True Crime Games
Based in Melbourne, Australia
1st May 2021
Eastern Market Murder - Investigate a true historical crime as you explore crime scenes, question witnesses and collect evidence to outsmart the killer.
In 1899 at Melbourne’s bustling Eastern Market, a sudden attack on a popular fortune-teller left her husband violently murdered. The culprit? A phrenologist with a steadfast defence, who will get away with the grisly murder unless you prove him guilty. Blood red radishes, a business rivalry, whispers of false friends. When everything is not as it seems, will you foresee how it ends?
With options to play from home or at the actual crime scenes in Melbourne Australia, Eastern Market Murder is an intriguing augmented reality game that challenges you to step back in time to solve the crime.
True Crime Mysteries are the world's first augmented reality true crime games. Eastern Market Murder, the second game in the series, was inspired by murder mystery games Her Story, Phoenix Wright and old school point and click adventure games.
- Based on a spine-tingling true crime from 1899.
- If in Melbourne Australia explore hidden laneways where the actual events happened - self-guided 2.5km walk or 1 - 1.5hr play time
- Play from home in "offsite" mode - no walking required, approx 1 hour play time.
- Featuring music by Melbourne musicians Sianna and Jake Lee.
- Professionally voice acted with script based on Coroner's Inquest, articles and letters.
- Historically accurate, characters and shops recreated from original photos.
- If in Melbourne - explore hidden laneways, bars and restaurants en route while playing.
Trailer - 1 min YouTube
Onsite Game Play (Pro Plays) - 8 mins YouTube
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Awards & Recognition
- "Gold - Best AR/VR" NYX Game Awards, 2021
- "Silver - Mobile Games, Best Innovation" NYX Game Awards, 2021
- "Finalist - Knowledge and Innovation" Melbourne Awards, 2021
- "Finalist - Excellence In Mobile Games" The AGDAs, 2021
- "Finalist - Excellence In Accessibility" The AGDAs, 2021
- "Highly Commended - Best in Augmented Reality " QLD XR Awards, 2021
- "Finalist - Best in Gaming " QLD XR Awards, 2021
- "Finalist - Digital Storytelling" The Victorian Community History Awards, 2021
- "Nominee - Best Interactive / Immersive Documentary" Australian International Documentary Conference, 2022
- "Nominee - Explorer Award" A Maze Awards Berlin, 2021
- "Between the meticulously researched history and the inventive use of technology, the game blends the past and present together in a super satisfying way. It’s the most impressive example of AR that I’ve seen yet."
- Michael Irving, New Atlas
- "Seeing so many groups of people wandering about trying to get justice for a long dead man called Frank honestly brought a tear to my eye. After seeing the city completely deserted for so many months last year, seeing so many diverse groups of people talking and laughing together truly showed the power of games in bringing our city back to life"
- Alice Clarke, The Age
- "One for the History Buffs and Fans of True Crime - An immersive true crime experience that takes you back to the time of phenology and fortune telling in 1899 Melbourne. Also a great way to explore some historical sites of Melbourne!"
- App Store User, App Store
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About True Crime Games
True Crime Games are creators of augmented reality games based on true historical crimes. Misadventure In Little Lon was the debut game in the True Crime Mysteries series and the world's first AR true crime experience. Their second game Eastern Market Murder, based on a true crime and landmark criminal case from 1899, launched May 2021. Both games can be played from home or at the actual crime scenes in Melbourne, Australia.
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Eastern Market Murder Credits
Producer, Co-writer, Marketing
Historial Researcher, Co-writer
Sianna and Jake Lee
Image of Annie, Frank and Ruby Cartwright courtesy of Warren Maloney
Historical Images courtesy of State Library Victoria