Review: Chicken Police – Paint it RED! – No Fowl Play Here, This Is A Great Detective Adventure

Finger lickin’ good.

Chickens know things. It’s obvious. They have that look in their eye, the slightly disdainful squint of someone who knows what you did and why you did it. They’d be perfect detectives, if not for the small obstacle of their inability to communicate in any meaningful way. Thankfully, developers The Wild Gentlemen saw the potential of a poultry P.I. and have brought us the tremendously-named Chicken Police – Paint it RED!, a visual novel with adventure game elements that puts the noble gallus gallus at the very top of the pecking order.

Taking place in a noir-infused world of human-sized animals (not entirely unlike the hit “depressed horse” Netflix series Bojack Horseman), this is a brilliantly-written and joyously rich piece of narrative gaming, trafficking in hard-edged detective noir tropes but with a marvellous sense of humour, strong characters and a grand sense of place. It’s a very impressive feat to realise a world like Clawville with only mostly-static and largely monochromatic imagery, voices and music, but the dirt, grime and scuzz has such verisimilitude that you’ll want to put your Switch through the dishwasher after a Chicken Police session. (Important: Nintendo Life does not advocate putting your Switch through the dishwasher)

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