A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

[ A serial killer. Two detectives. An anonymous tip. ]


SUMMARY

The Investigation is a small third-person 3D point and click room escape adventure where you take the role of Rebecca Castle, a fearless yet impulsive police detective. You and your partner, Christian Sanders, are following a lead on the Kingsroad Killer, a heartless murderer that kills his victims after torturing them for days.


TECHNICAL DEMO

The Investigation project has been developed using exclusively the Game Creator tools for Unity as a demo of what can be achieved without programming a single line of code.

If you are interested in creating similar games you can give it a try heading to http://u3d.as/PNq.


KEY FEATURES

  • Move the character across the scene and interact with different elements.
  • Unravel the story behind the Killer as you and your partner investigate an abandoned hospital.
  • Cutscene driven story with incredible photorealistic environments.

WHY IS THIS GAME FREE?

Our business is focused on creating tools for developing games. We needed to test if it was really possible to create a full featured one with the Game Creator tools we've been working on, so we decided to create a (small) one.


CAN I GIVE YOU FEEDBACK?

Please! We'd love to hear from you. Even if we're not going to make a complete version of this game (as we're focused on making the dev tools) we'd love to receive some feedback. Just drop us a line in the comments or send us an email at hello@catsoft-studios.com.


For more information on how to create games with Game Creator visit http://gamecreator.io.

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The Investigation (Windows 64-bits) 203 MB
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The Investigation (Windows 32-bits) 201 MB
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The Investigation (OSX Universal) 219 MB
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The Investigation (Linux Universal) 221 MB

Development log

Comments

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This Demo is very Nice! :D I'm looking forward to a bigger version of the game ^^

Danke Schon! That is the extend of our German :-D We hope to create a full-featured game once we finish making the Game Creator tools. Cheers!

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Awesome! We don't have stereoscopic googles, but it's pretty cool! Thanks! We hope you enjoyed playing The Investigation!

Nice game, i like the movements but i know you work on the game and so far you are doing a amazing job making this game, cant wait for it to be longer, keep up the good work guys its going to be great.

Thank you! We're on halt due to we're developing the tools for creating games like this. We'll come back and make it even better as soon as we can!

Hi... sorry but I don't know how to install or run the game... ive got a data folder and a executable file that only let me choose the screen resolution...   thanks in advanced !!!apreciate your work...

Hi! Open the window that let's you choose the screen resolution and hit the  "Play!" button at the bottom-right corner of the screen ;-)

thanks a lot !!! my screen is small and I didn't see the button ... :)  good Luck !!!

Pretty neat stuff, would definitely be interested in seeing more from you!

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Tanks @Mister! We just just launched the tools to create a game like this (in an Andventure Studio or RPG Maker way). We really hope we can come back and create a full featured game!

First of all thanks for sharing your work with us! The game was cool i would definitely love to see the full development of this one xD This is my Let's Play :

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Awesome! Thank you @Prasthebutton for playing The Investigation! We got some useful insights from your gameplay! See you around!

I had a blast playing this, I recommend this to any who have not played, and I hope it gets done soon the graphics, story, banter between partners which to be expected in this, made me laugh a lot too xD she was a bad b***h and I must see more, pardon my language haha thank you devs for giving me the experience and chance to play this game!

Hahaha Awesome! Thanks @Syphon! We laughed a lot with your gameplay (specially the last jump scare at the end of the video ^^). Glad you liked it!

Haha you guys are awesome hope to see more from yall! glad I made yall chuckle chuckle! Haha Love the work thus far!

a really good game.

Glad you like it ;-D

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Im really interested to see what else you come up with. I really enjoyed this expierence! It played well too, though, sometime Rebecca would go places I didnt click. Can't wait to see more!

Thank you @CJmiller97! We're thrilled to start working on a full game too! Right now we're focused on developing the tools for making games like this, but we've also been shaping a new story-driven adventure (like The Investigation) with a new unique mechanic that we think you're gonna like :-D 

Cheers!

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Hi! I've played the demo over the weekend :) It's cool how a game can be created without typing in a single code (I'm now feeling inspired to make my own some day :P). However, I got 2 bugs, 1st is major and 2nd one just minor. The major one is there are times when I move Rebecca on the edge of the screen she gets stuck and I couldn't control her anymore whatever I click and prevented me from moving forward so had to restart (not included in my let's play video below anymore, but there's a part where she almost got stuck again when she moved behind Chris). Was wondering what could've caused it, if it's just a graphics glitch or its a bug with the game creator or unity engine itself, and how it can be fixed/prevented? The 2nd one which is just minor is if it's possible to make the objects destructible just for effects?:P Thanks a lot! And cool demo game and game creator tool! I love the camera effect the most! :D

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Hi @bigeyekitteh! Thank you very much for the review! About the first (major) bug, we think it's been fixed in the new update (you have v-0.1.2 while the current is v-0.1.3. If you play again and see this error again, please let us know! Anyway, we'll dig in case we missed something ;-D

We don't understand what you mean about the second bug, but you surely can destroy objects with the Game Creator tools (not displayed in the demo)! The tools are currently in review. Once they are live, we'll post an update and if you decide to start your own game (go for it! We actually want to do the same!), don't hesitate to ask us any questions! :-D

PS: In case you want to know, the first glitch was caused because of a bug of the game creator tools (now fixed thanks you all the community in itch.io that spotted it) that happened when clicking near an interactable object that moved the player. What happened was that there was a "fight" between the instruction of moving the player to the mouse position and the interaction happening at the same frame.

