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Gaming Age (Mar 19, 2018)
The Darkside Detective is, in the best tradition of the genre, a genuinely funny game. The characters are all full of witty one-liners, and there are all kinds of amusing double entendres and puns in the descriptions of the various clickable objects. It’s not quite Portal-level humour or anything, but it was still funny enough to get me to laugh out loud a couple of times per case.
3rd Strike (Feb 16, 2018)
Just like its PC counterpart, The Darkside Detective is a sublime title and a great addition to the Switch’s growing indie library. While the game may be short, it’s certainly a title to pick up if you love retro inspired point and click titles, and love a game that is well seasoned with humor and many pop culture references. We hope to see more cases added to the game in the future, or even a sequel with a deeper and more immersive story. We recommend this title wholeheartedly.
Switch Player (Mar 01, 2018)
The Darkside Detective is a successful spin on the classic point-and-click adventure, delivering an engaging narrative, funny characters and one of the strongest soundtracks in a good while. I sincerely hope a sequel is in the works.
84 (Feb 18, 2018)
The Darkside Detective makes good use of a rather morbid-toned color palette, that does not miss the opportunity to display enough detail to make the whole game alive. Adding HD lighting and lighting effects that were difficult to achieve back in those 16-bit days, and you get one fine pixelated canvas. But it’s also the amazing soundtrack that helps set the mood, which almost is a contrast to the goofy script, a tad serious and influenced by the 1980s heavy-synth scary-movie themes. And that is no surprise, considering the soundtrack composer is none other than Ben Prunty, who is known for the music behind FTL: Faster Than Light. The result is one weird mix of electro, jazz and some heavy synth bass lines that gives a gloomy and spooky mood, reminding me of a fusion between the Stranger Things TV series and Deus EX’s soundtracks.Hell, I can almost recommend the music on its own, which even pushed me to buy it as is.
Player2Reviews (Feb 19, 2018)
I had a fantastic time with my few hours it took to clear all six cases. It was hilariously well written, and each case was unique enough to stand out on its own, conveying great characters, various items, and new challenges to overcome. The last and final case have four separate cases in one, and it was handled well, making for an actually climatic ending to an overall nonchalant rest of the game. For a fun and casual game, one that overstays its welcome on your backlog, The Darkside Detective is the way to go. I have incredibly high hopes and wants for a sequel, and should it ever arise, I will be waiting and ready to take on the case.​
Nitchigamer (Feb 27, 2018)
From the dark humor to the entertaining mysteries, fun settings, and interesting cast of characters, The Darkside Detective is an exceptionally fun time. Albeit too short in my book, fans of detective stories and dark sci-fi classics like The X-Files and Twin Peaks will revel in delight from this offering. The mysteries could be harder to solve, but overall, this is a must-buy title for any Switch owner looking for fun.
Finger Guns (Feb 14, 2018)
I don’t think you even have to be a fan of the genre to really get to grips with The Darkside Detective. It does more or less everything very well, but it’s definitely aimed at a niche audiences in terms of references and in-jokes. There could be an argument too that it doesn’t quite hit the dizzy heights of Thimbleweed Park, but there’s certainly nothing else on the system currently that is any closer to reaching that goal.
The Switch Effect (Feb 07, 2018)
Darkside Detective is a fun and unique experience broken in to bite size pieces for shorter play sessions. It oozes charm and will have you chuckling for its admittedly too short runtime. The minigames are a little weak compared to the rest of the game, but then you remember that you helped settle an argument between spectral Edgar Allan Poe and spectral H.P. Lovecraft over who wrote the scariest stories of all time, which was further exacerbated by a spectral Enid Blyton.
GameSpace (Feb 07, 2018)
Despite this concern, I had a fantastic time when I returned to the mean streets of Twin Lakes. The writing is still fantastic and continues to surprise and delight. If you’ve already played Darkside Detective then this is a very authentic port. If this is your first time in the city, then remember, things are bound to get a little unusual. It is probably best just to ignore the giant swirling vortex that’s loitering over the local library, and don’t make eye contact with the inter-dimensional commuters.
Nintendo Wire (Feb 09, 2018)
The Darkside Detective is what happens when you boil an adventure game down to its most essential parts, but it’s thanks to this simplicity that the game manages to find a charming identity of its own. If you’ve been wanting to solve some miniature mysteries on your Switch, it’s definitely worth an investigative look.
