If you heard that a black-and-white claymation musical starring a gender-ambiguous film noir detective released on April 1st, you'd surely think it was an April Fool's joke. But nothing could be more natural for quirky indie developer Deirdra Kiai, whose latest adventure Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" is available now for PC, Mac, and iPad.
The titular star of Dominique Pamplemousse is either a male or a female -- no one seems to know, and Dominique isn't inclined to say -- but is nevertheless a private detective in desperate need of a new case. It seems his/her rent problem is solved when he/she is hired by the CEO of a major record company to track down a missing pop star. However, soon "Dominique winds up framed for a crime they didn’t commit, bringing to surface their mysterious past and the events that led them to take up shady detective work in the first place."
Dominique Pamplemousse has a conventional Flash-based point-and-click interface, and is entirely unconventional in every other conceivable way. In this Kickstarter-funded adventure that's heavy on story and light on puzzles, all voices are performed by Kiai herself, and many of the dialogue lines are sung.
The game can be purchased now for PC and Mac exclusively at the official website, where a playable demo is also available. The iPad version of the game can be downloaded from the App Store.