Cheers!

HUNTING THE KINGSROAD KILLER ! |  The Investigation Demo Full Gameplay Walkthrough

Awesome! *spoiler alert* We're adding a popup message in the next update so that if you cut the red wire, you'll know the demo has ended (and not just that you died). Cheers!

This game looks cool and plays well! I loved the feel the camera gave to it. 

We'll definitely try to pull a more... coherent "flow" of events if we develop the full game. Thanks for the insights @Pecanyoutube!

Hey!! I really loved playing this game, it has an interesting storyline going on with it and i love the fact that there is an AI companion with you. Here's my Lets Play of The Investigation for you people that wanna check it out and i hope you decide to subscribe!! :) 

Thanks for the insights @BMC-UNIT! This demo is supposed to be just that, a technical demo, but since people are really enjoying it, we'd really like to continue developing a full game based on this story. Oh! And Chris would definitely have more weight to the story and development of events! Believable companions are also our soft spot ;-)

That's cool!! :)

*Rurr* Hello! I played, critiqued, reviewed and had some fun with this demo/game, my experience, commentary and silliness is in the video below ;P

Congrats! We concluded you just won the prize for the buggiest walkthrough ^^ 

Seriously though, we'll definitely get it fixed for the next version as it breaks the experience. As you guessed, the third fuse is located behind the stretcher. Thanks for the review!

Woo~ buggiest walkthrough! ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!

A few bugs, but still pretty cool :D

Thank you @Noah! Sorry about the bugs! We'll work hard to fix 'em as soon as possible. Great job btw! *spoiler alert* Finally someone that cuts the red wire!

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Thanks for the update, I've just tried the new version (Linux build).

By the way, I've noticed that in the chamber blocked by the stretcher, if Rebecca is near the fuse but turned of the shoulders  from the camera, she won't grab that fuse even if I click on it since it's visible in between her foots.

Also can I ask if you can add a game page "Bug Reports" specific topic (or something like that), so we can avoid spoiling, in case, story elements while talking about bugs in the regular comments?

Thanks in advance for you attention.

Hi @trota68! Thank you very much! We think we know what the bug is, probably the character's collision capsule is blocking the view from the fuse. We'll try to have it fixed for the next version.

As for the bug report section, sure! This is actually the first time we're publishing something on itch.io. By game page, do you mean a devlog page? Or is there a way to add pages to a project? 

See you around!

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About the "Bug Reports" section, you can add topic sub-pages to your main project page, like in this other project page (look at the bottom page, section "Community" posts): https://r00k.itch.io/rust-dust; By clicking the "Bug Reports" topic link (this one created by me), you will be redirected to a new page where you can see it's possible to add new  posts clicking on "New Reply" button (or "Post" button at the bottom page), and reply to each new message like with a regular comment (with the exception of the first message so that it can be used to describe the topic purpose and, for istance, the bugs posting segnalization rules).

However, it has to be noticed that, for now, itch.io make you choose in the project edit page, section "Community", between have only a section for simple comments or an organisable/plain section for Community topics (discussion board), not both a the same time. So, switching to the second option, you will have a confusing plain list of topics, one for the Bug Reports, and every other one for every single comment.

Also I've make some test in a Community topic organization, trying making categories and sub-categories for Bug Reports and regular comments, and I have to say that it's a little confusing to use and buggy.

Maybe in the future they'll add the ability to create a separated section only for Bug Reports, as they have already done for the "Develog Section".

We will see...

Thanks for the attention.

Great! Thanks @trota68! We've tried setting up the Discussion board but all the current the messages disappear (as expected). We're setting the first Devlog post as the Bug Report so we can keep all previous messages while having a bug report page. See you around and thanks!

That was fun, thanks. Will play the full game if you guys finish it :) Definitely hoping for difficult puzzles!!

Awesome! We'll work on the initial bug (sorry ^^). The Investigation is actually just a "technical demo" for another product we have, but since people are liking the setting of this game, we're thinking of making a full one. Thanks for the input and the video Gab!

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oh man hope you guys pick it up someday! :)

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Bug reporting: - With Linux build, after a first complete run untill the end, restarting the game from the main menù (without closing the program first), I was able to open the first locked door without the key and then some scripted actions won't start trying to interact with other rooms elements;

- If I point Rebecca to Chris, she will keep move against him until clicking elsewhere.

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@trota68 Thanks for letting us know! We'll get hands on right away! 

About pointing Rebecca towards Chris, could you elaborate? Do they actually move or just play the turn/walk animation? Really appreciate the input!

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First Rebecca walk near Chris, then, when she stop near him, her legs start moving left and right very rapidly while Chris legs animation "walking backwards/rotate" starts playing at the same time (Chris doesn't change his position anyway).

Yup we reproduced both bugs. We'll try to get them fixed for the next version. The first one is more critical and actually affects our dev. tools, so a big thanks for spotting it ;-)

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How long would you say is an average playthrough? :)

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Between 15 and 20 minutes give or take ;-D