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Two days ago, Markus Winter walked into a police station with a smile and some bloodied photographs.

His only request was to speak to YOU.

He is an isolation room, and for your safety is only able to communicate via keyboard.

Keep him talking. Keep him onside. Keep him at arm’s length.

Get inside his head before he gets inside yours.

Mature content warning: Violent thoughts, strong language and adult themes ahead.

This is your rank and the associated symbol.
Critical information about the suspect, his victims and your progress is displayed here.
Who are the victims and are they alive or dead?
Progress bar towards your next promotion.
Points are scored each time you get information from the suspect.
You rise throughthe ranks as your interrogator skills improve.
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VICTIM STATUS
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INTERROGATION STATUS

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GAME

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RESULTS
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Your report card represents the progress you achieved through your conversations with Markus Winter, The Suspect.

Your status is your reward for how well you got into his mind, and how much of a relationship you managed to build with him. Of course there is usually collateral damage, and your victim score shows how many people did not make through your session with their lives.

Finally, if you managed to hold the conversation together without losing your own sanity, you will have be awarded points that are representative of the level and quality of engagement you had with Mr Winter.

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CREDITS

Executive Producer & Creator Guy Gadney
Producer Zoe Brown
Writers Guy Gadney
Glenys McLaughlin
Timothy Wilde
Technical Director Glenys McLaughlin
Markus Winter
(character)
Stephen James King
Front End Developer Siobhan Willoughby
Back End Developer Ingrid Anzola
AI Developer Glenys McLaughlin
Test Captain Corey Knight
Designers Siobhan Willoughby
Az Newman
App Developer Epiphany Games
Marketing Surprise Attack
Nicky Moore
Zoe Brown
Script Testers Lauren Clinnick
Annette Parry
Jack Railton-Woodcock
Richard Davies
Megan Macadam
Video/Film Stephen Hancock at Content.ly
Audio Jay Taylor
Music - ‘Dread’ David O’Brien
With thanks Screen Australia

David Varela
Megan Macadam
Nicky Moore
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FAQ

The Site

How do I play The Suspect?

You play The Suspect by having a chat with the suspect, Markus Winter. The conversation is the game, and both of you need to build a relationship and discover your goals along the way. The experience is the journey…and the destination…

How does The Suspect work?

The game is a combination of technologies that let you chat to a serial killer. We’ve got some virtual intelligence, a whole lot of backend server stuff, Facebook integration of course, and a companion app that shows how the suspect is feeling.

Is the game linked to a show or film or something?

Nope, it’s stand-alone.

Will there be a sequel?

We don’t currently have a sequel planned, but would love to hear if people are interested in a new one being made.

Do I have to use Facebook?

You don’t have to use Facebook or let our psychotic friend coerce you into using it. If you sign in with Facebook, the experience is better, however, with more interesting gameplay and access to particular outcomes. Have a look at our Terms and Conditions for more about how we use your information.

What’s with the scoring?

You get points based on how persuasive you are. Keep him talking and don’t piss him off and you’ll be fine. You can try to see how many points you get from different responses and play the system if you like. The more you play, the better your experience and the better your rank. You’ll get new ranks as you improve.

How do I win?

The objective is to get to the end of the conversation and get the best possible outcome for yourself and all the innocent people involved. Can you win? Yes, but it is highly unlikely.


The App

So what’s this ‘companion app’?

The Suspect is an experimental game and we’re using different platforms to tell different parts of the story. The app tells a small part of the overall story to add ‘flavour’. We strongly recommend you use it.

Where can I get the app?

The companion app is available for Apple® and Android® phones from the App Store℠ or Google Play Store℠.

Do I need the app to play the game in my web browser?

The companion app is necessary to experience the entire game and get the best possible outcomes. You can, however, get most of the experience without it - it’s all a matter of degrees.

Which devices are supported?

The app is supported on Apple® devices running iOS6 and above and on Android® devices running the newer and more popular OS versions. We do not plan to support either Windows or Blackberry.

I have a question about the story…

Hey! No spoilers! Figuring it out is part of the fun!


Bugs / Crashes

The site or app crashed/froze/totally isn’t working - what should I do?

Please send us an email at psycho@thesuspect.com and let us know what happened so we can look into it for you.

WEBSITE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE

1. Terms

The Suspect website ("the Site") is produced by The Digital Project Factory Pty Ltd ("TPF"). By accessing the Site, you are agreeing to be bound by these website Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing the Site. The materials contained in the Site are protected by applicable copyright and trademark law.

2. Use License

Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on the Site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:

  • modify or copy the materials;
  • use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
  • attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on the Website;
  • remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
  • transfer the materials to another person or "mirror" the materials on any other server.

This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by TPF at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

3. Disclaimer

The materials on this website are provided "as is". TPF makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, TPF does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on the Site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to the Site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall TPF or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on the Site, even if TPF or a TPF authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage.

This game is a work of fiction and not to be taken seriously. The creators do not necessarily endorse any of the actions taken or behaviours exhibited by the characters. TPF does not accept liability for any actions taken by a user as a result of using this game.

