Video Game: Dead Case

It was dark. Very dark. But then, you'd expect that in a coffin, wouldn't you?

Dead Case is a Point-and-Click Game mystery game by Zachery Shaffer. You play as a ghost who is is trying to solve his own murder after losing his memories in death.

Dead Case contains the following tropes

  • Adult Fear: The backstories of the ghosts all deal with this. The school ghost committed suicide after losing her husband and her daughter, the hospital ghost was injured while on his motorcycle and died in the hospital because of a mistake by the staff, and the church ghost found out her husband was a serial killer and ended up dying when he set the house on fire to hide his crimes. As for the protagonist, he was shot by the serial killer because his fiance was the killer's next target and he was in the way. Stopping the killer from shooting the fiance ends up being the game's climax.
  • Berserk Button: The hospital ghost hates doctors. He died because of a medical error.
  • Children Are Cruel: A group of children are seen constantly teasing and bullying a young girl. The school ghost finds peace by chasing them away and befriending the girl.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: The driver whose actions led to the death of the hospital ghost sank into alcoholism out of grief. Part of helping the hospital ghost find peace is encouraging him to forgive the man for his actions and help him get a liver transplant.
  • Ghost Amnesia: Ghosts seem to get this in general. The protagonist forgets his own life of course, but the school ghost forgets her dead daughter while the church ghost forgets that she found dead bodies in her husband's basement.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: The little girl being bullied has a stuffed rabbit she loves. Showing it to the school ghost also reminds her of her dead daughter.
  • Guide Dang It: Some of the puzzles can be pretty difficult, including one part where the player has to insert names into a computer from memory (which is annoying if the player doesn't know to write the names down when given them). It's not helped by the fact that navigating the town can be a bit difficult, especially if you don't catch that there's a map in the help menu.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason the church ghost was murdered was because she discovered that her husband was a serial killer.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: A rather dark variation. The protagonist was murdered by the serial killer because the killer wanted his fiance as his "bride" (that is, he wanted to kill her so he could have her and his other victims as a harem in the afterlife). When the protagonist finds a board with the photos of the killer's victims on it, his own picture is there captioned "He got in the way".
  • Nonstandard Game Over: The player gets one if they don't stop the church ghost from setting the fiance's house on fire to try to kill her husband. The ending will say that the fiance will die in the fire, but the serial killer husband will escape.
  • Police Are Useless: The cops of the town seem pretty incompetent. According to the library ghost they're covering up the protagonist's murder and one is shown playing solitaire on the computer when she's supposed to be working. Subverted by the library ghost, who used to be a cop in real life and spends the rest of eternity researching various murder cases to try to solve them.
  • Point-and-Click Game
  • Starts with Their Funeral: The game opens with the protagonist's ghost rising from his grave.
  • Torture Cellar: Implied to have been kept by the serial killer, since his burned-down house has human bones in it and his wife remembers going into the basement where she discovered evidence of his crimes.
  • Undeath Always Ends: The ultimate goal for the protagonist is to move on to the next life. Unfortunately, he can't do that until he resolves all the lingering issues keeping him around. Subverted for the other ghosts, who remain among the living and find fulfilling purposes there.
  • Whodunnit to Me: The entire point of the game is to find out the circumstances behind the protagonist's death.
  • Woman Scorned: The church ghost manages to remember hating her husband because she thought he was cheating on her. What he actually was doing was much worse...