GENBA no Kizuna [Murder Mystery] - Demo Available

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GENBA no Kizuna [Murder Mystery] - Demo Available

#1 Post by Gospel » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:37 pm

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GENBA no Kizuna is an interactive murder mystery visual novel.
It tells the story of a group of rookie investigators tackling their first real case and learning how to effectively work as a team.

Story:

When a body is found at the Kaseki Residence, once home to a world-renowned paleontologist,
officers Keiichi Genba, Himatsu Mizu, Rei Shirayuki and Dr. Shinketsu Kikai are tasked with investigating the scene.
Not only do they need to uncover the identity of the victim, but also reconstruct the events leading up to his untimely death...

Characters:
(Click on a character to view their introduction card)

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Features:
  • 4 Playable Characters. Although Keiichi may be seen as the main character, the story will be told through the eyes of all four members of the team, with each one specializing in another crucial area of crime scene investigation.
  • Interactive Gameplay Elements which will change depending on whose role you assume. Whereas one of the officers will take care of interviewing the parties involved, for example, only the medical examiner may interact with the body and try to determine the cause of death.
  • Create Bonds with your teammates by getting closer to them and learning about their pasts and motivations.
  • Digital Notebook which summarizes the story’s progression, provides you with additional information about the case and characters, and which is frequently updated to help you keep track of gathered clues and evidence.
  • Different Endings depending on who you select as the culprit, so be careful with your deductions as you might end up framing someone innocent!
  • Unlockable Extras including a gallery and more.
Demo:

Demo Download Link: http://www.mediafire.com/file/tfkbr5tix ... a_Demo.zip
(Alternatively, you can now download it on itch.io as well: https://gosatsuvns.itch.io/genba)

This short demo contains the prologue and tutorial investigation and amounts to ~7000 words (notebook entries and all investigation comments included).
Its main purpose is to give players an idea of the feel and direction of our newest project and to hopefully gather some helpful feedback in the process.

If you decide to check it out, please consider sharing your impressions down below! Naturally, we are open to suggestions as well!
And if you like what you are seeing and wish to support development of this project, please consider checking out our Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/gosatsuvns

There, you can get WIP-glimpses at the development process, see early design sketches, listen to full BGM tracks when they are finished,
read parts of the script, and even test the game to help us prepare further demos and, eventually, the final version for public release!

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Re: GENBA no Kizuna [Murder Mystery] - Demo Available

#2 Post by saddest-willowby » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:03 pm

Passing by to say that the demo was outstanding and really polished! I dig the retro look of the sprites and GUI, the characters and humor were great (esp the tropical detective office), and music was on point - thank you for not skimping out on that! I cried at the cliffhanger :lol: I'm very curious about who the other characters are, and the multiple narrators sounds like an interesting twist.
If I had one critique, I think some dialogue "beats" go on for too long. Consider cutting sentences that are redundant or don't add further value to the script.
Otherwise, great job. I love detective games and Phoenix Wright is basically my favorite series of all time, so I'm super stoked to see this!

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Re: GENBA no Kizuna [Murder Mystery] - Demo Available

#3 Post by Gospel » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:34 am

Ah, thank you very much!!

As you might imagine, I'm super happy to hear all of this! We're still early in development, so there will probably be a lot of changes in that regard anyway, but I'll definitely keep the thing about dialogues in mind as I continue working on them!

Again, thank you for not only taking the time to try out the demo but also giving us your impressions!
It's greatly appreciated!
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Re: GENBA no Kizuna [Murder Mystery] - Demo Available

#4 Post by Gospel » Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:24 pm

It's been a while, so I thought it's about time for a little progress update!

We are currently still working on continuing where our demo left off. Writing- and sound-wise, a lot of progress has been made. There are still a whole bunch of assets missing, however, so I thought I might as well show you a couple of work-in-progress glimpses!

Let's start off with a look at a new background: the Main Hall of the Kaseki Residence where the body is found!
Since we don't want to unveil any specific details in regards to the case just yet, we'll leave you with the "pre-crime" version of it:

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Next up, here are some WIP-expressions for Rei and Shinketsu, who will be introduced in the scene following the content of our current mini demo:

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Now, if you're curious about the music, we have uploaded a few BGM samples to our YouTube channel:



Over on Patreon, you can also listen to the full versions of the tracks, as well as a couple more which have not been featured in a sample video yet!

And speaking of Patreon... In case you're curious about the kind of content we provide there, we have made some posts available to the public. Four as a matter of fact, which introduce the suspect characters in the game. So if you want to get a look at their initial design sketches, you can check them out here:
https://www.patreon.com/gosatsuvns/posts?public=true

Last but not least, we have also published a page for the game over on itch.io now, which you can find here:
https://gosatsuvns.itch.io/genba

You can learn even more by checking out the developer's blog on our website, where we continue to post weekly progress updates every Saturday.
Every now and then, we will also make a "summary posting" like this here on Lemma, though.

Anyway, guess that's about it for now! If you decide to check out our demo, please consider leaving your impressions, so that we know whether or not we're on the right track or if anything needs to be fixed! Thank you for your time!
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Re: GENBA no Kizuna [Murder Mystery] - Demo Available

#5 Post by Gospel » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:16 am

2018 lies past us and a new year has begun! As such, it's time for a little progress summary and a look at what we have planned for the near future:

Last year in April, we released a short demo for GENBA no Kizuna, meant as a little teaser to give you an idea as to what you can expect from this project.
Right now, we are working on an extended version of said demo, including a lot more content and giving you a better idea of the characters and story.
This extended demo will include more details about the case, the introductions of all four playable protagonists, and even those of our four main suspects!

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A lot of subtle changes have been made to the current demo's content as well. We have adjusted the GUI, fixed some tiny issues here and there, revised the script a little, and slightly improved the overall presentation!

It's difficult to tell when exactly the extended demo will be done, but we plan on publicly releasing it within the first few months of the year.
As of the moment of writing, it is halfway done. Patrons can actually check out the first half of the added content already and help us prepare for the public release by helping us catch some typos and bugs, and by giving feedback and making suggestions so that we can further improve the experience!

If you're interested in this project and would like to support its development, please consider taking a look:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/genba-no-kizuna-23364970

Speaking of Patreon, you can also head over there to check out the finished sprite sheets for Rei and Shinketsu of who we've shared some WIP-teasers in the posting above. Both of these are publicly available, so you don't need to be a patron to check them out!

Rei Sprite Sheet: https://www.patreon.com/posts/rei-sprite-22504375
Shinketsu Sprite Sheet: https://www.patreon.com/posts/shinketsu-sprite-22712986

If you're interested in how the soundtrack is coming along, we have also uploaded some more BGM samples since last time:


Our biggest hurdle right now is the fact that we are still in the earlier phases of development, which means that the majority of our time is spent working on assets. This is especially true for the character sprites. There are a lot of characters and all of them need a nice variety of poses and expressions. Once those are taken care of, however, everything should start unfolding at a much quicker pace!

We are going to talk in more detail about our exact plans for 2019 in our next weekly update, so if you're curious about that, keep an eye on our website:


So with all of that out of the way, the only thing left to say is: thank you for reading and Happy New Year! Let's make this a great and productive one!

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