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Posted: 5 months ago.

Author: Andrea Walney and @GeekDadGamer.


Unheard is a murder mystery puzzle game. A crime has been committed and you most solve the case by exploring the area and listening to people. It's unusual in that you need to deduce the culprit by only having access to audio files.

Play involves exploring the floor plan of the crime scene with various dotted circles that represent people. Your first task is to determine who the players are and match the correct name to the correct circle. You then have a series of questions to answer involving the crime.

You control a detective who can move around the scene listening in on conversations and seeing past actions. You cannot interact with the people as what you are hearing are recordings of past events. But by listening carefully you will discover clues that will enable you to unravel the mystery and finally deduce who did what.

It's an ideal game for those who enjoy a good crime novel or radio play. The fact that you are not dealing with physical evidence, fingerprints, DNA etc is unusual for a detective game, but the use of audio, and the way the stories develop is well thought out and just as involving.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/03/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play and Simulation

Developer: Next Studios (@NextStudios)

Players: 1



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Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

The game is one that features adult themed content such as murder, and drug taking.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. There is a free downloadable extra story called The Lethal Script available. This story features a hotel and a bunch of actors rehearsing a play. Can you work out what is real and what is scripted?


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Unheard Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@NextStudios) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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