Cause of Death is a mobile game that was developed by EA Mobile and released in 2010. It is a interactive mystery game that lets the player choose how the story unfolds by making decisions and solving puzzles. The game features a cast of characters who are involved in various cases of murder, crime, and conspiracy. The game is divided into chapters, each with a different plot and setting. The game also has a fan community that creates and shares their own stories using the game’s engine.
The Main Characters and Storylines
The game follows the adventures of two main protagonists: Mal Fallon and Natara Williams. Mal Fallon is a homicide detective who works for the San Francisco Police Department. He is a skilled investigator who has a sarcastic and witty personality. He also has a troubled past that haunts him. Natara Williams is a criminal profiler who works for the FBI. She is a brilliant and analytical mind who can get into the psyche of the killers. She also has a compassionate and caring side that makes her empathize with the victims.
The game also features other characters who play important roles in the story, such as:
- Ken Greene, Mal’s partner and friend, who is loyal and supportive.
- Amy Chen, Natara’s partner and friend, who is cheerful and optimistic.
- Blaise Corso, a forensic specialist who works for the SFPD, who is quirky and eccentric.
- Kai Kalaba, a hacker and informant who helps Mal and Natara, who is rebellious and secretive.
- Shawn Mallory, a serial killer who targets Mal and Natara, who is cunning and ruthless.
The game has several storylines that span across different chapters, such as:
- Volume 1: The Maskmaker, where Mal and Natara investigate a series of murders committed by a killer who wears masks of his victims.
- Volume 2: The Connoisseur, where Mal and Natara track down a killer who collects body parts of his victims as trophies.
- Volume 3: The Hunter Hunted, where Mal and Natara are hunted by Shawn Mallory, a serial killer who has a personal vendetta against them.
- Volume 4: Zero, where Mal and Natara uncover a conspiracy involving a mysterious organization that plans to unleash a deadly virus on the world.
- Volume 5: The Faceless Ones, where Mal and Natara face off against a cult of killers who wear masks to hide their identities.
- Volume 6: The Silent Killers, where Mal and Natara deal with a new threat of assassins who kill without leaving any traces.
- Volume 7: The Firestorm Trilogy, where Mal and Natara are caught in the middle of a war between two rival factions of killers.
The Gameplay and Features
The game is played by tapping on the screen to advance the dialogue and select choices that affect the outcome of the story. The game also has mini-games that require the player to solve puzzles or perform actions to progress. The game has multiple endings depending on the player’s choices and actions.
The game also has several features that enhance the gaming experience, such as:
- Achievements, which are rewards for completing certain tasks or objectives in the game.
- Clues, which are items or information that can be collected or used in the game.
- Profiles, which are biographies of the characters that can be accessed in the game.
- Fan Feed, which is a social media platform where the players can interact with other fans and creators of the game.
- Bonus Scenes, which are extra scenes that can be unlocked by playing certain chapters or achieving certain goals in the game.
The Reception and Legacy
The game was well-received by critics and players alike, who praised its engaging story, compelling characters, immersive gameplay, and high-quality graphics. The game was also nominated for several awards, such as:
- Best Storytelling at the Mobile Excellence Awards in 2011.
- Best Mobile Game at the Spike Video Game Awards in 2011.
- Best Mobile Game at the Pocket Gamer Awards in 2012.
The game also had a loyal fan base that created and shared their own stories using the game’s engine. Some of these fan stories were featured in the official game as bonus chapters or spin-offs. Some examples of these fan stories are:
- Cause of Death: Special Editions, which are stories based on popular movies or TV shows, such as Sherlock Holmes or CSI.
- Cause of Death: Origins, which are stories that explore the backgrounds or origins of some of the characters in the game.
- Cause of Death: Aftermath