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.
User reviews: Very Positive (51 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 17, 2014

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"It’s certainly not the deepest or most involved adventure game, but it’s a quick fun romp that you won’t regret if you are looking for a funny game."
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December 11, 2014

iPad / iPhone / Android version incoming

We are proud to announce that a mobile version of "Murder in the Hotel Lisbon" is coming to iOS and Android in January 2015.

This version will keep all the features from the PC version plus a big sized magnifying glass to help you search for clues on these somewhat smaller screens.

The work done to squash bugs and improve the game on these mobile versions will eventually come to the PC version as well in the form of a nice little patch.

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October 30, 2014


If last time we went BANANAS, this time we are going PINEAPPLE!!!

Yes, yes, yes... I know. Last time we said it would take another 10 years until we did another discount but.... we are weak... and we need to eat, so.

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 128 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 128 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.0.4
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 128 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
+ Good retro graphics
+ At times pretty funny
+ Interviewing suspects makes you feel like a detective
+ A couple of sidequests
+ Intriguing story that pulls you in...

- ... but its 'twists' are so silly that you ultimately stop caring
- Jokes repeat too often
- Drags on around the end of act 2/beginning of act 3
- Having to repeat the entire process again if you fail an interview sucks

[Rating: 69/100]
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I would recomend this game to people looking for a nice easy play through, more mature humor, and for the nostalgia of older looking and sounding games. THe game does have flaws in grammatical and spelling areas, but i peosonally thought it somewhat added charm to the game. Over all a good experience and would play a sequal. 8/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Portugal! Does that name ring a bell? No? Well then, you should play this game. Even if you know what it means, you should play it. Why? First of all, because it’s a fun game, and that’s what games are all about. I laughed a lot with this point and click and had a great time solving the mystery. Second, you will get a complete murder mystery story full of funny portuguese quirks and plot twists and turns. You’ll get to listen to fado music, for instance. Don’t know what it is? Look it up! You get your noir-ish detective, and a stand-up comedian/robot sidekick that can tell jokes, save your game and call the cab. You get your femme fatale, a whole bunch of suspects in wigs, three fun sidequests and future add-ons the creators announced, with new story content! Not enough? Well, here’s another reason to get this game: you’ll help the developers and, in turn, they’ll make our world a better place with more portuguese games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
In Detective Case and the Clown Bot: Murder at Hotel Lisbon, by Nerd Monkey, you take on the role of Detective Case, and soon after the start of the game Clown Bot. In this game you are approached by an old police colleague that seems to have quite the mystery on his hands. Apparently a man has committed suicide by stabbing himself in the back 14 times. Now of course he wants a second opinion on this situation, but I think its pretty clear that something fishy is going on.

Graphically this game is a throwback type of game, it kind of feels like it could easily be on a handheld device, but as I'm reviewing it for the PC, you can see the pixels, and the datedness of the game. Not that that is a bad thing when it comes to the theme and subject matter of the game. I think the style used in the game definitely fits, and the over exaggerating characters are perfect for the type of game this turned out to be. Even with the limited graphical look the majority of the items that you need to pick up in the game are easy to spot, or if they are not by hovering your cursor over objects it becomes very plain if the object is meant to be interacted with.

The music of the game kind of gave me an old school fake French cartoon vibe. You know the one with the skunk, Pepe Le Pew. There is no voice work in this game, but that continues to fit the theme and style that the developers were going for.

The controls are really straightforward, you are going to be using the mouse, and the left mouse button. Sometimes when you select an object or a character you will be given several options of actions you can take, but you will always be using the left mouse button. I do want to warn those out there with dual monitors if you are clicking near the edge of the game you might cause the game to minimize.

Alright so you are this detective, who apparently once upon a time was a great detective, but cigarettes and booze has done him in. If it wasn't for his friend who has risen up the ranks in the police department, he would have never gotten the chance to show everyone that he's still got what it takes to get to the bottom of a mystery. You are going to basically interact with six different buildings in the game, but there is always a need to return to them to seek out more clues or pump someone for more information. It was actually surprising that even in this little town there was so much to do. Sure there was a ton of backtracking in the game, but the taxi cab that can show up ANYWHERE to pick you up makes life a little bit more enjoyable.

There are definitely points in the game where I was totally lost and had to resort to returning to almost every location and click on everything I could think of to get that one item that I was missing, but in the end the story was good, the characters' reactions during interrogation were entertaining, and I think that I would definitely be up for another chapter involving Detective Case and Clown Bot. Oh that reminds me, probably the one glitch about the game is that the exe file is named CaseBot, which triggered my anti-virus a couple of times and caused the game to stop working upon loading.

