Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View is a voyeuristic thriller that draws inspiration from Rear Window, as a wheelchair-bound private investigator searches for a missing young girl who may have been taken by any of his neighbors.
Currently in development by Sold Out (creators of The Occupation and Ether One), Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View is an observational thriller where you investigate the disappearance of an eight year old girl. You take on the role of a wheelchair-bound detective who lives in an apartment complex where you can see into your neighbors homes from your window.
The girl was taken from one of the apartments and now all of your neighbors are suspects. Being able to spy on your neighbors from your window really comes in handy for taking pictures and observing suspects. But to get the real dirt on them you’ll also need to leave your apartment, do a little snooping and interrogating.
The demo build of Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View sees you investigating a young couple who appear to be hiding something. They certainly seem very guilty and are even seen smuggling what could be a body out of the house while no one (except you) is looking. After observing them with your camera, you then set out to their apartment to follow up your leads.
There are a few minor issues with your character’s investigation methods – he doesn’t put things back where they initially were or clean up after himself so it would be blatantly obvious he was snooping around in your house. However, other than that Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View is a very impressive game with excellent voicework, superb character animation, detailed environments, clever puzzle design and an intriguing story. Observing your neighbors from your window is a particular highlight and really does make you feel like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window. It does a good job of showing you just enough of your neighbors suspicious actions to make your imagination run wild. Highly recommended.