Sonic the Hedgehog has had many adventures, but none more amazing than The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog. Overshadowed on April Fool’s Eve, this charming visual novel has you ‘thinking’ of the endless road and collecting clues while collecting testimonies from many famous characters. While trying to find the culprit behind Sonic’s death.
It was a short and sweet game to play, but what other Sega games can get the visual novel, murder mystery spinoff treatment? Besides Sonic, Sega has many other iconic titles whose stories are perfectly adapted to the world of murder mystery.
10 Mystery of the House of the Dead
How about starting off, getting off the train and going home? After all, there are plenty of good murder mysteries that happen at home. What better place to host a Whodunit than The House of the Dead? The House of the Dead is a series of Sega light gun shooters in which you take down living corpses and reload your weapon as quickly as possible while avoiding a game over.
In this fictional visual novel, you can enter a spooky mansion and find clues related to the spooky plot. When you find the information you need, you can process it in the ‘Thinking’ part of the game and shoot down the zombies while gathering your thoughts. Fortunately for this game, you don’t have to worry about running out of quarters or arcade credits.
9 the rhythm thief case
Back in the Nintendo 3DS era, Sega released Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure, a rhythm game played with the art thief Phantom R. You will face the resurrected Napoleon. It was an odd, wild ride and unfortunately faded from the public eye after the 3DS ended.
So we’ll be back with a quick 2-4 hour spin-off. Phantom R’s true identity, Raphael, may be solving some mystery, but all of his ‘Think’ mini-games will be rhythm-based. Then there’s the Blaze and Rouge-inspired section where you break into a museum and steal valuable artifacts.
8 Find a getaway taxi
We’ve already had murder mysteries on the train and at home, but what about a murder mystery in a taxi? Crazy Taxi is a racing series where your goal is to pick up passengers and drop them off at their chosen location. But along the way, you can perform stunts that increase the amount of tips you receive. The harder you drive, the better the rewards. Now, with that setup, enter 2D art and murder, and you’ve got a great spin-off on your hands.
You play as a taxi driver traveling through the city with a passenger/detective who must solve the crime as quickly as possible. Each ‘Think’ part can be replaced with a driving mini-game that encourages you to score a certain number of points before time runs out. Make sure you arrive at your destination. Otherwise the detective will be very angry.
7 crime in the night sky
If taxi driving isn’t your thing, why not solve the mystery of the sky with Nights? For this interpretation, mysteries can start in the real world and turn to exploration and clue-gathering in the dream worlds of Nights into Dreams and Nights: Journey of Dreams.
For the ‘Think’ section, you can imagine yourself as a night or become a flying clown as you soar towards the truth before time runs out. Or before someone rudely interrupts you and wakes you up.
6 virtually perfect crime
Sometimes it takes a little action to stop all evidence gathering and story progression. So Sega’s next game should switch to Visual Novel and become Virtua Fighter. The Virtua Fighter crossover can bring high-stakes games like punching and kicking into everyday mystery solving.
After one of your fighters is killed, you can follow the main characters like Akira Yuki or Sarah Bryant to find clues and avoid the bad guys. You can then punch your way to the truth, ‘think’ and figure out who it is.
5 The Untimely Murder of Bayonetta
Thanks to Bayonetta 3, we now know that there are plenty of alternate Bayonetta universes where the title witch could come out. So why can’t one of those parallel worlds be a visual murder mystery reality?
In this version, you will not only see characters like Bayonetta, Jeanne and Viola in their cool detective costumes, but also witness the whimsical and colorful world of Bayonetta drawn in 2D. But it would be interesting if the ‘Think’ section still retains the traditional 3D style and involves hacking and slashing your way to the truth.
4 The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku
If you miss the world of rhythm games, look no further than Project Diva. Play as Hatsune Miku here and perform various popular J-pop songs. But what’s better than a rhythm game? How about a mystery involving Miku’s friends trying to track down the green-haired idol’s killer?
You can roam the virtual world to investigate or enter one of Project Diva’s many tracks to find evidence. Then, when asked to ‘think about’ how everything connects, you can do so by completing a quick rhythm-based mini-game based on a popular Vocaloid song. No need to worry if you mess up. You can always try and try again!
three Space Channel 5 Reporting Now… Murder?!
Sega has another musical game property related to maintaining rhythm. In Space Channel 5, you play as Ulala, a news reporter who does the hard work of rescuing civilians and confronting the enemy, as well as reporting on an alien dance invasion. Ulala has a lot on her plate, so when her murder is suddenly announced, you have to help her.
As a visual novel mystery, Ulala can interview suspects and ask what they saw at the crime scene as they normally do their coverage. During the ‘Think’ mini-game, you can control Ulala as she dances, poses, and makes her way towards a glowing light bulb. Unless your mystery broadcast is interrupted by a persistent space channel rival, you will solve this case in no time.
2 Don’t hang around the detective!
How could Super Monkey Ball, mentioned multiple times in The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog, not be on this list? Super Monkey Ball is a game where the main objective is to bring the monkey inside the ball to the final goal. But you don’t control the ball, you control it by tilting the platform up, down, left and right.
As a visual novel with a twist, you can visit many of the stages the series has taken over the years. And of course, every “Think” part can be a Super Monkey Ball level where you have to collect bananas and reach the goal before time runs out. I hope you don’t accidentally knock your AiAi off the stage while you’re thinking.
One Dragon’s Judgment
Technically, Like a Dragon/Yakuza/Judgment games can be categorized as each having an overarching murder mystery to solve. Except, instead of careful cross-examination, the series hits people. many people. That said, this world can be perfectly transformed into a point-and-click adventure thanks to your favorite characters and immersive storytelling.
Imagine: You play as Takayuki Yagami’s new partner and help him figure out who the killer is who murdered you. The ‘Think’ mini-game can be a classic, action-packed brawl known for games where you or Yagami must defeat a certain number of bad guys before time runs out. After annihilating an opponent, be sure to shout “Finely!”
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