Detective Case and Clown Bot in: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon
A strange murder has occurred in the Hotel Lisbon, a man committed suicide with 14 stabs to the back while at the same time he peacefully drank his coffee. This case with contradictory facts could only be solved by the amazing Detective Case and his sidekick, Clown Bot.
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Release Date: Jul 17, 2014

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“Pushes the limits of our nostalgia!”
NA – Kill Screen

“For Glob's sake, play it!”
7 – Eurogamer PT

“The soundtrack is Awesome!”
NA – RetroManiac

About This Game

Detective Case and Clown Bot in: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon

Murder in the Hotel Lisbon is a videogame inspired by the classic point and click adventures from the 80’s and 90’s. It adopts these eras distinctive design and it is built using only the pixel art technique. The game itself runs at a native resolution of 256x192, the same resolution used by the old ZX Spectrum 48k and most recently by the Nintendo DS.

A strange murder has occurred in the Hotel Lisbon, a man committed suicide with 14 stabs to the back while at the same time he peacefully drank his coffee.
This case with contradictory facts was too complex for Policeman Garcia to solve, so he decided to hire the only detective duo in town capable of solving it: the mythical Detective Case and the unmistakable Clown Bot.
Together, they will solve a network of love relations so complex and so intricate, that it would take at least 14 clairvoyants, 5 apocalyptic sect prophets who can predict the end of the world and 3 of those gypsies that can read the palm of your hand just to guess the final outcome.

With the mythical Detective Case, also known as the world worst detective, a man so rough and rude that his witnesses would rather be run over by a slow moving freight train than to be questioned by him.
And the hilarious Clown Bot who, although he works as a Detective Case’s sidekick, he hopes in reality that one day he will get a job as a circus clown. Unfortunately, and no matter how many applications he sends, no circus will ever accept a clown that is afraid of children. He never sleeps, so besides working by day as a sidekick, he also works by night as a stand-up comedian in a local bar. People say that he is a joke machine.

Key features

Murder in the Hotel Lisbon has THOUSANDS of key features!

  • A point and click graphic adventure game.
  • Play as Detective Case and Clown Bot.
  • Search for clues and interview witnesses.
  • Take a rest, have a nap.
  • Solve the murder in the Hotel Lisbon.
  • Includes 3 aditional cases.

Steam release:

The release on the Steam platform includes many Steam updates and Steam extra features only found here on Steam! (wow!)

  • Updated Steam version to 1.02 with multiple bug fixes and Steam enhancements.
  • New Steam animations for Steam Case, Steam Bot, Steam Garcia and many Steam more.
  • Support for Steam achievements with a proper real trophy shelf on Case's office.
  • Awesome and cool Steam Trading Cards!
  • Taxi is now properly Steam animated.
  • Revised Steam English version.
  • Steam!

Trading cards
8 awesome and cool Steam Trading Cards!
Collect them all!

Original soundtrack

Murder in the Hotel Lisbon may be low res and retro on the visual side, but we made sure that on the audio side your ears would rejoice with a complete original soundtrack. Composed of an orchestral band, a jazz band and a typical Portuguese Fado trio, the musical landscape contrasts beautifully with the colorful graphics.

Game music
Throughout the game you will ear over 20 different tracks of orchestral music composed and recorded specifically for the game.
All these tracks were recorded on studio with a 10 member band composed of friends and colleagues. All of them brought their soul and heart to these recordings and the results are absolutely AWESOME!

Jazz music
Inside the GAF Bar, a 4 man band plays some cool Jazz.
The character at the Piano is actually Filipe Melo who is doing a cameo and allowed us the rights to use some songs recorded previously with John Ellis, Romeu Tristão and João Pereira! BAM!

Fado music
To top it all, inside the Noitadas Restaurante we have a Portuguese Fado trio ready to entertain the guests. The song they sing was also recorded on studio. It is called "A Caldeirada" and it was originally written for famous Fado singer Amália Rodrigues.

System Requirements

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SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.0.4
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
Mediocre detective point&click with some witty banter and an interesting interrogation system.
Sadly very straightforward with little actual challenge and a simple plot. Go everywhere. pick up everything, talk to everyone, case closed.

The game also offers a few 'sidequests', but even the hardest one can be completed in under ten minutes just by paying attention to some dialogue.

Too easy for fans of the genre, too boring for everyone else.
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56 of 75 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
Para os meus amigos Tugas, o melhor jogo do universo!

