The Art and Science of Mystery Game Design

Come, Watson! The game is afoot! Whether it’s a case of murder or money, smuggling or surveillance, game designers from Telling Lies, Her Story, Unheard, A Case of Distrust, and Lucifer Within Us will discuss their techniques and follies in designing mysteries. It can be particularly difficult to design a mystery-solving scenario that’s non-linear, such as in these games, but we’ll discuss ways to empower the player to be the detective and lead the investigation.


Jongwoo Kim [Creative Director, Kitfox Games], Sam Barlow [Game Director, Drowning a Mermaid Productions], Nick Zhang [Creative Director, NEXT Studios], Ben Wander [Lead Designer, The Wandering Band]