Being a cabbie working the night shift is tough. But try being a cabbie and part-time investigator in one, when a recent string of murders afflicts your city and casts suspicion on you. Players will get that very chance later this year when the noir-themed Night Call is released for Windows PC.
You are an experienced taxi driver in modern-day Paris, who has to "work hard to pay back your car, your taxi license, and your bills." Many passengers open up to you en route, as "for some people you are a priest, a confident, a friend." But now you need to put this comfortable routine to the test, as a series of murders seems to have a connection to your cab company. Indeed, it turns out "you are the last person to see the most recent victim alive." And so you "begin to investigate with your only advantage: on your backseat, people talk, open up, share secrets. So listen to your passengers, collect clues, and stop the killer."
Presented in a hand-drawn black and white art style, Night Call is part narrative-driven murder investigation and part taxi sim. Not only must you chat up "dozens of original, surprising, realistic characters" for revealing new leads, you must also work to "earn enough to pay your bills" each night. The choice is yours: will you "forsake information for more money, or sacrifice your income to get the info you need?" You can't cheat the system, either, as the game is a non-linear experience with over 70 potential passengers in total, only about a third of which will ever be available in any one playthrough. Even the killer is randomized, so be careful, as "a guilty suspect in one playthrough may be completely innocent in the next."
Co-developed by Monkey Moon and Black Muffin, Night Call is currently on track to launch on Steam for Windows PC sometime this summer. A console version of the game is also planned. To learm more about the game while you wait, drop by the official website for additional details.