[Beyond PlayStation] The Darkside Detective Review

by EdEN, Owner

The Darkside Detective from Spooky Doorway is a funny minimalist pixeltastic point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch you definitely need to play. Find out why in our The Darkside Detective review!

The Darkside Detective is a new game that takes on the classic point and click adventure formula with fun dialogue and bizarre cases. You must help Detective McQueen and Officer Dooley solve each of the six cases included in the game by interacting with all NPC, searching every area for each location, collecting items you can then drag and drop on a spot on the screen to learn something new or to solve a puzzle.

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In our interview with the development team, Spooky Doorway called the content in the game a micro adventure since they’re bite-sized and allow you to take a glimpse at what Detective Francis McQueen and Officer Patrick Dooley have to deal with on a daily basis – you can finish all cases in around 3-4 hours at most. There is at least one more case on the way for Nintendo Switch, and the team is hard at work porting it to Nintendo’s hybrid console.

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Controls for the game are very easy to understand. You move the cursor around with the left analog stick and can also use the right analog stick at the same time to move the cursor even faster. You can examine/interact with the A or B button, and can select dialogue options with the not a D-Pad. And if you’re playing in Portable or Tabletop mode, you can also use the screen for some touch control action if you’re in the mood for that.

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The game is a pure point and click experience so you won’t need to move characters around to investigate. You point, and then you click. Simple, right? This setup along with the minimalist but pixeltastic graphics make it very easy to get the hang of things in a few minutes. All puzzles are very logical, so you won’t run into any cryptic clues or useless items, making this a very smooth release that you can easily enjoy.

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The Darkside Detective was a pleasant surprise on Nintendo Switch. I was expecting a fun bite-sized point and click adventure game, but not one as funny and polished as what I got to review. I had a blast playing The Darkside Detective, and I look forward to seeing what the team does next. If you’re a fan of the genre, then you definitely need to play this one!

This The Darkside Detective review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Spooky Doorway.

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