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Dr. Doyle and the Mystery of the Cloche Hat heading for June release

Step aside, Mr. Holmes. Make way, Professor Layton. Dr. Doyle has nearly arrived as the star of his own point-and-click mystery adventure, Dr. Doyle and the Mystery of the Cloche Hat.

A missing hat may not sound like a very important crime, but it is when it happens at the same time an "unidentified body is found beaten to death in a dark alley". The mysterious murder and theft in the small village of Prescott Lane calls for the services of the eponymous protagonist, a man of "questionable morality, dubious intent and unreserved inquisitiveness." His suspicious nature is aroused immediately, and armed only with his wits and trusty suspenders, the "good Doctor sets out to find the truth and solve the mystery of the cloche hat."

Created by indie Cyprus developer PnC Narratives in the style of detective classics from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dame Agatha Christie, the third-person adventure features a distinctive hand-drawn art style portraying southeast England in the 1920s. Players will guide the protagonist in searching for clues to combine with the environment, and interrogating suspects and witnesses with their method of choice to entice the answers required. Using your own powers of observation, you'll need to "make assumptions, reach conclusions and decide the guilty party."

Sparing us all an extended wait time, Dr. Doyle and the Mystery of the Cloche Hat is nearly upon us, with the developers hoping to release the game for PC as early as next month, with iOS and Android ports a possibility farther down the line. In the meantime, you can vote for the game on Greenlight if you'd like to see it released on Steam.

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