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Murder by Numbers
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About Murder by Numbers

About this game

Solve Pixel Puzzles to find clues.
Use those clues to interrogate witnesses.
Work your way to the truth...
...and uncover the mystery of Murder by Numbers!

Los Angeles, 1996. Honor Mizrahi was just an actress on a hit TV detective show. But when her boss ends up dead just minutes after he fires her, she finds herself starring in her own murder mystery. Teaming up with SCOUT, a reconnaissance robot thrown away after a mysterious incident, she sets out to clear her name - and a new detective duo is born!

Investigate a range of murders across TV studios, glitzy award shows, drag clubs, and more - all set to an energetic soundtrack from famed composer Masakazu Sugimori (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Ghost Trick and Viewtiful Joe).

Uncover a dark conspiracy by interrogating a wild range of weird and wonderful characters, designed by the incomparable Hato Moa, creator of Hatoful Boyfriend.

90s fashions! Upbeat jams! Sass dialled up to 100! Questionable jokes! Drag queens! All that and more awaits... in Murder by Numbers!

Game details

ACB rating of 15
ESRB rating of 13
PEGI rating of 12
Release Date:
March 06, 2020
The Irregular Corporation
Supported Languages:
English +
Single Player
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Murder by Numbers - Written Out of the Show!
Murder by Numbers - Written Out of the Show!
March 27, 2021
Reseña: Murder by numbers
Reseña: Murder by numbers
Reseña: Murder by numbers
May 29, 2021
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Ranting about the mistake that Murder By...
Ranting about the mistake that Murder By Numbers...
March 12, 2020
Critic Reviews
Critic Review Score  
(37 Reviews)
Reviews provided by OpenCritic
"Shades of Picross and Phoenix Wright blend together in this unlikely but utterly lovable genre mash-up."
8 / 10
"Murder by Numbers successfully blends a Phoenix Wright-style visual novel with a Picross-style puzzle game by making each aspect great in its own right."
PC Gamer
PC Gamer
71 / 100
"A vibrant mystery adventure but maybe not for you if you're picky about picross."
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Posted: 17 days ago
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Solid puzzle game with visual novel storyline, vaguely entertaining storyline but I think they overdid the puzzling element a bit because it started to get in the way of the story. Still, I enjoyed it, it just drug out longer than I thought it should.
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It's Picross
Posted: 1 month ago
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Some people will not like the gameplay but fans of Picross will love this, quirky storyline and interesting character, if you like picross, this is a great game to pick up.
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Posted: 2 months ago
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It has a great story, well developed characters, a reasonable amount of humor, and a killer soundtrack that evokes highly positive emotions. Plus, you get a considerable amount of playtime in there. You do need to enjoy picross to enjoy the game however, as half that playtime might end up being picross puzzles. And sadly, it is just basic picross from start to finish. There could have easily been additional mechanics introduced along the way. I think one major issue is with the investigation aspect. I think it would have been so much nicer if it jived with the Phoenix Wright theme just like the rest of the game does. The problem is the camera just zooms in too much, bathes the screen in monochrome and cannot even scroll to every spot. You can't see the scene well, and the items you are looking for don't correspond to actual items in the scene, which makes the investigation gameplay meaningless. I get that the idea is to discover the item by doing the picross puzzle, but its not like we can really figure out the object from the puzzle anyway. Its fine to know what the item is, and then have the picross examine the item further, maybe revealing finer details not immediately visible.
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Posted: 2 months ago
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The second half of the game was more challenging, but it was a lot of fun.
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Posted: 2 months ago
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For picross/puzzle lovers it's an amazing game. I've never played anything similar before, but I must say that bow it's one of my favourites. I bought this game because of the detective theme, never espected to find this gem. Story is really great, sometimes you see it coming, sometimes you don't, but it keeps you entertained. For me, the strong point is the Picross. Gameplay is great, easy to follow, and the puzzles are very interesting, I was always eager to play more and more. Art is really nice too, as expected of a Visual Novel. After finishing it, I tried searching for similar games, but to be honest, no other Picross game has the quality of this one, Completely recommended for you, puzzle lovers. Hope they make another one in the future.
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