A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

Welcome to Chinatown Detective Agency.

The world is in a state of flux as the global economy nears the nadir of its decade-long collapse. Singapore stands as a last refuge of order but even here the government struggles on the brink of chaos. Private detectives are now the first call for those citizens able to afford a semblance of justice.

That’s where you come in. You are Amira Darma, once a rising star at INTERPOL, now a freshly minted Private Investigator in the heart of Chinatown, and your first client is about to walk through your door...

Inspired by the classic Carmen Sandiego games of the 80s and 90s, Chinatown Detective Agency is a mystery adventure game that will take you across Singapore and the world in hot pursuit of criminals, witnesses and clues. Solve puzzles and uncover leads using real research and investigation, and manage your time and money to solve cases from clients both well-intentioned and nefarious.

Along the way, untangle a web of conspiracies and plots that threaten to push the Lion City over the edge.




Unravel a global conspiracy
Explore a rich cybernoir future of mystery and intrigue in a world inspired by Blade Runner, The Da Vinci Code and Black Mirror. Travel the globe from your base in Singapore in search of leads, and talk with dozens of uniquely voiced characters each with their own mysterious agendas.

Work smart
In Chinatown Detective Agency, time is a precious resource. The daily grind of the working Joe is a one-way ticket to fatigue, and tasks have a funny way of taking longer as you tire. Time is money, and the clock is always ticking. It's up to you to make good use of the time you have and to keep your agency, and yourself, alive.

Assemble a team
You’re new to the PI game, but over time you’re bound to make contacts, build a network, maybe even hire some staff. Alongside investigating cases and solving mysteries you’ll need to keep your business running and your staff happy.

Lose yourself in the future
Neon lamp-light reflected in pools of rainwater. Anti-government graffiti daubed across aging subways. The encroaching murk of riverside London. Explore 30 stunningly rendered tableaus from artist Ricardo Juchem and immerse yourself in the chaotic future of 2032.

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PLEASE READ -- IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING KNOWN ALPHA BUILD BUGS AND ISSUES:

  • This demo is not supported on ultra-wide displays. Please only play the game on a standard wide screen. Optimal resolution is 1920x1080.
  • The opening cinematic cannot currently be skipped - we apologise for this!
  • During dialogue, please do not open Settings. Please wait for dialogue to finish before opening Settings.
  • When having issues with the Mac demo ("can't be opened"), unpack the compressed folder using the free Unarchiver app

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This is our first publicly released demo for Chinatown Detective Agency. We hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to your feedback. If you enjoyed the game, do wishlist us on Steam!

Install instructions

Thank you for downloading the Chinatown Detective Agency alpha demo. Getting started is simple: unzip the downloaded file, and open the folder. 

Open the Chinatown Detective Agency executable file, and voila! 

If you need any assistance, please send us an email at: dev.team@generalinteractive.co at any time.

IMPORTANT -- KNOWN BUGS AND ISSUES WITH THIS ALPHA DEMO:

  • This demo is not supported on ultra-wide displays. Please only play the game on a standard wide screen. Optimal resolution is 1920x1080.
  • The opening cinematic cannot currently be skipped - we apologise for this!
  • During dialogue, please do not open Settings. Please wait for dialogue to finish before opening Settings.
  • When having issues with the Mac demo ("can't be opened"), unpack the compressed folder using the free Unarchiver app


Download

Download
CDA - WINDOWS - Alpha Demo v1 177 MB
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CDA - MAC - Alpha Demo v1 180 MB

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I just downloaded and started to play... Wonderful stuff!  I love Singapore and I love Sci-Fi and I love detective games!  Good job.  Already a Kickstarter supporter.  Looking forward to the end product!

Thank you so very much, we're glad you liked it!

Just finished the demo--amazing work! I will be backing this Kickstarter for sure :) I did notice that sometimes the voice actors words were slightly different than the typed dialogue but not a huge deal. Also it would be nice to have some sort of "minimize screen" option or a link directly to a web browser maybe? I wasn't sure how to get out of the game in order to look up the quote so I did a ctrl alt delete (haha). So excited to dig deeper into the case!!

Hi there, thanks so much for playing the demo. We're really glad you liked it! Yes, some of the dialogue is a bit of a mismatch, just a few minor things that we didn't get to address before the launch of the demo. We'll get that fixed! Thanks so much for the feedback about minimising the screen for easy switching from game to research - very important insight. We'll look into how we can make this much easier. Again, thanks so much!

This looks really promising! Fun demo and super pretty graphics, nice voice acting as well. Looking forward to the full game!

Was browsing around for any free game to play, and this gem caught my eye instantly. I absolutely love everything about this game, the Setting is truly fantastic, the plot immersed me from the beginning. Voice work is phenomenal, I loved the use of looking up the quote for the library and all the puzzles are good challenge. The artwork, signs, and design of the areas are amazing. Can't wait to see this fully released!

Thank you so much, we're stoked you liked it!

rupert owes me 300 bucks or am i supposed to pay the librarian out of my own pocket? better have my money, zhao...

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Haha -- "I ain't runnin' a charity here, Zhao..." (it's *Zhou* by the way)

game glitched out after i shut the window to online search for the author of the book (no idea if connected to that). when i got back into the game the character sprite seemed to walk behind objects (the one i definitely noticed was the table or whatever it is that you can look at in the tiger lily lobby, but i think light from cpu screens too). i wasn't able to interact with the library computer anymore, and when i entered my office the character sprite was gone. after some travelling back and forth everything returned to normal and i was able to continue. other than that it looked very very promising, definitely gonna check this out in the future.

That's very kind of you, thanks so much! And I've noted the bugs you've experience, we'll look into it. Thanks again!

I just tried the demo.  Very solid work so far.  I love the HUD and area transitions, it is fairly original compared how most other sci-fi setting P&C games I've tried have handled it.  The voicework is good save for one little detail: the man you're supposed to meet after talking to the policeman.  His cadence sounds lyrical, like he's constantly mocking you.  I was immediately suspicious of him because of that.

I'm surprised I couldn't interact with any of the characters or objects I saw but that makes sense as a conservation of detail.  The puzzles were well made and felt natural to the story.  The last two bits were a surprise.  I was not expecting to have to aim a gun or arrange a flight.

I'm looking forward to the full release and wish you luck with development.

Thank you very much! To be honest, Rupert sounds that way because it was intentional (he can be a condescending little man, hehe). In the full version, there will certainly be more interactions with objects and NPCs - at the moment, we've only managed to work on the bare essentials. Again, thanks for the support :)

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Intro voice is first impression, needs consideration. Very nice art, atmosphere and minigames.

This is a really promising point and click adventure and hope to see more the story so far has been interesting and really want to see more of the shootout scenes that was a really neat mechanic to show at the end of the demo. my play through here: 

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I laughed a lot during the playthrough, thanks so much for playing it! And thanks so much for the kind words!

Thank you for responding and glad you enjoyed it :D