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Murder in a Wheel

by Eshaktaar

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Game Genre:
Contemporary
Game Type:
Investigative
Story Type:
Original
Release Date:
17 Oct 2007
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Short game (can be completed within 30 minutes)
Short game Can be completed within 30 minutes
Medium length game Takes at least 30 mins to finish
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61 people have rated this game so far:
Visual:
87%
Immersion:
86%
Puzzles & Pacing:
91%
Overall Enjoyment:
87%

About this game

A Locked Room Mystery Story: Roderick, Lady Blackwin's beloved Hamster, was murdered. It is up to you to solve the crime and find the killer.

MiaW can be finished in half an hour if you rush through the conversations. The game is based on LucasFan's MMM Starterpack. Story & Graphics were done by me, and the midi music was borrowed from several old games.
See the people who made this game and any other games they've worked on >>
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AGS Awards Wins

Won, Best Short Game 2007

AGS Awards Nominations

Nominated, Best Dialogue Writing 2007

Nominated, Best Gameplay 2007

Nominated, Best Puzzles 2007

35 people commented on this game (newest first):

As I said in "Completed Games"; well done - must play this game!
Thank You.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by TassieDevil
What an excellent game! Great graphics and a great story with lots of twists and turns.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by paolo
Okay, I did finish the game now, and except for the damn laundry chute puzzle I managed it without a walkthrough.
It was fun, overall, except for this one puzzle, so I recommend it. :)
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Ozzie
Mhhh... I have to disagree a bit with the other reviewers.
The story is convoluted (which isn't bad by itself, since this is a whodunnit game); the thing that I didn't like were the puzzles: many of them seem to be placed there (or be designed in a certain way) only to make the game last longer.
This reduces the enjoyment of playing it in my opinion (but mind you, I'm quite bad at puzzle solving).
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by bicilotti
The graphics are great to look at on screenshots, and still very nice in-game, yet character animations look quite stiff.

The dialogue is entertaining and quite funny.

The puzzles start out easy, but turn frustrating.
There was this piece of cloth stuck in the laundry chute that I figured I need to get out, because why would it be mentioned otherwise? I have like four items in my inventory that would be logical to use for this job, yet the protagonist refuses even a proper explanation why he won't use any of them. Since he also spouts out the same unhelpful lines over again I got quite fed up and quit the game. A shame, really.

All the music seems to be ripped from LucasArts classics. I recognized Day of the Tentacle, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, and a MIDI version of a Grim Fandango tune.
While these are unquestionably great compositions, they take your thoughts back to these great classics, which detracts from the originality of this title.
The graphics are very inspired by the style of DoTT, but stand on their own.

If you can live with the occasional frustrating puzzle and a protagonists that spouts the same unhelpful phrases over and over again like a robot, you might find "Murder in a Wheel" to be a quite enjoyable adventure
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2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Ozzie
Excellent backgrounds and sprites. The interactivity was also very good, I mean, there's lots of possible actions and results. Congratulations!
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by JB (Johnny Bright)
Great little adventure I thoroughly enjoyed it!
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by ladymeba
I really enjoyed it :)
The puzzles were perfect :)
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Daphoenyx
Witty, funny, hilarious! And it translates surprisingly well!
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Ghost
Enjoyed it.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by GreenPig (Green Pig)
Forgot to mention the dialogs - very nice :) And about the sounds - the violin was extremely funny :D
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by rbaleksandar
Mhhh... I have to disagree a bit with the other reviewers.
The story is convoluted (which isn't bad by itself, since this is a whodunnit game); the thing that I didn't like were the puzzles: many of them seem to be placed there (or be designed in a certain way) only to make the game last longer.
This reduces the enjoyment of playing it in my opinion (but mind you, I'm quite bad at puzzle solving).
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by bicilotti
Hello, my name is Joel, from the french AGS forum.
I want to translate your game in french.
If you agree, send me an email to this address:

kaldaya@hotmail.fr

and I contact you. Thank you. :)
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by foxyfox555 (foxyfox666)
This was an amazing game. I had no idea who it was until they told me! In this game EVERYBODY has a reason to kill the hamster. Who you think did it changes almost every minute in this short, but fantastic mystery game
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Gameguru (gameguru)
The graphics are great to look at on screenshots, and still very nice in-game, yet character animations look quite stiff.

