A Murder In The Public Domain
A Murder In The Public Domain is a murder mystery game or visual novel built from public domain movies, sounds, pictures, and images. I cobble these all together into a mystery story. The game follows the adventures of Dirk Caliber and Mary Livingston as they try to solve the murder of her mysterious employer. Each new release usually gives a new setting and a new murder to be solved.
Release 1.2.2 is now available. I've made this a minor release because there is no more additional story. There is, however, major changes to the user interface. I've added the << Previous button. This button, or pressing the Backspace key, will move the game to the previous scene. I've added the Next >> button. This button behaves the same as clicking the left mouse button, or pressing the Spacebar or Enter key. The user can now accelerate through sounds, songs, and videos in the same way that they accelerate through a conversation.
Release 1.2.3 is now available. I've added a new trivia user element. Now at places in the story you'll be asked to answer multiple choice trivia questions. The questions are about the movies, songs, or anything else I might have dreamed up. This release fixes a bug that causes an intermittent crash during videos in Linux.
I've been able to run this on a 500 Megahertz Pentium with 540 Megabytes of RAM using Ubuntu Linux so it can run on just about anything. I've tested on Fedora and Ubuntu Linux. Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. I am releasing a source tar, 32 bit rpm, deb, and Windows install exe. The 32 bit Windows executable runs fine in 64 bit Windows systems. 64 bit Linux systems, however, should compile from source. There are some required third party applications. These are explained on the web page and in the instructions of the game itself.