A picture may be worth a thousand words, but you won't need quite that many in Advect Productions' upcoming Crescent Bay, a short experimental psychological thriller that uses word combinations to paint the picture of a grisly crime scene after the fact.
Crescent Bay thrusts players into the role of John Bishop, who arrives at his friend Audrey's home to discover that it is "now the scene of a mysterious and bloody crime. A bloody crime with no body or victim to be found." Fortunately, you have a unique paranormal gift, in which "by channelling sequences of words, you can make ethereal connections with the ghosts of the past." Only by strategically utilizing this ability will you be able to "find the memories, sequence the events, solve the crime."
The "first-person psychological thriller," described by the developer as "Mulholland Drive meets Stephen King's The Dead Zone" and designed to be completed in under an hour, features a crisp 3D presentation with supernatural elements appearing in spectral form within the environments to highlight what happened before you arrived. As you collect clues, you must combine them in your notebook in order to piece together the events and see them unfold as you've deduced.
The best news of all is that Crescent Bay is nearly complete, with an expected launch date on December 1st for Windows PC. The only catch: as part of the Humble Originals program, the game will be available exclusively through the Humble Monthly subscription service.