Forest Grove is a first-person mystery game where you uncover forensic clues, solve puzzles, and piece together a story using your own conclusions. Will you be able to solve the case?
Zooey Kunstimatigaard, the teenage heiress to a billion-dollar tech fortune, was reported missing by her stepmother Mary. She was last seen in her bedroom in Forest Grove, OR.
The Remote Forensics Bureau uses this as an opportunity to roll out their newest technology, the Nanodeck, to investigate the scene, collect evidence, and unmask the truths behind her disappearance.
Relationships and secrets must be revealed. If foul play is suspected, those responsible must be brought to justice!
As you canvass the scene you will discover items and collect evidence such as DNA, Fingerprints, Perspiration Metabolites, and more.
The Kunstimatigaard's are fond of puzzles. You'll need to solve them to discover more clues.
Multiple pieces of evidence can be associated together to reveal a lead and tell a story. It's up to you to figure out what that story is.
Uncover a cast of characters with stories and conversations of their own. Does someone know more than they are willing to admit?
* Classic mystery
* Set in the future
* Nonlinear story and design
* Freedom to fail / No hand holding
* Innovative evidence board / crazy wall
* Rich character backstory
* Dynamic world interaction
* Environmental storytelling
* Intertwined puzzles and clues
* Forensics based evidence
In this post I'd like to share a little bit about one of the devices you'll interact with in Forest Grove. It's called the Hovercam™ and it has an important role in terms of the lore of the game.
The Hovercam™ is a small personal drone device, usually purchased by individuals, families, or even small businesses as a means to record video and/or audio. They can be used for security, fun, or even as an intimidation factor. And because the Kunstmatigaard's purchased many of these devices, you'll be able to pilot them and fly around freely in well defined areas. Unfortunately, accessing the data and recordings from these drones is not an option.
In 2072, changes in recent surveillance laws have made accessing the data from the Hovercam™ troublesome. As it turns out, the actual recordings are not owned by the purchaser. They are owned by your typical Big Corp whose top interests are usually their own.
Usually this wouldn't be a problem as most people can still access their data as they need to. But for any external party who wants to gain access, it gets tricky. Why? Big Corp has bought Congress. They've taken the initiative to ensure that their right to lock down their data is preserved, no matter the situation, even for criminal investigations.
To work within and around these new laws, the Remote Forensics Bureau developed a technical marvel called the Nanodeck. The Nanodeck is a large rendering area where a location can be recreated at a macroscopic level, along with some of the digital data within it. It's a place where investigations take place and because the technology is so new, the current laws in 2072 are not written to handle them. It's a place where balancing the act of solving crimes and not infringing on laws is tricky. (We'll cover other purposes of the Nanodeck in a later post).
In Forest Grove, you'll access many Hovercam™ devices and along with the Nanodeck AI, reconstruct conversations that have taken place in the Kunstmatigaard residence. You'll be able to see where individuals were standing and what they looked like at a certain point in time. The information in these conversations along with the imagery can be just the key you'll need to solve the case!
Thanks for reading!
A demonstration of the Evidence Board in our futuristic sci-fi detective game.
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