A downloadable game

"Two old, fantastic forms of narrative combine to form something truly unique in PataNoir." - Gamezebo

"I don't recall any other game that does anything quite like this." - Emily Short

"Like words? Play with simile and metaphor in this unusual mystery app." - Boing Boing

"The Baron's daughter is missing, and you are the man to find her. No problem. With your inexhaustible arsenal of hard-boiled similes, there is nothing you can't handle."

PataNoir is a homage to the classic stories of hard-boiled private investigators with a knack for describing everything with complex similes and metaphors. In PataNoir, you solve problems by manipulating the hard-boiled metaphors used by the main character to make sense of the world in which he lives.


  • An interactive noir mystery to experience and solve
  • Innovative interactive fiction gameplay in which the metaphors you live by become tools to solve the mystery
  • Atmospheric illustrations by Lauri Ahonen and Tom Siddell
  • Original theme song by postmodern rock musician William Steffey

More information

Published1 year ago
AuthorSiChris Productions
TagsInteractive Fiction, metaphor, Mystery, Noir
Average durationAbout an hour
Player countSingleplayer

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