If there’s interest and I’m not actually stepping on toes, maybe I was overreacting. Here’s a quick overview of the game.
It takes place on a worldship, a giant spaceship that functions like an artificial planet. There are cameras and monitoring devices everywhere, and when someone does break the law, justice is carried out by impartial robots. Except for the first time in their history, they have a serial killer. Bodies are appearing, and they can’t figure out how.
You play an off-world investigator brought in to consult on the crimes. Gameplay consists of scenes on the worldship (meeting people, observing things), investigating the serial killer’s crime scenes (CSI-like, gathering clues about the murderer), and more deductive scenes where you’re asked to help solve other baffling crimes (they insist the robots COULD figure them out, but as long as you’re here…)
The dating sim part comes into play with five women who may know something about the crimes, or have some way of solving them. One is the partner you’re assigned at the Department of Justice (her official title is Legal Bureaucrat.) One is the priestess of a mystery faith that attracts the more unstable members of society. One is an entertainer who sings about ominous problems coming, and dark symbolism. One is a courtesan who runs the worldship’s most popular pleasure house, and hears all the rumors first. The last is a criminal, one the robots have let slip because the black market serves a purpose; she knows more about shady dealings on the worldship than anyone.
Each of these women is connected to one of the “optional” cases somehow. If you solve that case correctly, and your interactions between cases are positive, you can enlist her help near the end in catching the killer. That will then give you the chance to end the game involved with her.
I’ve been doing it all myself - art, writing, recording songs for the entertainer. I believe my art skills are up to the task, if I take a LONG time about it - the drawings I’m happy with took about 20 hours each. We’ll see when I get there whether I can learn Ren’Py well enough to code it all. Music? Eh, I’m not tone deaf, but it could be better. I’ll be looking for a singer and maybe a songwriter later on.