A Case of Distrust Fuses Sherlock Holmes With Alfred Hitchcock

A Case of Distrust

Indie developer The Wandering Ben has released the launch trailer for the new narrative mystery game A Case of Distrust, and the influences are obvious and effective.

The game uses a gorgeous 2D art style, created using a technique called rotoscoping, and projects vibes of Alfred Hitchcock’s film and the poster design of Saul Bass, the latter being cited as a particular influence of the game.

The narrative—inspired by the detective fiction novels of Raymond Chandler (The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye) and Dashiell Hammett (The Thin Man, Red Harvest)—follows private investigator Phyllis Cadence Malone as she explores 1924 San Francisco to uncover the truth behind a mysterious crime. Gameplay has been described as a blend of the board game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective and adventure games 80 Days and Phoenix Wright, utilising old-school point-and-click mechanics to advance the narrative.

Ben Wander (BioWare, Visceral Games) left AAA development and founded The Wandering Ben in 2015 to create A Case of Distrust. He sought to create dramatic stories in unfamiliar settings, focusing on individual characters. While Wander is responsible for the game’s art, coding, design, and narrative, the audio was created by Mark “Marowi” Wilson (Team Bondi, Riot Games). A Case of Distrust was released earlier this week on PC and Mac via Steam, published by Serenity Force. Check out Rhain’s thoughts here.

For more from the world of single-player gaming, be sure to bookmark OnlySP and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr.

Click to comment

RSS Popular around our network

  • Gearbox “Hiring” Copy Editor After Typo Found in Coding July 17, 2018
    Gearbox's Aliens: Colonial Marines released in 2013 to infamously bad reviews. Despite a very promising demo at E3, the game ultimately released with low-quality graphics and terrible enemy AI. But just a few days ago, it was discovered that a number of the problems with the game's wonky AI were caused by a single typo […]

RSS Casual

  • The Switch may need a hardware revision sooner rather than later
    Millions have been enjoying their Nintendo Switch for over a year at this point. Now that some time has passed, we’ve gotten to observe how the system has matured from its early phase to being… The post The Switch may need a hardware revision sooner rather than later appeared first on Nintendo Enthusiast.

RSS Competitive

  • Overwatch storms San Diego Comic-Con!
    Overwatch is all the rage right now as the Overwatch League streams on ESPN, Disney, and ABC networks throughout the month of July. The competition is fierce and entertaining for any esports fan. My colleague, Michael Czar, offered his predictions and insight into the Playoffs and Grand Finals. Be sure to read his article here […]

© Enthusiast Gaming. Pew Pew Pew

To Top