I really want to take part in the Justice Pageant, but I don't really have much of an idea of what to do yet. I'm thinking some kind of point-and-click style game where you play a detective or a P.I. solving some sort of case. I wonder what it would be like if the story was dark and sinister in nature, but the visuals were all bright, cute and colourful. There's something in that contradiction I think I'd like to explore. More later...
UPDATE: I've finally finished this now - download the 1.0 version from the link below.
This is an edit of the first post to add some screenshots and a download link to the finished thing:
The game can be downloaded here (for windows, but should run on Linux through Wine):http://www.colossusentertainment.com/forumref/strangler_1_0.zip
And here's a bunch of screens from the finished thing:
The name of the game is "The Strangler", and is about Tom O'Reilly, Private Investigator:
The game starts with you, playing as O'Reilly, getting a visit...
... from a lady who has a case for you - to find out if her husband is a killer.
So you have to hit the streets in a search for clues, but you're not very popular with the local PD:
There's a couple of cut-scenes in the game, giving you another perspective on what's happening:
I didn't have time to add much interactive dialogue (so that's something I'll be adding over the next couple of weeks). But there's a little of it at least:
When you discover a new location, you get a marker on a map, which is used to move around in the game:
I had to come up with a bunch of characters for the game. Ten of them in total.
As everything took longer than expected (especially the animations), I didn't have time to do the last scene of the game - so instead I just added a quick little thing to mark the end of what I had done:
I will try and continue working on this, and add more dialogue, a few more puzzles and the missing scene. One thing I'd like to have is different responses for everything you try to interact with, instead of always the same "I can't do that now".