The Dark City series is a hidden object games series developed by 4 Friends Games (later renamed Friendly Fox) and distributed by Big Fish Games.
This game series follows a private detective who is summoned to real life European cities to solve seemingly supernatural problems.
Dark City: Paris is the debut appearance of Agatha, an ally in Budapest, as the main protagonist.
- Dark City: London - the first game in the series takes place in London, England. The City is about to celebrate the opening of the world's largest clock, until a headless ghost appears, threatening to destroy London and murder hundreds at the opening ceremony. You play a detective who must investigate the dark alleys and gather clues to hunt down the killer and unlock the deadly secrets hidden inside the clock tower.
- Dark City: Munich - the second game in the series takes place in Munich, Germany. It's Oktoberfest and the festivities are being spoiled by a series of violent attacks. The witnesses claim that werewolves are responsible, but that cant be true, can it?
- Dark City: Vienna - the third game in the series takes place in Vienna, Austria. You play a detective who is summoned to investigate a masked assailant wreaking havoc on a theater in Vienna. You quickly discover that this is no ordinary criminal but a dangerous phantom who promises swift justice for past wrongs!
- Dark City: Dublin - the fourth game in the series takes place in Dublin, Ireland. It's almost St. Patrick's Day, but a string of mysterious robberies threatens to ruin Dublin's celebration! Witnesses claim that the perpetrator is no mere mortal but a mischievous leprechaun.
- Dark City: Budapest - the fifth game in the series takes place in Budapest, Hungary. A series of nighttime attacks have shown suspicious evidence that vampires have returned to prowl the city streets. But as you and your new friend and partner, Agatha, quickly discover, something doesn't add up. Do vampires roam the streets and alleys of Budapest at night, or is someone hiding something even more sinister?
- Dark City:Paris - the sixth game in the series takes place in Paris, France. Someones using ghosts to terrorize Parisians, and recent scientific advancements only seem to make them stronger. With both the Expo and the city itself on the line, can Agatha uncover whos behind the dangerous attacks and stop them before its too late?
Not to be confused with the film of the same name.
"Welcome to Dark City: Tropes."
- Always Night: Given that the game series is called "Dark City", it's no surprise that the setting is at twilight/night.
- Ambiguous Time Period: Although not fully confirmed, the game series appears to be set in the late 19th century. Evidence for this include references to "the Queen" attending the clock opening ceremony in London (as in Queen Victoria who reigned from 1837 to 1901) and the appearance in Budapest of an early model car.
- Sherlock Scan: How the detective - and later Agatha - search for clues in crime scenes and the people they face.
- Shoe Shine, Mister?: When the Detective needs witness information about Engineer Halls' death, a local pickpocket named Snitch offers a shoe shine in exchange for what he knows. This turns out to be a ruse as Snitch ties the Detective's shoelaces to a pipe and steals his briefcase.
- Animal Motifs: Each of the residents have distinct beast forms befitting their character.
- Masquerade: The Detective discovers there is a society of shapeshifters called 'half-humans' hiding among regular humans.
- Parental Abandonment: Hansel and Gretel's father passed away, and their stepmother kicked them out of the house because she was jealous of them.
- Public Domain Character: Hansel and Gretel
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Herr Schulz. He not only accepts help from the Detective, but he also trusts the Detective to ensure their secret as half-humans is kept safe.
- Spider-Sense: Half-cats, like the Detective's caddie driver Vince, have the ability to sense danger.
- The Owl-Knowing One: According to the gypsy fortune-teller, half-owls like herself have the ability to see into the future.
- To Unmasque the World: After discovering the existence of half-humans, Doctor Richter captured a select few and planned to unveil them at the Oktoberfest festivals. His plan was foiled by the Detective.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Brunhilda only meant to protect half-human children after losing hers to hunters. The problem is that it involved tainting sweets and kidnapping them.
- Blackmail: Turns out Katherina was blackmailed by Herr Steiner because she suspected he killed Sofia prior to the game.
- Crusading Widower: Gregory lost Sofia, his fiancée, because of Herr Steiner's malicious sabotage. He dons the persona of the Phantom to pursue revenge.
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: Triggered when Katherina makes her appearance against the Phantom's warnings.
- Frame-Up: Adele was nearly framed for poisoning her husband Johann, but the detective finds the real culprit, Wolfgang, and clears her name.
- Historical Domain Character: Johann Strauss
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Herr Steiner
- Poison Is Evil: Wolfgang switched out a wine bottle with a bottle of poisoned wine to attempt to kill Johann.
- The Prima Donna: Katherina
- The Resenter: Wolfgang was jealous of Johann's rising success as a composer, and tried to kill him.
- Same Plot Sequel: The plot is almost identical to the one used in London - a character with a special talent (in this case a talent for stage magic) is seeking revenge disguised as justice for the death of a loved one by pretending to be a ghost.
- Adult Fear: The parents of Dublin suffered this when their children go missing.
- Easily Forgiven: Miss O'Farrell is forgiven by the people of Dublin for what the mayor had done to threaten her and the children in her care.
- Mischief-Making Monkey: The Detective encounters a monkey called Duncan who likes to dress up in funny costumes and steal things - apparently the locals are used to it and his owner, Gareth Foley, always put the stolen property in a display case to be reclaimed.
- Orphanage of Love: Miss O'Farrell takes care of the orphans like her own children in her orphanage.