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Detective Butler: Maiden Voyage Murder
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Feb 10, 2017 @ 8:28am
May 26, 2017 @ 12:00pm

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We're Greenlit - Thank You!
Release date: Already released

Visual novels are story-based games, displaying characters on the screen while playing sounds and music in the background to create an immersive storytelling experience. Although most visual novels include branching paths and choices that affect the outcome of the story, Detective Butler: Maiden Voyage Murder has just one outcome. The only choice is how you choose to solve the mystery.


In 1962, a popular cruise ship goes out of business after the accidental deaths of two of its passengers. The ship remains a tourist attraction, until it sets sail again half a century later.

The CEO of a wealthy company takes his closest employees and son Gilligan on board for the maiden voyage. Gilligan happens to meet Detective Butler during the cruise, and as the two of them delve deeper into the ship's history, another incident occurs... Will Detective Butler find the culprit before it's too late? And will you be able to solve the mystery before the solution is revealed?


Simple controls: left-click to advance the textbox. Right-click to bring up the text log, save and load, change options, and read the Journal. The Journal updates periodicially throughout the story, keeping track of information relevant to solving the case. By referencing the Journal and paying attention to the story, you can solve the crime before Detective Butler reveals the answer.

Features a seemingly-impossible locked room mystery. Based on player feedback, we've re-written many lines, extended the final chapter, and added an epilogue. Estimated reading time is around 5 hours.

There are nine CGs to be unlocked throughout the game, and a gallery to view them in at any time.

There are 28 music tracks, two of which are new to the re-release, and a gallery to play them in at any time.


We hope to bring the Detective Butler experience to the many people on Steam, so please vote for us if you're a fan of detective fiction. And if you're still a little skeptical (as all great detectives should be!), since it's already finished and we're releasing it for free anyway, you can try out the complete game right now and see if it's something you'd like to have in your Steam library!

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Amy Mar 14, 2017 @ 1:22am 
Voted! I love this game :)
thebaymonster Feb 26, 2017 @ 4:00am 
That spooky wind in the opening though. Voted!
Bluebirdplays Feb 21, 2017 @ 10:47am 
Played the game a couple years back THRILLED to see it on Greenlight. It's an awesome-paced mystery story that had me hooked for hours on end. Still one of my favorites :)
eshonen Feb 18, 2017 @ 2:51pm 
Now THAT'S how you put together a trailer for your game. Make it look exciting and inviting, that this is the start of a series of stories worth your time. I approve! ^^
Gogopri Feb 15, 2017 @ 8:40pm 
Looks fun, I'd love to play it!
Zelandiangelo Feb 12, 2017 @ 10:06am 
@*OCB* Shu | Pexie Voice acting is expensive, plain and simple. It's not always realistic for a smaller group to have it.
justinusse3 Feb 11, 2017 @ 6:58pm 
*OCB* Pekusuii | Shu Feb 11, 2017 @ 4:08pm 
It would be nice if this game had some voice over we're in 2017 come on...
PegasusKnight1 Feb 11, 2017 @ 12:42pm 
Nice to see a visual novel that isn't a dating simulator. I've never played a visual novel, but have been wanting to try one. I like a good mystery as well. This game has my vote. :)
Veskaida Feb 11, 2017 @ 12:31am 
Not a fan of photoshoped IRL images.

The original art looks pretty solid though, especially the game's icon and the female characters in the trailer. The fat guy is pretty good too.

SFX and music in-game is pretty lame.

Nice to see a detective mystery whodunit game, rather than the endless dating sims as a VN. Kudos.