One man indie developer Neil Collier (Cleardot Games) today announced an August 2nd release date on Steam for his charming, retro RPG detective game about lost beards and a dog called Leo. Set in a small town where having a beard is a legal requirement, the player must solve the mystery with his pet dog, Leo, who is based on the developers own real life German Shepherd who died in 2017. Dad jokes, beards and a cast of wacky characters see the player uncovering greater conspiracies in town and the need to befriend folks by doing their bidding and gifting them beard gel or coffee.
Developer Neil Collier says:
“At first it was simply important to me to make a game in honor of my dog that had just passed away. I wanted the game to embody his goofy and friendly nature, and love for life. But it became much more than that…“
Who Stole My Beard challenges the player to discover the plight of his stolen beard in a Big Brother-esque city called Beardsville. Indie, the main protagonist, must use his fake beards, goofy items and questionable wit to uncover the crime with his dog companion. Avoid the beard police, gain access to restricted buildings by wearing the right beard, or find the elusive Wizard build to enter all areas at will. Play darts, trivia and other wacky mini games in Sam’s Saloon, or even a beard inspired version of Flappy Bird, aptly named Flappy Beard.
Take Ubers across town to fast travel as you help key local citizens with their personal dilemmas and enter a world that sees the player repeating the same day over and over, Groundhog Day style, due to a mysterious time vortex. It’s all a bit silly, but that seems to be the point, so if you’re looking for a casual adventure with a lot of hidden gems this might right up your alley.
It’s time to save the city and find your stolen beard. Purchase Who Stole My Beard on Steam for a 10% discount during launch week, which starts on August 2nd.