Detective Di 9+

Murder in ancient China

Minh Tri Ta

Designed for iPad

    • 4.5 • 22 Ratings
    • $4.99



Hunt down a serial killer in ancient China as the legendary detective Di Renjie in this thrilling point-and-click adventure game.

A thrilling point-and-click adventure game where you play as Di Renjie, ancient China's most famous and gifted investigator, as he tracks a serial killer in the heart of the Tang Dynasty's capital city.


Amid lingering political turmoil, the first and only female empress of China, Wu Zetian rises to power. Within months of her ascension to the throne, murmurs of discontentment and revolution swell as detractors and enemies begin plotting against her. It is against this backdrop that our protagonist, newly appointed investigating magistrate Di Renjie, must solve a gruesome series of murders--which will lead him on a collision course with the Imperial Court and the empress herself.

Will our young detective overcome his own inner demons and his allegiance to the previous emperor? What is the connection between the murder victims and the capital's many political secrets? YOU must uncover the truth...


Playing as the legendary detective, players will explore this unique setting and unravel its narrative twists and turns using familiar adventure gameplay mechanics such as exploration, dialogue choices, interaction with objects and clues, and puzzle-solving. Additionally, we are introducing an original mechanic where you will be able to deduct and reenact the scene of a crime and put your theories to the test.

The pixel art style of the game is also an homage to old school graphics, but we've added our own visual signature and design sensibilities. The game contains over 45 locations (many spanning multiple screen widths), each one pixel-painted with care and attention to detail.


- Distinct 2D pixel art style
- Immersive story-driven experience
- Challenging and fun puzzles to solve
- Unique Chinese cultural and historical references
- Fantastic soundtrack with 13 original tracks


“Nupixo’s debut offering Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders is a brilliant introduction to one of ancient China’s most famous investigators that does just about everything right.”
- Adventure Gamers, 4.5/5

“A no-brainer to pick up for anyone looking for a cerebral and emotional murder mystery.”
- DarkStation, 4/5

"Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders is a great way to showcase one of China's greatest detective minds, and bring him into the spotlight along with other giants of the mystery genre, like Sherlock and Poirot."
- Softpedia, 4/5

“The story will pull you in almost right away, and there’s no denying how beautiful the pixel graphics are and how well-written the dialogue is.”
- GameSpew

What’s New

Version 1.5.9

- Minor bug fixes
- Store listing correction and optimization
- Age rating correction

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

chaccies ,

Great story, enjoyable game

Very enjoyable P&C adventure game that got me engaged, with not-too-difficult puzzles, all with a compelling story with real historical figures. It’s very refreshing to play a game in context of ancient China, it inspired me to read up on the actual people and what happened in history. I love the pixel art style, and the writing is good. Sometimes the puzzles feel set apart from the storyline, but that’s like most adventure games. I’d definitely play a sequel if there is one!

lillepoit ,

Can’t Save or Load a game in progress

I’d like to give this 5 stars. I completed the first case, and some sort of dream sequence, but then I had to put it away for the night. It makes it appear as though you can pick up from where you left off, but you can’t. “Resume” and “Load Game” do not take you back to where you were. It just hangs forever until you give up. You have to start back at the beginning. I wasted well over an hour playing this. The story and gameplay were pretty good, but I don’t have the time to play the whole thing from beginning to end in one sitting (even if I knew how long that would be). Edit: There is contact info on the developers website, I’ve sent an inquiry about this. I hope they’ll fix this, but if not, I’d like my money back.

Svierra84 ,

More credit deserved

While not the hardest puzzles for a P & C adventure, the storyline is great. Lots of mood and atmosphere. Surprised this game isn’t more popular! Voice acting would have pushed it over the top for sure, but still 5 stars for me.

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