Dorothy, you’re really not in Kansas now! Dave Gilbert is one of our most intelligent and creative independent game developers. His work includes Shivah, which brought him instant recognition, as well as Blackwell Legacy and Blackwell Unbound, both reviewed here. His themes are often dark, yet also include satisfying humor. Dave’s mysteries emphasize story, writing, and character development. Puzzles are logical and driven by the context. So, it’s with delight that we not only see the release of Emerald City Confidential, but also find it available through Play First. This is not the Oz of the film. Indeed, here’s Dave’s description from his website:
“The magical land of Oz, as written by L. Frank Baum, is put through the gritty filter of 1940s film noir. Harsh city streets, grey rainy skies, femmes fatales, tough guys, trenchcoats, fedoras and plot twists. It’s Oz, seen through the eyes of Raymond Chandler.”
A one-hour demo is available. Emerald City Confidential is $19.99 through Play First, less if you have PlayPass.