In the neon-lit 2037 Singapore streets of Chinatown detective agency – the brand new cybernoir graphical adventure out today on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC and with Game Pass – every character you encounter is a potential protagonist. Every conversation is a possible clue. And every seemingly incidental piece of information you come across could hold the key to unraveling a high-stakes global conspiracy.
Troubled Times in the Streets of Cybernoir City
Developed by Singapore-based General Interactive Co. and published by Humble Games, Chinatown detective agency casts you as Amira Darma, a former INTERPOL agent who recently set out on her own as a private investigator in the heart of Chinatown.
The pixel art cybernoir future that Amira inhabits is one filled with dark and grime, blinding lights and shadowy figures with mysterious agendas. The global economy is in shambles, and Amira’s primary focus – like most other inhabitants of this world on the fringes – is earning the money she needs to scrape around. But what starts as a day at work soon takes her around the world in search of something bigger than she ever imagined.
Crack Cases with real-world research
One of the great inspirations of General Interactive Co. with the making of Chinatown detective agency is a detective game legend: the iconic Carmen Sandiego series, in which a generation of players dug through attics for almanacs and encyclopedias and lurked in local libraries looking for her whereabouts.
One of the Chinatown detective agencyThe big gameplay hooks of the game are that sometimes, when the clues dry up in Amira’s world, you have to rely on real research in our own world. In the internet age, that could mean looking up an airport code online to discover a character’s likely destination, or today looking for the source of a quote that leads you to answers in 2037 Singapore. You have to be thoughtful, resourceful and smart to succeed as a player – just like Amira in her own world.
The players and the pixel art
Detective Agency ChinatownThe global story is brought to life through the beautiful cybernoir pixel art of Ricardo Juchem and the talented artists who portray Amira’s contacts, clients and conspirators. Characters like Rupert Zhou (Ryan Lim), the mysterious man who is used to getting what he wants – in this case finding a wayward partner. Tiger Lily (Su Ling Chan), the rich and generous client with a job that might be more than Amira bargained for. Keeran Iyer (Rishi Budhrani), the government official who seeks Amira’s help to root out corruption.
Detective Agency Chinatown is available now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC, and with Game Pass. We hope you want to check it out. With cleverness and a little luck, you might just save the world.