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 (42) - 85% of the 42 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (245) - 87% of the 245 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 27, 2017

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July 11

The Painscreek Killings: The Johnson Files

We're proud to announce a project our team is working hard on. We hope to show you more soon.
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June 21

6/21/2018 patch notes

Hi everyone. As of today, we've finally finished optimizing the game. This includes the Mansion, which is the heaviest scene in the game, as well as all other smaller and medium-sized scenes which were not originally part of the optimization but we decided to include them as well. Improvements to the game are as follows:

1. Reduced the game's file size from 18GB to 10.6GB, a reduction of about 40%.
2. Reduced RAM usage by approximately 40% when accessing the Village scene.
3. Reduced RAM usage by approximately 30% when accessing Mansion and Hospital scenes.
4. Improved Unity's batching process by about 40%, which is the number of files needed to be read by the CPU, especially when accessing the Mansion and Hospital.
5. Improved load times when switching between scenes during gameplay.
6. Improved prop textures for some locations.
7. Lowered the system requirements to run the game (as shown below).

MINIMUM (updated):
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

RECOMMENDED (updated):
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

Disclaimer on system requirements:
We have updated our minimum and recommended specs so the game can gaming PCs with moderate (or even slightly lower) specs. However, you may face small freezes when exploring the Village scene. This is due to the way the game now loads only necessary props and unloads the rest. Although some players might find this slightly jarring, we feel it is a necessary trade off to improve the overall loading times. If the game is installed on an SSD, this issue should be non-existent.

Since releasing the game on September 2017, we spent nine months fixing the bugs and optimizing the game. During this time period, we learned a lot about game optimization in general and the Unity game engine. We also stumbled upon an amazing community with mature and helpful players, and are extremely grateful for their patience, help and support. Now that The Painscreek Killings is officially done, the next thing on our list are localization, console and VR ports. We've never attempted them before and thus do not have a set release date yet. However, we will make effort to accomplish them within the shortest time possible. In the meantime, you can follow us on our blog, Facebook or Twitter for more updates and information!

We've just patched the demo version so it shares the same improvements as the full game now.

1. Fixed the issue where the game thinks it is a demo version.
2. Fixed game breaking bugs pointed out by the players.
3. Fixed drawers and cabinets interaction issues in the Mansion and Cabin.
4. Fixed notes and diaries' interaction issues in the Mansion, which prevented some key content from being revealed.
5. Fixed props and colliders that caused problem during player interaction.
6. Fixed disappearing props issue.
7. Fixed lighting that were too dark in some places.
8. Minor fix to the Mansion building mesh.
9. Floating guns have been reholstered.
10. Reduced the wait timer from 2 minutes to 30 seconds.

1. Fixed scaling issues for Widescreen 3440 x 1440 Resolution.
2. Fixed an issue with an document not recording into your Journal causing an problem with those who want 100% completion. Dorothy's note to Trisha in locked bedside cabinet in Trisha's room.
3. Fixed an issue with music settings not working in the Mansion.
4. Fixed an issue with the flash light in the Mansion.

1. Fixed the portrait issue in the Mansion that prevented players from continuing the story path.
2. Fixed a few lighting issues.
3. Fixed some collider issues.
4. Fixed props that had textures not showing correctly in game.
5. The bell can now be rung again.

1. Fixed the Inn’s lockbox 201 missing collider problem.
2. Fixed light bulb glowing issue in Oliver’s Photography.
3. Fixed achievement issues which did not appear for some players. Further testing might still be required.

1. Fixed incorrect dates on certain documents.

1. Fixed yellow dart texture issue that prevented players from making the right calculation.

1. Fixed incorrect dates on certain documents.

1. Fixed the Inn missing its sign.
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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: 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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