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The Darkside Detective (2017) is a point-and-click adventure with a British sensibility where you take on investigations as Detective Francis McQueen. Play is the usual combining of objects and moving from location to location, but unlike similar games the humour is understated and the puzzles are always logical. It stands out for its Dirk Gently vibe that steers it in interesting narrative and crime-solving directions.

Detective Francis McQueen is the lead investigator of the underfunded Darkside Division that takes on supernatural mysteries often involving cultists, demons and occult rituals. These are the cases that nobody else will investigate, but needs must so you will.

The game is available in a couple of seasons; the original game and The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark sequel. They each offer around six cases, each with original mysteries, characters and a setting more spooky than the last.

The result is a point-and-click game that knows what it's about. If you are looking for some spooky mysteries (think Twin Peaks rather than Scooby Doo) then this is a great game to play on your own or with your kids.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Darkside Detective 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Point-and-Click game with Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 7 hours to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for fear as it includes pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. Themes like the occult, ghosts and dark dimensions are present in the game. Including an eerie soundtrack. The game contains infrequent use of bad language ('bloody' and 'goddamn'). The game also features some mild violence, including scenes of wrestling, and some non-sexual nudity. There are references to alcohol and drugs although their use is not shown.

The sequel, The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark, is rated PEGI 12 for use of bad language. The game contains infrequent use of bad language ('bloody' and 'goddamn'). The game also features some mild violence, including scenes of wrestling, and some non-sexual nudity. There are references to alcohol and drugs although their use is not shown.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need some maturity (or lack of?) to appreciate the jokes. You also need to be methodical when searching areas and combining items. Following the story adds a lot to the game and requires some comprehension.

CostsCosts

The Darkside Detective usually costs £12.79.
 

The Darkside Detective

Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
PlayStation Store PS5 -

The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark

Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/07/2017, updated in 2024

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Point-and-Click (Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Spooky Doorway (@SpookyDoorway)


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