High seas pirates may seem like a thing of the long-lost past (at least in the traditional sense), but perhaps that's not as true as we've been led to believe? We may just find out differently with the release of the very alliteratively-named Traces and Trails: The Tomb of Thomas Tew.
Legend tells that in 1695, "Tew and his fellow pirates pursued a Mughal ship" and attacked. When the enemy returned fire, "Tew was disemboweled by a cannon shot, and died instantly. Or did he?" In present day, while pursuing a missing persons case, Private Detective James Labbett unwittingly discovers clues that just might lead to "discovering the truth of what happened to the pirate Thomas Tew, but he isn't the only one who has an interest."
Largely a solo creation by Matt Barker of Because Because, who previously released a freeware adventure called Heaven, Hell and the Neitherworld under the moniker ManicMatt, Traces and Trails is a traditional third-person point-and-click promising "plenty of humour" throughout its otherwise serious story. Fully voiced (many of the roles performed by the developer himself) and featuring an interactive jukebox with original tunes, the game won't be particularly long, with a targeted duration of just an hour or two, depending on how thorough players are in exploring the world.
In production for almost a year, there's no need to wait any longer, as the budget-priced Traces and Trails is available now on itch.io for Windows PC.