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Video Game / Lamplight City

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Lamplight City is a Point-and-Click Adventure Game developed by the indie developer Grundislav Games and published in 2018 for PC by Application Systems Heidelberg.

In an alternate Steampunk history of America, in the city of New Bretique, two detectives investigate a robbery of a flower shop in the run-down district of Cholmedeley. After Detective Miles Fordham got his partner Bill Leger killed in a showdown with the thief, his former partner's voice has been haunting him. Now, retired from the force, Miles continues to work several jobs fed to him from a contact at the police while hoping to find the thief of these Easter lilies, and perhaps bring closures to others as he does so.

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  • Alternate History: There are lots of signs that this is not our world, and not just from the presence of steam technology. For instance, the country's flag is "The Jack and Stars", which still features a Union Jack in the corner. Also, Miles votes in the election for a Prime Minister instead of President. However, other conflicts still clearly occurred, as there is mention of a man who freed the slaves (and it wasn't Lincoln).
  • Ambiguously Gay: It being set in 1844, it was still illegal to be a homosexual in most places in the world. However, several statements from Bill suggest that he preferred men, and that his partner knew it.
  • Downer Beginning: The opening of the ends with Miles' partner and best friend Bill Leger getting murdered by a thief, and which ever option you picked, it's Miles' fault.
  • Downer Ending: Two of the Multiple Endings.
    • If you have Miles throw Upton under the bus when Chief Snelling confronts you about of the sketches or you visit the wrong Reddite in case 5, Miles will be thrown in prison and Bill will endlessly nag him about getting them stuck in this mess.
    • If you declare two or more of cases 1-4 to be unsolvable, Miles with admit himself into an insane asylum with him being putting a drugged up stupor so he'll stop hearing Bill's voice.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: If you manage to get through case 5, Miles will be saved from the killer either by Snelling or Upton. After the killer is dead, Miles will no longer hear Bill's voice. Satisfied that he solved Bill's murder, Miles will start up his own detective agency with Upton and Adelaide.
  • Happily Married: Zigzagged with Miles and Addy. They start the game off very happy, but run into marital problem as the game continues, result in Addy throwing Miles out at the end of case 3. However, if you get the good ending, the ending implies that they managed to patch things up. It is also possible to have Miles tell Addy the truth about hearing Bill's voice in his head which starts to repair their marriage. Subverted in the bad endings.
  • Multiple Endings: The game has four different possible endings. Two of them are Earn Your Happy Endings and two are Downer Endings.
  • Steampunk: Steam devices are scattered throughout the city, in a fictional version of the Industrial Revolution. One of the background conflicts is the progress of this steam tech versus human employment.
  • Straight Gay: In the fourth case, Rolan and Jimbo were in a relationship. The latter outright confesses to it in an underground pub.


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