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They call me Pete Ingalls. They should - it's my name, and it's the one tastefully set on the frosted glass on my office door, right over the words "Privte Investgatr." (I keep meaning to get those letters replaced.) What I lack in funds and polygons I make up for in grit. I'm the one you come to when the cops aren't interested. When people walk through that door, it's because they've knocked on every other one in town.

There are a million stories in the naked city, and in every one of them someone ends up dead and someone else wants me to find out why. Every case is different. Every case is the same. It's almost like I'm trapped in some kind of horrible nightmare, with my new gigs being spit out of an automaton - a few different seedy dives and old apartments for me to crawl around in, a few names changed to protect the guilty. When I get my three bones a day, it generally means I'll be hunting clues, dodging slugs, and using my own special skills to make someone talk. Those skills including walking around a lot and talking to people.

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I'm pretty dapper as gumshoes go. Other detectives might be two-bit, but I've managed to get all the way to eight. On occasion I'll bring my best friends in on a case, Mister Smith and Mister Wesson. But usually it's better to run away - gunslinging in two dimensions is tougher than it looks. Sometimes it's hard to remember that my decisions are real and permanent, and that when I shoot some poor sap he stays dead.

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I don't always get my man before my client runs out of patience. And if I don't get the goods, I don't bring home the bacon. Justice is a hard thing to work for, but putting bread on your table will motivate a man to be downright hard-boiled. Tomorrow there'll be another story and another case. As long as that story lands on my desk next to two-point-nine-nine greenbacks and an Android 2.0 or better device, I'll take it. And if you're coming to me, that's all you'll need - there's no line marked "IAP" on my bill.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • HellG

    Good god, Enough with the pixel style art! it was cool for a while! and only for a specific kind of games, but now its just a lazy way for developers to cash out money...

    • MrHanMan

      I like pixel art when done well, and this is pretty decently done. What makes you think that "lazy" developers are only "cash[ing] out money" when they use it?

    • polesmoker99

      Yeah! F that style! And while they're at it, F impressionism! It's been played out! And photography? F that, too! And what about photo-realistic graphics? I say we go back to cave drawings! That's the only style for me!

    • Matthew Fry

      Pixel art is cheaper to create and makes for lower device requirements. Also, it's a $3 game.

      You seem to be mistaking indie developers with King. A good portion of the awesome games I've got that were featured on AP sit in the 1000-5000 download range. That's just about enough to pay yourself back for the 3-6 months you spent developing it.

    • Matthew Fry

      Pixel art is cheaper to create and makes for lower device requirements. Also, it's a $3 game.

      You seem to be mistaking indie developers with King. A good portion of the awesome games I've got that were featured on AP sit in the 1000-5000 download range. That's just about enough to pay yourself back for the 3-6 months you spent developing it.

  • Harsha

    Any review coming up? 3$ is steep without a demo.

  • Ravi E

    Awesomely written article! For some reason I read in Marv's voice (Sin City).

  • StarLightPL

    That was a painful read. It was fun for the two paragraphs, but later on it should return to normal review.

  • StarLightPL

    That was a painful read. It was fun for the two paragraphs, but later on it should return to normal review.

  • Solomon T Nutz

    Horrible game. Avoid at all costs.
    I wrote the only 1 Star review for it on google play.
    I wish I had my $3 back.
    This game is a big reason why there should be longer than 15 minute refund window.

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