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(Note: the following contains potential SPOILERS for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice...if you've never read a Batman comic-book or seen a Batman movie before. If you have, you're all good to go...)

Now, despite being the world's greatest detective, there has long been one case that Batman has proven singularly incapable of solving (in most versions of the character, at any rate): that of his parents' murder. Sure, Bruce Wayne may have been traumatized by the loss of his mother and father, but that didn't, it seems, give him any kind of preternatural ability to catch the criminal responsible (depending on which comic-book or cinematic canon you hold to).

Now, though...

YOU Can Solve the Mystery of Bruce's Parents' Death

Yup, that's right.

Thanks to a new game named The Wayne Investigation (designed as a tie-in for the soon-to-be-released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), you can now solve the one case the Dark Knight himself couldn't.

The only catch?

'The Wayne Investigation' Might Not Be The Kind of Game You're Used To

Y'see, rather than being played on your computer, mobile, tablet or games console, The Wayne Investigation is designed specifically to be played on either the Amazon Echo (a voice-enabled speaker) or an Amazon Fire TV with (Amazon's Siri-like personal assistant) Alexa built in.

Which means that it's a game played entirely with your own voice - a choose your own adventure game in which Alexa is your eyes and your ears. As Variety reports:

"The game...lets users immerse themselves in the world of Gotham, just days after Bruce Wayne’s parents were killed. Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa doubles as a user’s ears and eyes during this investigation, guiding them through multiple rooms, giving them choices and helping them to find valuable clues.
"Think of it as a kind of interactive radio adventure if you will, complete with music, sound effects and multiple characters that have to be questioned. At many points, users can decide to go down different paths and for example choose to either examine the crime scene or visit Gotham’s ammunition factory.
"Altogether, users are given up to 37 decisions throughout the game, which can take anywhere from 5 to 40 minutes, depending on the decisions of the player. And of course, all of this is done as a pure audio game, thanks to the Echo’s voice recognition and speech synthesis. To launch the game, users have to enable it within the 'skills' section of the Alexa app, and then say: 'Alexa, open the Wayne Investigation.'"

Which...actually makes the whole thing sound remarkably like using an old-fashioned version of the Bat-Computer to solve a crime. Which, in turn, basically makes anyone playing it Batman (or at least Nightwing).

Holy old-school-technological-wonderment, Batman!

What do you reckon, though?


Do you reckon you have what it takes to crack a case that Batman (usually) couldn't solve?

via Variety


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