAYS VOTING TO EAT PEOPLE





Boys? Nobody snacks more than my wife. Snacking is a unisex awesomeness lady :colbert:

Space Kablooey
May 6, 2009






I think Patricia is into McQueen...

Tombot
Oct 21, 2008


At this point McQueen should just keep exorcism kits inside of his jacket, since it would come in handy so much.

Tenebrais
Sep 2, 2011



Tombot posted:

At this point McQueen should just keep exorcism kits inside of his jacket, since it would come in handy so much.

It feels like it should be pretty standard kit for his line of work.

That said, very few cases actually start with McQueen expecting to confront a case, so maybe he would if he was expecting trouble.

SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.



Now this is a grand epic final "setting up the sequel" case!

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Kibayasu
Mar 28, 2010



"I wish I didn't have to go back to work" seemed like a perfect set-up for "You're fired." McQueen and Dooley could set-up their own private agency! But that's not a good cliffhanger I guess.

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