The Detective Club games are a series of adventure games released by Nintendo on the Famicom Disk System, Satellaview, and Super Famicom as a exclusive for the Nintendo Power flash cart service in Japan. Gunpei Yokoi produced the first two games before he left Nintendo, and Yoshio Sakamoto wrote the scenarios.
There are three games in the series:
- Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir (Famicom, 1988)
- Famicom Detective Club Part II: The Girl in Back (Famicom, 1989, Super Famicom, 1998)
- BS Detective Club: Lost Memories in the Snow (Super Famicom / Satellaview, 1997)
Of all the three games, the Super Famicom version of The Girl in Back is the only game with a complete (unofficial) English translation.
These games contain examples of:
- Identity Amnesia: The protagonist has forgotten his identity in the beginning of the story due to unknown circumstances, leading Ayumi Tachibana to help guide him to solving the case he was assigned to do.
- Asshole Victim: Genjiro Kaneda, the murder victim in the second case, is described by the investigator at the police agency as a master con-artist, swindling peoples livelihoods and (in the case of Uchida) forcing them to declare bankruptcy if they cant pay him back. His body is left with multiple, savage stab wounds, signifying the murderers genuine hatred for the man.
- Be as Unhelpful as Possible: Averted in regards to Mr. Komada, the friendly art teacher who shares any and all information he knows about the school and the incidents that took place, but played straight when it comes to Ms. Hamaya and Mr. Tazaki, who both share Dark Secrets that they dont want anyone else to know regarding their part in the story and end up hindering your efforts.
- Berserk Button:
- For certain members of the staff at Ushimitsu High School, insinuating that Principal Urabe might be the killer is this. Especially when you consider that some of them owe their livelihoods directly to him, and was willing to overlook any past mistakes or dark secrets they may have held.
- The protagonist himself is a pretty calm-collected, ordinary every-man... but insulting his mother is one way to get him to act physical, as the Weird Kid pestering him would have found out if not for Ayumi's sudden appearance.
- Butterface: A female tennis player you come across at the high school is initially talked to from a considerable distance. This confuses the protagonist, and so when he asks her to come closer after thinking she must be cute she turns out to have an extremely ugly and weaselly face, and is also implied to have a crush on the protagonist. Hes suitably horrified.
- Call-Forward: The game ends with the Utsugi Detective Agency receiving a phone call from Zenzou Tanabe of Myojin Village who asks to meet with them in person, leading into the events of the first game.
- Chick Magnet: Goro Kaneda, Genjiros son, was quite popular with the ladies at Ushimitsu High School, often taking them to his fathers snack stand and his mansion for parties.
- Dude Magnet: Ayumi Tachibana, who, according to a passing male student, has apparently captured the hearts of the male student body at her school, at least regarding first-year students.
- Driven to Suicide:
- Uchida, the man believed to be the main suspect in the murder case of Kaneda, killed himself just before the police had a chance to interrogate him.
- Principal Urabe later kills himself out of shame in his office, after having written a message that (falsely) incriminates him as the killer.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Ayumi Tachibana has these as her default expression. Considering that Yoko Kojima, the murder victim, was her best friend, it makes perfect sense. Yoko's homeroom teacher Tatsuya Hibino also has these as well. Though in his case, it's later revealed to be just an act.
- Gender-Blender Name: The big, ugly Japanese Delinquent who tries to act tough and intimidating towards you is named Hitomi Kawaii. Even the protagonist is baffled when he finds this out.
- Heroic BSoD: Tatsuya Hibino and Ayumi are this throughout much of the case following Yokos death, to the point that the former is initially unable to answer any questions because of his mental state.
- Hot Teacher: Hibino is quite pleasing on the eyes. Hes also thought to be cute by one of the female students you talk to in the beginning.
- Idle Rich: Goro Kaneda has grown into this, following the inheritance of his fathers wealth. He spends his days hosting parties filled with attractive women.
- Kid Detective: The protagonist, natch. Its noted several times by many of the adults you talk to on how young you are, with at least one of them mistaking you for a student at the high school youre investigating. He makes it clear that he wants to be seen as a detective and not a kid, though.
- Never Found the Body: The missing person from the Kaneda incident, Shinobu Asakawa, disappeared on the night of the murder and hasnt been seen since. Its speculated by the police agency that she may still be alive, but according to the investigator you talk to, the chances of that are slim at best. At the end of the game, it's revealed that her decaying corpse was hidden in the hallway mirror.
- Open-Fly Gag: While trying to cheer her up after she had just been put in a perilous situation by Tazaki, Ayumi cant help but notice and laugh at the protagonists unzipped pants while hes trying to either: make her laugh or declare that hell protect her. It happens to be the first time in the game where Ayumi is genuinely happy.
- Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Shinobu's corpse is revealed this way when Hibino attempts to attack the protagonist and Ayumi and misses, hitting the mirror instead... resulting in the skeleton landing directly on him.
- Slipping a Mickey: Ayumi slips some sleeping pills in the protagonists coffee to put him out so she can search for Tazaki on her own, believing him to be the culprit responsible for Yokos death.
- What the Hell, Player?: Choosing to check the deceased Yoko Kojimas crotch area while examining her body to pinpoint a cause of death will cause the coroner to berate you for your perverted thinking.