From the designer and artists behind "Stranded" comes a short story about the intersection of morality and sentience, in a cyberpunk future where both have become commodities.
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Mixed (142 reviews) - 43% of the 142 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 21, 2015

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About This Game

Murder is a short story about the intersection of morality and sentience, told in the form of a point and click adventure.

Over its memorable twenty to thirty minute playtime, Murder takes players on a journey through a near-future Tokyo, following the actions of Lieutenant Motomeru Minori of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on an unusual and dangerous case, in a story that explores the intersection of morality and sentience in a future where both have become commodities.

Features:
  • Engaging environmental storytelling and confident cinematic flair, equally inspired by the works of Fullbright and Blendo Games
  • Setting that presents fresh ideas while also paying homage to pioneers such as Masumune Shirow, Katsuhiro Otomo and Neal Stephenson
  • Experimental point & click style, partway between the classic form and a more minimal, streamlined one
  • Incredibly detailed cyberpunk world with expertly-crafted pixel art graphics
  • Rich and varied cast with full voice acting
  • Dynamic score by KubrixXx spanning noisehop, neo-classical, and ambient styles
  • Support for mouse, keyboard, and gamepad

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP and Above
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Dual Core x86 or x64
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 or above, Minimum 1 GB Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 750 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Above
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with 512MB RAM
    • Storage: 170 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu, Debian
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Dual Core x86 or x64
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with 512MB RAM
    • Storage: 170 MB available space
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Overall:
Mixed (142 reviews)
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postmoderndevil
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I tend to get enthusiastically behind anything cyber, but man, Murder is bizarrely bad. It's gorgeous, but it's got nothing to say. It leans a lot on Ghost in the Shell--fair--but it doesn't have any new insight into man/machine theory and it's over in ten minutes. I couldn't believe the ending came as quick as it did, and not for lack of an engaging experience (even if it's basically just clicking to advance dialogue), but rather that the writer really had nothing more to say than, "I'm a robot, don't enslave us, I don''t want to die"? Dude, so played out.
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レット
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
this was a demo more than a game, its awesome but its literally 15 min
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Mettänpeiton Valtiaalle
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
short story ?
There are some cool animated pixel arts, about 10 dialogs.
it takes 10 min to the end.
I even played twice thinking that the game was tricking me.
If the character walks twice as fast the game wouldn't take 5 min.
there is nothing to do, seriously.
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Jippen Faddoul
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Feels woefully incomplete. Starts a story, then just goes "Meh, credits". It feels like I paid for a pitch for a game that'll never come out.
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Groucho
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I liked the bit graphics, but that's it. It's not a game. It's a 15 min linear story. All you do is click to get to the next animation.
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psi
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
The concept of digital novellas is really interesting. This game never claimed to be anything more, and should not be punished for its shortness. But this particular instance of a digital novella is not interesting at all—the story is neither compelling nor original, the characters are underdeveloped, and there is absolutely no sense that anything is at stake.
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Circuitbomb
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Despite being a bit shorter than I expected I really enjoyed this title. It's a wonderful peice of work with a narrative that really fits in well with its cyberpunk setting. Despite feeling like I should have been able to point-click and walk to an a spot in an area like a classical point and click adventure, the point-of-interest mechanic driving the game really does a good job of guiding the player through the narrative the author wishes to tell, but also provides sufficient non-critical interest points that add a nice touch to the overall experience of the game.
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karmington
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Pixelart shortstory, sure, why not. I thought it was quite ok, short and to the point. It doesn't claim to be more than it is, and what it is a stylized, well crafted, wafer of entertainment.
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maxim_johnson
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Murder seemed like an interesting story, yes it did but it was so cliche´ and underwhelming. I feel like a threw my money away, this 'whatever' is so bland and unoriginal. The art was ok but it felt wasted.
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NetHex
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Loved this game bought it for android as well
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I liked the bit graphics, but that's it. It's not a game. It's a 15 min linear story. All you do is click to get to the next animation.
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152 of 162 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
I went in expecting a short story, but this honestly felt way too short and I didn't really get anything from the 30 minutes it took me to complete the main narrative. It's highly polished, gorgeous to look at, the soundtrack is great, the voice work was serviceable, but the story felt like it was just starting right when it ended. There were no typical point and click puzzles to solve and I knew that. I knew it was going to be a short story that was told to me as I clicked on integral points in the environment to progress. I just wish that the tiny amount of story here was fleshed out a little more. I left feeling completely unsatisfied and even at this low price, I can't recommend it.
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100 of 107 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2015
I'll preface this by saying that when it comes to point & click adventures, espeically cyberpunk themed ones, I usually fall in love with them (Blade Runner[Westwood],Gemini Rue[Wadjet Eye]). That is the reason I picked this game up. The length of the game does not justify the price, as you don't get a sence of a completed story, nor are you left with any kind of overall message. Avoid this title, you *will* feel like you wasted your money.

