An unsolved murder in a point-and-click mystery is like catnip to adventure fans – which is only fitting for Goloso Games's upcoming Inspector Waffles, a new retro-styled episodic series starring anthropomorphic cats.
When Fluffy, the rich owner of a local business, is found dead at his home in Cat Town beneath a broken upper story window, only the eponymus feline detective can crack the case. Suicide seems unlikely, as any self-respecting cat would land from a fall on its feet. Was the victim murdered, perhaps even by a dog? It's up to players to help Inspector Waffles sniff out (figurately speaking) the available clues, solve puzzles, and interrogate suspects in order to identify the culprit.
Originally conceived for the January 2017 My First Game Jam, Inspector Waffles has since been significantly expanded by its one-man French designer, and the results can now be sampled first-hand through a new downloadable demo available for Windows and Mac. This sampler introduces players to the chunky pixel-based art style, smooth jazz score, simple point-and-click mechanics, and an interrogation method in which correct inventory items and recorded notebook clues must be used to guide conversations to their desired outcome. Oh, and numerous cat puns!
Inspector Waffles will be released episodically, with "at least" four installments in total, the first of which is currently on track for launch this winter, offering about three hours of play time. To learn more about the game and follow its progress in the coming months, be sure to drop by the official website for additional details.