Chinatown detective agency review | computer games

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What is that? A point-and-click adventure set in futuristic Singapore.
release day April 7
Developer Interactive Public Company
publisher HumbleGames / WhisperGames
Multiplayer? number
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As a lifelong lover of science fiction and a Singaporean, playing the Chinatown Detective Agency was a rare experience. Soon after entering this futuristic version of my home country, it became clear that this game had two distinct layers, aimed at two different audiences: the first is a point-and-click adventure for people who grew up with Broderbund’s Carmen Sandiego series. who took them all over the world. The other, though not exclusive, is a game designed specifically for Singaporeans.

In the year 2037, the country has gone through an unimaginable process of deregulation, there are anti-government graffiti on the train, drones and robots are a routine sight, and there is only one human librarian in the country. You play as Princess of Dharma, an ex-cop who started out as a private investigator in a dilapidated store in Chinatown. As she takes on cases and meets clients, a princess travels the world while searching for clues to a larger and more dangerous mystery.

(Image credit: Humble Games)

On a basic level, it’s really cool to explore your city in pixels – even if it’s a fictional depiction affixed to the standard statement of responsibility that the game is a product of the developers (government) imaginations. Notorious Dispute). This is something Americans, Europeans, and the Global North will never understand because New York, Paris, and London (and to some extent, sinister images of Cold War-era Moscow and Beijing) are old hat. In mainstream popular culture, Singapore’s Western claims to fame are relatively recent, namely the final season of HBO’s Westworld, and Crazy Rich Asians, which was an American movie. I can’t underestimate the importance that CDA features a Singaporean voice acting in the local English dialect, interspersed with excerpts from singlish The Malaysian, which is the controller.

In general, General Interactive Co. A superficial narrative that works with a general audience unfamiliar with Singaporean jokes and cliched words, as well as more accurate storytelling that draws on intense local knowledge: Singaporean grand church culture, class politics, and drinking water supply. Of course on a broader level, these issues are hardly unique to Singapore – widening economic inequality and environmental degradation are ubiquitous. The main plot isn’t rocket science – it’s mostly tried-and-tested tropes like rogue AI systems, cowardly tech tycoons, and omnipresent surveillance. Much of the story’s speculative embellishment is an extension of trends such as mass automation, the rise of labor unions, and unionism.

(Image credit: Humble Games)

The main thing in CDA is Googling yourself – there is a UI button to take you out to the browser.