Where’s Tango? is a game which revels in the voyeuristic observation of posh cocktail parties. It’s a tense experience that’s all about deduction, observation through a sniper rifle’s scope and remaining unseen and deadly in order to protect your client and kill their wannabe murderer. Or romantic rival – it’s never really explained, but I’m hoping for murderer.
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It’s also, yes, broadly similar to Spy Party, the long in-development, long in alpha competitive spy/sniper/party-observing game, but Where’s Tango? was created by Eldritch developer David Pittman for the Procedural Generation Jam.
You perform your protective/murdering act by spying on two dozen stylized 3D people who are roaming around a procedurally generated virtual dollhouse and having fun. They are eating, drinking, talking and even flirting while you are watching and trying to deduce who your quarry is. You are following leads regarding your target’s gender, hair and skin colour, clothes, interests, favourite food and/or attractions. You right click on potential subjects to mark them and, when you are sure, you finally left-click to shoot your target dead.
So it’s a lot like Spy Party – albeit simple and singleplayer.
You’ll immediately know whether you were right or wrong in your choice of murder subject and, then, start all over again. This time though you’ll be more confident, less troubled by the ethics of the killing-people-thing and thus able to appreciate the excellent audio Where’s Tango? has to offer, as swing and lounge music are seamlessly blended with ambient chatter and party noises.
Oh, and before you go on and enjoy this lovely freebie, here’s a tip: as the game lacks an ending that doesn’t involve you firing a shot, it’d be better you gave yourself a time limit — say, two minutes to find and shoot your target. Things will be more tense and interesting this way.