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  • Summary: Join The Darkside Detective, Francis McQueen, as he investigates the bizarre, the supernatural and those missing cat cases that keep getting dropped on his desk.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 7, 2020
    100
    The Darkside Detective is an adventure game that will have you laughing as you solve the mysteries behind the paranormal events plaguing Twin Lakes. With great visuals, music and movie references this is a must play!
  2. Sep 3, 2017
    92
    Crafted with pure love and soul and aimed with deadly precision at the heart of every thirtysomething who grew up on Blyton, Pratchett, Addams, Lovecraft and Poe, The Darkside Detective, with its’ sublime synth soundtrack and razor sharp wit, is an absolute treat for anyone who had the good fortune of growing up in the 80’s and 90’s. Miss at your own peril.
  3. Jul 27, 2017
    90
    All of the components – the humour, the horror, the puzzles, and the characters – of The Darkside Detective add up to create one of the most entertaining and rewarding point and click games I’ve ever played.
  4. Aug 3, 2017
    80
    Do you already miss the beautiful Thimblewed Park but are you looking for a more relaxing and less challenging graphic adventure? You've found it.
  5. Aug 28, 2017
    75
    It has refreshed me.
  6. Sep 12, 2017
    70
    Darkside Detective is a quirky, sometimes overly so, adventure game with simple but enjoyable puzzles that's over before you know it.
  7. Jul 27, 2017
    55
    The artwork is splendid, the music should be on rotation on my iPhone, and, barring a few bugs, the easy-to-grasp point-and-click gameplay works. Its issues lie in the writing, the element that should be the glue that holds the package together. Its lightweight, cornball comedy opts for cheap and easy jokes I never really find funny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 19, 2019
    8
    The Darkside Detective is one of the funniest Point & Click games from this universe and from the darkside one.
    The game as a very unique 2D
    The Darkside Detective is one of the funniest Point & Click games from this universe and from the darkside one.
    The game as a very unique 2D and pixel art style, but despite the many differences from other Point & Click games I played in the past, they focus on the principles of any other Point & Click: logic puzzles and a nice story.

    I highlight also the awesome soundtrack, that fits like a globe on the mysterious environment of the game, and also the dialogues of the characters full of jokes and funny moments.

    This game is really a jewel, a awesome acquisition to any Steam collection. A big thumbs up, I hope the Season 2 will come soon.
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  2. Jan 23, 2021
    8
    Usually when I try to enjoy point and click games I get frustrated with the nonsensical puzzles that are more about trying to combine any twoUsually when I try to enjoy point and click games I get frustrated with the nonsensical puzzles that are more about trying to combine any two items out there until you find a match rather than having it be a logical solution that can be guessed using logic and common sense. For the majority of The Darkside Detective it actually surprised me by having well thought out puzzles that I enjoyed. Combine that with a good soundtrack and fantastic humour and I can say it is quite possibly one of the best point and click games I have played. It did start to let me down as some of the later cases do exactly what I was hoping to avoid with puzzles that made little sense as well as having to go talk to people I wouldn’t have thought to before it would let me complete a task I knew I had to do. Luckily this did not ruin my overall enjoyment and wasn’t a major portion of the overall game. There isn’t much over arching story but that really wasn’t needed. The characters themselves made up for it and made each case fun. The game itself had a special charm to it. It didn’t take itself too seriously; had great dialogue and some great references to other media. The graphics themselves won’t win any awards but even the game knew to poke fun at that. It ran better on a potato of a computer than it probably should have so it’s not like it wasn’t optimized. If you can’t wow with visuals then at least run well and it did for the most part.

    I played The Darkside Detective on Linux. It never crashed on me and I didn’t notice any spelling errors. The game auto saves at various points. A manual save system would have been nice but luckily the cases aren’t long enough and the save points too far apart to cause me any issues. There is just one graphics option. Alt-Tab didn’t work. The game for the most part ran at my refresh rate of 75 FPS but could drop down to the 20’s for a few seconds at a time. This wasn’t overly bothersome given the point and click nature of the game and was expected on my system.

    Game Engine: Unity
    Save System: Auto
    Disk Space Used: 1.6GB
    Game Setting: “High Def”

    CPU Usage: 4-18 %
    RAM Usage: 1.5-2.3 GB
    Frame Rate: 21-75 FPS

    I really enjoyed my time with The Darkside Detective and will be looking for future games from Spooky Doorway. I finished the normal and bonus cases in five hours and fifty two minutes total. The cases felt like a good length each. Even if you don’t usually care for point and click games like myself I would give the demo a try. I paid $7.59 for the game and it is easily worth $30 if they had wanted to charge that. The characters; music and humour are top notch. The puzzles are a mixed bag but more good than bad.

    My Score: 8/10

    My System:

    Intel I7-4770 | 16GB DDR3-2133 CL9 | Intel HD 4600 1536MB | Mesa 20.0.8 | Samsung 850 Evo 250GB | Trisquel 9.0 | Mate 1.20.0 | Kernel 5.10.9-gnu
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  3. Mar 9, 2021
    8
    Very simple quest for the kids or people who like pixel art.

    Pros.: - Easy. For people who doesn't like challenge. - The characters are
    Very simple quest for the kids or people who like pixel art.

    Pros.:
    - Easy. For people who doesn't like challenge.
    - The characters are decent.
    - Short story format.

    Cons.:
    - Easy. For people who like challenge.
    - The world could be developed better.
    - The game is too short.
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  4. Jan 2, 2021
    6
    It's funny, but after a few episodes not that much anymore. It also lacks anything aspiring to greatness, but I do recommend these bite-sizeIt's funny, but after a few episodes not that much anymore. It also lacks anything aspiring to greatness, but I do recommend these bite-size pieces to all fans of the genre. Expand
  5. mno
    Sep 25, 2018
    5
    Too blocky, too easy, too short and too demanding to be good. But the game offers some good music and a couple of laughs.