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  • Summary: Delouse your room with sage and pack up your travel-sized ouija board, it’s time to re-enter Twin Lakes - America’s 34th most haunted city. Join Detective McQueen as he puzzles his way through 6 chilling cases, risking life and pixelated limb to solve the macabre mysteries that plague the Delouse your room with sage and pack up your travel-sized ouija board, it’s time to re-enter Twin Lakes - America’s 34th most haunted city. Join Detective McQueen as he puzzles his way through 6 chilling cases, risking life and pixelated limb to solve the macabre mysteries that plague the poor town. Expand
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  1. Apr 24, 2021
    80
    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.
  2. May 5, 2021
    80
    Ultimately though, Fumble In The Dark is a triumph. It takes the solid foundations from The Darkside Detective and gently improves upon them, while still offering up a hugely charming adventure.
  3. Jun 6, 2022
    80
    The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark’s new levels mean it’s absolutely time to play this spooky pixel art gem. With nine spooky cases to solve as Detective McQueen with Officer Dooley by your side, the occult simply doesn’t stand a chance. Don’t let this pixel art point and click haunt your backlog any longer — pick up The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark and crack the original six scenarios plus the three new bonus cases before they drag you to the Dark Side.
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  1. May 3, 2021
    10
    One of the best indie games on switch I just beat the game after getting it on launch because I am very bad at point and click games but IOne of the best indie games on switch I just beat the game after getting it on launch because I am very bad at point and click games but I still love them this is my favourite one I’ve played and I recommend to everyone Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2021
    6
    The sequel to The Darkside Detective is another pixellated, episodic point-and-click adventure. Like the first game, it has plenty of dorkyThe sequel to The Darkside Detective is another pixellated, episodic point-and-click adventure. Like the first game, it has plenty of dorky humor and a charming pair of protagonists.

    PROS:

    - VERY PLEASANT PSEUDO-RETRO ART: The very lo-pixel graphics and the chiptune music are as good as ever.

    - THE EPISODIC FORMAT WORKS: It's hard to resist a quick game when you know that your next micro-adventure can be completed in a couple of hours.

    - SOME EPISODES ARE A LOT OF FUN: While some of the episodes are forgettable, others (like "Class of the Titans") manage to keep you engaged with plenty of funny twists and turns.

    CONS:

    - SLIGHTLY OVERWRITTEN: The one-liners of the first game somehow morphed into short dialogues, losing a lot of their charm. They're also unskippable, and too easy to trigger multiple times.

    - MOST PUZZLES ARE MUNDANE: Most of the puzzles can be solved without much lateral thinking. They tend to lack that dopamine shot of nailing a difficult riddle.

    - LACKS THE CHARACTER OF THE PREVIOUS GAME: The game feels like the first ho-hum season of your favorite show–the one when the writers started to run out of ideas, and tried to make up for that by adding random changes to the formula.
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