This is a great, short piece of mystery. It's the classic "locked house, dead body, 5 suspects" genre of murder mystery done in an Infocom style --complete with Sgt Duffy.
For me, just coming back to the genre after many years, this was a great intro. It's got a simple map with around 10 location, not too many objects, some modest red herrings and a good *logical* story.
Not to mention that, if you do get stuck, there are built-in clues. All this makes for a good easy game for newcomers also.The actual who/how/motives are randomized, so there's some replay value, though some of the fun is really in the first time.
"An Act of Murder" was written by Christopher Huang using Inform 7. It took 2nd Place in the 2007 IF Comp. You can download this game directly from IFDB and it's playable using any standard Z-Machine interpreter on Windows, iPhone, iPad etc.
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