July 6, 2022

Lord Winklebottom Investigates – First Impressions

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play a game with an animal version of Sherlock Holmes? Now is your chance. Lord Winklebottom Investigates, created by Cave Monsters, is exactly what the name says. It’s a detective game.

Lord Winklebottom Investigates is a game set in a version of the 1920s entirely populated by animals. Inspired by the likes of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, the game is a classic murder mystery with a bizarre twist.

Lordwinklebottom Kickstarter page

Currently available to try as a demo on PC, Mac and Linux, Lord Winklebottom is still at the Kickstarter stage with an estimate delivery date of May 2020. Once released it will also be available on the Nintendo Switch

Set in the Isle of Barghest your main goal is to assist Lord Winklebottom, a giraffe who is dressed in a tux and smokes a pipe, solve the murder of one of his close friends. With him is his faithful companion Dr. Frumple, a well dressed hippopotamus. By tracking down clues, interviewing suspects and solving puzzles you will help the 2 detectives solve the case.

Unfortunately the demo only gives you a small glimpse into the world so it’s hard to say how complex the story might get. The developers do hint at a twist but you need to wait until next year to find out more. The demo is quite short and only took me about 10 minutes to figure out with most of the time was spent listening to the characters.

The graphics are very well done and unlike other detective stories I’ve seen, the visual look in the demo was very bright and not overly cluttered making it relatively easy to see items in which you may need to interact. The characters voices are also well done and definitely remind me of those old Sherlock Holmes characters. There is some subtle background music that plays throughout the game, however it doesn’t distract from the game play.

One thing I really liked was the location of your item inventory. The items that you pick up along the way are easy to access by mousing over the top left of your screen. This made checking clues you’d already picked up very efficient.

The developers have indicated that the demo is unique content not found in the game so it won’t spoil anything if you give it a try. If you love to play the part of a detective I would suggest trying out the demo. Although the demo is short I am sure that the developers will deliver on their hint of an unexpected twist. I look forward to trying out the full game.

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