Picross-Based 90s Detective Game “Murder by Numbers” Announced for PC and Switch

The Irregular Corporation have announced Murder by Numbers, a mystery-puzzle game developed by Mediatonic (Foul Play, Hatoful Boyfriend, Fall Guys).

The game takes inspiration from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series (even the series composer Masakazu Sugimori produced the soundtrack here). You talk to NPCs and find clues to uncover the true culprit in murders, presenting evidence to disprove lies- all in 1990s Los Angeles.

However, to find evidence you will need to solve Picross style puzzles (using numbers next to rows and columns to work out where to place squares to create an image.

The game’s characters are designed by Hato Moa, who also designed characters for and created Hatoful Boyfriend.

Murder by Numbers launches 2020 for Windows PC (via Steam) and Nintendo Switch.

You can find the full run-down below:

Solve Pixel Puzzles to find clues.
Use those clues to interrogate witnesses.
Work your way to the truth…
…and uncover the mystery of Murder by Numbers!

Los Angeles, 1996. Honor Mizrahi was just an actress on a hit TV detective show. But when her boss ends up dead just minutes after he fires her, she finds herself starring in her own murder mystery. Teaming up with SCOUT, a reconnaissance robot thrown away after a mysterious incident, she sets out to clear her name – and a new detective duo is born!

Investigate a range of murders across TV studios, glitzy award shows, drag clubs, and more – all set to an energetic soundtrack from famed composer Masakazu Sugimori (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Ghost Trick and Viewtiful Joe).

Uncover a dark conspiracy by interrogating a wild range of weird and wonderful characters, designed by the incomparable Hato Moa, creator of Hatoful Boyfriend.

90s fashions! Upbeat jams! Sass dialled up to 100! Questionable jokes! Drag queens! All that and more awaits… in Murder by Numbers!

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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