The dialogue is entertaining and quite funny.

The puzzles start out easy, but turn frustrating.
There was this piece of cloth stuck in the laundry chute that I figured I need to get out, because why would it be mentioned otherwise? I have like four items in my inventory that would be logical to use for this job, yet the protagonist refuses even a proper explanation why he won't use any of them. Since he also spouts out the same unhelpful lines over again I got quite fed up and quit the game. A shame, really.

All the music seems to be ripped from LucasArts classics. I recognized Day of the Tentacle, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, and a MIDI version of a Grim Fandango tune.
While these are unquestionably great compositions, they take your thoughts back to these great classics, which detracts from the originality of this title.
The graphics are very inspired by the style of DoTT, but stand on their own.

If you can live with the occasional frustrating puzzle and a protagonists that spouts the same unhelpful phrases over and over again like a robot, you might find "Murder in a Wheel" to be a quite enjoyable adventure.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Ozzie
Okay, I did finish the game now, and except for the damn laundry chute puzzle I managed it without a walkthrough.
It was fun, overall, except for this one puzzle, so I recommend it. :)
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Ozzie
Wow the graphics are amazing, just what i like in old adventure games plus this font :), you really did awesome job, wish you could make full lenght game, it really has the spirit of best oldschool adventure games :) now i go continue to investigate who killed Roderick may he R.I.P.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Silver86
Witty, funny, hilarious! And it translates surprisingly well!
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Ghost
As I said in "Completed Games"; well done - must play this game!
Thank You.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by TassieDevil
VERY nice game. very detailed, great animations, great backgrounds.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Tinkerer (tinkerer)
A fine piece of work.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Groogokk
This game is a perfect ten. It features an interesting, non-obvious plot, excellent art (be it borrowed or homegrown, the author makes it all fit perfectly), really original puzzles (all of which are logical), interesting characters and good dialog (I played the original German version, for what it's worth).
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by jkohen
Not to discourage the author since this was a nice little game, but if this is a 10, how would you rate the great games by Wretched, Crystal Shard or Herculean Effort...as 20's?
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by blackgsd
This game is great. Very nice delivery. Probably my favorite short game here.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Obadiah
Great game: good artwork, logical puzzles (it's very difficult to get frustrated in solving the game), the only drawback is the music, that's not original (recycled soundtracks of famous adventures from lucasarts and other companies are used instead).
Recommended.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Thalon
Very good. I'd reccomend for a quick bit of fun.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by ShadeJackrabbit (ZAPPER)
Short and sweet. Add this to your to-play list, it's great fun. :)
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Pelican
Nice little game.

Original story & puzzles.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Jimmy Shelter (JimmyShelter)
Great game, I loved the story and the humor, it had fun puzzles, and great graphics. There is also a twist that I didn't see coming at all. I can't wait for more games from you!
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by mr.me
Amazing game, nice graphics, puzzles and animations. Really your backgrounds are marvelous !! really.

The puzzles came in sense, and I found it really easy, but that's okay.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Pierre HOPQUIN (leshaussebons)
Short, sweet and fun.
A great little game if you want to relax, pleasant graphics and a lot of humour :)
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Svart (Svartberg)
A perfect example of a good adventure game.
The story is interesting, graphics are wacky and well done, and the puzzles aren't frustrating. Well done!
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Rastis
Enjoyed it.
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by GreenPig (Green Pig)
I really enjoyed it :)
The puzzles were perfect :)
2020-02-11 20:15:57 by Daphoenyx
I think this was a pretty fun game , kinda wish it had been longer and better but what is there is pretty good. I agree there should've been more places to explore.

( and more things to do )

"There were a couple of puzzles, that didn't make sense (for example the pulling of the bloody handkerchief out of the laundry tunnel...Why?)" Everything is explained in the end if you're truly paying attention.
2015-01-12 11:54:41 by Queen Kara
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