Follow Detective Butler and his sidekick Gilligan as they solve a locked-room murder during a haunted cruise ship's maiden voyage. Can you solve the mystery before Detective Butler reveals the answer?
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Mostly Positive (156) - 79% of the 156 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 26, 2017

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May 16

Sequel Art Preview

Hello, Detectives!

As it has been nearly one year since the game released, it's about time for a proper update on the sequel. Fortunately, we have some good news to share.

We'll keep it brief here, but you can read the full blog post on our website.

While the writing and coding are mostly done, the biggest obstacle will be commissioning the art and music. So as we mentioned in our previous update, we are doing everything we can to raise funds for them. We appreciate your patience, as this will take some time.

Since you are probably wondering what the final artwork will look like, here is a preview of one sprite, a character you might recognize:

Patrons will be the first to see any other new sprites as they become available, including their full range of expressions, poses, and at full resolution. As you can see, we're keeping the cel-shaded look from the first game, since you all said you liked it so much. We'll also look into using cel-shaders for the backgrounds since many of you disliked the blurry filters.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to sharing more updates with you soon!

-- Goldbar Games
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March 23

Our Future Projects

Hello, Detectives!

It has been one year since our Steam Greenlight campaign ended in success, and we were finally able to launch Detective Butler: Maiden Voyage Murder on Steam. Thank you so much for your support and very positive reviews of the game! We are taking all comments and criticism into consideration, to make our future games more entertaining experiences.

We wanted to let you know of our plans for the rest of 2018 regarding our future projects, especially Detective Butler 2.

We are going to need to raise funds to commission the art and music for Detective Butler 2. So we will be working on some small side projects. You can watch our development progress on our Twitch channel every Monday through Friday from 8 PM to 10 PM CST. These projects will be completed in a short timeframe (1-3 months each) and released on Steam, until we gather the funds sufficient to finish Detective Butler 2. Feel free to stop by and say hello if you have the time.

If you would like to support development, we have a Patreon account as well as a merchandise store. Both sites offer fun rewards at reasonable prices. If you have any suggestions for the Patreon or the store, please let us know as well.

Thank you all for your patience and continued support. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. And remember to have fun!

--Goldbar Games
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About This Game

Visual novels are story-based games, displaying characters on the screen while playing sounds and music in the background to create an immersive storytelling experience. Although most visual novels include branching paths and choices that affect the outcome of the story, Detective Butler: Maiden Voyage Murder has just one outcome. The only choice is how you choose to solve the mystery.

In 1962, a popular cruise ship goes out of business after the accidental deaths of two of its passengers. The ship remains a tourist attraction, until it sets sail again half a century later.

The CEO of a wealthy company takes his closest employees and son Gilligan on board for the maiden voyage. Gilligan happens to meet Detective Butler during the cruise, and as the two of them delve deeper into the ship's history, another incident occurs... Will Detective Butler find the culprit before it's too late? And will you be able to solve the mystery before the solution is revealed?

Meet the crew

  • Through the eyes of Gilligan, you'll get to know the members of his father's company, the workers of the cruise ship, and Detective Butler himself.

Enjoy the atmosphere

  • Hundreds of photo-filtered backgrounds and 29 lively music tracks create the backdrop for a mysterious cruise on the Pacific Ocean.

Review your notes

  • During the game, your journal will update with any relevant information regarding the suspects and any evidence found.

Solve the mystery!

  • Just like any classic fair-play detective story, the case can be solved through careful observation and deduction.

System Requirements

    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 400 MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Storage: 210 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound card compatible with DirectSound

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