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Murder by Numbers blends campy 90s TV detective sleuthing with Picross

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If you've ever found yourself cursing the lack of detective-themed mystery games with the sharp manga lines of a visual novel and the aggressively numerical puzzles of Picross, then it's time we had words. And those words are: Murder by Numbers.

Fulfilling all the above criteria and then some, Murder by Numbers is directed by Swords of Ditto writer Ed Fear (who calls it camp, fun, and "a big warm hug"), with characters designed by Hato Mao, the creative force behind pigeon dating escapade Hatoful Boyfriend. It also features music from Masakazu Sugimori, whose many notable soundtracks include Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Viewtiful Joe, and Ghost Trick. 

Unfolding in the Los Angeles of the mid-90s, Murder by Numbers follows the adventures of Honor Mizhari, a television actress on a hit detective show, whose sleuthing skills are put to real-life use when her boss is found dead. What follows, according to the official announcement, is a story of "conspiracy, deception and - of course - murder", that plays out across the TV studios, glamorous award shows, and drag clubs of LA.

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