On the streets of Singapore 2037 illuminated with neon lights of Chinatown Detective Agency — the new cybernoir graphic adventure launching today on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC and with Game Pass — every character you meet is a potential clue. Every conversation a potential clue. And every seemingly incidental piece of information you stumble upon could be the key to unraveling a high-stakes global conspiracy.
Hard times on the streets of Cybernoir City
Developed by Singapore-based General Interactive Co. and published by Humble Games, Chinatown Detective Agency casts you as Amira Darma, a former INTERPOL agent who recently struck out on her own as a private investigator in the heart of Chinatown.
The pixel art cybernoir future Amira inhabits is filled with darkness and grime, blinding lights, and shadowy figures with mysterious agendas. The global economy is in shambles, and Amira’s first focus, like most other inhabitants of this world on the brink, is to earn the money she needs to survive. But what starts out as just a day at her job soon takes her around the world in search of something bigger than she ever imagined.
Crack cases with real world research
One of the great inspirations of General Interactive Co. in the creation Chinatown Detective Agency is a legend of the detective game: the iconic carmen sandiego series, which had a generation of gamers digging through attics for almanacs and encyclopedias and stalking local libraries for their whereabouts.
One of Chinatown Detective AgencyAmira’s big gameplay hooks is that sometimes when the clues run out in Amira’s world, you’ll need to rely on real research in ours. In the Internet age, that might mean looking up an airport code online to discover a character’s likely destination, or finding the source of a quote today to get you to the answers in 2037 Singapore. You’ll need to be thoughtful, resourceful, and smart to succeed as a player, just like Amira in her own world.
Gamers and pixel art
Chinatown Detective AgencyThe world-spanning story is brought to life through Ricardo Juchem’s beautiful cybernoir pixel art and the talented artists who give voice to Amira’s contacts, clients, and conspirators. Characters like Rupert Zhou (Ryan Lim), the mysterious man who is used to getting what he wants, in this case finding a wayward partner. Tiger Lily (Su Ling Chan), the rich and generous client with a job that might end up being more than Amira bargained for. Keeran Iyer (Rishi Budhrani), the government official who seeks Amira’s help in rooting out corruption.
Chinatown Detective Agency is available now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC and with Game Pass. We hope you check it out. With intelligence and a little luck, you could save the world.