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The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark

The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark

Release: April 15, 2021
Publisher: Akupara Games
Developer: Spooky Doorway
Genre: Adventure, XBox One Reviews


Great About Rating
8.0 - Gameplay
8.0 - Video
8.0 - Audio

Darkside Detective was originally released in 2017, however I was only introduced to it a few weeks ago on Google Stadia. How did I miss out on such a great game? It completely flew under my radar. After completing all the cases I was ready for more detective work, and thankfully, A Fumble in the Dark came out. I enjoyed Darkside Detective for its great writing, having to use my brain thinking about clues, and the amusing characters we met along the way. When season one ended with “to be continued” I was sad because the game had ended, however I was excited knowing another game was coming. This brings us to A Fumble in the Dark. This time I played on Microsoft Xbox.


The game starts off recapping the first game. Officer Dooley has disappeared, but where to? Detective Mcqueen begins his search for Officer Dooley by traveling to each of the previous cases looking for clues. The first Darkside Detective just warms you up to the series with easier clues and cases. I found A Fumble in the Dark to be much more difficult in terms of gathering and combining clues. I was stumped numerous times and had to use my brain power more often then in the first game. My favourite character is Officer Dooley so I was very thankful we find Mr. Dooley early on in the game. Officer Dooley always manages to give a good chuckle.

To complete all the cases was approximately 8 hours. Some cases were finished faster than others, but at the games price point it is well worth it. Eight hours of entertainment for under $20 Canadian is a pretty good deal. I am personally a fan of point and click games, but even if you’re not you will still enjoy this game. A Fumble in the Dark features beautiful pixelated graphics with easy to read text. The game in itself is easy to play which is nice for a relaxing experience. However, the ability to think is paramount as the game gets progressively harder.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed this game. I found the first Darkside Detective game to be slightly better and enjoyed the cases more than A Fumble in the Dark. This is still a must play from me as it kept me thinking and my brain active. It’s up to you Detective, keeping Twin Lakes safe is no easy task. I hope another Darkside Detective game is released soon as the series is too good for it to stop. Although, the game doesn’t have much replay value, I did a second play through. Upon doing a second play through I was able to breeze through the game as the cases were so memorable I knew what to do next instantly. My second play through was under a few hours, mind you I did not read any text and completed the missions rather quickly.

The game was so fun I may go back to each case for 100% achievement completion. Thank you to Spooky Doorway and Akupara Games for bring us another gem. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Grab a coffee sit back and get cracking on those cases.


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