Posted by Evolve on May 19, 2018 | In: General News
Crime Code is an upcoming detective adventure game that takes place in 1970s Chicago. Paired with pixel art, a noir aesthetic, and simulator features, this tale of crime is as stylized as it is sharp.
Taking place in an alternative New Chicago that stands as the first "Internet city", all services, facilities, and lives of citizens are fully connected as parts to an overall global network. Meaning, he who owns the network has control over the entire city and its inhabitants. Players adopt the role of a young detective who investigates peculiar cases and aims to bring light to the nefarious secrets held by remote city dwellers. Expect plot twists, vivid characters, and a whole lot of neon lights.
There are four major organizations that take part in running the city. The mayor resides in City Hall and is attempting to control the city from his headquarters. He's presented as a crooked politician who's more power hungry than he is diligent at his work, and continuously aims to overtake all others who also harbor power. The Links Corporation should also be approached with caution given that the founder of the company doesn't exactly have his morals aligns with the good of the city. He is the story's main idealist who wants to see the city fully connected to the network, and in turn, must ensure that each system works as efficiently as possible. If you're looking to overturn the individual who has the most hands-on abilities with the network, this is your worthy target.
The latter two organization are much more unhinged, and a little tougher to crack. The Organized Crime unit is attempting to integrate their shadow business into an underground DarkNet network to facilitate their black markets and killers’ portal. If you're looking for them, be sure to be on the look-out for a parking garage filled with stolen cars. The Stars are the final organization and are composed of a slew of hackers. They are striving to expand the network, but opt to gain total control of it first.
In regards to gameplay, you'll find yourself examining crime scenes, questioning all the witness you can find, and generating a list of suspects. You'll collect information and often compare it to the eye-witness testimony, or what's being said about cases listed on internet forums. Cooperating with the police officers will often be advantageous as they may trust you enough to grant you orders to track down any outliers or betrayers. Keep a cool head when interrogating as a detective, as you gain a lot of insight being undercover. Blow your cover, and a panicked mugger may become uncooperative. What you really want to do is offer them a deal, or potentially catch them in a red-handed lie. Always be one step ahead of them.
Hacking and social engineering will aid in this process greatly, so be sure to learn as many skills as you can. Various arduous decisions will need to be made down the line that often hold moral consequences. You may need to break your own laws in the hopes of catching a criminal, and deal with the ramifications of being a hypocrite, or make split-second decisions after witnessing a crime that calls for immediate interjection. You never know what will be around the corner, so be ready for anything.
As the plot thickens, you'll come to notice that although you must abide by the law, it's not always in the best interest of anyone involved to do so. It won't be rare to come across a good man who ends up being a defendant. Being certain that you have made the right decision upon sentencing a father who has stolen money for his daughter's surgery can be one of the various conflicts keeping you up at night.
Though, to lighten your mood after a long day, you may play the game within this game: Dark Forest. It's an important part of the plot, so be sure to try it out sooner rather than later. It's a dungeon crawler that allows you to play as a knight on route to save a princess. It might be a nice change of pace to escape the rough cityscape for a fantastical one.
The developers of Crime Code has scheduled the release for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux on November 2018 if they can acquire the funds necessary to reach their campaign goals. They have currently only reached $1,184 of their $12,000 goal, but still have about 52 days left to go. More information can be found on their website. Be sure to check out the trailer below.