Do you have what it takes to be a great detective in a murder mystery? If so, then you might find yourself enjoying Chicken Police. It’s a game designed like a classic, black and white movie and includes such a dramatic melody playing in the background. The main goal of the game involves searching through a town called Clawville, where the player takes on the role of two legendary detectives, Sonny Featherland and Marty MacChicken in the search for the murderer.
Every person in this town has something to hide, some require to be interrogated a little more than others. Oh, and by the way, these people in this town are partially animals with human bodies, with their own authentic personalities. Additionally, this game is played as a narrative, so speaking to each character over and over again is a must. Yet, you can still get to engage in a few different ways than just through conversation. Some of these would include searching a location, target practice with your gun, mini-puzzles to solve the problem or figure out the case, and moving objects.
Regardless, most of the game is about speaking and interacting with the other characters. Many of which you interrogate and get rated by how great of a job you do guiding the conversation. It’s not a difficult game to play, but it will get frustrating, tricky, and requires plenty of puzzle-solving detective work. Just review every note, pay attention to each clue you hear, see, or find, and return to the places as they are always altering.
🐔 How was the game? 🐔
Well, to begin the game gave truly fits the vibe of being in a classic, old black and white detective movie. Particularly with the background music, the different scenes that you can visit, and the style as well as the appearance of each character through this limited color game. It was especially interesting to see these talking animal heads on human bodies, and that they move their mouths as they speak and react with some body movements. It would have felt incomplete if they just stood still while the detectives we play as are speaking to them. So I’m grateful that they’ve made the game feel a bit more realistic and relatively accurate.
The only thing I didn’t like is the swaying effect. The game moves back and forth like a rocking boat. I think they did this to make the characters appear like they are moving. However, when it’s searching for an object or trying to put in a combination, the swaying can make you a little sick and be a bit bothersome. Otherwise, the game really appears to play and look great if not including that little issue.
For the characters, there are not just a few animal types, like cats, birds, and dogs. This game includes animals of all types like an eagle, lemur, fox, horse, rabbit, seagull, and many others. They all have their own humorous and quirky qualities, as well as secrets we require to help lead us to solve the mystery. Plus, the findings of certain objects are also very helpful to solve the mystery. Sometimes I did find it hard to see what’s in front of me in the darker areas, but the best thing is that the game really allows you to know which locations are searchable and can be selected. So there is no need to play a guessing game, deciding what is an actual object and what isn’t.
Additionally, there are so many astonishing discoveries as the game presses forward. It also isn’t such a short and easy game to play. It’s packed with new puzzles and you must accurately play the game to reveal a new portion. So it will take time to complete, and I think that is what made this game somewhat more enjoyable.
I also found it interesting how you can choose the fate of the detectives. Guiding them through the game, dialing the phone, finding keys, and just unlocking the mystery. Each new event that occurred, required my guidance. Sometimes it felt very easy to get a hang of and move on smoothly, but at other times the decisions and figuring out a few puzzles can get tricky. I found myself stuck in one chapter a few times, uncertain about what I needed to do or where to go next.
Yet, For the most part, if you investigate every location, speak to every character, and return back to areas you’ve been before, you’ll find your way through this maze of this game. All the clues are kept down in a notebook, and items are found inside the bag we carry with us for easy access. Basically, it’s always available and easy to review what was discovered and how it may play a role in what you need to search for next. Eventually, all of the clues will lead to the final scene and it was a very surprising ending.
🚓 Final Thoughts 🚓
Chicken Police is a very interesting story-style game with realistic characters. It may be a longer game to play for some and others not so much, it all depends on the player. Each move in the correct location allows the game to reveal new content and changes the locations a little bit more. The dark setting reminds me of Sin City and those old classic detective movies or a few shows recreating a similar style in an episode.
Anywho, the game may appear dark, but it’s not a game that was scary to the point that you’ll be killed or deal with those many gory defeats. It practically provides a one-of-a-kind puzzling adventure with plenty of mysterious discoveries and a surprising ending. It really can be quite thrilling to play and to be honest, it was even better than I thought it would be. I couldn’t pull my attention away!