Mystery City Games : A Death in the Red Light

A beautifully designed game of deduction wrapped in interesting, historically factual storytelling

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The game begins and I open the police file to find it’s my first day back at work after being suspended for drinking on the job (what am I like?!). I decide to settle back in by listening to the sounds of a slow jazz Spotify playlist suggested by Mystery City Games. The songs compliment the feel of the game beautifully, and really help to start the immersion into the mysterious atmosphere the A Death in the Red Light creates.

Back to work! A body has been discovered in the Red Light District, and it’s up to me to figure out the victim, the culprit and the cause of death.

The start of the game gives me Consulting Detective or Chronicles of Crime vibes. We’re presented with a body and have multiple leads to follow, it’s up to us to decide which route we want to go down. It makes the journey of solving the crime all the more realistic when you feel like the events unfolding are based on your choices.

I was really impressed with the noir style theme which is made possible by some brilliant graphics. The mix of blacks, red and whites with comic style layouts are consistent throughout the stories and puzzles and keep you engrossed in the game.

Logic puzzles aren’t my strong point and there are a lot of them so I would have preferred a bit more of a mix, but those who enjoy them will be in their element. My lack of deduction skills meant I used a few clues, which were really easy to access via the police search portal. They also don’t come with any penalties, so you’re free to use as many as you wish without eating into your final time.

I’d recommend keeping a list of people you speak to and places you need to visit, as you’ll need to remember as much as you can for the final questions. You can go back to a location whenever you wish though, which came in really useful.

All in all, A Death in the Red Light is a great combination of storytelling and puzzles. I’d definitely recommend playing it, especially if you love logic and deduction style games.

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