This game is a masterpiece. It's a perfect example of what an Indie game should be.
Made with a short budget (Its Indie, dah), this game isn't focused in showing great realistic graphics, nor revolutionizing the Point & Click genre with innovative gameplay, but using a fantastic and different humour, with a scent of its own. Its the best, but also the riskiest feature of the game. Why? Made in Portugal, this game lives from its portuguese and humor jokes, from the beginning through the end, and was designed to be that way, and some people (non-portuguese) may not understand them all, although the creators changed those jokes in the english version.
The story takes action in Portugal, in a fictional place totally inspired by Lisbon and Porto, so, if you never went there, here's a perfect way to visit it... In a cartoonish and pixeled way!

If you like Point & Click games, specially humurous P&C like Monkey island, here's a game you can't miss!

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38 of 48 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Murder in the Hotel Lisbon, at the first sight, it's just another point&click game. But for Portuguese people it's a landmark in our national gaming industry. Being one of the first Portuguese games on Steam, this one is more special because it portrayts many Portuguese stereotypes and gives a general satyrical view on late 80s/early 90s Lisbon. You play as José Justino (more commonly called Zé, Case in the English translation), a private investigator that gets a robot as part of the heritage form a recently pasted-away relative. This robot, which Zé decides to call "Clown" because of the bad jokes he's always saying, form a dysfunctional pair that will try to solve the huge mystery that surrounds the strange murder of a guy in his room in Hotel Lisbon. The gameplay is the usual in this type of game, and has a few bugs. The artwork and the sound are rather good, and are, in my opinion, one of the biggest assets of this game. The story is not bad at all, it has a fairly good plot-twist and it only sins for being too short. However, there are 3 sidequests that are honestly interesting and a stand-up comedy show, that has some good jokes (but some very bad ones) and that is a bit of a problem due to the great ammount of bugs it presents. Now, where the game really shines: the dialogues. Filled with little jokes, references and details that only the Portuguese people can get, this is a tribute to our tricky language and to our exquisite culture and way of living. Many of these elements were probably lost in the English translation, so I think it's undeniable that whoever plays this in English will not have a complete experience. Therefore, I believe that this game deserves two different scores: for the Portuguese version I'll give it a score of 86 out of 100. A must play game that hasn't a higher grade because of the bugs and the fact that it's a quick game (3 to 4 hours with everything done). For the English version, the score should be quite a bit lower. I haven't played the English version, but I bet it would be something around the 70s out of 100. Concluding: if you're Portuguese, this is mandatory. If you aren't, well, it doesn't hurt to give it a try, but don't expect a extraordinary game.
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2015
I think a lot of this game was lost in translation. At the very least, it was hurt by it. There are so many typos. So many. The pacing is slow. Moving around in the game is clunky, and there is so much back and forth, since there are very few actual locations in the game. Six hours, including the mini-game, across 5 streets with only a building or two apiece on average. It's just way too much repetition.

Plus, the game forces a linear progression in some respects, but allows you to do other things out of order, in the most obnoxious way. For instance, the first time I called Stephanie to my office, I went to meet her, only to have her repeat the same line over and over again about how she got there so quick, not knowing that the game expected me to have another item before I interrogated her. Why did I call her to my office if I didn't have everything I needed? Other times, the game insisted that I had all the evidence needed to interrogate someone, but it wasn't clear from the story or the interrogation questions which items those were. And the interrogation questions themselves are poorly written, or at least, poorly translated. Many times several of the questions say exactly the same thing with little discernible change in tone, leaving you to guess which one is the "right" choice. Plus, coming from a history of games that let you develop your character through dialog, I found it annoying that the dialog options that I found more amusing and entertaining were "wrong" and caused you to fail the interrogation. I mean, not that I didn't know not to select them, but it was annoying to not be able to.

The artwork was... okay. As far as pixel art game go, I've certainly seen better. But I've seen worse.

I think the thing that annoyed me the most was that the taxi would drive through buildings to pick you up. And not in a forgivable, cartoony, over-the-top way. Just a normal taxi driving through normal walls.

One of the other annoyances is where the game fails to respond to mouse clicks, because you're either too close to something, or too far away, or seemingly at random. It's a point and click. If I click, the character moves. That's how it's supposed to work. If the game doesn't respond at all, then it's failing at the only thing it had to get right.

The humor didn't impress me in the beginning, and then it wore me down until I enjoyed it, and then it got so repetitive that I lost interest again.

And then there was the ♥♥♥♥-shaming. And potshots at crossdressers.

Don't get me wrong. If you give me a misogynistic ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ like Jayne Cobb, I will totally believe him as a character. I will hate him and love him for all of the right reasons. But if you give me a one-dimensional female character, and then have all the major male characters, including both of the main protagonists, call her a ♥♥♥♥ over and over again, it's no longer about what that character is like and what his flaws are. He isn't the misogynistic ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, the developers are.

