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Death off the Cuff

by Simon Christiansen profile

Mystery
2010

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About the Story

They all stare at you expectantly, like children waiting to be told a bedtime story. Who can blame them? You are, after all, Antoine Saint Germain, the great French detective. No criminal has ever been a match for you, and everybody is looking forward to a description of your brilliant deductions.

There is just one small problem. One tiny detail that makes it different this time. A mere trifle, really. This time you have no idea who did it.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Current Version: 8
License: Commercial
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: 01CF0FCD-CEF1-4EE3-B4C4-F4C2556115C3
TUID: hqjjswyesj1gjm7v

Off-Site Reviews

JayIsGames
There are secret identities and romances and sordid pasts aplenty, but the plot isn't any more outlandish than the genre demands. Death off the Cuff's main strength, though, is its efficiency. You're going to be typing on a tiny keyboard, and Christiansen accounts for this by adding plenty of shortcuts. The "focus" system, for instance, means that if you're already talking about James, you can just type "motive" instead of "talk about James' motive." You don't have to type "examine" or "talk about" every time you want to examine or talk about something; the game automatically fills in the blanks depending on context.
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The Guardian
This app has plenty of charm: a text-adventure murder-mystery inspired by Hercule Poirot. Well, Poirot if he didn't know what he was doing, anyway: "You must bluff your way through the traditional revelatory monologue at the end of a crime story," explains developer Simon Christiansen. "Can you make the murderer reveal him- or herself, without letting anyone know that you hadn't already solved the case?" A fun idea.
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Pocket Tactics
Getting a handful of people in a room and explaining the plot resolution must serve some fantastically valuable narrative purpose, given how frequently it occurs in mystery novels. Turning that showcase of genius into intellectual slapstick is an artesian well of humor, continuously providing unforced comedy which doesnít get old in this admittedly brief game.
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AppAdvice
This is a great text-based puzzle game. Itís an interesting story with twists and turns that hold your attention. You can move along at your own pace as you figure out what questions to ask and whom to examine. You can also speed along by using hints to guide your progress. Itís all up to you. No matter what pace you set, itís still a great story to interact with.
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TheAppleGoogle
Death Off The Cuff, available on both App Store and Google Play, is an interactive fiction game inspired by Agatha Christieís Hercule Poirot stories. You interact with the game and its characters by typing in your commands. Incredibly intuitive, these commands help you to focus on a person, examine his or her body, clothes, accessories, etc. to gather more clues and have something more to talk about.
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