All that being said you are looking at a game that is about 3 and a half hours long, and it probably is a bit shorter of a game, but I feel like I got enough of a game that, like I said before, I would definitely want to check out another game by this group, featuring at least the Detective and Clown Bot. So to get to the point, this game gets an 8.4 out of 10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I had a feeling I was going to like this game and I'm glad I went with my instincts.

A classic style point and click game with unique interesting characters, a great story, fun gamemodes and a ton of hilarious jokes, no matter how "Totally lame!" they may be. I know the developers said they're not planning a sequel, but I hope that's not set in stone because I really enjoyed this game and would love to see another entry in what would hopefully become an entire series of Detective Case and Clown Bot.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
I just picked this game without any reason. I wasn't disappointed, this game comes along like one of the "good old days" adventures. I enjoy playing it and the humor and the witty comments from Case and Bot, the sound effects and as well the Soundtrack. There is no need of high-end graphics for such a game, the atmosphere makes it great.
I bought it during the Sale with -75%, but if you want to support an Indie Developer, you can buy it for full price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
I purchased this in a bundle thinking it was just another cheap indie game, was I wrong. This here is a prime point-and-click adventure game to it's core. The story is involving, but it's not a novel. It makes fun of itself without sacrificing it's integrity. The graphics are simple yet attractive. The puzzles range from easy to challenging, but never cross over into the pit of frustration that other games of the genere so often fall into. The obligitory Steam achievements and trading cards are always a nice touch. Add to that top notch music and a mini game and you have a near perfect game here. There only issues I had were 2 or 3 minor spelling mistakes and the game crashed twice on me when switching back and forth out of Steam.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
This game is entertaining and easy to navigate. It gets a little tricky towards the end but with a little trial and error I figured things out. I haven't finised it because towards the end it started crashing and I didn't feel like starting over at the last save but I bought it on sale and it is cute so I'm not mad.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
It's actually funny. 8/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
It's a Point and Click? Check! Has story? Check! Has humor? Check! It is a remind of other times , times of Monkey Island , Day of the Tentacle , etc. I will be waiting for the next Nerd Monkeys game.

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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
Detective Case and Clown Bot in: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon is not a bad game. It looks good, the music is nice, there's some funny moments. In fact, I enjoyed most of it, up until near the end of the game. It's not bad, but the problems are big enough that I find it difficult to recommend the game. If what you want is a game that has the look and feel of a classic adventure game, this is a good purchase. If you want more than that, including the classic adventure GAMEPLAY, there are some problems.

The biggest issue is that the game is filled with typos, awkward phrasing and errors. This becomes more and more apparent as the game goes on. Adventure games like this rely a lot on the writing. When there are issues, at the most minor it's distracting and on the major end it effects gameplay (specifically, the interview questions and the Stand Up Clown mini-game).

Another problem is that there's not a lot of game in this game. Sometimes that's how a game works, it's more about the experience and story than then gameplay. There's two issues with this: the above mentioned writing issues and that it gets boring if you're expecting old school gameplay to go along with the old school look. There aren't really puzzles in this game. What you do is collect items, then when you have enough you can interview people. In interviews, you pick a question and match it with an item and present it to the person. And that's it. It's a nice system, it's different, but that's most of the game. It gets old after awhile without anything else to support it. Classic adventure games are chock full of puzzles to solve. With this, I didn't feel like I did much by the end.

There are some other issues. At least twice, I was not given important information about items that I needed for the interviews. It's possible I missed them being mentioned in dialogue, but important info should be in the item description. The humor can get repetitive. A good bit of it revolves around Case getting people's names wrong and, later, calling a woman a ♥♥♥♥.

Again, it's not a bad game. It does very well with tone, style and sound and the interview system is a good idea. There's just not enough polish on the game and the interview system isn't enough to support the whole of the gameplay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Excellent point and click, great retro graphics and a nice sound track, it's a must have on your steam library.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Nice point and click game, must buy if you like this kind of games.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Estou a adorar jogar a isto, poça. «3
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53 of 67 people (79%) 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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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
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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28 of 38 people (74%) 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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15 of 17 people (88%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
A great detective quest with stylish old-school graphics. I enjoy every minute of that game, especially the "Question and Item" part. Detective Case is memorable and bright character and his robot is very cute. That's a nice example of a good friend pair. The plot is also good because you really try to guess who is the killer. Plus big thumb up for the humour that could be found in every pixel of game. Well done! Wish you success in sale.
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