The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark

Spooky Doorway, Akupara Games

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
81
Top Critic Average
78%
Critics Recommend
Based on 9 critic reviews
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The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark

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Based on 9 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

78%

Critics Recommend

Based on 9 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 5Apr 15, 2021
Xbox Series X/SApr 15, 2021
Google StadiaApr 15, 2021
Xbox OneApr 15, 2021
PlayStation 4Apr 15, 2021
Nintendo SwitchApr 15, 2021
PCApr 15, 2021

Developer: Spooky Doorway

Publisher: Akupara Games

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle

Twin Lakes is a cursed city. Less cursed than say, “Demons are tearing it apart” but more cursed than “always loses its keys” or “often steps in puddles”. It’s roughly in the middle of the cursed scale, is what we’re trying to say. Cursed enough that it’s a nuisance. Cursed enough that somebody has to deal with it… That’s where The Darkside Detective comes in. Whenever you hear a bump in the night, feel a tingle up your spine, or smell something fishy, Detective Francis McQueen isn’t far behind. No, he doesn’t smell of fish - it’s a phrase, come on... Picking up after the events of The Darkside Detective, McQueen has to save his usually-present (in body, if not mind) sidekick Officer Dooley from the Darkside, so the two can get back to what they do best - investigating the city’s many strange, often paranormal, always paradoxical goings-on. Join them in this frighteningly funny point-and-click adventure as they investigate six more standalone cases bringing them to a carnival, the local retirement home, an amateur wrestling circuit and even as far away as Ireland as they do what they can to keep the Darkside at bay. • 6 unique cases, the likes of which you’ve never seen before (not a guarantee) • Uses both pointing and clicking technology • Music from Thomas O’Boyle, a totally-living composer, definitely not undead • Photo-Realistic Pixel Rendering (Depends on your definition of photo-realism) • 1 mail-in rebate per customer on exorcism services for hauntings resulting from play • A brief recap of the events of "The Darkside Detective" for anyone who hasn't played it and doesn't want to

The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark Critic Reviews

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By cutting back on the pop culture references and focusing more on unique characters and situations, The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark is a strong follow-up to Spooky Doorway's point-and-click adventure. The game is certainly lengthier and grander in scope, and while it occasionally feels a tad bloated with unnecessary tasks, it's largely an immensely fun ride with the same excellent visuals from the first game. If you enjoyed The Darkside Detective, then its sequel is an absolute no-brainer; for newcomers, we recommend checking out the first game before diving into this one.

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A Fumble in the Dark may have lost sight of what made the first iteration great in some respects, but for those who want more of the charismatic duo and excellent observational humor, this is an admirable sequel. More is on the way, as well, so for those who worry we’ll be waiting another three or four years for Francis and Dooley to return, fear not. As for me, I’m okay with the break if it means an assurance of quality in the future.

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The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark is a must play game for anyone who loves point-and-click adventure games, especially with a supernatural mystery theme. If you enjoyed the first game you obviously must play this title!

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Even after finishing the game, I’m eagerly awaiting what else is coming from Spooky Doorway this season. It’s a laugh-a-minute with clever puzzles and rewarding gameplay. You’re encouraged to explore and read every piece of dialogue, or risk missing something crucial or funny. The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark is so sharp-witted, it’s easily one of the best adventure games to come along in years.

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