Review: Murderous Pursuits (Steam)

Murderous Pursuits is a kill-or-be-killed Victorian stealth-em-up for 1-8 players in which you must hunt and kill your quarry before your hunters do the same to you, all while avoiding witnesses.


  • Nice graphics.
  • 3487MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Graphics options-Resolution, fullscreen, Graphic quality settings including a custom option.
  • Can rebind keyboard and controller.
  • Controller support.
  • Eight characters.
  • Stats screen.
  • How to play text-based area.
  • Three modes- Online, Private and Vs bots.
  • Good voicework.
  • Clean clear HUD.
  • Murder mystery gameplay. You must take out your mark before you get taken out or caught. You can earn more favor by using particular weapons etc.
  • Quarries- This is the name given to your marks and the person you are after.
  • Favor- Kind of like EXP in that getting as much as you can unlock new clothes and colors.
  • Loadout- Choose to take in 2 of the 5 abilities, Disguise, flash, humiliate, reveal and counter.
  • Weapons are randomly placed around the level. They will show you what favor rank they are in terms of reward.
  • Quarry tracker- like a compass, This will go green when you are going the right way and flashes when you are near a quarry. It will also say if your quarry is above or below you.
  • Hunter- These are the guys after you, You get notifications of them being nearby and you can guess if it’s them and stun them to get away.
  • Vignettes- Marked out on the floor these are interaction spots where you do a particular animation or action in order to blend in.
  • Guards- Patrol the ship and will arrest you if you do anything in front of them. They can fall asleep.
  • You are watching peoples patterns and picking out anything that looks out of the ordinary.
  • The huge ship broke into parts taking in many areas like the engine room or the hall or pub.
  • Custom game- Create your own online/LAN game by setting the map, adding bots and tweaking the favor sliders.
  • A ton of fun to play.
  • Is very easy to get into
  • .Clever level and AI design as AI can easily act like a human and vice versa.
  • Such a rewarding feeling when you get your quarry.
  • Play how you want.


  • The controller is not that easy to use and setup.
  • Prompts are always keyboard.
  • Quite long connection times to online games.
  • Needs a proper playable tutorial.
  • Cannot earn favor in offline modes.
  • Few random glitches and clipping.
  • The little payoff for leveling up.
  • Had a few empty lobby joins.
  • Not that fun Vs AI.
  • More a game or two every now and then than a full session.
  • Little mention of lore or more in-depth looks at the backstory.
  • Character choices don’t feel that different.
  • After just a few games you have seen everything the game has to offer.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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