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Crime is no idol matter: Private Eye Dol for PC-Engine CD translated

16 January 2023 12:51AM EST - Update by Supper

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An English translation of Private Eye Dol for the PC-Engine/TurboGrafx CD has been released!

Up-and-coming teen actress May Star thought the filming for her latest TV special would be a chance to enjoy some time with her friend Ayaka and new prototype AI partner Navi. Instead, it unexpectedly erupts into mystery and tragedy, leaving May the only one who can solve a baffling crime. Good thing she’s a detective’s daughter! But this proves to be only the beginning of a tangled saga, as May finds herself inexorably drawn into a web of incidents involving lies, corruption, and her own father’s mysterious suicide five years ago. Can May and her friends catch the culprits – or will this be their last shoot?

Private Eye Dol (also known as “Private Eyedol”, with many variations in capitalization) is a 1995 detective adventure game developed by HuneX and published by NEC Home Electronics for the PC-Engine Super CD-ROM² system. Released late in the PC-Engine’s lifespan, it showcases a highly polished presentation that often makes it feel more like a next-generation game, with large and detailed graphics, full voice acting, and features such as text scaling that are rarely seen on the console. Perhaps its biggest distinguishing element is its RPG-like overworld, which provides a higher degree of freedom compared to traditional menu-driven Japanese detective games.

This translation was the work of Supper (hacking and translation), cccmar (testing), and Xanathis (testing). In addition to translating all game text, it adds subtitles to the cutscenes, which were previously voice-only.

The authors hope you’ll enjoy this little-known but surprisingly ambitious piece of PC-Engine history.

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