Murder By Numbers, a Lively "Whodunnit?" Murder Mystery

Murder By Numbers features character designs from Hatoful Boyfriend creator and music from the original Phoenix Wright composer.

“90s fashions! Upbeat jams! Sass dialed up to 100! Questionable jokes! Drag queens!” Murder By Numbers, the new title Media Tonic, seems to be quite an interesting title. In this whodunnit-style game, you play as Honor, a TV detective who ends up accused of murder in real life. You must solve Pixel Puzzles to find clues, then use said clues to interrogate witnesses and unravel the truth behind the case:

From what it looks like, Murder By Numbers is shaping up to be an incredibly lively murder mystery filled with plenty of colorful characters and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. (Much like another well known attorney sim game.) However, the focus of this title is the investigative portions themselves:

Character designs are by the creator of pigeon dating-sim game Hatoful Boyfriend Hato Moa (otherwise known as the greatest game ever created) and the soundtrack is handled by Masakazu Sugimori who composed music for the first Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney as well as Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Viewtiful Joe, Breath of Fire IV, and Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney.

Currently Murder By Numbers is available on Steam Wishlist and has a planned release date of early 2020. The synopsis from the official Steam page is as follows:

Solve Pixel Puzzles to find clues.
Use those clues to interrogate witnesses.
Work your way to the truth…
…and uncover the mystery of Murder by Numbers!

Los Angeles, 1996. Honor Mizrahi was just an actress on a hit TV detective show. But when her boss ends up dead just minutes after he fires her, she finds herself starring in her own murder mystery. Teaming up with SCOUT, a reconnaissance robot thrown away after a mysterious incident, she sets out to clear her name — and a new detective duo is born!

Investigate a range of murders across TV studios, glitzy award shows, drag clubs, and more…

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Allisa James

Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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