Balko, based on the German TV series of the same name, is a point-and-click adventure where the player has to solve a criminal case in the role of the lead character Balko, with the help of his assistant Krapp. A young man dies during a fight. The autopsy is inconclusive but Balko and a colleague believe it is murder. During the investigation they discover that the victim is a more than a dubious character, with a lot of enemies.
A lot of locations and characters are inspired by those of the TV series. The game is advertised as an interactive crime film, but classic adventure elements are used, such as collecting and combining items, and interrogating suspects (with different questions all leading to the same conclusion). There is a hotspot key that highlights all active elements in the environment.