Not to mention the developers begging for money INSIDE of a game that I PAID for. ♥♥♥♥ you.
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 17, 2014
Murder in the Hotel Lisbon is a point-and-click adventure that will bring you back to the days of Sam an Max: Hit the Road! With a pixelated artstyle, slightly mature dialogue and humor, and unique world to explore, this game is great for fans of the genre. There are a few issues playing through that you may pick up on, such as a notable amount of typos and a good bit of crashing. In the game you'll be finding clues to a murder and then using them to interrogate different citizens. While this idea is unique, it's one of the only few mechanics that you could regard as "new" in this game. Overall, Murder in the Hotel Lisbon is a nice game if you're willing to look around some rough edges.

For more information and gameplay footage, check out my video on it here:
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Recommending for the portuguese, but maybe you should avoid it if you're not able to play this in Portuguese.

I had a blast, really. All the references and resemblences of my city in a pixelated art style is just amazing to see. A lot of the portuguese culture is shown in this game, and that's why I loved it so much. Even the tiniest things may be referenced, and that's what makes this a huge gem to have on anyone who loves and/or lives in Portugal. The game itself was fun too, the case was entertaining, not very confusing, but kept me going and going until I was actually done with it. I completed the game in one sitting, for about 4 hours.

The soundtrack is AMAZING, the jazzy sound had me hooked, and there's even a Fado song, one of our own genres of music!

I believe that the humour may be completely different for each language because there's a lot of puns in the version I played, so those are pretty hard to translate, if not impossible, hence why some foreigners feel like it fails at humour, but that's because you're not experiencing the best version of it, sadly the only way to play the best version is if foreigners learned Portuguese!

All in all, again I do say, a must-have gem for Portuguese speakers, sadly I don't think people "from the outside" will appreciate it as much as we do! 8/10
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
Bringing back the memories of the good old day point and click games, with alot of humor.
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2015
Time Played: 5 Hours
100% Achievements

Detective Case and Clown Bot In: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon is a point and click adventure game. The game is quite colourful and nicely animated, but there's not much to do here. It's fairly linear where you head to one location, pick up an item and go to the next. While not a bad game, it definitely needs more polishing. Interviewing characters was similar to presenting items in Phoenix Wright. Solving the murder mystery felt unrewarding and unsatisfying. All you learn is who did it, but not how or why. Heavily suffered from typos and poor translation which led to a poor storyline experience.


Humour fell flat
Translation errors
Devs begging for money as an achievement
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2014
This definitely is a hilarious game, very charming, bringing back old memories :-)
I'm not sure if I've got all the jokes in the translation, but what I've got was enough to be one of the funnies adventure games I've played in a while.
I've played the linux version and didn't experience any problems like crashes. In fact everything worked, except the part where you can choose to support the developers and (I suppose) should be rerouted to your browser (which maybe sucks for the devs, but is no problem for playing the game ;-)
So in conclusion I can only recommend this game for every adventure game fan, who likes old school games like Sam & Max, Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2015
Point and clicks are a crowded market and now reaching out to a new audience thanks in part to Telltale's highly sucessful Walking Dead. Knowing this, it is hard to tell new point and clickers that this game rivals Walking Dead, because it does not. This is not a heart wrenching, emoitonal trip that makes you sick to your stomach. Instead Hotel Lisbon is a lighthearted game that follows a questionably capable detective and his robot sidekick/ unfunny comedian.

Hotel Lisbon is dripping with style: the color choices, retro style, and music all come together to deliver a very pleasing aesthetic. The animations and characters feel classic in design, but still very refreshing. The setting is filled with nice little details and feels well structured. On top of all this, the music fits well through the game.

The humor in the game is more hits than misses. Some of the humor comes from poking at unfunny things (laugh track included), being legitimately funny, and sometimes just being silly or breaking the fourth wall. Sometimes I feel like the humor went right over me, but mostly I enjoyed it.

The gameplay is somewhat detective like. You are tasked with solving cases by finding evidence, which never feels too
hard and is usually done by finding highlightable items throughout different environments. After gathering your evidence you then have to interview/interrogate suspects as Clown Bot or Detective Case by making three accusations. You have to choose the accusations from a small list and then match that up to evidence. One choice is obviously wrong and unrelated to evidence and the others are related to evidence. However, this is where the game can begin to stretch out and lose its charm.

Sometimes the wording of the "right" accusation to make can seem strange. The suspect seems to get angry when I insult them, but all of the choices seem to be insulting. The other major issue with interviewing is that sometimes suspects will only crack when they are being interrogated by Clown Bot or Detective Case, so even if you get all your questions right you might have to redo the whole interview with the other character. To make this problem worse, upon failing the interview, either character will suggest trying the interview instead. So you could potentially be stuck in the same interview for too long before it starts to eat away at you. All of these issues can lead to interviews becoming tedious and tiring. However, the game will not lead you into an impossible interrogation because you need to have sufficient evidence in order to start one.

