We at Aribaa recently got a chance to try out a new Indie game in development by two college students Caty Herndon and Marty Duff called The Cold Case of Noella T. Bejerot. This game is a point-and-click noir in which the main character Grace Sinclair acquires a job at Burns Detective Agency as a detective by a stroke of luck. Using various clues, Grace Sinclair follows the scene of the crime, to unlock the culprits and mysteries around this currently unnamed town.
I got a chance to play the demo (which releases on Wednesday, so check it out) which does have its polish and an excellently laid out menu system. The game starts out simple enough as you are prompted to take different dialogue and story options at first, basically to give a little tutorial on how the mechanics and inner workings hold in the game.
You play as Grace Sinclair, a very optimistic, caring, and naive teenager. She’s terrible at English (held back twice because of reading problems and started school a year late). Absolutely, adores her dad and takes care of him when he has episodes of intense depression. Idolizes her mother who passed away giving birth to her.
The Cold Case of Noella T. Bererot breaks the conventional serious tone we have seen from triple A Titles such as Heavy Rain and L.A. Noire and tackles a more lighthearted approach. The characters have their immediate flaws withing their personalities, and each character shines brighter than the next with their quirks and lighthearted characteristics. Grace has a bit of an uppity personality to her, but she also has this timidness where she feels like she hasn’t had many accomplishments in her life. Of course, all these are first impressions of the characters since only the demo was available to play at this time.
One aspect that I am very curious and excited to see go into more detail is Grace Sinclair suffers from vasovagal syncopy. You must be careful when collecting evidence, for Grace Sinclair could faint at the sight of blood if too many samples containing blood are collected. I think with the full length release of this game, we’ll see more of this characteristic come into play, and if executed well, could create some pretty intense moments for a point-and-click game.
The demo wraps up very nicely as you solve “The Murder at the Maroon Rose Casino.” It’s not a long experience for a demo, but it does what a demo is supposed to do and gives you an in-depth look at the game direction and gameplay aesthetics involved.
The Cold Case of Noella T. Bejerot will have a demo available December 20, so be sure to check it out and head on over to kickstarter to see even more from the two developers and make a donation.