Out of all the game announcements made today, this is the weirdest I’ve seen, so I’m happily telling you about it.
Chicken Police – Paint It Red is a noir adventure game with dialogue in a visual novel style. It tells the story of two former partners, Marty MacChicken and Sonny Featherland. They used to be an unstoppable force for justice as detectives, but their lives have taken a turn for the worse. With their best days behind them, they team up to solve a mysterious and dangerous case in the city of Clawville.
You’ll have to solve the case through hard work. The team will speak with over thirty different characters to gather information. You’ll need to hunt down clues in different locations. You can even interrogate suspects to try to break the case in true hard-boiled style.
The style is probably the most striking aspect of the game. The film noir world with realistic backgrounds is contrasted with characters with realistic animal heads. The animation is a little different in this black and white game world where I can only hope the case and characters are anything but a simple black and white. The developers at The Wild Gentlemen are going for something unique, and it will stand out from the crowd of other games with indie pixelated visuals on one end and ultra-smooth AAA mocap on the other.
Ultimately, the writing and voice acting will make or break the game more than any other aspect, and, at least for now, I’m cautiously optimistic about this one. The developer isn’t lacking in creativity, so I’m looking forward to seeing more. Chicken Police – Paint It Red is coming sometime next year.