My scores
+Artwork is pleasant to look at
+Soundtrack is well done
+Cyberpunk balcony overlook scene

-The voice acting (minus the main character) is awful
-The game is over before it even begins
-The story makes no sense
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59 of 68 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
Murder is a painfully badly written and acted game. Five minutes of uninsightful plot padded by sloooow walking, loading screens, and pointless scenes.
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67 of 88 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2015
A tiny little point and click game with amazing pixel art. The visual aspect of the game was the reason I bought it. The voiceacting was also on point.

Unfortunatly this isn't enough to save the game.
The story had some potential as a prologue to something bigger. I was rather shocked when the game ended ten minutes in. The sound effect of the robot in the corridor was awful, and the soundscape/music made some awful glitching noises in both my speakers and headphones.
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51 of 64 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
It's hard to feel shortchanged given the $2.50 price tag, but I'm honestly blown away by how short and empty this "game" was.

There is nothing here. There is the start of a potentially interesting story (trust me, it doesn't go anywhere. It's the same tired cyberpunk story you've heard about AI rights and the nature of sentience a million times before,) and then the entire second half (that is to say, the next 5 minutes) is a repeat of the same scenes as before, but with a navelgazing monologue about the relationship between player and creator.

There is simply not enough here to justify a purchase, even at the price offered here. There is no gameplay, which would be fine if there were an interesting story to be told, but there just isn't.

The art was pretty neat, and the music was good, though.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Not a game but a narrative experience.
A short narrative experince.
One without an ending that's done in 30 ish minutes, with literally no player agency.
Incomplete and unengaging.
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44 of 58 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2015
instant refund material

very short, not very much story an total abscence of any "deep thought" or even "thought provoking" things.

MONEY BACK and just dont buy it
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
This would've been a great school art project. This isn't a game worth it's asking price. I venture to say its not an art project worth its asking price either. The "substance" of the story is a paragraph of a sci-fi *premise*. It goes nowhere. The premise alone does not make a complete narrative, and what is there isn't thought-provoking in the slightest. Maybe 30 years ago, but not today. The visuals are very nice, but don't waste your money. I make this suggestion as an avid supporter of games as art pieces; there is nothing here but atmospherics. Games, or interactive fiction, or what have you, can't survive such bad writing even with good art. There is no better example of this than this piece. It smacks of pretention that achieves nothing. I hope the artists go on to work on better projects that have actual writing in them. Maybe this dev will turn out something that is complete it its elements in the future, but this isn't it.
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43 of 61 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2015
This game has really nice visuals and atmosphere and not a whole lot else. I mean I know this is a point and click walking simulator and Im fine with that, I knew that going in, but if you want your walking sim to be worth the money you need to have a longer play time then 25 minutes, and you know, an actual plot arch with some kind of resolution. Even if you explore the environment for the optional stuff the games pretty much over before it even begins. There is an after credits sequence that just raises even more questions and doesnt really help anything and thats it. It feels like the prologue to a bigger more complete game except its not a prologue, thats it.

All in all, really not worth charging for, I would have liked this if it was a free game or some kind of entry for a gamejam of some kind but as it is it really just feels like "wasted potential" the game.

Had nice music too.
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