Murder by Numbers

4.2 out of 5
41 User Ratings
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Murder by Numbers uncover a dark conspiracy by interrogating a wild range of weird and wonderful characters, designed by the incomparable Hato Moa, creator of Hatoful Boyfriend.
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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

Release Date:
March 06, 2020
Developer:
Mediatonic
Publisher:
The Irregular Corporation
Rating:
ACB rating of 15
ESRB rating of 13
PEGI rating of 12
USK rating of 12
Supported Languages:
English +
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Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 or higher (64 bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or higher
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 (2048 MB) or Radeon R9 285 (2048 MB) - Integrated GPUs may work but are not supported.
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Recommended:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

Critic Reviews

79

Slant Magazine

80 / 100
"The game is a charming concoction full of endearing characters and set to a wondrous soundtrack."

GameSpew

90 / 100
"Whether you’re a fan of Picross, or whether you enjoy a good murder mystery, I can’t recommend Murder By Numbers enough. The stories it weaves are fantastically realised,...

God is a Geek

90 / 100
"This charming crime drama is packed with emotion, and provides the perfect framework for your journey into Picross. Murder by Numbers masterful learning curve and beautiful art...
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Relax & enjoy! 76.19%  of players consider this game to be Just Right

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Played It
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Halfway
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Conquered It
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Completionist! 41.67%  of players have Conquered It

Murder by Numbers User Reviews

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User Rating

Average score from 41 ratings
80% of users would recommend this.
4.2

User Ratings Breakdown

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Recommended

Marco
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Great game with good characters and a interesting plot. The main mechanic is weird at the beginning but then is adictive.
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Recommended

Magnet
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The game looks very tempting from the titles but the more you play it the more bored you become. Boring dialogues, click click click... It's more like a clicker than a visual game. Anyway it may be liked by someone.
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Recommended

Fanatical User
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I adore Murder by Numbers so much that I bought it twice, once on Switch then again on Steam. The story is intriguing and the characters are full of life. I wanted it initially for the puzzles, usually not being interested in story games, but this won me over. The puzzles that you unlock in freeplay are also really fun too, and they really do ramp up in difficulty fairly quickly compared to other similar games, which makes for a fun challenge.
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Recommended

Winterchaos
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A very nice looking game with great accompanying music. The stories and puzzles are fun to look at and play through, while the characters and general concept are well-executed. Great game that I played through multiple times to unlock everything that I could
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Ace attorney fans, check this out

Fanatical User
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Good small game with the same personality of Ace Attorney. Good stuff!
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Recommended

Fanatical User
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I am not a huge fan of visual novels and have avoided them until now but Murder by Number intruiged me. I liked the puzzle aspect and really enjoyed how they were inplemented in the story. 3 of the 4 cases you have to play through were really well done and fun, the last one dragged on a bit too long for my taste. The overall story was nice and I enjoyed it a lot!
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Recommended

Fanatical User
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As much as I love nonagrams and visual novels, the game is a bit lacking when it comes to filling delivering on mixing the two. The story and the characters are very good, and the writing is solid, but the nature of a nonagram puzzle completely crushes the pacing, not to mention is takes a long time before the truly satisfying puzzles get introduced. Great idea on paper, but there is a reason why every other Picross game is just a collection of puzzles.
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The genre mix works, assuming you're a nonogram nut.

bobrocks95
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Pretty fun for those who enjoy nonogram/Picross puzzles. The puzzles were well-made (I have played plenty of nonogram games where almost all the puzzles were super symmetrical and thus way too easy), though they did break up the flow of the story a bit too much. There were times when I just wanted to find out what would happen next, but I had to do 3 or 4 nonograms first to get any further. It's an odd genre mix, but both genres are suited pretty well to a chill, slow and steady kind of playstyle, so I think it works.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Somewhere in the middle. 76% of GameFAQs users said the difficulty is Just Right. 24% of GameFAQs users said Murder by Numbers is Tough or Unforgiving.
According to ACB, Murder by Numbers is suitable for players aged 15 and above.
Yes, Murder by Numbers is Steam Deck Verified.
  • All functionality is accessible when using the default controller configuration
  • This game's default graphics configuration performs well on Steam Deck
  • In-game interface text is legible on Steam Deck
  • This game shows Steam Deck controller icons
Minimum:
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 or higher (64 bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or higher
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 (2048 MB) or Radeon R9 285 (2048 MB) - Integrated GPUs may work but are not supported.
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Recommended:
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
The average playtime for GameFAQs users is 29 hours. 100% of users played Murder by Numbers for over 12 hours.
79% of critics on Metacritic recommend Murder by Numbers. The Metascore is 79 out of 100.
80% of Fanatical users recommend Murder by Numbers. The average review score is 4.2/5
Yes, 80% of Fanatical users and 79% of critics on Metacritic recommend Murder by Numbers.
Murder by Numbers was released on March 06, 2020
Murder by Numbers is published by The Irregular Corporation
Murder by Numbers was developed by Mediatonic
Fanatical users tagged Murder by Numbers as Visual Novel, Puzzle, Interactive Fiction, and Story Rich
Fanatical users tagged Murder by Numbers as Investigation, Detective, Female Protagonist, and LGBTQ+
Yes. Fanatical users tagged Murder by Numbers as having Singleplayer
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Murder by Numbers as Visual Novel
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Murder by Numbers as Puzzle
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Murder by Numbers as Interactive Fiction

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