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 (153 reviews) - 43% of the 153 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
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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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Mixed (153 reviews)
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mguniverse
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
This game is very short, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The game has some of the best pixel art I've seen in a while and the sound design is superb. The voice acting is solid overall but some of the police agents could have been better. People aren't wrong when they say you can run through this in about 30 minutes, but there's also a few side things you could miss if you just cruise through it. For example, in your apartment building there is a droid that has fallen into disrepair and if you talk to it you can learn a pretty fascinating backstory.

My biggest complaint would be how the game handles fullscreen. It doesn't render the pixel graphics to nearest neighbor, so in full screen it looks pretty blurred out. There's no reason not to pick this game up for the price but I strongly recommend playing in windowed mode.
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MYSTERYomg
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 12
An interesting game for the low price. About 20 min playtime and you will get all the dialogue and story this game offers. It's an interesting short story with wonderful pixel art. If you're looking for an immersive, gripping story, this is not the game to play. Filled with cliches and half-♥♥♥♥♥ voice acting.
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cassetto
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 24
I understand all the critics and agree with all they say, but I enjoyd this very short cyberpunk gig. It has great visuals and great music, but the dialogs are pretty poor. Anyway if you pay this less than a dollar on sale, it's worth it.
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DMGaina
0.4 hrs
Posted: July 24
The visuals are stunning, the music is great but the game overall... not so.

The game is around 15 minutes long. Does this necesarry have to be a bad thing? Not really, if there is a smart and valid point the game and the creator tries to get across. In "Murder"'s case, there is nothing, there is no deep twist, no message, no interresting topics, it's just a messy unfocused convolute.

It seems like the creator didn't understand the topics he wanted to talk about nor did he bother do go into any detail.
The most obvious cyberpunk tropes are smashed into the script and are reduced to 1 - 2 sentences with implications lead ing to nowhere.

It tries so hard to be smart that it falls on it's face when it comes to basic character development and writing.
Dialogues are very unnatural and cliche, the games scene changes have no natural pacing and it all ends with a forced "Stanley Parable" twist in that feels completely out of place.

It's really a shame, because the audiovisual aesthetic feel absolutely wasted on "Murder".
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Burt Cokaine
0.5 hrs
Posted: July 16
Granted, this isn't very long, or very gripping,I got this and a similar game for $5 combined, and each game is good for atleast 1 video on my YouTube channel. I wouldn't recommend this game, but that's just because I wish it was longer
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TheUnbornSilent
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 14
This "game" should be free...
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Still Gary (Mibag)
0.5 hrs
Posted: July 11
While it is a very short experience, the visuals and music combine nicely to form a great atmosphere. If I was able to explore this more I would definitely recommend it. I am looking foward to see what this studio does next.
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gabrielonuris
1.0 hrs
Posted: July 7
When I bought this game I've already knew it was short. Not short as in 3 hours of gameplay, but actually 10-15 minutes long.

I don't mind short games, actually sometimes I prefer to play them because of my current agenda, but if I'm buying a video game, I expect it to have at least some level of interactivity, and Murder has none of this. Yes, you click on things and read some dialogs, but it has nothing to do with a point and click adventure, because it has no puzzles at all; actually I wouldn't even call it a visual novel. I would refund this, but instead I chose to make a no recommendation review and contribute to the negative rating.
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Beerculez
0.4 hrs
Posted: July 7
Aesthetically amazing, narratively frustratingly brief

First off, I have to state that 15-20 minutes of playtime aren't going to ruin an experience for me. I had a good time playing short games before (Plug & Play for example). And I do appreciate the great amount of work, that was put into the presentation of the game (the pixel art is as gorgeous as it gets).

But for me, the narrative content just wasn't worth it. Not worth the money, nor the effort that was put into designing the environment and characters. The one thing Murder has to offer is a glimpse of a design concept, that I would have loved to lose myself in. But just as I was startin to become fully intrigued by the athmosphere, the experience abruptly ends somewhere in the first half of the first act. There is simply not enough content do deliver any kind of arc or show anything original.

All in all Murder feels like playing a blurb of a generic cyberpunk book, which is a shame concidering it's visual potential.
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postmoderndevil
2.2 hrs
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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Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
An interesting game for the low price. About 20 min playtime and you will get all the dialogue and story this game offers. It's an interesting short story with wonderful pixel art. If you're looking for an immersive, gripping story, this is not the game to play. Filled with cliches and half-♥♥♥♥♥ voice acting.
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156 of 166 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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103 of 110 people (94%) 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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63 of 72 people (88%) 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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69 of 90 people (77%) 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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54 of 67 people (81%) 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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29 of 31 people (94%) 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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46 of 60 people (77%) 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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31 of 37 people (84%) 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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