Pinocchio’s Murder is a visual novel, cyberpunk mystery following the volatile home-life of a family of cyborgs. It was funded on Kickstarter for $6,048 back in 2015. Development seemed to be heating up during 2016, perhaps a bit too much.

According to the latest Kickstarter update, the main studio PC for Pinocchio’s Murder met an untimely and fiery demise. Fortunately, the team was able to recover the hard drive, but the motherboard had melted. The loss of time and assets has set the game’s release back at least a month or two. Luckily, the team is still expecting to have the game finished by Spring of 2017 with a possible March-April release date.

Accident or Arson?

The update doesn’t make any mention of the suspicious nature of this “accident.” Namely that a game about possibly murderous cyborgs had attempted to erase proof of its existence. I’m not saying that the computer became sentient and grew sympathetic with the cyborgs, but I’m not ruling it out ether. (Editor’s note: This never happened.)

The demo version of Pinocchio’s Murder has seen several updates since we last took a look at it. Notably, the newer version includes voices and sound effects which were conspicuously absent from the previous build. It’s worth looking into ahead of the upcoming release. Particularly if you don’t completely trust those sneaky cyborgs.

Joanna Mueller

Joanna Mueller

Editor-in-Chief at Cliqist: Indie Gaming
Joanna Mueller is a lifelong gamer who used to insist on having the Super Mario Bros manual read to her as a bedtime story. Now she's reading Fortnite books to her own kiddo while finally making use of her degree to write about games as Cliqist's EIC.
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