The Cold Case of Noella Bejerot is a comedic murder mystery visual novel game for PC and Mac. It was created by Marty Duff and Caty Herndon. The demo was released in December 2017 and, after talking with the developer, Kris and I were eager to try the game out.
We enjoy mystery video games, especially those that have a comedic twist to them, like the Ace Attorney franchise and the Professor Layton series, and visual novels seem to be the perfect medium for these kinds of games. The demo of Cold Case seems to include the first case, a trial both for the player and the main character.
It was quick, taking us about an hour, and everything was laid out for us to explore and learn the mechanics of the game. I knew what it was going in, but the game turned out to be much more than I expected. Not only do you have to pick what to do next and where to go, like most visual novels, you can interact with the background in search for clues and evidence. You can also talk to your partner and she’ll show you statements of the suspects as well as brief information on each of them.
It is up to you to click through what you believe to be important evidence in the crime scenes as well as picking through the suspect and witness statements to determine who is the likely culprit. After searching the crime scene, you bring the evidence you collected to forensics, where another character gives further details about the clues to help you connect the pieces of the case. Sounds pretty standard in a mystery visual novel, but there is one catch — Grace faints at the sight of blood.
This adds a little intensity to the game. You have five chances to look at bloody items in the room before Grace passes out. This means you have to pick and choose what you think may be important before you even look at it. That’s what I enjoyed the most, I think. The characters were all very quirky and the dialogue was witty and funny at some points.
Each character is fairly distinct with their voices, mannerisms, and looks. The graphics were cute, giving way to a few character tropes that are found in mystery games and books, such as the hardened, deadpan head detective and the brightly colored main character. The music was well done, too, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the rest of the game comes out!
The Cold Case of Noella Bejerot will officially release on April 21, 2018. In the meantime, you can download the free demo HERE. Enjoy! We’re looking forward to April.