Sometimes game developers title their games with provocative double entendres. Sometimes this is to grab the attention of the undeniably sex-obsessed human race. Sometimes this is all the game has to offer, and it lacks any interest, tact or meaning upon further inspection. Sometimes game writers capitalize on this exact same phenomena and title their articles to follow suit. But other times the eye-catching title is simply another interesting facet of an interesting game, and I believe that might be the case with Fingered, the zany whodunit police sim coming to Steam in a mere 2 days.

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Seems like a just sentence

But hold on; let me get sidetracked for a minute.

When I was in college I had a teacher that put on movies when she didn’t feel like teaching. This sounds quite lazy—and it absolutely was—but it was only possibly redeemed by the fact that she put on movies with real meaning. They always had a message that the students could take away—that is if they weren’t too stoned or had earbuds stuck in their head the whole time.

One of the movies she put on was 12 Angry Men, the original 1957 version. If you aren’t familiar, its a movie about a hung jury having to come to a death penalty verdict on a murder case that at first seems very open and shut. But it only seems that way because of assumptions and prejudices that the majority of the jury harbor, and this bias is passed on to the viewer masterfully. 12 Angry Men brought many issues about consensus-forming and the inherent imperfection of a human justice system to light, and by my measure Fingered has a similar goal. Only this time by humor rather than drama.

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As if “looks smart” isn’t completely useless on its own, he’s not even sure about it. Positive, my ass.

You done yet?

Yeah, I’m done. Let’s actually talk about the game.

In Fingered you are a detective trying to sort out the testimony of witnesses in order to properly prosecute the suspects. Pretty basic so far, but the challenge lies in dealing with the witnesses. They’re all just as big of kooks as the perps are, which makes sense considering they share 99.9+% of their DNA. So you’re gonna have to put up with and sort out their wildly varying perspectives, quirks, lies, fetishes, and misconceptions in order to put together a portion of a half-certainty with which you will throw people away for the rest of their lives. Or worse.

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Later, dude. Hope you weren’t just at the wrong place at the wrong time. I’ll try not to think about it.

I don’t mean to make Fingered sound like some big moral-fest or thinking man’s game. It clearly has entertainment and humor at its core, but I don’t think you can deny its themes of judicial bias and the fallibility of assumptions. Oh, and did I mention this is coming out of Edmund McMillen, the dude behind Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac? No? Okay that’s fine. It’s not particularly relevant anyway.

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Seems outrageous, but you just know there are people like this out there. And some of them are likely giving testimony right now.

Sorry, I don’t have a trailer here because the one for Fingered is really pointless and weird and doesn’t show actual gameplay. But you can visit the Steam page and watch it if you really want to. So get those nails clipped, Fingered is out on August 18th.