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Dark Deeds

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Mystery
2015

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- dream, November 13, 2015

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Straightforward, but anachronistic, August 18, 2015
by verityvirtue (London)
The first thing in the blurb, and indeed the first thing the game mentions, is that it's set in the 14th centry. Why, then, does the author use such modern language? I mean, (Spoiler - click to show)was preserving evidence really a thing then?

There are some language issues which, again, take away from the mood of the game, especially what feels like an excessive use of ellipses.

This dovetails with a general lack of immersion. A 14th century setting should probably feel foreign to a 21st century reader, but this... this would come straight out of a rural police procedural. (Spoiler - click to show)Thereís even mention of an autopsy (once generally frowned upon, would you know)! This game would do well with more investment into the 14th century setting, that being one of the features of the game.

(Spoiler - click to show)The interviews with the various characters felt very generic, and it was difficult to remember which character was which. Navigation in the room could also do with a bit of work to make it more intuitive. One main problem - main, because it makes up the bulk of the game - is that to leave the crime scene, you have to speak to Borin first.

Dead Deeds is exceedingly straightforward, with nary a red herring. On its own, this would not have been a problem, but coupled with the lack of thought to the language - not even faux-medieval language - that makes it a tiny bit disappointing.

- CMG (NYC), May 28, 2015


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