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Dominique Pamplemousse is a down-at-heel private investigator who stars as the protagonist of Squinkifer Productions' point-and-click adventure games with heavy musical elements.
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The first game, Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" was released on April 1st 2013 for the iOS devices, and was then ported to PC on 11th March, 2015. It then received another iOS follow-up in 2017, named Dominique Pamplemousse and Dominique Pamplemousse in "Combinatorial Explosion!"

These games contain examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Dominique occasionally has to remind people that their last name is pronounced "Pamp-le-moose".
  • Ambiguous Gender: The protagonist. Several people they talk to are confused which pronouns to use for them, and Dominique at one point simply says that they went through puberty ages ago, and thus it isn't relevant.
  • Anachronism Stew: The game is in black-and-white, some of the characters seem to have walked out of '40s Film Noir, and Dominique claims at the beginning to have had no work since the Depression, but there are also modern signifiers like shopping malls and wifi-enabled laptops.
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  • Cardboard Box Home: Referenced by Dominique, who remarks that for all its faults their office is a step up from living in a cardboard box.
  • Cranky Landlord: Dominique's landlady, who kicks off the first game by giving Dominique 48 hours to come up with the back rent or get evicted. She's also an undercover cop that thinks Dominique murdered Casey.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Ms. Pendergast, aka Agatha Lansbury. She is a PI that Casey hired after his lawyer went missing. When Dominique is arrested for murder, Ms. Pendergast gives her a key to the bust in Prudence's office.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Averted in the second game; rather than privilege a single ending from the first game, it posits that they all happened, with the result that there are now multiple Dominiques hanging about the place and interacting with one another.
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  • Deliberately Monochrome: Both games are done in strict black-and-white.
  • Detective Patsy: In game one, Prudence hires Dominique to find Casey, ensure that he would be killed, and frame Dominique. As the original inventor, Dominique would be able to prove that Prudence stole her work so she needed to be discredited.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Prudence's daughter Devon escapes from her and goes to college no matter which ending you choose. Dominique wishes her well.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Dominique is a gender-neutral name in France. It's lampshaded in multiple dialogues.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Mrs. Rathbone calls Dominique "Pimplemousse" and "Pimplecakes".
  • Multiple Endings: The first game has several endings; the sequel carries all of them over into a single continuity.
    • Dominique refuses to work for Prudence, fails to bring her to justice, and decides to change her life for the better by finding a new profession.
    • Dominique accepts Prudence's offer, getting money and benefits. She hopes to be an Internal Reformist and undo Prudence's empire from the inside out.
  • The Musical: People break out into song at the drop of a hat. The first scene of the first game features Dominique singing about how terrible their office is (with extra verses if the player clicks on the peeling wallpaper, the mousehole, etc.) and Mrs Van Dunng singing about the case she wants Dominique to take.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Prudence laughs in the ending where you refuse to work for her. She says Dominique could try to bring her to justice, but she has connections and enough money to make the murder charges vanish. All Dominque does is clear her own name, proving Prudence right.
  • Stop Motion Animation: The game's graphics are rendered in Claymation.
  • "Which Restroom" Dilemma: At one point, Dominique is stumped which bathroom represents them.

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