Former Telltale designer and writer Mark Darin, has been a professional game designer for the last 20 years. He’s been a lead designer and writer on many popular titles including The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands, Puzzle Agent and Tales of Monkey Island. He is also one of the 250+ employees that were recently laid off without warning of severance pay in the highly publicized closure of Telltale games. But that didn’t dampen his spirits. Enter Nick Bounty and the Dame with the Blue Chewed Shoe, a comedic spoof on classic film noir detective movies as well as a narrative-driven adventure game inspired the classic adventure games of Lucas Art and Telltale games. Mark Darin and Pinhead Games needs your help to make this project come true.
“It’s a little bit Maltese Falcon, a little bit CSI, and a little bit Naked Gun”, explains the developer The story follows detective Nick Bounty and his quest to be taken seriously as a real detective. As the case unfolds, he becomes entangled in an absurd mystery that threatens to end his life… and his newly hired partner’s too.
Take control of the smart-ass detective as he questions suspicious suspects, scours shadowy environments for clues and puts the pieces together to find out who dumped the body of a naked woman in a playground sandbox. Players will choose one of three unlikely sidekicks to customize their experience while gathering evidence and solving puzzles to track down the unusual killer in this bizarre yet hilarious mystery.
“With Telltale unexpectedly shutting its doors, I wanted to find a way to continue creating those captivating and thought-provoking experiences that brought me to Telltale nearly 14 years ago. Pinhead Games offers me that opportunity and I’m committed to upholding a level of excellence that fans deserve, ” said Mark Darin, founder of Pinhead Games.
Sounds interesting? Well then, you can head over to the official Kickstarter page and help Mark Darrin and his fellow developers with the production of the game. The game has met its base goal of $10,000, but there are stretch goals up to $60,000 which adds all sorts of bells and whistles to the game including custom graphical assets, high-quality voice production and custom music tracks. Mark has also promised to reach out to reach out to his former Telltale colleagues who also recently lost their jobs and offer contract work where he can if funding exceeds $60,000.
Pinhead Games has been dedicated to bringing quality Point & Click adventure games to the gaming community since the early 2000’s. The Dame with the Blue Chewed Shoe is the third game to feature Nick Bounty as the down-on-his-luck detective, but you don’t need to have played either of the first two games to enjoy this one. Each game is a stand-alone story to be enjoyed on its own.