In addition to the main cases there are a few side cases (with more promised) and a mini game featuring Clown Bot. The side cases run like the main cases (with the exception of the lost video tapes, which involves combing the environment). The mini game has Clown Bot telling jokes and you delivering the punchline in multiple choice format. You get a few tries before having to restart and speed factors into your score, but it is a nice little distraction.

The wording of questions and punchlines seem to be a bit strange (probably due to translation), but that is only a minor setback for this game. The style and humor make this a fun experience, as long as the interviews don't overstay their welcome. None of the puzzles or sleuthing will leave you scratching your head, but this short point and click adventure is full of charm and character.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: October 24
Since I’m from the country this game is from, and since I’m also form the time the game is set, all the jokes and references hit home, hard. Damn.
I’m not sure how so of the jokes might have been translated into English, but I hope some smart adaptation was pulled off.
The mini game you unlock is also a real gem.
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7.5 hrs
Posted: October 17
Really funny and interesting game with old times graphic. I can totally recommend it to everyone who likes these point-and-click adventure games. :)
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4.5 hrs
Posted: October 10
Classic style adventure game with neat cartoony 2d art.
It's a crazy investigation story about an insane murder in Portugal.
Contains a lot of jokes and references to the Portuguese culture.
In general, it's completely insane and super funny.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
A good title.
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7.4 hrs
Posted: July 28

In this game you are a detective, inherited a clown robot from a deceased relative, and together, you are assigned to investigate a murder in Hotel Lisbon. The game is point and click, detective mode. You have to check the scenarios, find clues, and interrogate characters.
The game sounded interesting to me. But in my first minutes playing this game, I only hoped to complete it as soon as possible. It is not worth USD 6,00 and I will tell you why:


* The game is all based on dialogues, portuguese humour, and it could not be translated very well to english. I played on both languages (english, and native portuguese, tho im fluent in brazilian portuguese). All of the texts are nonsense chitchat, forced jokes (a lot of sexist), so be ready to spam your mouse clicks to skip them repeatedly, all the useless conversation will grow you tired.

* The script is not very well elaborated, you will have to interrogate people using very poor worded questions mixed with lame jokes. You have to select the correct clue and along with the right question, until you progress to the next step. This part makes the game slow and boring.

* Although the crowdfunding seems to be not working anymore, you will meet the gaming studio crew in a scenario, and they will ask for a donation, pretty absurd.

* The laughing audience while the characters make jokes are annoying.


* The game is short. There is one main quest, and three side quests. My personal POV, I found it better this way, because I could not take this game anymore.

* The game soundtrack is good. The best thing on this game was the Fado bando in the restaurant.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: May 28
Other than being visually appealing, This game has nothing to offer. As for any comedic aspects, I didn't crack a smile once.

It's quite possible some of the humor and story is lost in translation, but even taking that into accont, the game is pretty bad. Other than the poorly written dialog (which makes it difficult to discern which dialog choices to pick - apparently someone being interested in "material" things means they don't care about money???) Probably the most glaring problem is how unabashedly sexist the game is. I don't mind *characters* who are sexists - I love me some Game of Thrones, but the game itself is really pretty awful. I couldn't get myself to finish playing it. There aren't many female characters and those that do exist are pretty terrible stereotypes that aren't treated well by other characters. Many of the 'jokes' are at the expense of women and it's just not funny? Maybe if you are in middle school it would entertain, but the jokes aren't even creative or decent quality.

As for the plot, eh, who cares. That's how I feel about finishing the game. The story was completely unoriginal - someone murdered, let's investigate with an annoying sidekick.
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8.3 hrs
Posted: May 26
Well, lets put this out of the way straight away. I'm Portuguese and this is a Portuguese game that homages and references Portuguese culture and the 80's, so yeah I'm a bit biased about this one. I did like it and nails all the little nuaces of our culture but... if i'm being honest... as a game, apart from that, Detective Case and Clow Bot is not that good and deep, actually its a bit too simplistic for a point & click adventure game.

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3.2 hrs
Posted: May 19
Product received for free
Im sure if I had the time and patience to sit there and enjoy this game I would, but I cant.

The crowd is something ive never seen before. Nice little touch

3 minutes and I cant bare it. But I know it has potential
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8.3 hrs
Posted: May 1
I really enjoyed this game. It was really fun and simple to play.
I liked the humour - which admitedly wouldn't appeal to everyone - but I loved the mixture of cute-ish pixelated graphics and more mature content. I also loved the silly vibe of Case and Clown Bot, as well as their constant bickering.

The only negative thing I have to say about it is that there were a few spelling/grammar mistakes in the English version.
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