A beautifully pixelated point-and-click thriller set in ancient China where you play as the legendary detective Di Renjie.

Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders is a point-and-click adventure game set in a world filled with mystery and charm and inspired by the classics of the genre–games like Gabriel Knight, Grim Fandango, and The Longest Journey.
ks_screenshots_noframe2 THE STORY

Amid lingering political turmoil, the first and only female empress of China, Wu Zetian rises to power. Within months of her ascension to the throne, murmurs of discontentment and revolution swell as detractors and enemies begin plotting against her. It is against this backdrop that our protagonist, newly appointed investigating magistrate Di Renjie, must solve a gruesome series of murders–which will lead him on a collision course with the Imperial court and the empress herself.

Will our young detective overcome his own inner demons and his allegiance to the previous emperor? What is the connection between the murdered courtesans and the capital’s many political secrets? YOU must uncover the truth…


The player will explore this unique setting and unravel its narrative twists and turns using familiar adventure gameplay mechanics such as exploration, dialogue choices, interaction with objects and clues, and puzzle-solving.

ks_screenshots_noframe8 Additionally, our game will also introduce an original mechanic where you will be able to deduct and reenact the scene of a crime and put your theories to the test. Once you’ve gathered enough clues, this mechanic will be available to progress your investigation.


The pixel art style of the game is also an homage to old school graphics, but we’ve added our own visual signature and design sensibilities. Over 50 locations (many spanning multiple screen widths) are in the works, each one pixel-painted with care and attention to detail.



Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders is a video game being developed by Nupixo Games, an independent studio based in Montreal. Development is led my creative director Minh Ta, who has previously made three successful web games: Shadow of the Ninja 1 and 2, and Facility Z.

The game will be initially available for Windows and Mac platforms. Follow us on Twitter or sign up to our mailing list for news on its release window. You are also welcome to drop us a line at info@nupixo.com. Members of the press can reach out to us at press@nupixo.com.