Star Seeker in: the Secret of the Sorcerous Standoff, a point & click murder mystery from developer Benedict Ide, is out now on PC via Steam and itch.io.
Someone’s been practicing illegal magic in their apartment, and now a wizard lies dead. Magical objects lay strewn across the floor, a goat bleats curiously in the corner, and you’re woken up at 3AM to find out what the hell went on here.
Described as a “mix of Ace Attorney and magic” Star Seeker is an unfolding one-room mystery adventure. Become Star Seeker, a self-proclaimed ‘arcane professional’ working off their parole by solving magical crimes stumping local detectives. Spells may be banned, but you still have a few tricks up the sleeve of your robe to help solve this case.
With a cast of endearing characters, unique dialogue for every single combination of clues and an evolving hypothesis system to help you ask the right questions, Secret of the Sorcerous Standoff distils the best features of its genre inspirations into a tightly wound mystery. Developer Benedict Ide said: “It can be tricky to include both fantasy and fair-play mystery in a way that feels satisfying to fans of both, but I think we’ve struck a good balance.
“I really wanted to make sure players felt like all their guesses were taken seriously- or at least taken humorously – so the game will give you a unique dialogue for any combination of question and evidence.
“Of course, writing all that dialogue for the game’s 30-ish pieces of evidence on every single possible question took me like… over a year, so I’m excited to finally get it in the hands of players! I think people are really going to enjoy Star Seeker’s sense of humor.“
Star Seeker in: the Secret of the Sorcerous Standoff is out now on Steam and itch.io, with a prologue demo available for free.
About Star Seeker in: the Secret of the Sorcerous Standoff
Good news: magic is real! Bad news: magic is highly illegal. Star Seeker is a wizard and you must solve a wizard crime or else get thrown in wizard jail by wizard- I mean, just regular police.
In this short point ‘n’ click adventure, collect evidence and use it to clear up the useless detective’s many confusions- and don’t worry about getting it wrong. Every hare-brained idea you can possibly pitch to the detective prompts unique dialogue!
Infused with quick-witted dialogue and endearing characters, Star Seeker in: The Secret of the Sorcerous Standoff distils the best features of its genre inspirations into a tightly wound mystery.
- A short, one-room point-and-click mystery dense with clues.
- Unique responses for every combination of clue and question.
- Customizable pronouns in the options.
- Gorgeous pixelart and a magical original soundtrack.
- There is a goat in it, and it goes “maaaaaa”.
- If you don’t think that last one is a selling point then I don’t know what to tell you.