The Black Widow: an Interactive True Crime Story

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

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True crime meets interactive storytelling when The Black Widow hits PCs, smartphones, and tablets this summer.

Faithfully reenacted from original court records and letters, The Black Widow allows players to investigate the true case of Australia’s first female serial killer, Louisa Collins, who was the last woman to hang in the state of New South Wales.

The Black Widow was first demonstrated at IndieCade 2017 – complete with a custom wooden spirit board controller built by Australian developer Richard Fox, of Flux.

From the developer:

Listen to Louisa as she speaks from the grave and generate your own lines of inquiry using an onscreen spirit board – a format that challenges players to reflect on their own prejudices and reconsider the verdict of a contentious legal case. Was the accused a callous adulteress, drunkard, and liar – or a victim of sexist expectations and misogyny?

Key Features

  • Communicate with a convicted killer.
  • Ask questions using topics via an onscreen spirit board.
  • Delve into a complex and dramatic true crime murder mystery.
  • Immerse yourself in a faithful, dramatic recreation of a Victorian Era court case.
  • Enjoy vivid graphics and an unnerving, atmospheric interface.

The Black Widow will be available on Steam ($5.99 USD), iOS ($1.99 USD) and Android ($1.99 USD) on Aug. 1, 2019.

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