Solve crimes and pass judgment with a colorful cast of samurai, detectives, inventors, and brigands in a Japan on the edge of modernization. A visual novel detective game set in a town where the cherry trees bloom all year round.
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Sep 16, 2019

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“This is a global release of a previously Japan-exclusive game that will include all four main story chapters, each with a complete mystery. The first three chapters, comprising 85+ CGs and 10+ hours of story, are in the game now. When the final chapter is done the game will leave early access, and the price will go up for new buyers.
We want players to be able to enjoy the first three chapters now, and we want feedback from players to help improve the quality of the localization before final release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“3 ~ 9 months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will include the fourth and final chapter of the main story, adding another mystery and concluding the game's overarching plot.
We plan to make the entirety of the original Japanese release available to fans in English and Chinese, with the caveat that the post-story content (branching routes after the final chapter) is not appropriate for all ages. That content is planned for sale separately, coinciding with the game's full release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version contains the first three chapters of the game, which have been fully translated into English and Chinese. There are currently 85+ CGs and 10+ hours of story. All menus and UI have also been fully translated into English and Chinese.
The Early Access release may contain bugs arising from the localization, but we think we've caught most of them by now. We released one major update in December, which added a short bonus scenario chapter and UI refinements centering on the Chapter Select screen. The fourth chapter is not yet available.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes. The initial price of the Early Access version is discounted by at least 30% relative to the planned final price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“As this is a global release of a previously Japan-exclusive game, we're confident that the game's core is solid, and we don't plan to interfere with it. We hope that players will help us to identify and fix:
  • Any errors in the localized game interface
  • Any typos anywhere in the game that we missed
  • Any bugs arising from region/locale settings or international system configuration that we haven't been able to anticipate
We'd love to hear your feedback! Players can report issues and offer suggestions on the Steam Community forums or in the localization team's Discord server.”
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About This Game

Assume the mantle of magistrate to uphold law and order in a town where the cherry trees bloom all year round.
Solve crimes and pass judgment with a colorful cast of samurai, detectives, inventors, and brigands in a Japan on the edge of modernization!

  • 150+ event CGs featuring anime-style, chibi, and Japanese brush art!
  • Full instrumental soundtrack featuring over 40 original songs!
  • Four cases totaling 20+ hours of story!
  • Full Japanese voice acting by professional voice actors and actresses!

The hit Japanese indie detective game crosses the sea for the first time to make its case!

Detective. Lawyer. Jury. Judge. The Magistrate of Nakamachi is responsible for the well-being of everyone under his jurisdiction—and for the lives of those who violate the law. Fortunately, the magistrate doesn't work alone. His helpers' responsibilities include everything from police patrols to firefighting to paperwork. Mountains and mountains of paperwork.

  • Shimei Ooka: The newly-appointed Magistrate of Nakamachi, and the game's main protagonist. A scholar and a bookworm, Shimei knows his business, but will he be able to live up to his father's legacy as magistrate?
  • Rimu Hiraga: The tomboy inventor of the century! Rimu joined the Nakamachi magistrate's office as a junior officer, along with her childhood friend and stalwart companion Shimei. Her best talents, though, lean more to the mechanical.
  • Sakura Toyama: The daughter of the Magistrate of Kitamachi. Brilliant, but headstrong; capable, but intensely jealous of the magistrate's office that should have been hers...
  • Koume Kawai: A mysterious girl held in the magistrate's office jail in connection with a brutal murder. Kind, sweet, and clever—but what is she hiding...?

A band of vigilante police, outside of the direct control of the Shogunate—and, by extension, the magistrate—yet always willing to cooperate closely for the safety of the city. Their methods can be tough, but they're scarily effective. Together with the more transparent and accountable activities of the magistrate's office, these battle-hardened samurai are indispensable to the peace.

  • Takeru Kondo: The commander of the Shinsengumi. As long as the magistrate is still a rookie, Kondo will remain the real power behind the Nakamachi magistrate's office, but he's always happy to educate the fledgling officials under his wing.
  • Yamanami Ayaka: Vice-commander of the Shinsengumi. Yamanami is beautiful, charming, and extremely attentive to detail. She acts like a mother-figure to the whole Shinsengumi, keeping the dormitory clean and the day-to-day business running smoothly.
  • Shino Okita: A tight-lipped and laconic ace swordswoman. Absolutely terrifying in a fight, Okita is the perfect enforcer. Underneath the surface, though, could she have a softer side too...?
  • Toshikaze Hijikata: Childhood friend to Rimu and Shimei, and a highly-trusted officer in the Shinsengumi. Sloppy as he is in his private life, he's matured into an extremely reliable man.

Enjoy daily life in Oukacho, interacting with the townspeople, and building relationships with your friends and coworkers—until an incident disturbs the peace! Interview witnesses and suspects to collect information and build dossiers, investigate the crime scene for material evidence, and explore the town in pursuit of more clues. When you need a breather, explore your dormitory to get to know your friends better! Once your investigation is complete, hold a hearing with your suspects and key persons of interest to narrow down the possibilities and uncover the truth behind the lies!

But don't forget: some mysteries are longer-lived and deeper-rooted than any one case. As the magistrate of Nakamachi, will you have the resolve to do what it takes to uncover the conspiracies at the heart of your city and your life?

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Partial nudity, violence, and references to suicide (seppuku).

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 32MB VRAM
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: WSVG 1280×720 32bit True Color monitor
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/10
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB VRAM

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