Vortex Point is a series of Mystery Fiction Point-and-Click Web Games by Carmel Games.
It follows Kevin, Craig, and Caroline, a trio of Occult Detectives who investigate paranormal crimes in the titular town of Vortex Point.
List of Vortex Point games so far:
- Case 1: Far Journeys
- Case 2: Nensha
- Case 3: Lake Monster
- Case 4: Artist Square
- Case 5: Monster Movie
- Case 6: The Time Of Your Life Carnival
- Case 7: Waddington Swamp
- Case 8: The Rock
Vortex Point provides examples of:
- 555: Anytime a phone number is shown, it will start with 555.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: The three investigators all have names that begin with a "k" sound.
- Asshole Victim:
- The doctor and the pianist in Far Journeys conspired to steal four gold bars won by Gary Porter, which had him falsely institutionalised for the rest of his life. He murders them via astral projection and gets away with it.
- The professor in Waddington Swamp is a callous jerkass to everyone, including the aforementioned Dave Waddington regarding his deceased wife, only to be eaten by a mutant at the end. The only remotely "good" thing he did was pay the investigators in advance, which comes in handy for the team so they don't leave empty-handed following his death.
- The Bad Guy Wins:
- At the end of Far Journeys, Gary Porter gets away with murder due to there being no concrete evidence as he may have used astral projection. However, this was revenge against the two who ruined his life.
- The ghost that Kevin tried to exorcise in The Rock is revealed to be still around due to the holy water used on his remains to be tap water.
- Bilingual Bonus: The title of the second game, Nensha, is Japanese for the term of thoughtography; the alleged ability to psychically alter photographs, as the Arc Villain of this case is a thoughtographic wizard.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: The owner of the hotel and gift shop in Lake Monster kidnap someone and say the lake monster ate him to drive tourists to their businesses near the lake.
- Creepy Doll: Danabelle the demonic doll. It's just a prop in the investigators' office with no plot relevance, but could wreak havoc if it fell into the wrong hands.
- Expository Theme Tune: Full version can be found here: ♪ In the town of Vortex Point. You never know what you might see. Witchcraft, ghosts and UFOs. Everything's creepy... ♪
- Game-Breaking Bug: Following the global shutdown of the Flash plugin, Artist Square remains unplayable due to the Copy Protection preventing the game from loading in emulators.
- Geek Physiques: In Artist Square, Kevin delivers pizza to a video game geek so obese he can't stand up.
- Jump Scare: Monster Movie ends with a zombie-like monster coming from nowhere as a scream plays.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Lampshaded in The Rock where Luna knows that Kevin will never return her crowbar.
- Non-Player Character: Craig and Caroline.
- Player Character: Kevin
- Potty Emergency: To gain access to the museum in Nensha, Kevin has to bring several mugs of beer to the guard until he runs off to the toilet.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Koko kidnaps two young people with the intention of holding them ransom due to them being the children of two reporters who claimed his thoughtographic abilites were fraudulent.
- Spooky Photographs: Nensha starts when two teenagers have fun in a photo booth and one leaves to go wash her hands. In the internim, the photos are printed and to the horror of one of them, the other is being strangled by a masked man in the photos despite him not being in the booth, and the other girl has vanished. Similarly, there's another photo of a young man also being strangled by the same masked man who's gone missing. The photos were being altered by a man named Koko, who was a famous "thoughtographic wizard" who could use his thoughts alone to alter the negatives of photographs based on whatever he was thinking.
- We Will Meet Again: At the end of Nensha, after his arrest, Koko the Thoughtographic wizard sends Kevin an altered photo of himself being strangled by Koko.