- Developer: Grasshopper Manufacturer / Active Gaming Media
- Publisher: Playism
- Platform: PC (Steam/GOG/Playism/Humble/etc.)
- Genre: Visual Novel/Adventure
- Price: $19.99, $17.99 at launch
- A Suda 51 Trip, Music by Masafumi Takada
OS: Windows XP SP2+ or newer
Processor: SSE2 instruction set support or greater
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or greater
DirectX: Version 9.0
Storage: 7 GB available space
The Silver Case was originally released for the PS1 in 1999. It was Suda51's first game with his new studio, Grasshopper Manufacturer, formed after he left Human Entertainment.
The Silver Case was made with an extremely small team, so the film window system was a result of the game's financial limitations. Though major story developments are told through copious amounts of text, still artwork, animation clips, and even live action footage serve as visual aids.
Although there are references to his earlier Syndrome games from Human Entertainment, The Silver Case is largely standalone, and would mark the start of a trilogy that would later come to be known as the Kill The Past series.
The story that begins here will continue in Flower, Sun, and Rain and end with the tale of the Killer7.
Not to mention that maybe, just maybe, the success of this could lead to a localization of the sidestory sequel, Ward 25.
1999 - the "24 Wards". A string of mysterious serial killings plagues the city. The detectives of the 24 Wards Heinous Crimes Unit have their eyes on one man: Kamui Uehara, legendary serial killer and assassin of a number of government officials 20 years prior in the now-famous "Silver Case". However, nobody knows who - or what - Kamui really is.
Has he really returned? Who is this infamous serial killer?
The player takes control of the protagonist - a member of the Special Forces Unit known as “Republic” - from a first-person perspective. The primary story, Transmitter, consists of five chapters. A secondary chapter, Placebo, is told from the perspective of a journalist attempting to piece together the myriad truths of The Silver case.
HD Remake Opening (Akira Yamaoka remix of The Silver Case theme)
The Silver Case MAD (Live Version) (Beware of Spoilers)
The Physical Release
- DRM-free game disc with installer
Soundtrack on CD
Two-piece manual set
Individually numbered box - numbers will be issued by order of purchase. The box is 7.75" x 9.5" x 1.75" - the same box dimensions as many classic PC games from the 80s and 90s.
Digital deluxe Steam key delivered via email (this will not be necessary to play the game as the physical game disc will be completely DRM-free)
Suda51, for staying crazy.
Playism & Active Gaming Media, for the localization miracle of the decade.
The Official Site
And you, for supporting GHM's old school insanity.
The syndrome is in effect.