The Next Hit (TNH) is a regular column where we track down indie games we believe has some real potential, and let the developers tell you about them in their own words. Today we have SFB Games developer Tom Vian talking about their next game, Detective Grimoire, which is currently on Kickstarter.

TechZwn: What’s your game and what’s it about?

Vian: Detective Grimoire is a mystery adventure game for smartphones and tablets, where you play the eponymous Detective as he investigates a murder case. The owner of a small tourist attraction in the heart of a swamp has been killed, seemingly by the mythical creature the attraction is centered around. You’re tasked with searching the swamp for clues, interrogating suspects and solving puzzles in order to solve the mystery.

TechZwn: What makes your game unique?

Vian: I think the art style, beautiful music and amazing voice talent stand out first and foremost, especially when I see players getting a first impression of the game.

TechZwn: Where did the inspiration come from?

Vian: Detective Grimoire already has a fairly popular Flash game to his name, that we made years ago. We’d always wanted to make a sequel, but other projects and commitments always stood in the way, until October of 2010 when we decided to go for it, and make a mobile sequel. The original inspiration came from both recent games like the Phoenix Wright series and the Professor Layton series, and older games such as the Monkey Island series. In the case of the modern games, we played them on mobile touch-screen devices, and it’s clearly a great fit for the style of gameplay we wanted.

TechZwn: Is there anything you saw in modern gaming that you’d like to change or build on with your game?

Vian: I’ve already mentioned a few of the games we’re inspired by, and we really just want to continue on with the genre. It’s one we feel is greatly under-represented in gaming, especially on mobile devices.


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