A Case of Distrust

Blog 09 Feb , 2018 0

A Case of Distrust is a narrative mystery from 1924 San Francisco. Play as private investigator Phyllis Cadence Malone in this historical 2D adventure game. Explore underground speakeasies, smoke-filled billiard halls, classic barber shops, and more. Catch suspects in lies by using evidence, statements, and your wits. Intrinsic challenges face our heroine, as she struggles against a pushback on emancipation, leading to many doubts, both internal and external. Uncover the truth in a mystery full of deception!


  • A hardboiled mystery, working past deceptive characters towards the truth
  • 1924 San Francisco with historically accurate details
  • Saul Bass inspired visuals and scene transitions
  • Finger-snapping music that gives style to the roaring 20s
  • Themes of poverty, racism, and emancipation that tie into contemporary issues


This is the game Ben Wander left AAA development to make, founding The Wandering Ben in 2015. Having worked at BioWare and Visceral, Wander wanted to create dramatic stories in settings less-explored by large game studios, focussing on individuals rather than world-saving. This game combines an emotional narrative, a hardboiled mystery adventure, and a historical setting. Wander creates the visual art, code, design, and writing. Mark “Marowi” Wilson — a veteran of Team Bondi, BioWare, and Riot — designs all of the audio.