Blues and Bullets is a dark and violent crime thriller. Set in an alternative Eliot Ness & Al Capone story, Blues and Bullets blends a stunning script with detective work to deliver an amazing interactive experience.
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Release Date: Jul 23, 2015

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May 11

We've heard you guys. Episode 2 on sale, separately!

Yes, you were right.
You know we're taking our time to release each episode because we want to do it right. And offering you just the season pass for buying the next episodes might be a bit unfair.
So, that's why we've decided to offer you guys the possibility to buy it separately from the bundle :)

Thank you all for your feedback. We love Blues and Bullets and it won't be the same without you.

And as a reward for your patience, we've also decided to set a 25% discount on every Blues and Bullets product until May 22!

Thank you guys, we really appreciate it and see you in the next weeks with some news on Episode 3!

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“Blues and Bullets is a showcase in how to open the story of an episodic videogame.”
90 – GameStyle

“Technically speaking, the first episode of Blues and Bullets is undeniably impressive.”
85 – GameWatcher

“Blues and Bullets is an excellent game, it is as simple as that. From the aesthetic, to the story, to the characters, it is designed with such care and attention to detail that you cannot help but admire the work of developers A Crowd of Monsters.”

About This Game

Eliot Ness, the former leader of the legendary Untouchables, wished only to spend the rest of his days working in his diner, not dwelling too much on the cesspit of corruption his city, Santa Esperanza, had degenerated into.

But things rarely go as planned.

When children suddenly start to disappear and the police just simply a blind eye, Eliot decides to take the law into his own hands, track down the culprit and bring him to justice by any means necessary, even if he has to abandon his dreams of a peaceful life and again get embroiled in shootouts with the usual array of assassins and hoodlums.

Helped by various characters from some unexpected places, the player must guide Eliot through the increasingly morbid and decadent scenarios searching for clues to solve the cases in the five episodes of this season's Blues and Bullets.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Don't buy this or any unfinished episodic games on Steam. If the game goes out of development before it is finished, as this one apparently has, Steam will not even discuss the possibility of refunding the money you paid for a completed game. Very unhappy with Steam "support" at this point.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
At first it's about finding Al Capone's granddaughter.

Then they go to same café, where every video game character are waiting for their Episode 3

Did Gabe Newell buy the rights of Blues and Bullets or what?

The first two episodes were great, but it has been 8 months since 2nd episode came out. And Developer went silent for their customers + their website no longer exist.
So I think this game now turned into dead project
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
This is a great game. It's a combination of telltale-style light adventure, detective investigation, and some arcade shooting. It has great camera work and voice acting, and the script is far better than average. It has some nice takes on cutscenes and flashbacks which avoid you having to sit passively and watch. For example, one is a gunfight using words from the narration as cover. The game takes place in a fantasy ganster city that is inspired by history, though some details are changed. For example, the floating Hindenburg (or possibly a tribute) is now gigantic and a lavish hotel.

In this game, Al Capone is alive and relatively healthy after his jail term. His granddaughter has been kidnapped, and Capone recruits a retired detective to find her. Weird cultists and violent murderers are involved in some way.

So, it's a beautiful game, and I like it very much, which is why I'm recommending it. However, it has some problems which will be deal-breakers for many. They aren't for me, but I'm going to discuss them so you will be informed. First, the game is incomplete. Two episodes have been released at the time of this review. The game has a huge vision and (apparently, speaking as an outsider) a tiny budget. There was a long time between episodes one and two, and it's been a long time since episode two with no news. I personally am only buying episodes one at a time because of this.

Secondly, the controls are very sluggish. We can say the main character is a man who never hurries, but in truth the character's movement is very restricted, and it can be difficult to get him where you want him to go. Investigating crime scenes requires you to move in front of hot spots with the left stick and then move the right stick until you are directly facing the clickable area. You can see the button prompt, but you can't use it until you are in exactly the right place, which gets frustrating.

Thirdly, there are some smaller issues. Don't expect accurate history from the game. And, prepare for accents that are all over the map. It helps that the game is not set in a real city, but I was still annoyed that only one character sounds close to being from Chicago. The game really earns its age rating, so don't expect the violence to be stylish. It's pretty gross in spots. Finally, the animation is not great, just okay.


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78 of 87 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
This review has no spoilers of the game or story

If you enjoy story-driven games of the kind of Life is Strange, Telltale games, or David Cage games you will probably love this game to death. This is a Noir/Detective game that has similar gameplay to Life is Strange and LA Noire. What you do is that you are a detective by the name of Eliot Ness, the former leader of the Untouchables as you look for clues as you uconver the mysteries of a missing girl.


The visuals are amazing in a indie Unity title. You might of never even knew it was a Unity game until you saw this post because even I had to do some digging to find this out. The game has a black/white look to it with a splash of red just like the movie Sin City. The game's overall design really reminds me of Bioshock 1 with its classic look but with it's own originality. The enviornment down to the models have been done beautifully. You would of never thought this was made by such a small team. This game is true art.


