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When a popular illustrator is found dead, disgraced demonologist Harold Ludicael is hired to summon her ghost. But he’s hiding a secret:

Ghosts are as fake as all the other lies coming out of Ludicael's mouth.




We hope you enjoy our Edwardian-inspired visual novel with creeping monsters, summoning magic, and a cast with Queer main characters. It has:

-20,000 words/about 3 hours of playtime

-Point and Click Investigation

-Traditionally painted watercolor characters and locations

-A journal which keeps track of a colorful list of suspects and lore

-A content warning document

-A variable set of bad endings, and one true ending, depending on which suspect you choose!




Shortlisted in the judge ranking, and ranked #2 out of 133 in the public voting for The Spooktober 3rd Annual Visual Novel Game Jam!



Project head, Writing, Art: Alexis Royce

Writing: Tsushi

Coding, Photography, Editing: Cammie

Music: Nicolas Gasparini (Myuu)

Updated 6 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rating
(20)
AuthorsAlexisRoyce, Tsushi, Camden Dawn
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
Tags2D, Creepy, Gay, Horror, LGBT, murder, Mystery, renpy, Story Rich
Average sessionA few hours
LanguagesEnglish, Russian
InputsKeyboard, Mouse

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The Case of the Serialized Killer ver 1.01 PC 352 MB
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Congratulations on the translation of the game into Russian! I hope that new players will discover your amazing game! :D

I loved your world, and Harold and Faraday, and I hope one day to find them in a sequel. <3

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I'm reviewing this after I'm finished playing the game and it is phenomenal. The story and world is really interesting with the characters and their imps background and personalities, the watercolor art style fits the tone nicely and the writing is well done with good humor, pacing, and characterization. I would say that there's a little error of Lupin referring Goose as "him" instead of "they" but that can be fixed, along with the characters facial expressions can be still at times though with the watercolor that is understandable. As for how the mystery is written it is logical and satisfying to solve it, though for someone who have read and play mystery media it's too easy solve but I'm really impressed that it's tied in a neat bow especially since it's the first time you've ever did a mystery. 

I'm hoping that you'll be planning to make a sequel of the game and explore more of the characters and their backstories (especially DeLuse, she's my fave). I'm hoping it would have a nice twist of the mystery next time and the character sprites have more lively animations. Looking forward to your future projects. 

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Thank you so much for the review!


For that Goose error if you happen to remember the scene it was in even vague details of around when it was that will help me hunt for that, please let me know. I tried to catch all of those for the most recent build, I hate to have still missed one.

It's completely fair to say the mystery was more on the easy side, I definitely underestimated how hard it is to write a puzzle that is not too obvious but also not too difficult. I really hope if we have more chances to make games in this universe that we can refine that level and get it to feel satisfyingly challenging but not unclear. Ace Attorney makes it look easy, sheesh!

As for Dea, Royce writes her amazingly and I love her so much too, I feel like she has 1000 watt personality hehe she has been in a few other games we've made in different iterations, though they are NSFW. I really hope to expand this universe further if we can! Thank you again for the support and feedback!

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Here's the typo I found, it's the part where the player picks "How did you find out about this party?"


And since you have mentioned making other games I can check them out in my spare time and review them also. Don't sweat it trying to make a good mystery, one advice I can give that I've learnt after playing the DGS Duology is to trick the mind of the players. Make it subtle and have the player think of the obvious answer, then when new information is discovered it could change their minds in a new light. 

Good luck on your future projects! 

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Thank you so much, that's incredibly helpful! We'll work on patching that and updating the game in the next week.

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Hello! I just wanted to say I played your game last night and I loved it! The lore was sooo great (really enjoyed every little thing you told us about imps and their possible meaning), characters charming and the plot entertaining. I found the art (specially the art made for the sprites) very appealing: full of personality, giving me kind of a "One Piece Characters" vibe. And I LOVED the change in the sprites for the main characters when changing pose: a bit rough but like, really, really charged of charm. Btw I understand it'd been hard, but actually I think backgrounds made with that combination of watercolors plus line would have work marvelous too !

Personally I would have liked an ending a little bit happier for Harold (some development for their situation, because they end up almost the same way they started), but if this is the presentation for characters and their world, I can get why.

And that's it! Congratulations for your game (because it was amazing, yes) and good luck with all your future projects! 

