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The Painscreek Killings

WHO IS THIS GAME FOR This game is for anyone who likes to read, loves good stories and enjoy whodunit detective games. The game plays 10 to 20 hours on average, depending on the player's playstyle. STORY As Janet, a young and upcoming journalist, you have been asked by your editor to investigate the mysterious abandonment of a once lively town. Based on the information released by the media about the deaths of the townspeople, you set foot into the town thinking you would find an interesting story to publish, only to uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden forever. GAMEPLAY The Painscreek Killings borrows mechanics from a walking simulator but goes beyond it by making the players think. It mimics real world investigations with logical puzzles that do not hold your hand, allow you to explore wherever your investigation lead, and a captivating story waiting to be discovered.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

The only bad thing about this game is once you beat it, you'll keep looking for games with similar quality and content, and you won't find them. This game will leave you feeling empty and lost once you've completed it - but, I guess it falls on us to meet the bar these devs have set forth.
5 stars 10/10 take my money, do it again.

Review from Steam

I love that the game is non-linear. You can explore the town in whatever order you like. The music sets an atmosphere that kept me on edge, but wasn't scary. There are no jump scares.

Review from Steam

This game had an incredibly immersive story and kept me invested throughout the whole story. I would recommend this game to every friend I have... but I don't have any, so the Stream Review section is where I am. Your missing out if you don't play this game.

Review from Steam

Great detective thriller that doesn't hold your hand, by the end of my playthrough I had written 13,000 words of notes as I pieced together the clues of what happened to Vivian Roberts, and the whole town of Painscreek. This game managed to keep me anxious and unsettled the whole time, all while keeping me focused on solving the mystery. Thoroughly recommended if you don't mind a slow build to the final reveals.

Review from Steam

I wish there were more games like The Painscreek Killings. You're basically left to investigate the town and its hidden secrets all by yourself, with little to no handholding. I found myself making Excel spreadsheets to keep track of all the information on the residents, so I could link disparate pieces of information together. Unfortunately, the game makes a serious shift in tone right at the very end, which negatively colored my opinion of the game for a while after I had finished it. Looking back on the game a few months later, however, I'm so glad I played through it. It was a unique experience that left me feeling invested in the town's residents and wanting to uncover more mysteries. I'm keeping my fingers crossed to encounter a similar game in the future!

Review from Steam

I played this with my mom and it took us almost twenty hours. Two thumbs up.

Review from Steam

Loved this game! I grew up with Nancy Drew games and this took the more serious elements of those games and ran in a beautiful, solitude filled direction with them.
Any game that makes me keep a notebook and pen next to me is a win in my book. It is a slow paced, game with many secrets and I really enjoyed it.
my only issue was that very ending didn't really fit the feel of the rest of the game for me which ended things feeling a bit off, which I have seen a number of other people point out, but that one moment aside the game is a major win.
Cannot wait to play Scene Investigators soon!