The Painscreek Killings is a story-rich murder mystery game that quickly evolves from leisurely exploration of an abandoned town into a full-blown crime solving experience. Can you uncover the town's dark secrets and expose the hidden truth to the public?
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (21) - 95% of the 21 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (126) - 86% of the 126 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 27, 2017

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May 9

5/9/2018 patch notes

Hi everyone. Here’s a list of things that were patched/implemented:

1. Optimized the village, one of the three heaviest scenes in the game. This includes optimizing the terrain and improving the terrain textures, which helps with reducing the RAM and GPU usage, and the loading times,.

2. Proof-read all documents (U.S. English).

3. Updated the disclaimer at the beginning of the game, informing players of the reload option should they encounter technical issues during gameplay.

4. Fixed incorrect dates which caused inconsistencies in the story's timeline.

5. Minor bugs fixes listed by players posted in the Steam community forum.

6. Removed AA option since the game uses Unity 5.3.4 engine which does not support that feature.

7. Implemented full Steam Controller support.

8. Made changes towards the end of the game to improve the player's experience during gameplay.

We thank the community for their support and being patient with us. Currently, we are working hard at optimizing the Hospital and the Mansion, which are the remaining heaviest scenes in the game. Upon completion, the game's frame rate and loading time should improve considerably.

5/14/2018 patch update:
1. Fixed issues with some missing colliders.
2. Fixed some date errors on various documents.
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April 18

Patch to fix the tutorial achievement

1. Fixed a bug concerning the Tutorial Complete achievement preventing users from unlocking it. (If it doesn't unlock automatically you may want to wait to complete the game so you can start a new one. This achievement should be unlocked after you complete all the tutorials, the last being the one on sprinting after you unlock and enter through the front gate of Painscreek.)

2. (This update was released earlier but wasn't significant enough to have it's own patch note post.) Re-added the invert mouse option, as after the Controller Update the invert axis function in the Calibration settings only worked for controllers and not the mouse.

4/26/2018 hotifx :
3. Fixed an issue where the Best Friends Forever achievement was being unlocked incorrectly.

Thank you!
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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 detective-like puzzles that doesn’t hold your hand, allows you to explore wherever your investigation takes, 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 detective-like 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.


(Note: Certain words on this page were lifted from Steam's user reviews to help illustrate the game more accurately.)

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
    • Processor: i5-2500 @3.3GHz
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 770 (or AMD equivalent)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 18 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: *Subject to change after updates
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: i7-4790k @4.0GHz
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 (or AMD equivalent)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 18 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD for faster loading time *Subject to change after updates
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