What is the Thunderbird and why is the dark side detective focusing a case on it?

I’m Buddy, the community manager of Akupara Games and today we launch a new case for The Darkside Detective: A fumble in the dark! And I wanted to take a second to pull back the curtain dark side detective to take a look at the mythological inspiration for the new case, the thunderbird.

One Flew to the Cuckoo’s Nest” (that’s the name of the case, the cuckoo is the thunderbird, get it?) takes place in the Twin Lakes Botanical Garden. If you watched the trailer above, you can see that a thundering egg and a bird’s squawk hint quite strongly that there is a problem that only McQueen and Dooley can solve. That problem is a thunderbird, a giant electrified bird that threatens to zap and sizzle at anyone who gets too close.


In the folklore of the indigenous tribes of North America, the thunderbird is a huge bird whose flapping wings create thunder and whose eyes spark with lightning. And in the same way that the mythological traits of dragons or unicorns vary from one kingdom to another in Europe, the different legends of the different indigenous peoples gave the thunderbird a wide variety of traits and abilities depending on the individual source of information. that legend. If the thunderbird was a force of nature that brought storms, wind and rain; a shapeshifter, who seeks to blend in with humans; or a spirit guardian, protecting humanity from the dark creatures of the underworld largely depends on who is listening to the story. While the thunderbird appears in folktales throughout North America, it is particularly associated with the Algonquian tribe of northeastern Canada and the United States, as well as several different cultures in the Pacific Northwest, where the thunderbird it is commonly carved on tall totem poles.

Thunderbirds are a bit off the beaten path for mythological creatures. ghosts? vampires? zombies? These are the kinds of creatures that jump to the forefront of your mind when we start talking about the kind of magical world that Darkside Detective takes place in. And true to his style, dark side detective it has featured protesting ghosts, emotionally drained vampires, and gangster zombies in the cases of the first two games. Creatures so common you’ll recognize them right away (and the specific riffs we do in our comedy games).


Thunderbirds, on the other hand, are a bit less common, making them a unique subject for a Darkside Detective case. Outside of its presence in the folklore of indigenous North American tribes, the thunderbird has appeared here and there in different pieces of popular culture. the recent movie fantastic beasts and where to find them, for example, it features a thunderbird being released into its native Arizona habitat. The legendary bird, Zapdos, in the first generation of Pokemon games was also inspired by the thunderbird. Thunderbird is the code name of the first indigenous X Men character featured alongside fan favorites (such as Storm, Wolverine, and Colossus).

Without going into too much detail about the case itself, as I promised myself I wouldn’t mess this up for any of you, the Thunderbird’s size and power make it perfect for Darkside Detective games. If the beating heart of Darkside Detective is the bromance between Dooley and McQueen, then the arteries and blood vessels of this metaphorical circulatory system are the inherent comedy of fantastical creatures appearing in mundane places. Watching a completely normal security guard report a huge thunderbird nesting on the roof of a building is just the right kind of humor that makes Darkside the kind of game we all want to spend an hour with.

If any of the above you really like then feel free to download the new one. Dark Side Detective: A Fumble in the Dark case “One Flew Into the Cuckoo’s Nest” today, available now on Xbox.

The Dark Side Detective: A Blunder in the Dark

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“Twin Lakes is a cursed town. Less cursed than saying, ‘Demons are ripping it apart’, but more cursed than ‘always loses keys’ or ‘often steps in puddles’. It’s about in the middle of the cursed scale, it’s what? Damn enough that it’s a nuisance. Damn enough that someone has to deal with it.. That’s where The Darkside Detective comes in. Every time you hear a knock in the night, you feel a tingle in the u something suspicious column, detective Francis McQueen is not far behind. No, he doesn’t smell like fish, it’s a phrase, come on… Picking up after the events of The Darkside Detective https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2022/04/19/what-is-the-thunderbird-and-why-is-the-darkside-detective-centering-a-case-on-it/, McQueen has to save his partner Dooley, who is usually present (in body, if not mind), from the dark side, so that the two can get back to what they do best: investigate the many strange, often paranormal occurrences. and always paradoxical of the city. . Join them in this frighteningly fun point-and-click adventure as they investigate six other stand-alone cases that will take them to a carnival, the local retirement home, an amateur wrestling circuit, and even as far away as Ireland. The dark side at bay.”