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Video Game / Framed

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Cigarette Man and Lady, overlooked by the Sheriff

Framed (Usually styled as FRAMED) is a multi-award-winning Film Noir} Puzzle Game. It later received a sequel, and both games are currently bundled together for Steam and Nintendo Switch. There is no connection with the novel involving theft from an art gallery.

The plot of both games is fairly simple; the main characters have a briefcase, and must evade the police while keeping it in their possession. What sets the games apart is the game play, as the player re-arranges panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome of the story.. As the games progress, new mechanics are introduced, such as turning panels to change the direction of an action, and rearranging panels as the scene is playing to use a particular event multiple times.


The series makes use of the following tropes:

  • Anti-Hero: The police is constantly trying to kill the protagonists, and the Lady is frequently seen on wanted posters in the first game.
  • Chair Reveal: How the Glasses Man learns of his boss's death.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: All of the characters are black silhouettes, save for their Iconic Item.
  • Evil Overlooker: The Sheriff, in the Collection's store image.
  • Femme Fatale: The Lady, who's willing to resort to poisoning the Cigarette Man to get the briefcase for herself.
  • The Hero Dies: Neither of the male protagonists make it to the end of their own game.
  • Iconic Item: Every character has one. The lead male of the original has his cigarette, the lady has an ascot and the flower in her hat, the Sheriff has his hat, tie, and mustache, and the lead male of the sequel has his glasses.
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  • Macguffin: Whatever is in the briefcase, it's enough for everyone to fight over it.
  • No Escape but Down: How the first chase scene in the first game ends, with a passing truck catching the male lead after he falls from a building. Also happens again at the game's end...with less pleasant results.
  • Remixed Level: The first game ends with a harder version of the first chase sequence, as the player swaps the story's beginning and end to save the Cigarette Man from the Sheriff.
  • Stealth Prequel: The Stinger of the second game makes it clear that it takes place before the first, with the Cigarette Man being paid to get revenge on the Sheriff.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Framed 2 features a different male lead than the original, who has glasses instead of a cigarette, and takes place in an Oriental city instead of an American one.