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Master Detective Archives: Rain Code details early areas, mystery-solving elements, Reasoning Death Match

Posted on March 29, 2023 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Master Detective Archives Rain Code Reasoning Death Match

Today, Spike Chunsoft shared new details about its lucid-noir detective adventure Master Detective Archives: Rain Code, covering areas players will visit early in the game, mystery-solving elements, and the basics of the Reasoning Death Match. We also have new screenshots.

Here’s the full rundown:

Areas to Explore in Kanai Ward Early On

Kamasaki District

The liveliest, most bustling area in Kanai Ward. Many people reside here, and a variety of shops and stalls line the streets. It’s characterized by a very large number of stairs and pedestrian bridges, making it look like a multi-story structure. There’s also an underground passage leading to the riverbank.

Sun & Moon Hotel. A hotel in Kamasaki District. It’s a magnificent building, but seldom has customers because of the city’s isolation. Guests are rarely seen other than the Master Detectives.


A riverbank of the large river running through Kanai Ward. Due to Amaterasu Corporation’s business practices, the water itself is terribly polluted. The Nocturnal Detective Agency is currently located here after being evicted from a building in Kamasaki District.

Ginma District

The high-class commercial district. It looks orderly compared to Kamasaki District, and the blue lighting creates a calm atmosphere. There are cafes and restaurants, as well as landmarks like the art gallery with two dinosaur fossils in the public square, and the clocktower.

Kanai Station Square

The magnificent station serves as the gateway to Kanai Ward. It’s the only way into the isolated city, but the number of travelers is very limited. The front of the station is deserted.

Challenge the Mystery Labyrinth Where Mysteries Are Materialized

Structure of the Mystery Labyrinth & Solving Various Puzzles

The design of a Labyrinth is influenced by the case being investigated, so the atmosphere will differ drastically each case. If the culprit sets up misleads and traps to prevent the case being solved, these will also be reflected in the Labyrinth, making it even more complex. In addition to the Reasoning Death Match against the Mystery Phantoms, questions that need to be answered will manifest into different puzzles. Multiple choice questions, solving a mystery with the correct Solution Key, as well as action-oriented sequences all appear.

Poke out the letters of the slow-rotating barrel to spell out the word that answers the question. Why is Shinigami in a barrel? It’s a mystery.

Basic Reasoning Death Match Action

The Reasoning Death Match is a direct confrontation with the Mystery Phantoms trying to prevent the mystery from being solved. The Reasoning Death Match will appear many times until the Labyrinth is conquered. If it’s a complex case involving various agendas, multiple Mystery Phantoms may appear. Although several mechanics are added as the game progresses, the following are the four basics of the Death Match. It seems action-packed at first glance, but has simple controls.


The Phantom’s statements will approach in various shapes and movements. Dodge the statements by moving left and right, crouching, and jumping.

Select Solution Key

The Solution Keys obtained during the investigation are critical to victory in a Death Match. Find the contradiction among the Mystery Phantom’s statements and set the Solution Key disproving it onto the Solution Blade.


Point out the contradiction and slash through it with the Solution Blade while the Solution Key is set. Successfully doing so advances the story.

Slash Noise

Noise (pink statements) unrelated to the main topic can sometimes get in the way. Get rid of them with “Slash Noise.”


Although the Phantom is modeled after the person involved in the real world case, it is only a materialization by Qs, strange beings which appear in the Mystery Labyrinth, and has no direct connection to said person.

View the gallery below for a closer look at early areas, mystery-solving elements, and Reasoning Death Match in Master Detective Archives: Rain Code.

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code launches for Switch on June 30, 2023.

Source: Spike Chunsoft PR

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