As a long time writer, reader and language teacher, I vowed I was going to take the system and try to do something of my own with it.
And I've just finished doing that!
The Martian Investigations uses the mechanics I first encountered in Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, and have since encountered in other games like Arkham Investigator (actually, I preferred this to SH:CD). The twist with my own game is most noticeably in the setting - rather than and old fashioned Whitechapel or Arkham, I decided to set my game in science-fiction setting - a mining colony on Mars in the year 2307. This meant that I could start throwing some interesting twists and mechanics into the game.
So, in The Martian Investigations, you play the role of Detective Hayley Bendis. You are employed by an enormous mining company, who sends you down to one of its many mining settlements on Mars after a pair of murders. One person was stabbed to death in an old maintenance tunnel and another individual was locked in a greenhouse while its atmosphere was vented. Grisly stuff. You are tasked with the job of finding the culprits of these two murders and bringing them to justice. The only problems are that you're an outsider to the settlement, most people think you're a corporate spy, and nobody in town seems to get along - the researchers are threatening to blow up mining operations, the miners are all stressed, and the security forces have no manpower to spare.
Using a map of the settlement, the daily news feed, and a business and personnel directory, you must make your way through the settlement, interviewing witnesses and suspects, investigating crime scenes, and piecing together the clues of the two crimes. When you think you have the answers, you flip to the back of the book and read a series of questions based on the cases. The quality of your answers will dictate your final score.
Much like the games that inspired it, there is no randomness in The Martian Investigations. This is purely a game of intellect, where you must spot the essential clues and keep your wits about you.
You can get The Martian Investigations from Payhip. You can also read a 7-page preview of the game, to get an idea of if this is for you. The total cost of The Martian Investigations is $2, but if that's too pricey for you, tweeting or facebooking about it gets you a 25% discount when you place your order.
UPDATECase 2 of The Martian Investigations is now available.
You can find Case 2, here.
Or you can get the twin pack, containing Case 1 and 2, at a discount, here.