The story is riddled with the mafia, murder, and mystery. What can I say? It is simply amazing. The first episode of the game as stated by developers took "150 pages" to write up. The story lets you chose what you want to say and how you want to act during certain situations giving the player choice and to be able to put themselves in the shoes of Eliot Ness. The story is filled with refrences to Film and video games, its just brilliant to me how well this was put together. You will be surprised what this mystery turns into as you play Episode 1.


The voice actors do an amazing job in this game, never did I sit there laughing at a bad performance. The actors do a great job representing their role within the game world. The soundtrack is actually exclusively written by a blues muscian from my research into the game which is really cool. The opening track was written just for this game and honestly it sounds AMAZING.

Honestly I give it a 9/10 for Episode 1

Check it out :)
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70 of 81 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Blues and Bullets is an episodic alternative history noir game developed by A Crowd of Monsters. The first episode was released in July 2015 with the second due to be released in March of 2016.

I will keep this review updated with each chapter I complete.

Gameplay takes place in third person as you control Eliot Ness, the police officer who caught and locked up the great, Al Capone. Eliot has now retired from being a cop and runs his own diner, called Blues and Bullets. This game reminded me quite a bit of L.A Noire as you search for clues for a crime. There is only one crime scene to investigate in this episode but it is a gruesome one at that. There is a small element of gun play, which is very basic at best; it is done via an “on rails” mechanic similar to that of Time Crisis or Blue Estate. The gun play so far has a very small part to play in the game overall.

Graphically, the game is represented in a black and white noir style visual. This art style just looks awesome, whilst the graphics themselves aren’t stunningly good, the black and white tricks your eyes into thinking it is better looking than it actually it. The animation is slightly on the poor side, but nothing that can’t be ignored. Eliot is voiced by none other than Doug Cockle (the voice of Geralt from the Witcher franchise), and the rest of the voice acting is all done to a very high quality.

I was completely hooked onto the story right from the start of the game, there isn’t a slow ramp in excitement like most adventure games like this, and you get right into the nitty-gritty from the get-go. The ending of episode 1 leaves you wanting more as the plot takes a huge turn of events. There are plans for there to be another 4 episodes released, I am hoping they speed up the development cycle of them, as I think 9 months between episodes is a bit too much in my opinion.

There isn’t any aspect of difficulty in episode 1, the only real puzzle can be completed with just a matter of trial and error and the gun play scenes have checkpoints at every corner so even if you do die, you don’t have to replay a whole lot of content. I am looking forward to see how they make the gameplay elements of this game have more of a challenge in future episodes.

Episode 1 took me just about two hours to complete; this was with finding all interactable objects throughout the scenes to get an achievement. I found out at the end of the chapter, that finding all of these objects unlocks a “Bobble head” mode, which is always a classic cheat mode that used to be included in game. It will be interesting to see whether you can activate this mode in future episodes or whether it is only to be used in episodes you have already completed!

Sadly I did have a couple of technical problems with Blues and Bullets. I suffered two random crashes of the game that took me straight back to desktop, with no error message or warnings. There were no signs that the game was suffering performance issues, it did only happen when completing a scene, never mid gameplay. Thankfully the game saves at the end of each scene you complete, but this does leave room for game save file corruption. The game can be played with keyboard and mouse; normally for third person view games I opt for a keyboard and mouse controls, especially ones with any form of gunplay, sadly I could not do it with Blues and Bullets. Firstly the onscreen controls do not show any keyboard controls; only Xbox controls. Secondly, the cursor in game has a fairly big glitch where it just shows as a blank white square. You have to move your cursor to the bottom right hand corner of the screen for it not to be visible even when using a controller.

To sum up, Blues and Bullets is so far a very interesting adventure game that has a lot of potential. Hopefully the technical problems are cleaned up before the next release of the series comes out. If you are a fan of the Noire themed films and games, this game is definitely going to be for you. It’s a fairly quick paced game which is something that a lot of adventure games can’t boast about so even the casual players amongst you will definitely get some enjoyment here.

If you are on the fence about the game still, you can purchase just episode 1 for £3,99 which should give you a good amount of content to see whether you will enjoy the rest of the series, provided the developers don’t change it drastically or you can purchase the complete season for £14,99. Right now I would be completely happy paying £14,99 for this season, it does a lot of things right and the only negative points are technical problems which will hopefully be patched in the future.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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73 of 89 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2015
Fantastic game. Very engaging and mature story. Youc an see the devs didn't have the biggest budget but they went above and beyond creatively to eclipse that obstacle. I highlgy recomend the game for likeable characters, very interesting story and mystery and I grealty await the second episode.
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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
Can I hug the developers, please?
Oh, the game, right.
TL;DR: Blues and Bullets plays like many recent (and not so recent) Telltale titles, but with less emphasis on being a movie with 3,5 buttons to press and more emphasis on poking around; and feels like Tex Murphy games that went easy on jokes and went hard on brooding. Oh, and there's some case solving with Murdered: Soul Suspect vibes.
Solid noir setting and appropriate visuals? Check.
Brisk characters coupled with nice voice acting? Check.
A compelling detective whodunit? Check.
Definitely worth checking out if you're into trenchcoat aesthetics.
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
Blues and Bullets is an episodic noir-detective click-and-point game.Although the click and point is not as important as in many other games.

