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Nov 16, 2012 | 5:01 PM EST
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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
The Real Detective in the Building Secret Medal: Unlock this medal to view its details!
The Beginning Secret Medal: Unlock this medal to view its details!

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.



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

the concept is pretty cool, the game plays good but the ending is just stupid imho


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The sound was good, the art was pixel-y, and the controls were alright, and the game seem well made overall.

The plot... Eh. I mean, the ending was OK, but I was expecting a bigger, badder twist. So the end was a bit meh for me. I really wish that it was required to jump between more of the characters to beat the game-- you had a lot of good stuff there and obviously thought out the way these characters react with one another, so why not take advantage of that? From what I can remember, it would appear that one only need use 3, maybe 4 of the characters to beat the game. It would've been nice to only rarely have a totally useless interaction.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

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.

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The very end didn't surprised me much... The hints point to it...
But still, the end (not the end's end) was a mystery.

Nice job, though.

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I was pretty confused by this game. It was mostly just you going around asking random questions. I'm sorry, but I'm just not the kind of gamer who's into that sort of thing. I will say that it did have a pretty creative premise. I do have no idea what's going on. I know I've played a game like this before, but this isn't a sequel to that, at least given the title.

None of the medals showed up on screen, but I guess they didn't need to. There are definitley many things going on that leave you guessing. Shouldn't there be a question mark in the name? Eh, that's the least confusing of these games. The graphics are pretty good and remind me of "Earthbound".

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