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Primetime Detective is a procedural crime procedural.

Procedural: meaning the game dynamically generates suspects and crimes so no two playthroughs are the same.

Crime: it’s your job to solve the crimes by interrogating suspects, directing your team to investigate the evidence, and deciding who to accuse.

Procedural: the game takes place within a procedural television series, and you need to not only solve crimes but do so in a way that interests an audience, increases your ratings, and keeps your show on the air.

The game’s main interface is a conspiracy wall of polaroids, scraps of evidence, and string to connect the dots. The experience of playing is like Papers, Please meets Perry Mason, or Columbo meets King of Dragon Pass.