We’ve played the lawyer, and we’ve played the detective, but have we ever played the accused killer? In the first person nonlinear courtroom drama, Bohemian Killing, by The Moonwalls, you are the defendant in a murder case. Set in a 19th century steampunk Paris, you are Alfred Ethon – an inventor who’s been accused of a vicious murder. Now standing trial, it is up to you to decide the outcome of your fate. Described as Phoenix Wright meets Gone Home, one-man-army developer Marcin Makaj set out to make a game that corresponded with his actual career. Being an accused killer? Of course not! Makaj is a lawyer. What makes Bohemian Killing so intriguing, is that though the developer is a lawyer, he chose for the main character to be the defendant. The player will experience the story in two different time frames: The present, where the player sits in court and is asked questions to accompany the testimony. Then, for every question you’re asked, the game will send the player back to the past to play through the events. The player’s choices and interactions during these scenes will determine the final verdict. The game is said to feature over a dozen different endings, and “unlimited possibilities” for solving the lawsuit. The game has two modes: Story mode, where you’ll be accompanied by a lawyer who makes suggestions to help your case, and standard mode, where the outcome is completely defined by your actions. Bohemian Killing is seeking $13,000 on IndieGoGo. You can preorder the game with a pledge of $15 ($10 if you’re an early bird), which is set to be released on PC, Mac, and Linux. To stay up to date with Bohemian Killing, you can like the official Facebook page.
Kurt Indovina is a writer and artist, with an unhealthy obsession for the graphic adventure genre. He spends his time finding games that are more or less out of the ordinary, and push the boundaries of what defines video games as a medium. His dreams and aspirations is to one day be an old woman. If you like your coffee black, the game Grim Fandango, or the show Twin Peaks, you'll get along just fine.