A Case of Distrust
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Developers: Serenity Forge, The Wandering Ben
Genres: Interactive Story, Adventure
A hardboiled mystery, working past deceptive characters towards the truth
1924 San Francisco with historically accurate details
Saul Bass inspired visuals and scene transitions
Finger-snapping music that gives style to the roaring 20s
Themes of poverty, racism, and emancipation that tie into contemporary issues
A Case of Distrust - PC/Mac Launch Trailer
At three hours long, A Case of Distrust held my attention all the way, but that's not to say it's without imperfections. The main character, I think, lacks the energy of her associates. She's rightly angry about how she was treated as a woman on the force, but her feminism falls somewhere between overly earnest and glib. Despite a strong backstory, she lacks emotional force and presence.
A Case of Distrust is a charming and gripping noir interactive text adventure. Halfway between 80 Days and Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Ben Wander's game tells us about the roaring 20s in a very stylish way. If you can turn a blind eye to some cumbersome mechanics and a couple of trivial choices you'll spend three lovely thrilling hours hanging around San Francisco.
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