An Interview With the Developers of The Darkside Detective
The Darkside Detective comes out for the Nintendo Switch today, and we got in touch with the developers to learn more about it. Check out the Switch trailer below.
Sound interesting? Check out our interview to see what we learned about it from Spooky Doorway, the team that developed it.
The Darkside Detective has been described as a classic point-and-click adventure game, but there are several variations even within the genre. What games would you use as comparisons for The Darkside Detective’s gameplay style? What were your biggest inspirations?
It’s quite humorous like a lot of the classic LucasArts games, such as Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle, but the interface is a lot more streamlined compared to those older games. We designed it to be very snappy and quick, removing a lot of the frustration of backtracking and pixel hunting.
With a story about a detective investigating occult and supernatural cases, it could easily be a dark game, but instead it is described as humorous. What is the tone of The Darkside Detective like?
The tone of the game is a strange mixture of absurd supernatural situations with ridiculous characters trying to make sense of it all. It’s played for laughs for sure, but we’ve also got a slightly sinister undercurrent juxtaposed with it. Ben Prunty’s soundtrack certainly adds to this subtle menace at times.
Until now, The Darkside Detective has only been available for PC/Mac/Linux. What made you pick the Switch for its first console release?
The Switch is a great fit for the Darkside Detective. Our serialized cases are perfect for shorter bursts of play compared to the more longer narratives found in other adventure games. The Switch’s portability is uniquely suited to jumping in and out of the game and playing it on the move. A lot of our players on PC like playing the game together, so docking it and playing it on your TV is a great solution for any players who want to share the experience.
Finally, is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers about The Darkside Detective?
We’ve more cases on the way in the coming months, so the adventures of Detective McQueen and Officer Dooley won’t end when the credits roll. When you complete it, make sure to keep an eye out for future updates.
We’re happy we had this chance to learn more about The Darkside Detective. It will be available on the eShop today. Let us know your thoughts on this adventure game in the comments below.