Unheard tasks you with carefully listening to some incriminating conversations, trying to hear that single piece of evidence that will make the crime clear.
Each of Unheard‘s cases sets you free in an area where several conversations are going on at different times. You’re free to choose which one to listen to at any time, and from there, find the common threads and clues that link them to one another. By listening very carefully for the right pieces of information, you’ll learn who to follow and when, steadily unraveling mysterious crimes with every piece of audio you put together.
With the freedom to listen to whoever and whatever you like, there’s a lot of room to fail in Unheard. You will actually have to look for clues without much hand-holding from the game, finding your own solutions and mapping your own route through the case. There is a correct conclusion to come to, but you’ll have to do some honest audio detective work if you’re going to find out what it is.
Unheard does have some mercy on you. You can rewind any conversation you like in case you feel that you’ve missed something, replaying the talks around the crime scene until you find what you need. It’ll still be challenging to figure out what truly went on in these places through dialogue alone, but the game’s radio-play like style ensures a compelling story you’ll want to decipher. And you’ll actually get to feel like a clever detective for figuring it out yourself.
Unheard is available now on Steam.