Murder Most Discounted: Blue Toad Murder Files Free-Ish

Relentless seem to have dropped the ‘Blue Toad’ bit from their Murder Files game, in fact, which is probably the right choice, at least presuming their intended audience wasn’t people looking for soft porn starring amphibians. Whatever its name, Relentless’ comic noir, slightly Professor Laytony puzzler has gone pay what you want for the rest of the month, and that includes the option of paying no-pennies.

I’ve never delved into the Christie-spoofing Murder Files myself, but a cursory investigation suggests it’s seen mixed reviews. If only games could simply be either Good or Bad, eh? Having opinions would be so much easier.

Given some complaints centred on the fact that the game (originally episodic) apparently cost too much for its brief duration, PWYW may make it easier to stomach. Other gripes have concerned its pacing and irritation factor (some of which is on show in the innuendo-drenched trailer below), which’ll be harder to get around, but I’m certainly impressed to hear that just the one actor voiced all twenty-odd characters, including a dog.

So yes, pay what you want until Dec 31st. You can choose to pay nowt, but be aware that 20% of all net receipts will go to charity GamesAid.


  1. DuneTiger says:

    I don’t get it. Is this a sequel to the original sans the Blue Toad moniker or is it the same game sans the Blue Toad moniker?

    • LionsPhil says:

      If it’s the original, it’s fairly good. The Layton comparison is apt because it’s basically a sequence of puzzles in a (amusingly narrated, if you like very British gentlemen doing the voices of old ladies) narrative.

      The whole four-player-local-multiplayer thing seems to be bizzarely out of place, and AFAIK it’s all static so it has no replay value—which is the expectation for something Layton-y, but again bizzare for a party game. I played through bits of it with the person I bought it for, but honestly it was the way adventure/puzzle games have been multiplayer for decades—watching along and providing suggestions.

      (The trailer up there looks like the first game. I don’t get why they’ve themed it like Dallas, because it clearly riffs harder on Poirot, Miss Marple, and such early-mid 20th century sleuths.)

      • DuneTiger says:

        Well, that’s where I’m confused. I thought maybe they had made a new Murder Files game, but as you said, it looks like the first. Not sure where the “expensive” tag comes from since it’s (as far as I can remember) always been about or under five bucks.

  2. phlebas says:

    It’s an odd one – a slowish detective game that seems to have been designed as a multiplayer party game. I got bored quite quickly single-player, but it might have been more fun with friends.

  3. The Random One says:

    “Blue” means soft porn? Wot?

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      Lexx87 says:


      Yeah if english is your first language! A blue film means a sexy film for example. So a blue toad is a sexy toad with its nipples out.

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        Big Natural Toads III was IMHO the very finest, and anyone who says Hard Frog 7 was better is an idiot

  4. Lanfranc says:

    Sort of puzzling that they decided to use a Dallas-style trailer for an “English-village-murder-mystery” spoof. :-/

  5. rustybroomhandle says:

    Funny how just as I start making a murder mystery game, I start seeing them show up all over the place.

  6. frightlever says:

    So free requires email registration, whereas the paying options just takes you to a Paypal page, in case that influences anyone. ie I’d rather pay a dollar and have Paypal look after my details than hand my email address over to someone for Go knows what.

    • Gnoupi says:

      They get your mail address from Paypal anyway, that’s why they don’t ask for it then.

      You receive the download link on your mail address. You can download directly after paying with Paypal, but you get the link for later.