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If you've ever donated to a Kickstarter campaign, you might have noticed that they tend to have a few delays. And by that I mean assume that there will be delays - just ask anyone who waited for Star Command. Detective Grimoire is in a similar position, coming to Android almost a year and a half after its "estimated delivery," but it looks like the wait has been worth it. Adventure game fans, or anyone looking for a kooky story, should give it a go.

You are the titular Detective, who's more about books and brains that bullets and bourbon, and you've come to a tiny swamp community to solve a murder. That means finding clues, grilling suspects, and solving touch-based puzzles in a format similar to the popular Professor Layton games, but with an atmosphere that's more like a children's book written by Stephen King. The simple, flat art style and full voice narration go a long way towards lending the game a spooky atmosphere. It looks a lot like Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends as a murder mystery.

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The quirky art style mixes with a unique spin on the standard adventure game inventory puzzle to make for some interesting humor, which contrasts nicely with the sinister subject matter. The puzzles also take full advantage of the touchscreen, a rare trait even for games that aren't also releasing on the PC. (On that note, Detective Grimoire might just show up in a Humble Bundle at some point.) The game is $3.99 with no in-app purchases, and requires Android 2.3 or higher.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Cory_S

    10 more google surveys to go ..

  • Mr E

    "like Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends as a murder mystery"...
    WHERE DO I SIGN UP?!11/?

  • Marchant Volschenk

    Would it not be point-and-tap Aventure game ? :)

  • Kevin

    Looks cool...roughly how long is the gameplay?

    • Franco Rossel

      Already completed it. It's short, for me it lasted about 3 hours, but it was totally worth it; witty dialogue, interesting characters, and fun gameplay.
      Also, very good soundtrack and art.

  • SuperMario7

    I bought this but asked for a refund immediately, doesn't work on my Nexus 5, I get a blank screen each time I start the app, it ran once out of like 10 attempts...might wanna wait for a patch

    • SFBTom

      Hi! I'm the programmer for the game, sorry you came across the KitKat trouble! It looks like the version of AIR I made the game in (3.9 stable) has all sorts of trouble with KitKat. The 4.0 beta version apparently has fixed this, so looks like I'm going to have to risk going with a beta compiler for my fix! Hopefully I can upload an update mid next week at the latest, after I find a KitKat device to test on that is...

      • David Thoren

        Woops... wish I had read the comments before downloading. I'll wait for the patch and try again.


      • SuperMario7

        Hey, thanks for your quick response. I had no idea you had a Windows version of Detective Grimoire and I've bought the game directly from your site instead as part of the Android/Windows/OSX/Linux bundle rather than from Google Play, totall worth it, I'll defnitely install it on my Nexus too once the update is posted. Wish you guys all the best with this game!

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  • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

    "with no in-app purchases"
    ( •_•)>⌐■-■

  • LowItalian

    I beat it in a day. It wasn't too difficult, actually impossible to lose if you just do every single option.

    The puzzles weren't very challenging at all.

    The thing I got caught up on the the most was finding an item that had zero indication where it was located where it was on the whole map/bog.

    I think it was maybe 3 - 5 hrs of game play.

    • Franco Rossel

      Don't forget that damn padlock. I can decipher it yet, but it's optional.

      • LowItalian

        I guessed it randomly, but after the fact I figured out why it was what it was.

        It's on a piece of paper somewhere.

        • Franco Rossel

          I got it. Thanks!