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Why Am I Dead

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Baby Steps, Young Cricket 5 Points

Dying can be a very disorienting experience. Good thing there's a tutorial conversation!

This Body Will Do For Now 5 Points

Find your first host and possess it.

I'm Surrounded By Idiots 10 Points

Talk to every person in the hotel at least once, as anyone.

Identity Crisis 10 Points

Possess everyone in the hotel at least once. Except for the guy on the toilet, he doesn't count.

Means and Motive 25 Points

Narrow the list of suspects down to one. The end is near!

Well, That Went Nowhere 25 Points

Talk to everyone in the hotel as Orvall.

The End 50 Points

Sarah was right

Secret Medal ????? Points

Unlock this medal to learn its secrets!

Secret Medal ????? Points

Unlock this medal to learn its secrets!

Author Comments

Why Am I Dead is a retro-style mystery game. You've recently been killed. Play as your disembodied ghost, take over control of other people in the hotel and investigate your own murder.

Use WASD to move around the hotel, press the space bar or Z to possess or de-possess people. Press E to open doors and interact with people. Use the arrow keys or W and S to select an answer if there are multiple options during a conversation.

UPDATE: 11/28 7:40 AM EST

Hey guys! Actually I've made updates to my game prior to today, but haven't edited the description. Fixed some bugs, including the problems Internet Explorer had with the preloader. Yay! I also implemented medals.

...And I also added some extra content! I had originally cut a lot of stuff out of the game, thinking no one would find it or care anyway. But the feedback I've gotten here motivated me to put some more work into the game, even if it's just a little. I want to give a huge, warm THANK YOU to everyone for your time and attention. :D

UPDATE: 11/18 7:25 PM EST
New version adds a link to a walkthrough in the pause menu, and fixes the unintentionally sadistic placement of the "Return to Main Menu" button.

Thanks to everyone for all of your feedback! I truly appreciate it. This is a really hectic weekend for me, so I've been struggling to react to your feedback as quickly as I'd like to. Thank you for your patience and support.

UPDATE: 11/17 7:30 PM EST
Uploaded a new version which fixes a bug with Morgan's dialogue and prevents the problem that some of you had with the final part of the game.

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I feel so betrayed because I ended up killing the cop lady and now I'm depressed.

Could have sworn it was ted lol

PeltastDesign responds:

well, you're not wrong to be suspicious of him :)

this is murder mystery but you are the victim. love it.

This is a pretty great game. The story is awesome and really puts a spin on investigating. I also love how your thoroughness can effect things so greatly.

On that note, I've noticed that a lot of people are looking for answers in the comments for one ending or another so I'll drop some hints.


The medal labeled "The End" is linked to what happens if you don't use your full investigative capabilities as a ghost. If you stick to just doing the necessities (checking the alibis, crossing off two suspects, and only needing to possess three people besides Cricket to do it) then you will get this ending. it reveals the killer and the motive, but doesn't fill in the gaps on some of the tenants' stories and is therefore essentially the "bad" ending in literal and metaphorical terms.

The two secret medals are awarded to you if you fully investigate everyone using all the people you can possess, leaving no holes in the alibis. "The Real Detective in the Building" is linked to using your ghostly investigative skills to use people other than Cricket and the three necessary people you have to possess to investigate the crime. By digging deeper into the minds of the suspects themselves by having them interact with everyone, you can cause one of them to learn some things about the investigation and change the ending, which is the subject of the second medal. The second secret medal is essentially set in stone by that point. If you do everything the same even after tipping off the suspect, the ending will still be different.

The key to all of the medals involving endings is how you investigate and who you use to investigate. Once you've given two suspects alibis as Cricket and the three necessary people you have to possess, the amount of investigating you do becomes limited. The secret with the "bad" ending is that you didn't investigate with the right person. By having two separate people conduct two separate investigations, you cause the investigation that is completed in the "bad" ending to be turned on its head. If you're still seriously struggling, check the walkthrough the creator posted to fill in some of the stuff you do to cause the "bad" ending, and see if there's anything or anyone who can change it before you do those things.

Interesting and enjoyable.

Credits & Info

4.26 / 5.00

Nov 16, 2012
5:01 PM EST
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