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Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed what we made! Some of our shortcuts were due to the time constraints of the competition which meant making most of the game within only a month. We have added a few things since then (such as unique bad ends for each wrong choice) but yeah backgrounds being this combo of photo and watercolor definitely helped us have the ability to have this many.


As for a happier ending for Harold (and Faraday too) we really hope to tell more stories with them and to hopefully give both of them a longer arc to resolve some of their current issues. The hope would be if this ever becomes successful enough to pay the bills, we want to do about 4 or so more "chapters" that explore more of the world and give Hawley and Harold a chance at growing and healing. But for now that stuff is kinda outside our reach until we have more firm footing moneywise. But I certainly won't say never!


Thanks very much for your kind enthusiasm and I'm pretty sure we'll make more games in the future, though what they might be I can't be sure yet :D

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This was so interesting. I absolutely loved it because I love murder mysteries X3

Thank you so much! Us too, and it was both intimidating and a lot of fun to write one!

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Dear developers of "The Case of the Serialised Killer",

I would like to say thank you for this great game! It's so simple, yet so interesting to play! 

I enjoyed the murder mystery part. The way you presented the characters made me think any of them could be the killer, but it was getting clearer as I found out more information. The case is totally solvable, which is perfect, because I didn't feel stupid at the end) 

Also, the music was just magical. It really sets the stage, makes it realistic. But I'd like to mention I was a bit disappointed with sound effects. In my opinion, more sounds would be good, but it's not a big deal. 

I can't stay silent about the design. Watercolor paint sprites! And backgrounds! It's a thing I've never seen before. I admire your work, I'm sure you've spent a lot of time on it. There was only one CG, but I haven't noticed it until I finished the game. I guess, the sprites are so well-drawn you don't even need CGs!

For me the best thing in the game is its characters! I fell in love with Harold and Hawley. I want to see the development of these characters and their relationship, of course! The things you've shown in game is great. I think, you've left some questions unanswered, but I'm not annoyed by it, I just want to know the answers! This game is a wonderful start, the first chapter of the story. And I really-really wish to see more of it!

I hope your game will be noticed and get the respect it deserves (and you win in the Spooktober Jam!). 

Sorry for mistakes in my comment, English is not my native language.

Thanks for the game again!

(By the way, I would like to make your game more popular. So, I can try to translate the game into Russian (it's my mother tongue). Can't promise I'll do it, but I promise to try! If I find a way to make a russification, I will inform you, if you don't mind:) 

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind comment and for enjoying our game, even though it's not in your first language! I'm very glad the mystery wasn't too hard, so that people could get a good idea of who the killer is without feeling very stressed out.

I love Hawley and Harold so much and it's wonderful to hear you enjoyed them too!

We would be thrilled if you wanted to try translating it into Russian, we would even be happy to add your name to the credits for your translated version so people knew who did all that hard work! We are actually going to be adding a bit more to the game in about a week, giving all the wrong answers for the suspect their own unique ending instead of just one that plays for all of the wrong answers, so you might want to wait for that.

We only would like to ask that you please let us host your translation on this game page, so that people can find it more easily. And we would also ask for you to please not change any of the LGBT characters relationships, because they're very important to us, thank you!

We might try to sell our original English version of the game after the game game jam is over, but we would be happy to keep the Russian version free to make sure people can access it! I hope you do make a translation, because I would love to see it!

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Thanks for a quick reply!

It's actually great you have your conditions, because the translation itself is not a problem. 

I'm not going to change anything in the dialogues, so don't worry:)

I'll update you when I have some progress!

Привет! Помощь с переводом потребуется?

Здравствуй, 

Спасибо за предложение, но помощь не требуется.)

Hello, it's me again!

The translation is almost finished, so I'd like to get your e-mail address to send you the material later.

Also, I have some questions I'd like to ask you, but it'll be easier to talk via mail.

Thanks in advance!

Wow I'm surprised you did it so quickly! My email address is chibisilverwings@ gmail.com and hopefully I can answer questions and such for you there.

Hello again!

I sent you the materials several days ago. I just don't know if you got it, because I didn't get a reply.

The letter's title is "Translation".

I'm sorry it took so long! I finally got around to emailing you back, you did such wonderful work, I'm so grateful! Thank you!

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Ceri here!\


Made it all the way to the True End thanks to spotting important clues early on and during the investigation process! How the mystery was laid out and the character interactions are so good. My favorite characters were Dea and Hawley as I loved their snarky banter and the way they bounced off the other cast members personalities. Maggie is a real spitfire (and I mean that in the nicest way possible)! The hug CG between our two lead lovers was hella precious. It's clear that there was a lot of love and effort put into this work. Thanks for the hint in the boiler room; it really helped! Overall, 10 out of 10, would watch Nowak get his ass handed to him by an imp again!

