Active Fungus Studios has fully released their historical detective RPG game, A Bavarian Tale: Totgeschwiegen on Steam. Set in the 19th century Bavaria, this third-person mystery ventures into a village full of dark secrets.
Taking on the role of Valentin Schmidt, a young surveyor, finds themselves in Upper Bavaria in 1866. Sent to the tranquil village of Wolpertshofen on behalf of the Bavarian crown, players will find their detective skills tested.
A cruel and mysterious death has rocked this village community. Now one must determine how misleading the peaceful village appearance actually is as dark secrets and unexplainable events unfold. With a dark secret hovering over the community, some residents are on edge. Schmidt must figure out who can be trusted and who is out to stop his work at all costs.
Gameplay and story combine in the to create a third-person detective experience. Skill checks similar to the classic pen-and-paper style are used for actions. Players are free to decide what they want to level up. As the investigator, one will need to find clues and collect evidence to advance the plot. Difficult or even tricky decisions will have to be made that can impact the investigation.
Challenges can be approached in different ways. Turning up the charm during an interrogation may lead to more clues or one might aim for a more diplomatic solution. Some situations might require a heavy-handed approach with some bare knuckle fighting. Of course there is the option to tuck tail and retreat.
There are 11 different endings. Playtime will take approximately ten hours. All of the characters are voiced by real Bavarians. In addition to the original Bavarian voice work there is an English option with a Bavarian accent. Both German and English subtitles are included. A paid DLC solution book is available in German that features information about game mechanics, skill leveling, item crafting, and other information.
This is the first title from Active Fungus Studios. A Bavarian Tale: Totgeschwiegen was first released in Steam Early Access in late 2021. During the Early Access period the studio released several big updates including a rework of the first hour of gameplay. In June of last year a demo, no longer available, was released that featured the first hour of gameplay and a peek at the full release of the game.
A Bavarian Tale: Totgeschwiegen is out now on Windows PC via Steam for $17.99. A 10% full release discount is available until February 9. The game’s soundtrack is available as a separate paid DLC for $4.99 or as part of a Collector’s Edition bundle. Visit the game’s product page on the developer’s website or on Steam for more information.
Active Fungus Studios (@FungusActive Twitter, @activefungus Facebook, YouTube) is a game development studio based in Germany. Founded in Munich in 2020, the studio features a team with four full-time and part-time employees along with the support of 10 full members. The studio relies on remote working methods with a team spread all over Germany. A Bavarian Tale: Totgeschwiegen is the studio’s first title.