Murder by Numbers
, Mediatonic’s mashup of Ace Attorney and Picross, will be released on March 5 for Switch and March 6 for Steam. You can check out an extremely ’90s intro right now.The game is centred around a ’90s detective show actress, Honor, who meets a robot sidekick and gets embroiled in a real murder mystery. It takes the visual novel structure and style of Ace Attorney, but progression is made through solving Picross puzzles.
It might not be an official Ace Attorney game, but Mediatonic’s homage comes with some serious pedigree in the form of composer Masakazu Sugimori, who scored the classic Phoenix Wright games. Character designs have also been handled by Hatoful Boyfriend’s Hato Moa.
You can watch the game’s animated intro, complete with incredibly catchy theme tune, in the video below:The game will cost $14.99 USD / £11.99 (no Australian prices are available at time of writing). It will be available to pre-order on Switch from February 20, with a 10% discount, and will be discounted by 10% on both release platforms for the week after release.
IGN will have exclusive gameplay and hands-on impressions available tomorrow, February 7.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Executive Editor of News, and is weirdly nostalgic for the digital typewriter noise in Ace Attorney. Follow him on Twitter.