So happy you were able to get it finished and I also love that CG hehe. Thanks so much for the glowing review and for taking the time to finish it even after getting stuck for a bit. We seriously appreciate it! Let's hope Nowak continues to get his ass kicked in the future hehe

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(this a little too long lol)

Sooo i just finished the game (i got the real ending thanks to the notes i took of suspects and facts!!! i'm kind of a detective haha), and i was fascinated! there are several things i liked: 

-the visuals. they're stunning and beautiful, the watercolor aesthetic and the era in which it's made is elegant and magical, simply wonderful. the artist is very talented and their style of drawing is to my liking, so i hope alexis keep doing their projects in this way because it gives distinction from other videogames

-the music, especially the piano songs and the slower ones are my favorites. i could listen to the soundtrack all day long, they give the scenes more feeling and interest, a very good work

-the universe! i'm quite interested in the fact that ships or shipping business are important, plus the imps and other non-human creatures like the "Fae", as well as some magic that hovers in the air, and the fact that alchemist teachers exist is pretty interesting. i want to know more about this world (;

-the characters. i absolutely love, love, love Harold and Faraday! they complement each other very well and i'd like to hug them because it's obvious they've been through a lot of bad things )): from there, my favorite characters are DeLus, Goose, Vance, Maggie  (she ISN'T cringey) and Harold himself.

(oh and i love Lupine's ears, they're so cute ;w;) 

i could say many more things but in short, i DEMAND more visual novels of this universe and its characters!!! i got quite attached haha. anyway, thank you very much for this game and i'll definitely vote 5 stars. good luck in anything you do! 

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Thank you so much for such a lengthy and loving comment! I'm really happy that you liked Harold and Faraday, they're characters we've been working on for a really long time, so it would be a joy to maybe make more with them in the future. The world has a lot of aspects left to explore, hopefully we'll have the opportunity in the future to do so. But either way, it's so nice to hear you liked it so much!

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I've managed to play up until the first investigatiom scene, clicked on the wheeled cart, the body in the furnace, the scrap of fabric, the imp in the lower left corner then selected the 'I worked too hard for all this to be all for nothing' option and that's where I'm stuck at. Do you need to check areas of interest in a certain order or is there something I'm missing? Btw, the story/character writing is stellar and the general design and feel of the game is flat out goregeous!

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Thank you for playing! Check right next to the body, in the furnace, there’s one more clue in there!

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I really enjoyed your game! The cast was interesting, the world/magic fascinating, and the mystery solid. :D

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Thank you so much! I'm really glad the world is getting people excited, I would love to make more in this universe. I'm sorry I took so long to reply!

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Heya ! I started playing this game on my channel recently ! It seems sooo high quality I can't believe it. When I found this game I was super excited to play it as well, just thinking about it made me really happy. The music is really nice and I really enjoy the dynamic between all the characters, even if I'm not far yet 0]:-) Congratulations on the marvelous project !

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This was such a treat to watch! I always get nervous when watching people play a game I worked on, but this video was so funny and I really liked the voices you did for everyone. There were a number of times where you laughed at something and then went "oh no, I shouldn't laugh at that, this is serious." And I wanted to tell you to please feel comfortable laughing! You were laughing at our intended jokes, and it felt so NICE hearing someone understand exactly what we were tying to communicate with them!

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Awww, thank you so so much ! I really liked the writing and the vibe of the game, it was everything !

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You've probably already heard or thought of this but this duo looks so much like Aziraphale and Crowley from Good Omens! That along with the "crime-solving" aspect of this pulled me in, and I'm so glad I checked it out! Such a cleverly written story with such intriguing character designs and pretty art kept me hooked during every second of it, and it was a blast to play! Just like Is Lupin Still Flirting? this is exemplary! (maybe it's on purpose but Lupine flowers reminds me sm of Lupin III I loved him.) It will be one to beat for the Spooktober VN jam for sure. 

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Thank you so much for such high praise. And yes Lupine was very heavily inspired hehe he and Goose steal imps, which is a bit different than stealing for glory or fun, but they share a similar joy about what they do :)

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This was a very well written game. I loved the watercolor art used throughout it. Keep up the good work! 

