The Deed

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The Deed on Steam

MSRP: $0.99

Platform: Windows

Release: 11/23/15

The Deed is a clever, deceptively simple game. You return to your family home on the occasion of your father’s 50th birthday after a long estrangement because you’ve discovered that he plans to disinherit you in favor of your sister, who is more than just a little crazy.  The goal is to get away with the murder of your sister.

Prior to dinner, you are given the opportunity to speak with your parents, your sister, and two servants.  You can also explore the house looking for a weapon and a piece of evidence to plant in order to put suspicion on someone other than yourself.  However, explore carefully before committing – once you pick up two items, the dinner bell will ring and the opportunity to speak with people and pick up items will have passed.

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All that remains is to plant the evidence and murder your sister.  You must plant the evidence first; you will not get a chance afterwards, and when the police come (of course the police are going to come!) you will be searched.  Once you commit the murder, you’ll have only seconds to make sure you’re somewhere other than in the room with your sister’s body.

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The police make it clear that they suspect the murderer is someone still in the house which leaves only five suspects, including yourself.  If you’ve chosen the right objects and the right location for your planted evidence, and say the right things in your interview, you might even succeed in placing the blame on someone else. Or you might not.

There are several different possible endings (and a handful of Steam achievements), so it’s worth replaying to see what you can pull off. Each playthrough takes about 20-30 minutes if you thoroughly investigate everything & pursue all possible conversations.  That may not seem like much of a game, but a dollar isn’t much of an investment, and it’s an interesting spin on the idea of a game like Clue.

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