Moonlighting as a detective to solve a murder mystery in Paris
Ever wondered what it would be like to drive around the streets of Paris late at night, meeting a variety of strange and interesting people while at the same time trying to solve a murder investigation? Well you’re in luck.
A serial killer is on the loose in Paris and in this stylish investigative noir narrative game it’s up to you to crack the case. But there’s a twist. You’re not actually a detective, instead you’re a night-shift taxi driver with a mysterious past. You’ve been roped in by the local police who wish to take advantage of your access to the people of Paris and help them find the killer. To do this you’ll be travelling all around the city, picking up passengers and talking with them. Each of the 75 or so potential passengers within the game are unique and have their own stories and things to say. This is a non-linear game, so depending on who you meet and how conversations unfold, the game can end in wildly different ways.
It won’t be as simple as outright interrogating people as they step into your car, however, you’ll need to read into them and navigate your way through dialogue options. And not everyone will be as helpful as you would hope. Some won’t know a thing about the crimes or are simply uninterested, while others may actually pretend to know something and if believed can lead your investigation in the wrong direction and have you end up accusing the wrong person.
Last taxi in Paris
You’ll also have the usual taxi driver issues to contend with, too, like cleaning up vomit and unpaid fares, because all this is done while trying to earn a living. The fares you obtain will be used to pay for your rent, your car and any other bills you might get, which in turn will allow you to continue your investigation. Having an unclean taxi will have an impact on the amount of passengers you get and the amount of money you end up with at the end of the night.
After each shift you’ll head home where you’ll get a quick summary of your earnings and outgoings. Some nights will be more lucrative than others, both in the money you take and in the information or clues you get. It’s here that you’ll also get a chance to review all the evidence you’ve gathered so far. Sat in front of your desk you can begin to make logical connections which will hopefully lead to discovering the identity of the killer.
With its unique take on murder investigation and the attractive black and white noir style, we can’t help but be excited for Night Call. It won’t be long before we start shopping around for trench coats and trilbies.
“Each of the 75 or so passengers have their own stories and things to say”
Below The game oozes with style, but the noir look is only half of its appeal.