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Erstwhile

by Maddie Fialla and Marijke Perry

Paranormal Murder Mystery
2018

(based on 5 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

The neighborhood Thanksgiving party was going pretty well until you keeled over and died.

Now you're a ghost, and you're going to figure out who killed you. But you can't exactly interview people or search for clues when you're dead, can you? All you can do is piece together memories about what happened.

No one said the memories had to be yours.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Twine
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 9xgxim719fp1eanq

Awards

5th Place - 24th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2018)

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A smooth Twine murder mystery with complex puzzles, November 30, 2018
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour
This was one of of my favorite games of the competition. Itís a smooth Twine game that plays well both on desktop and mobile.

You play as a ghost who died, or was murdered, during Thanksgiving. You have to simultaneously learn (as a player) about the neighborhood while gathering (as a ghost) mental clues to find out what happened.

The game is divided into two chunks: exploration and linking. Exploration has you looking through the thoughts of others to gain clues, and linking has you pick two related clues to produce a new one in a complex multi-layered system. Iíve seen mysteries use this technique (and written one), but this is the best implementation of the idea Iíve seen so far, and very satisfying. I got stuck near the end, but I feel like a puzzle game is perfect difficulty if I do well until the end and need a hint then.

Great for mystery fans, and fun for everyone.

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