Yet another dirty case for the more-than-cat-like John Blacksad…
Blacksad started life as a famous graphic novel in the 2000s by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, featuring a noir storyline in a game world populated by animals. Just like the graphic novel’s world, the video game adaptation released in 2019 retains the same gritty feel and fiendishly engrossing story.
Published by Microids, Blacksad: Under the Skin is a brand new standalone episode that immerses you in the notorious backstreets of 1950s New York. The task at hand is a case that could have come straight from a crime novel: Joseph “Joe” Dunn has been found dead, and his daughter needs your help to find his murderer, and maybe a little bit more... if there’s a spark. You are John Blacksad, a tenacious feline private eye decked out in the traditional trenchcoat and stripy tie, armed with an ability to sniff out dirty deeds. But that’s not all.
Blacksad: Under the Skin is a unique kind of adventure game. Here, it is your decisions that decide how the case progresses and how it all unfurls. One big help is that you don’t play as just any old detective, but an animal with razor-sharp senses. Blacksad can use his senses of sight, hearing, or smell to dig out clues and suspicious behaviour. It comes in handy when untangling truth from lies, especially when dealing with a hyena or a snake. Because in the Blacksad universe, the 30 anthropomorphic NPCs wear their personalities on their faces. Get sharpening your claws!
Whatever methods you go for, it won’t be long before you are truly invested in the case thanks to its delectable jazz soundtrack and authentic dialogue. Over the course of the game, you will complete investigation and infiltration missions, brawny interrogations, and side quests, which all develop the personality of “your Blacksad” as you make wise or not-so-wise decisions. Some of the ways you can turn out include: sensitive or stone-hearted, romantic or a loner, chatterbox or monosyllabic.
Will you choose to play it straight as an honourable detective, or give in to vice and easy money as a dirty cop?
The choice is yours...