[Retro-style][Pixelart] The Mysteries of Ranko Togawa: Murder on the Marine Express [Demo out on itch.io]

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[Retro-style][Pixelart] The Mysteries of Ranko Togawa: Murder on the Marine Express [Demo out on itch.io]

#1 Post by Karrion » Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:28 pm

Murder on the Marine Express is a visual novel game and the first installment of The Mysteries of Ranko Togawa series.

The St. Joachim Academy for elite girls booked the maiden voyage of the new Marine Express submarine train, which runs along the ocean floor from the sunny California all the way to the Japanese coast. The journey seems like the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful underwater views, learn a bit more about marine biology and, ultimately, relax from the usual school life. However, the idyllic travel turns into a nightmare when one of the accompanying teachers appears dead in his room. Who could have killed the most popular and beloved professor in the academy?

Ranko Togawa, a grumpy student but with a great sense of responsibility, decides to investigate the events accompanied by her friend Astrid to clear the name of the main suspect in the case. Of course, it won't be that simple. As the number of victims keeps growing, the possibility of facing a serial killer becomes more real and chaos slowly takes over the train. Ranko will have to make the most of the time to find out the truth and prevent the mysterious murderer from continuing to act unrestricted, though not all the answers in this mess will be to her liking…

Learn the secrets hidden in the Marine Express and discover the culprit in this story of tragedy, surprises and lots of humor!

FEATURES
  • A visual novel with classic locked-space whodunit development following the style of great mystery writers such as Agatha Christie, Keigo Higashino or NisiOisiN.
  • A story in 5 chapters offering 3 hours of reading.
  • Retro-feel graphics with pixel art in the style of old text adventure games.
  • Large cast of charismatic characters with humorous dialogues.
  • Side conversations on Ranko's phone which help to understand the situation on the train and know more about the students of St. Joachim.
  • Texts in English and Spanish, also Japanese in the near future.
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Please check the project at our page on itch.io (https://1564-studio.itch.io/marine-express) to find our newly launched demo. Any feedback is much appreciated, but specially QoL suggestions and english proofreading (since we're not english natives there may be some english gaffe we overlooked).
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