Miketendo64 (Feb 11, 2018)
Somewhat surprisingly, The Darkside Detective is a game that did actually really impress me with its pixelated characters, as it was a blast to get to know each and every one of them, what with each of them being in their own weird and funny. There are jokes that are funny, even to those of us that do not speak English as a first language and the dialogue, in general, is done in a way that really makes The Darkside Detective really fun to play, with the spooky soundtrack only making the game all the more better. So, without a single doubt in my mind, although it is short and I’d have liked more content, The Darkside Detective is definitely a game I would say is worth checking out as the developers did a great job with it.
80 (Mar 22, 2018)
The Darkside Detective was a pleasant surprise on Nintendo Switch. I was expecting a fun bite-sized point and click adventure game, but not one as funny and polished as what I got to review. I had a blast playing The Darkside Detective, and I look forward to seeing what the team does next. If you’re a fan of the genre, then you definitely need to play this one!
Nintendo Insider (Mar 21, 2018)
A highly recommended game if you grew up with point-and-click adventures of yesteryear and whilst it won’t be for everyone, even if you’ve never experienced one of those types of games before you can do a lot worse than choosing this one as your first. The Darkside Detective was yet another surprising indie title on the Switch in terms of quality. A really funny and quirky adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed playing from start to finish, it just doesn’t last anywhere near as long as I wanted it to. So my advice would be to treasure it and hope this isn’t the last we see of The Darkside Detective as a series, as there is so much potential in any future sequels.
GamesReviews (Feb 12, 2018)
If you miss the old days of King’s Quest and Space Quest, then you should absolutely play The Darkside Detective. Yes, the game is very (bold) short, but they are adding another case at some point and this game is so much fun despite its shortness. The dialogue in The Darkside Detective is especially good too.
Cultured Vultures (Feb 07, 2018)
Funny and offbeat, The Darkside Detective is a joyful but basic point and click game that is simply over too soon.
SwitchWatch (Feb 09, 2018)
In conclusion, if you’re into point and click adventure games like Thimbleweed Park, TV shows like Twin Peaks or Stranger Things, film noir and slightly whacky humour, then there’s no doubt in my mind that The Darkside Detective is perfect for you. With its mini episodic style structure, it’s a good fit for the Switch and the excellent soundtrack from Ben Prunty make it an easy recommendation. Whether it’s as funny as other games it’s trying to emulate, I’m not so sure, and maybe the gameplay is a little too simple, but it’s still enjoyable and nothing falls flat.
NintendoWorldReport (Feb 13, 2018)
If you're looking to get your noir adventuring on with a side of pop culture laughs The Darkside Detective may be what you're looking for
Game Hype (Feb 19, 2018)
All in all, The Darkside Detective isn’t a bad point and click title, I’m just not sure there is enough there to fully warrant me giving it a recommendation. I do hope that in the future weeks and months down the line, they add more cases to the game. Give this another 4 or 5 cases a least and it definitely would get a higher score from me.
Nintendo Life (Feb 08, 2018)
If you think you’d get a lot out of the referential humour found in The Darkside Detective, you’re in for a treat. Its simple gameplay will complement the jokes, the pixelated look continues to impress, and the auditory experience on offer is up there with the best. It’s a shame then that if you’re more of a millennial, then much of this will be lost on you. The puns and pranks will fly over your head, and in that situation, you’re left with the basic gameplay loop that doesn’t really do enough to satisfy on its own. In essence, it’s only really a choice you alone can make. If you think you’ll vibe with TDD is going for then you’re in for a good time, but if not, you’re almost certainly best left looking elsewhere.
Gamekult (Feb 09, 2018)
Vous n’aimez rien plus qu’une bonne galéjade et vous comprenez l’anglais ? N’allez pas bouder le petit plaisir d’un après-midi sur Darkside Detective, vrai petit bijou d’absurde, d’humour littéraire et de calembours ciselés. On y rit de bon coeur, on y découvre des pastiches hilarants de miettes de culture populaire minutieusement choisies, et tout est si séduisant qu’on traverse ses trois heures sans même tiquer sur son manque de challenge. En plus, la version Switch vous laisse cliquer en mode tactile si c’est votre truc, et le jeu tient sa ligne tarifaire en sortant sous les treize euros.