The combination of voodoo and detective work has an accomplished pedigree in the adventure genre, and indie developer Short Sleeve Studios’ is hoping to recapture that same magic with their aptly named upcoming 2D point-and-click adventure, Voodoo Detective.
On the tropical island of Zo Wanga in the 1930s, the town of New Ginen is a study in contrasts: “steeped in rich voodoo culture (but) overrun by chain stores, infested with privileged tourists,” this is a place where "local color and colonial corruption clash in a desperate battle for survival.” Against this intriguing backdrop, in tried-and-true noir style, the eponymous investigator meets a “mysterious woman with no past standing at the center of a drama so profound the threads of reality are threatening to unravel!”
Donning his fedora and trench coat, the wise-cracking protagonist of Voodoo Detective will confront “danger hiding behind every dirty secret, and each thrilling moment may be his last” as the hard-boiled private eye tries to save the world and pay the bills while he’s at it. Along the way, players can expect “whimsical puzzles, hand-drawn artwork, full character voice-over, and a live soundtrack. Along with veteran animator John McFarlane (The Iron Giant and The Simpsons), there are several other familiar names involved in the production that may be of particular interest to LucasArts fans, including voice director Darragh O’Farrell, composer Peter McConnell, and sound designer Julian Kwasneski.
Voodoo Detective is scheduled to arrive on PC, Android, and iOS devices in 2022, though no precise date has yet been announced. To keep up with news about the game, you can register for newsletter updates from the developer’s website.