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Thank you very much for checking it out! I wanted to let you know there seems to be a bit of visual capture glitch towards the end quarter of the video.

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This is a great game but my only complaint is that there are many times where the character Goose gets misgendered. The pronouns he/him are used instead of they/them. Please fix this in future updates.

Thanks for letting us know! Do you remember where any of those typos were? I’d like to get those fixed right away.

Uh no I dont remember exactly but there were a few times around when the seance happened? I cant exactly remember. I think it'd be a good idea to look over the script if you still have it?

Thank you, having a specific area to look in is very helpful. We’ll check the script and do an update in the next day!

Alright thank you!

Thanks so much for helping us spot those, I found 3 in the seance scene, and hopefully we got them all. We've uploaded a new build, we appreciate your help catching those mistakes!

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Made an account just to give this game a 5/5 rating cause holy shit it was good. (been usin Itch for years, funny how this, a visual novel (which I normally don't care for) made me get off my ass and get an account to rate it CX

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Whoa, thank you very much! We’ve made a few other VNs, but this was our first mystery, so we weren’t sure if people would like it! Comments like this can really encourage creators to keep going, so I’m grateful that you took the time out to let us know. If people end up really liking this one, there’s a chance we might do more. Harold and Hawley have been on my back burner for a looooong time. :3

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Ngl, I love Harold and Howley a lot from this game! I've also gone on to download all the games you've made to try them all out :3 (oh, and a friend of mine watched me stream this to them and they also made an account just to give u 5/5, They said they loved all of the characters, but mostly DeLus, Goose, and a character they keep referring to as "Gay Mettaton Man" (guessing they are referring to Lupin cx). Also, this shall be one of the few games that stays on my pc forever :3 (only 3-4 others hold that spot xD)

Well thanks, and I hope you like them! Never feel bad about deleting our games if you need to free up disc space, though. XD There should always be new games to enjoy in your future!

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Usually, I stay away from mystery games, unless they're heavily scripted like DanganRonpa because I suck at finding the culprit all by myself, but this one caught my attention because for some reason, it contains everything that I love (Queerness? Edwardian fashion? Witchcraft? Demons? A fae? Funny jokes? SIGN ME IN!) and let me tell you, I didnt regret my decision at all.

The story is so wholesome and yet, so disturbing sometimes: The (b)romance between Harry and Faraday is so sweet. The potentially triggering parts were written in a way that made me feel uneasy. I really felt like I was within the game with these people.

Thank you for releasing this gem and good luck for the contest! 🤗

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Thanks so much for checking it out and enjoying the game! We didn't want the mystery to be TOO challenging, so I'm glad to hear you didn't have too much trouble :) And as for Harry and Faraday, it's definitely a dysfunctional but romantic relationship lol

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"I EARNED THIS DAMN DATE!" Has easily become my favourite quote from a damn visual novel EVER- and as strange as it is to say, this story was deeply touching at moments. 

Maybe it's the relatable readiness to give up on everything from the main characters, or Maggie completely winning me over and making me fall in love... But it was something I appreciated beyond "haha, funny depressed gays struggling and NB rep." 

So thank you. 

All the characters were genuinely memorable for me and that almost NEVER happens- least of all in murder mysteries, because authors just cram in as many red-herrings as possible!

Also, the art was heart-warming to look at because of the colours and (sorry, hope this doesn't seem rude, honestly saying it will all the endearment I have in my heart) rustic feel.

So once again, thank you. Hope you have a lovely week, month, year- whatever XD

edit: OMG, LESBIAN PIRATES AND LUPIN?!?!?! DOES THAT MEAN WE GET MORE GOOSE? OMG, IF THAT HAPPENS, JUST KNOW THAT AT LEAST ONE PERSON IS SO DOWN!!

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Ahhh this is such a kind comment to receive! I'm so happy to hear our characters stood out, that was one of our goals, and it feels great to hear we did it! Thank you so much and I'm super glad to hear that you're interested in seeing more, too. This is a world that has a lot more potential stories in it! Knowing people might want more is great news hehe Thank you again for playing!

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AND YOU'RE SO NICE

Man, I've really struck gold, haven't I? XD Of course, you're welcome, thank you once again for making it!!

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Just downloaded the game to my PC!  But can you add 'Genre: Visual novel' to the drop down 'More information' menu? This'll help get the game out to a wider audience! 

Hahaha, I can't believe I forgot that. Thank you very much for catching that!