The Sinking City Investigation Guide – Clues, Retrocognition, Resources

The Sinking City Investigation Guide

In this The Sinking City Investigation Guide, we will guide you on how you can start and finish your investigations in The Sinking City. The Sinking City is essentially an investigation game and it is also the biggest mechanic of this game. While playing the game, most of the time, you will be investigating different cases and for that, you will be required to visit different locations for finding clues, collecting information and lore.

We have curated this The Sinking City Investigation Guide in which we have detailed everything that you must know about investigations in The Sinking City. We will tell you how you can begin your investigations, find clues and suspects, use different resources the city has to offer and how you can deduce conclusions from all the clues that you have collected so far for any case in your list. With this guide, you will become the best investigator in The Sinking City in no time.

Investigation Guide – The Sinking City

Our The Sinking City Investigation Guide details everything that you need to know about investigations in The Sinking City.

Starting Up

Right after you are given a case in The Sinking City, you are also provided with limited information about the case which will give you an initial lead on how you can start your investigation. This could be a location, a person’s name or any organization’s name. From there, you must start collecting more information about the case by visiting different locations.

If your initial information is a dead lead and does not give you much, you will be required to use the city’s resources for finding out more information about certain aspects. There are four major resource buildings in Oakmont City that will help you out immensely during your investigations. These are:

  • City Center: Will provide information about addresses of different organizations and people.
  • Oakmont Chronicle: Will provide information about everything related to newspapers such as ads and published articles.
  • Police Station: Here you can find detailed reports of all the criminals in Oakmont such as their addresses and criminal histories.
  • Library: Here you will find information about all the books and publications as well as their authors.

Now I will share an example of how you can use these resources to find exactly what you need. If you know that a person is a criminal and has done some crimes in the past, the Oakmont Police Station will have all the information about him such as his address and known associates. If you know a company’s name and its district but don’t know the exact location, the City Center archives will help you in finding the exact address.

If you have the name of a person and the name of his residing district, the City Archive in City Center will provide you with his complete address. If you want to find out when a specific ad was published and what did it say, the Oakmont Chronicle is your place to go. All these resources are vital to your investigation and you cannot find anything in your casebook that would lead you to anything, you probably have to visit one of these places to get more information.

Scoping Out the Crime Scene

After you have a certain lead and visit the exact location where you have to be, you can start collecting clues. There are two basic types of clues in every area. One that is directly connected with your case and you cannot progress further without these clues. Secondly, you have some other supplementary clues that will help you get more in detail of the current case with added lore and information.

Start by inspecting everything that you can find in the location. When you arrive at the crime scene, if you look at the map, the icon of the building or area would be white which shows that you have not found any sort of solid evidence at this point. To move on to the next phase of the current case, you have to find Key Evidence in every location which means that the icon of the location must be yellow.

While examining certain items, you will be required to enter the retrocognition to identify a small stationary scene of the past which will give you a major hint about the current case. This is mostly common on smaller objects that you can pick up and rotate to get more details. While exploring the crime scenes, if you notice the edges of the screen become foggy and blurry, it means that something is hiding in this specific location.

When it happens, press down on the controller pad and you will enter the special enhance investigation vision mode which will allow you to find some clues which are hidden to the normal eye. Sometimes in this mode, you will get some help from visions which will guide you to a major clue or sometimes they will reveal hidden chambers and doors allowing you to find a major clue.

Using Retrocognition

Once you have found all major clues, a portal will open and you will be required to enter it which will allow you to figure out what exactly happened. You will visit different key spots of the crime scene and see what exactly happened. After that, you will be required to choose the correct sequence of the crime by choosing the instances in the right order. Once you have done that, you will solve the mystery and you will obtain key evidence from that location.

Once you have obtained the key evidence, you will get some more clues in your Mind Palace and Casebook. From there, you will be able to join together clues and finally form a deduction about the current state of the case. Once you are done, you will be given a direction of what to do next and you will be able to move on to the next phase of the investigation. This is the final step before you obtain key evidence in nearly all the cases

Finishing Up

Obtaining the key evidence does not mean that you have obtained all evidence from any locations. For checking out your progress, after you get the key evidence, head to the map and look for the icon of the location. A yellow icon will show that you have located the key evidence however some evidence is still missing. A green icon will show that you have collected all the evidence from that specific location.

If your icon is still yellow than it means that you are still missing some sort of vital information regarding the case. This is completely optional because you have your key evidence and can move to the next area but if you really want to uncover the case in its best form with you having every information about it, make sure that you thoroughly check all locations. Look in boxes, tables, pictures and other objects for any sort of evidence that might help you in the case.

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