A genealogical mystery straight out of 1998. Scour the early Internet for clues, uncover hidden connections, and piece together the family tree behind the secretive Roottree Corporation.
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“Every internet detective should be playing The Roottrees Are Dead”
The Onion AV Club

“An exceptional detective game that will likely consume your existence for several days”
86 – PC Gamer

“A true work of art from a writing standpoint”
The Short Game

About This Game

The year is 1998. A private jet belonging to the Roottree Corporation has crashed. On it were the Roottree Sisters and their parents. Combined, they were worth over a billion dollars.

Now, due to the eccentricities of their great-great-grandfather Elias, their money must be redistributed to the rest of the family. But who's actually a BLOOD RELATIVE? That's where you come in.

Armed only with the power of your mighty dial-up modem, you'll scour for photos, books, articles and other evidence. Then, you'll make connections and deductions based on the family relationships you uncover. With every spot on the tree you fill in correctly, the names and photos left in your possession will have fewer and fewer places to go — but the evidence will also be harder and more obscure to find.

Can you put together the final pieces of the puzzle?

The Acclaimed Armchair Detective Game, Reimagined on Steam

The Roottrees are Dead was originally created for the Global Game Jam 2023 and released as a free browser game. It was beloved by many for its clever puzzles, retro computing interface and novel world-building. The Steam version is the same great game, but enhanced in many ways:

  • New hand-drawn illustrations for all evidence and in-game artwork
  • A 3D living-room perspective that ties together all the unique puzzle systems
  • An enhanced user interface with many quality of life improvements to make your mystery solving easier to use and more intuitive
  • Remastered music and sound effects
  • A handful of Easter eggs and little touches for those who can't get enough of the late ‘90s charm

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-Bit
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 510
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: macOS High Sierra
    • Processor: Apple M1
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
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