• The Only Bird to Give a Hoot About Crime Is “Detective Chirpums, Private Investigator”

  • The Only Bird to Give a Hoot About Crime Is “Detective Chirpums, Private Investigator”

  • The Only Bird to Give a Hoot About Crime Is “Detective Chirpums, Private Investigator”

  • The Only Bird to Give a Hoot About Crime Is “Detective Chirpums, Private Investigator”

The Only Bird to Give a Hoot About Crime Is “Detective Chirpums, Private Investigator”

Hardboiled private eye Detective Chirpums is tough, but even the city’s best avian investigator needs to drown the horrors of everyday life with a bottle of Grackle’s Finest. Too bad he doesn’t have the time–rent is due and the detective needs to solve a case, get paid, and make sure he doesn’t get evicted. The city is filled with thieving magpies and orderly wrens, many of whom are none too impressed at Chirpums’ tan trenchcoat and fedora.

Detective Chirpums, Private Investigator is more comedy than noir, as the premise suggests, but the trappings are there for those who don’t mind seeing the genre’s conventions carried out by rotund birds. The gameplay is minimal but the art is gorgeous. Light-hearted (well, for a murder investigation) and irreverent, and entertaining for those who enjoy seeing a cross between Sin City and Animal CrossingDetective Chirpums is brimming with style, femme fatales, and puns.

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