Welcome to a world of intrigue and suspicion. Where humans and robots contend with escalating tensions and mutual distrust. And where gangster felines scheme their way to the top of the food chain. Welcome to the Tales of the Neon Sea!
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Mixed (381) - 68% of the 381 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Apr 29, 2019

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By MyIndieWishlist June 10

“A solid sci-fi puzzle experience with beautiful pixelated graphics. The game is pretty simple at first, yet it increases difficulty towards later levels. If mystery solving is your thing, check it out”

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July 17

2019 July 17th, updated

After the launch of “Tales of the Neon Sea”, we have collected players’ feedback through all channels. All the adjustment and optimization we made are based on our analysis of the players’ suggestions.
In the latest update, we have further optimized the level process, and changed the tasks that affect the main tasks experience into side-line tasks.
We have improved and adjusted the narrative content of the game, as well as added more description, animation presentation and interaction, in order to make the story line stands out.
Some adjustment may lead to errors on saved games and process. When you are playing, you are able to press (Chapter selection) to read the node of the last chapter to continue with your game.

1.We have optimized and adjusted the (first chapter) of the game, turning the “wine cellar” level into a side-line task in the first chapter.

2.We have thoroughly optimized and adjusted the (second chapter), deleted and improved some necessary process. We have turned the process that affects the main-line story into sideline ones in the game.
When you are playing in this chapter, you are able to press (chapter selection) to read the node of the last chapter to continue with your game. You may also replay the (second chapter), which we believe is a better game experience for you.

3. We have optimized and adjusted the (third chapter) of the game.

4. We have rebuilt the (file system), which has clearer categories, to make it easier for players to check the files.

5. We have improved and deleted some unnecessary puzzles.

6. Added profile images to some minor NPC.

7. Fixed some bugs.

We are still improving the game, and we are working on the final chapters of the game as free updates.
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June 6

Update 6.6

This update removes some redundant and unnecessary elements, optimizes various puzzles and minigames, adds more detailed puzzle descriptions, and clarifies the story in certain sections.

It is possible that these adjustments may lead to errors in existing save data. In these cases, restarting the current chapter should resolve the problem.

1. The early section where William must catch a number of robo-rats has seen a reduction in difficulty, and the goal has been made clearer;

2. The second act of "In Brank's Place" has been optimized to make the story clearer;

3. Re-optimized the second scene of the "Old Hydroelectric Station Zone" to clarify the objectives. The "Cellar Backroom" has been removed temporarily, and we will put it in a more appropriate position in later updates by means of a side quest. If you are working on this chapter, it is recommended to use "Chapter Selection - > Mistake or Trap? Uncovered Tracks" and then continue to play this level;

4. Optimized the third act of the "Square Street" case, if you are currently on this chapter it is recommended that you restart using "Chapter Selection - > We Meet Again, Whispers of Death!"

5. Optimized the third act of the "Smuggling Passageway", adjusting the use of the container crane to make it more user friendly. If you're working on this chapter, it's recommended to restart through "Chapter Selection - Left or Right? Making the Choice".

6. Optimized the third act of "Abandoned Dock", by removing and streamlining some puzzles so that the goal is clearer. If you are on this chapter, it is recommended to restart through "Phantom Echoes in the Records."

7. Multiple save slots added. By choosing "load", you can now select from up to 5 save slots;

8. Optimized some minigames, and removed some repetitive puzzles;

9. Rex has been working out and can now run faster than before;

10. Adding some minor NPC avatars;

11. The controller’s direction pad can now also be used;

12. Fixed various bugs;

We continue to optimize and improve the experience, and the next update is expected for late June 2019. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful support!
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“Feels like wandering in a cyberpunk Ukiyo-E”
8 – Gamersky

“The game is a fun throwback to old school adventure games.”

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About This Game

Boasting stunningly detailed pixel art, and featuring a twisting story of mystery and suspense, Tales of the Neon Sea is an exciting new adventure from Chinese indie studio Palm Pioneer. Set in a fully realized cyberpunk cityscape, use your wits and puzzle-solving skills to determine the course of this unique tale.

This release contains about 12-15 hours of gameplay, and features the first three chapters of a larger story arc. We aim to release following chapters of the main storyline for free sometime in the autumn.

In the near future, humans and sentient AI robots rely on each other for survival despite growing tensions and unease. Our protagonist, formerly a veteran police detective but now retired following years of frustration and disillusionment, spends his days intoxicated while accepting random jobs as a private investigator to make ends meet. He exists within the neon sea of an immense city, its blinding artificial lights unable to hide the shadow of greed and lust that threatens to engulf it at any moment.

This drunken cycle is broken when our hero becomes entangled in a murder case, one which holds the key to tracking down a monstrous killer who long ago escaped justice. Unlock your memories, decode the truth, and resist drowning in the wave of conspiracy that grips the city!

  • Fascinating Story
    Investigate the murder scene, examine the evidence, and use your powers of deduction to solve the case piece by piece. Once the mist is cleared, will you see the truth or uncover an even bigger mystery?

  • Old School Pixel-art and Detailed Environmental Design
    Explore an evocative cyberpunk world brought to life by incredibly detailed pixel-art. Immerse yourself in a vision of a future that can’t let go of the past.

  • Rich and Varied Puzzle Design
    Puzzles that will challenge your sense of logic, observation and patience! Combining narrative and environmental elements, and designed to augment your journey into this weird and vibrant world.

  • Play as a Cat? Of Course!
    Step into the shoes, or furry paws, of William! As small black street cat, William can reach areas that humans and robots simply cannot, and often finds himself in the right place at the right time!

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Contains infrequent scenes of violence and/or gore. Some mild sexual themes or depictions.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo E6400 @ 2.13GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 730 OR Radeon HD 4830
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2300
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 OR Radeon HD 7750
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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