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

Started by RHDNBot, January 16, 2023, 12:51:59 AM

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Update By: Supper

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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I haven't had the chance to play yet but I just want to give a pat on the back to those who were able to add subs to a PCE CD game finally.
Congratulations to the whole team, this looks like a fun one.


Great work! This looks fantastic. The reasons for splurging on a Turbo CD are piling up.


Whoa, what a monumental work. Thanks so much Supper. Thank you also for releasing the tools used in translating this. Very impressive.


Supper's list of achievements keeps growing.                      :crazy:                         Averaging at several per year!

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Do you plan to work on any other such games for the system?

  Although Dead of the Brain is available in English for both MSX and PC98, both parts for the PCE version would be neat.

  I mentioned the second Devil Hunter Youko title as well as Pastel Lime a while back.  And the Ranma 1/2 one was also fun to play.  I've never played the Urusei Yatsura one, though.

  Anyway, thank you again for giving the PCE/Turbo the love it deserves!