Parents' Guide to

A Case of Distrust

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Stylish Jazz Age mystery with engaging story, heroine.

Game Mac, Windows 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+



This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This adventure game/interactive novel's simple graphics and creative gameplay are a stylish reminder of why indie developers are the future of games. Though set in 1920s San Francisco, A Case of Distrust might as well be set now. In our increasingly regressive political climate, it's extremely timely: Issues pertaining to women's rights and drug and alcohol use inform the narrative while adding a nice realism to the story. The writing is excellent. Slick, believable dialogue keeps things lively and differentiates characters shown only through silhouettes. The game aspect appears in the clue-gathering process: By talking to people, observing locations, and presenting evidence to suspects, you advance the story and come closer to finding the killer. Though not particularly difficult, the process does provide enough challenge to let you feel clever upon uncovering a new clue. A number of twists and turns keep you from guessing the killer's identity too quickly, and a tough choice at the end adds emotional weight to the endeavor. Granted, it's a bit short, at two to three hours, and its story could be too much (or too boring) for kids under 12. Still, its deft handling of racial and gender-related issues has the potential to teach kids something, and gamers who like a good noir-style mystery should be in heaven since it plays like a good noir reads: like a phantasmic joyride in a smoke-filled bumper car.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Serenity Forge
  • Release date: March 8, 2018
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: March 14, 2018

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