Graphics 8 of 10
The graphics fit the game like a glove.The only colors present in the game are black and white with sometimes a dash of red. Just perfect.

Music 8 of 10
The music is consistent with the era the setting takes place , think of 1920ies. Jazz tunes and so and classical suspense background music and sounds. Really nice. The voice acting was generally good although there are some characters that sound offbeat and kind of fake.

Gameplay 7.5 of 10
I have mixed feelings about the gameplay. Overall it's okay with quite some QTE taking place. But I wish there was an option to actually run and not stumbling forward , like slow motion and all. But I really do like the detective mode, where you have to find clues to solve some of the mysteries that take place in the event of the game.

Story 8.5 of 10
Without spoiling the story I must say that I truly enjoyed it and it's hard having to wait for the next episode to be released. Basically you are an ex- cop who's got quite some issues and still has one open case to solve before he can find peace. That's said enough.

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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
The main character is voiced by Geralt of Rivia. What else could you want?
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
As far as I loved what I seen, (Great voice acting, with geralt of rivia voice ! story seems great, the ost is great, the artstyle too, the game itself is really really good)

I just can't recommended it, it's been one year and almost 3 month since the release of the first episode and we only got the episode two since then some month ago, that's right, more than a year and only the second episode, devs are silent since month too.

For me the game will never be completed and people like me that buyed the season pass got pretty much robbed.
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Father of ISIS
0.2 hrs
Posted: October 25
Good Game - The episodes are more like seasons though with the release schedule these guys have
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6.7 hrs
Posted: October 24
Weird angles, constant crashing.
Though the game has some nice feats, and the investigation bits are nice, even if they are a little too easy, the gaming experience, in the end, is just awful.
Continuing from where you left off? Nay, start it all over.
There's no ease of use, it's cranky and weird and awkward all the time.
Pitty, it could be a nice game. Waste of time and money.
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your mom
4.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
I am sorry to give this game a bad review, as its first episode hooked me. I am sad that A Crowd of Monsters (the devs) are going through rough times, but I would of apreciated if they didn't make me anxious to learn more about their game only to be delivered a cliffhanger story-line since there is no sign of episode 2-5 ever coming out. I loved their visual style, even if the game seems to be holding your hand at times. But really, one year later and there is nothing teased, nothing shown...
Buy it only if you want to get a glimpse of what could have been a great episodic game.
PS: my review is prone to change if this game gets developed further.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: October 22
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4.6 hrs
Posted: October 9
DISCLAIMER: This review applies only to Episodes 1 & 2.

This is a promising series, that is disappointingly not yet finished. Things feel a little clunky and the character models look a little dated, but if you can look past that you'll find an enjoyable game underneath; a blend of Telltale-style adventure gameplay, Sin City aesthetics, Sherlock Holmes deduction boards and an intriguing mystery.

It's worth a look, but I'd wait for a sale -- especially if you intend to pay up-front for Episodes 3-5, since they're taking a while.
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6.0 hrs
Posted: October 5
I loved the first 2 episodes of this game. The story has been amazing so far, it offers a unique story with twists and turns and the use of historical entities in a fantasy scenario has been fun. The black and white with red works well with the setting of the game and graphically I love the style they used. The voice acting is pretty decent too. Gameplay is fairly similar to something like the TellTale series, where it has limited options and controls. But it's still a fun game and the story and art style keeps me glued to the game until I binge the entire episode in one sitting.

With all of these GREAT elements though lies a HUGE issue... You may never get to finish the story. Episode releases are near non-existent, with one every 6 months or so. I loved the game so much that I could have lived with this, if only the devs would keep us updated. But the devs lack of communication have made me think that this game is most likely abandon or in limbo now with rumors that some of the artists ect. have left the team. I got so frustrated and felt ripped off that I asked for a refund on my season pass and after alot of scratching and clawing with Steam support finally got one...

If you want to start a fairly decent game with an interesting story and graphical scheme and don't mind that you may never get to finish the story... It might be worth checking out, because I have enjoyed the first 2 episodes. But if you do get it, personally I'd suggest getting just episode 1 and episode 2, avoid the season pass atleast until more episodes are released because at this point there's a chance that you'll never see the final 3 episodes.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 4
Game has fantastic atmosphere, storyline, voice acting, and choice options. However I cannot recommend it because it appears it has been abandoned and the people who have bought this game have been robbed. I stopped playing this after 40 minutes because I had heard of the issues the developers were facing and that the game might never be completed. So i attempted to get a refund a month after purchase date (only 40 minutes of play time) and Steam has repeatedly rejected my refund request which is itself robbery on their part. I expected better from them and the developers.
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17.5 hrs
Posted: October 2
Very cool game. A great game, along with a film noir atmosphere, this game really delivers. I am looking forward to see how the game progresses. If this game was in colour, it would loose it's atmosphere.

The controls (keys) seem to be a bit wonky, but I can overlook that. Well worth playing
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