Anarchist Attorney: Murder Dog

By Alec Meer on August 8th, 2011 at 10:06 am.

Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog is Crime and Punishment as starring a homicidal, humanoid mutt who isn’t at all interested in moral justification for his thousands of remorseless kills.

It’s The Outsider, if Meursault actively enjoyed his act of murder (and was a dog).

It’s a libertarian rebuke of the modern justice system (starring a dog).

It’s a liberal treatise against the covert endorsement and use of violence by police (as made by a dog).

It’s an existentialist discussion of the nature of morality (by a dog).

It’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, but with a dog and graphics that ping-between hand-drawn and crude claymation.

It’s the latest game from thecatamites, creators of the unrepentantly disturbing Space Funeral.

It’s bewildering, infuriating, distressing, hilarious, smart, disingenuous, immoral, amoral, moral, passionate, laconic, satirical, serious, stupid and angry.

It’s free and you should go play it.

Your dilemma: you are the titular Murder Dog. You have murdered thousands of people, and you enjoyed it. You are on trial for this. You are representing yourself for the defence. Knowing your crimes, do you seek to be punished for them, or to exploit legal and moral loopholes to escape penalty? You may decide.

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27 Comments »

  1. gwathdring says:

    Huh.

  2. Dominic White says:

    I played this the day it was released. Within 45 minutes, I had gotten both the True Murder Dog Canon ending, and the Not Guilty ending.

    I believe I may be unfit for life in non-murdering society at large.

  3. Mr_Hands says:

    Everyone should be following @thecatamites on twitter. Far and away the best titters I’ve had from twitter.

    Looking forward to delving into this. Loved Space Funeral.

  4. The Army of None says:

    Murder Dog: Gaming’s Citizen Kane?

  5. TsunamiWombat says:

    Played it and I THINK I got all the endings…getting off was depressingly easy.

  6. liqourish says:

    Lovely game.
    Very odd.

    • Harkkum says:

      Most strange experience indeed. Not maybe too sophisticated but fun nonetheless. Gets one murderous bark and two innocent growls.

  7. Burning Man says:

    Good stuff. Short, but very well done.

  8. WJonathan says:

    WhothewhattheIdon’tevenbuthowwhyisitohnevermind

  9. liqourish says:

    What I think makes this game interesting is that even as it builds up this absurd world that has murder dogs and brains in jars, it touches on some things that are scarily close to ours.

    The police don’t employ murder dogs (taken from the army league?) to use against the population – but it is true that there is a state monopoly on violence.

    It gets close enough sometimes to be both thought-provoking and a little unsettling.

  10. JackShandy says:

    My favourite bit is the little dog in the corner that constantly dissects the plot.

  11. Gundrea says:

    The first victim of any murder is conscience.

    The second is pineapple surprise.

  12. Moth Bones says:

    As with Space Funeral, I couldn’t get this to work. It won’t fit on my monitor. A great shame, as I really like the look of both games.

    • Hensler says:

      I had the same problem with this, until I noticed the setup file in the zip folder. Let me switch it to windowed mode and it worked fine then.

  13. patricij says:

    I won!

  14. poop says:

    play this worthy indie game you shits

  15. Morph says:

    A lesser charge? I’ll be out in 5!

  16. Shooop says:

    I enjoyed this one a great deal. Hilarious and to an extent, disturbing seeing how easy it can be to twist the system. Absolutely love the “winning screen” which tells me how to collect a prize.

    I just wish they had done more with the claymation and made it a bit longer/more involved like being able to pick answers like Monkey Island’s insult sword fighting. Quite a few ways I really wanted to contest the victim’s testimony.

  17. freakoftheuniverse says:

    After loving Space Funeral (so much that I even made a custom icon for it for the desktop), I was pleased as punch that he followed through with another madly insane piece of brilliance.
    Oh, I can heartily recommend VEGGIE TALES 3D, one of his earlier works. I hope you like being filled with rage

  18. hello_mr.Trout says:

    best game! canon ending made me laugh!