New Losago, 1929 – a town full of creeps, clowns, mobsters, and, if you know where to look, the occasional honest citizen. Guide private investigator Lanson Rose through a series of puzzling cases: solve the city's liquor supply problem in "Speakeasy Street", track down a missing food scientist in "The Big Pickle", and investigate strange goings-on under a dilapidated mansion in "A Study in Squid". A text adventure with a mobile-friendly clickable interface.

You can play online for free by clicking "Run Game" above, or download the game and feelies for $5 - with the feelies are a high-quality map of the game, two pages of designer's notes, and a bonus newsstand detective magazine containing two short stories.

  • 🏆 1st place in the 2016 Interactive Fiction Competition
  • 🎀🎀🎀🎀🎀🎀 Nominated in six categories (Best Game, Best Puzzles, Best Individual Puzzle, Best Implementation, Best Use of Innovation, Best Use of Multimedia) in the 2016 Xyzzy Awards

"Silly, noir-themed goodness that never takes itself terribly seriously" - Rock Paper Shotgun

"Traditional adventure game puzzles that are unfailingly amusing and well-constructed" - Giant Bomb

"Besides Devil Daggers and Firewatch this is my Game Of The Year" - Cara Ellison

"One of the best games in a new wave of modern interactive fiction titles" - Classic Adventurer

Purchase

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Map of New Losago 2 MB
Astonishing Tales of Astonishment 627 kB
Designer's notes 45 kB
detectiveland_dl.zip 6 MB

Development log

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This type of game is wonderful ! Have you ever thought of making a game engine out of it ? Is it possible to freely use versifier.js and con versifier.js to make our own games ? Thanks !

Thank you! I would like to release it as an engine one day but haven't had the time or focus yet. Feel free to grab the source and play around if you like, though.

Thank’youn! And about the engine, think’about it !!

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Love the format for this game and how accessible it makes text adventures. The writing is a lot of fun too!

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I really enjoyed playing this game! I've never done IF in this format before. I like how it removes syntax and its just puzzle-solving and a fun, funny story. Looking forward to trying the others.