The Painscreek Killings is a story-rich, first-person murder mystery that focuses on investigating a cold case set in a fictional, semi-open world. Can you uncover the town's dark secrets and expose the hidden truth?
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (62) - 80% of the 62 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (329) - 86% of the 329 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 27, 2017

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November 6

November 2018 Patch Notes

1. We found that an old bug, that despite being fixed may still be affecting your save data. If you started your game before this bug was fixed you may have trouble getting 100%. We now fixed it so that even old saves are free from this bug. If you want us to check if this is the case with your data to unlock the "Completion" Achievement please send it to (Your saveData.txt file is stored at 'C:\Users\[username]\AppData\LocalLow\EQ Studios\The Painscreek Killings\SaveData').
2. Due to the fact that many players have been restarting their game to unlock the "You're Fired" Achievement, we made it so that the game automatically creates a backup of your old savedata when you press Save Game in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\LocalLow\EQ Studios\The Painscreek Killings\OldSaveData. However this only saves your previous savedata, and if you start a new game twice it will overwrite your old savedata.
3. Fixed a small issue with some photos randomly not loading.
4. Added a few quality of life changes and fixed some typos.
5. Increased movement speed by a slight bit.

1. Fixed a visual bug in some cars. Removed the bloody hand print from all cars not belonging to the PI.
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October 14

October 2018 Patch Notes

1. Fixed typos in Vivian and Dr. Johnson's award certificates.
2. Fixed a bug where you can store more than one flashlight.

1. Fixed a glitch with items being removed from inventory, if you were affected by this please send your savedata.txt found in (C:\Users\[username]\AppData\LocalLow\EQ Studios\The Painscreek Killings\SaveData) to along with what items you lost and we will fix your save data for you.

1. Fixed a glitch with missing items.
2. Fixed a glitch with achievements not unlocking.
If the latest patch doesn't fix these issues please follow the directions on the previous hotfix to send us your save data through email.

1. Fixed a bug causing a crash when opening Bernard's House.

1. Fixed another bug causing infinite flashlights.
2. Fixed some typos in the Japanese translation.

1. We fixed the Completionist achievement bug, please either go through the ending sequence again or send us your savedata.txt found in (C:\Users\[username]\AppData\LocalLow\EQ Studios\The Painscreek Killings\SaveData) to and we will unlock it for you.
2. Fixed a few "falling through the world" glitches.
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“The Painscreek Killings is an engrossing, complex, challenging murder mystery that makes you feel like a real investigator. Dig out your notepad; it’s time to uncover the secrets this sleepy, abandoned town is hiding.”
90% – Adventure Gamers


"I am blown away by the detective side's and story's quality of this game. I can say it straight away, as a detective and mystery lover this is the best detective game I have ever played. It feels like it sets a new standard for detective mystery games."
- KING23 (Steam)

"The Painscreek Killings is an outstanding game that is worthy of your time. It does a better job than perhaps any title I can remember of truly making me feel like a detective."
- Zednaught (Steam)

"This game will have you scratching you head and it is such a rush when you figure something out and make the puzzle pieces click together. This is the type of game I miss playing from my childhood and has been all but completely ignored in recent years, and I am truly enjoying myself right now."
- Zephyr Panther (Steam)

"This is a very satisfying game! The graphics are gorgeous and the story just keeps you guessing and every new clue leads you down another trial. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of mystery games."
- Jinxiewinxie (Steam)

"You will uncover conspiracies and heartbreaks, secret plots and rooms and red herrings and all the things that make up an excellent mystery."
- paulrice (Steam)

"An excellent mystery/detective game with fantastic atmosphere, strong characters and a surprisingly good story with a lot of genuine and interesting surprises. By the end I was completely hooked and simply had to find out the truth."
- msm076 (Steam)

I can’t remember the last time a murder mystery game was done this well. It definitely lives up to its promise to put the responsibility on the player to figure it all out alone. Very impressive effort.
- Oscar (Adventure Gamers)

About This Game


This game is for anyone who likes to read, loves good stories and enjoy whodunit detective games. The game plays 10 to 20 hours on average, depending on the player's playstyle.


As Janet, a young and upcoming journalist, you have been asked by your editor to investigate the mysterious abandonment of a once lively town. Based on the information released by the media about the deaths of the townspeople, you set foot into the town thinking you would find an interesting story to publish, only to uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden forever.


The Painscreek Killings borrows mechanics from a walking simulator but goes beyond it by making the players think. It mimics real world investigations with logical puzzles that do not hold your hand, allow you to explore wherever your investigation lead, and a captivating story waiting to be discovered. The game encourages you to explore the surroundings carefully, collect clues and hints to help your investigation, and find evidence to expose the truth about the killings. There are no quest markers or hint systems to aid in your journey. You will be forced to think, to connect the dots and to piece things together, making you feel like a real investigator.


  • Free-roaming, semi-open world game: Explore wherever you want based on the clues and hints gathered during your investigation.

  • Mimics real world investigation: Take notes and photograph important clues. No handholding, and no quest marker or hint system is provided.

  • Logical puzzles: Use your powers of observation and deduction to solve all that stands in your way.

  • Rich and captivating storyline: Uncover the conspiracies, heartaches, jealousy and hidden secrets that were meant to be buried with the abandoned town.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
    • Processor: i3-2120 @3.3GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 745 (or AMD equivalent)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: *Subject to change after updates
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
    • Processor: i5-2500 @3.3GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 770 (or AMD equivalent)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD for faster loading time *Subject to change after updates

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