5. Revisions

The materials appearing on the Website could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. TPF does not warrant that any of the materials on the Site are accurate, complete, or current. TPF may make changes to the materials contained on the Site at any time without notice. TPF does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

TPF has not reviewed all of the websites linked to the Site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked website. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by TPF of the website. Use of any such linked website is at the user's own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

TPF may revise these terms of use for the Site at any time without notice. By using the Site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to the Site shall be governed by the laws of the State of New South Wales without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

9. Privacy Policy

TPF is committed to protecting your personal information when you are using the Site. We want the Site to be a safe and enjoyable environment for you to use. This Privacy Policy relates to our use of any personal information you provide to us. It also describes generally our practices for handling non-personally identifiable information to the extent such information is associated with a particular user or user account. This privacy policy explains the following:

  • what information TPF may collect about you;
  • how TPF will use information we collect about you;
  • whether TPF will disclose your details to anyone else; and
  • your choices regarding the personal information you have provided to us.

The Site may contain hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. These third party websites have their own privacy policies, including cookies, and we urge you to review them. They will govern the use of personal information which you submit or which is collected by cookies whilst visiting these websites. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third party websites and your use of such websites is at your own risk.

What information may be collected?

If you choose to connect with Facebook to use the Site, the Site may ask for Facebook permissions allowing it to retrieve information, including personal information, from it. For more information about the following permissions, refer to the Facebook permissions documentation and to the Facebook privacy policy. This information may include your:

  • name;
  • email address;
  • Facebook ID;
  • profile picture;
  • date of birth;
  • gender;
  • friends list; and
  • current city.

If you choose to log in without using Facebook, you may choose to provide a username and/or email address. Please note that your username may count as personal information if you choose to use your real name, as may the email address. No matter how you choose to log in, when you do so we will assign you a Player ID to identify your account.

Through using the Site, you may chat with a virtual intelligence. You have the option of communicating information with this virtual intelligence and the logs of the chat may be stored. Any information you communicate in this way is at your own risk. Any information you communicate in this way will not be shared with third parties and will only be used to provide the service and improve the performance of the virtual intelligence system.

We may also collect non-personally identifiable information about your use of the Site. This is what is known as ‘usage data’ and might include: the IP addresses or domain names of the computers utilized by you to use this Site, the URI addresses (Uniform Resource Identifier), the time of the request, the method utilized to submit the request to the server, the size of the file received in response, the numerical code indicating the status of the server's answer (successful outcome, error, etc.), the country of origin, the features of the browser and the operating system utilized by you, the various time details per visit (e.g., the time spent on each page within the Site) and the details about the path followed within the Site with special reference to the sequence of pages visited, and other parameters about the device operating system and/or your IT environment.

We take your privacy and the security of any personal information you provide to us very seriously and take reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard user information in our possession against loss, theft and authorised use, disclosure or modification. We do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. If you believe we have inadvertently collected such information, please contact us so we can promptly obtain parental consent or remove the information.

How will you use the information you collect about me?

We also may make identifiable and anonymous information available to third parties in these limited circumstances: (1) with your express consent, (2) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, (3) when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to protect our rights or property, or (4) to any successor or purchaser in a merger, acquisition, liquidation, dissolution or sale of assets. Your consent will not be required for disclosure in these cases, but we will attempt to notify you, to the extent permitted by law to do so.

Analytics companies may access anonymous data (such as your IP address or device ID) to help us understand how the Site is used. They use this data solely on our behalf. They do not share it except in aggregate form; no data is shared as to any individual user.

Information we collect may be stored or processed on computers located in any country where we do business.

We do not allow advertising companies to collect data through our service for ad targeting. We generally do not share personally identifiable information (such as name, address, email or phone) with other companies for marketing purposes.

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary to provide the service. You can contact us by email to request to see or delete any of your personally identifiable information we have stored. We may retain other data indefinitely.

If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policies, please send an email to psycho@thesuspect.com.

This policy was last updated on 25 May 2014. Our privacy policy may change from time to time. If we make any material changes to our policies, we will place a prominent notice on our website or application. If the change materially affects registered users, we will send a notice to you by email, push notification or text.

NAME:
NICOLE PANSECA

AGE:
31

Nicole is a 31-year old mother to Rory, her 4-month old son. Nicole’s dream was always to be a mother. Since she was a little girl she saw this as her destiny. Everything else: exams, studies, jobs, were just stepping stones to her real calling.

She fell in love with her childhood sweetheart in her early twenties and they moved to Ohio where they lived together for six years. In October 2010, she married and they started trying for a baby. It took longer than they thought, but after three long years they fell pregnant.

Six months into the pregnancy, Nicole’s husband was hit by a truck on his drive into work and died instantly. Three months later Rory, named after his father, was born and Nicole started her life as a devoted single mother.

NAME:
JEREMY CAHN

AGE:
31

Jeremy’s journalism career started when he found himself in the middle of a riot in Eastern Europe during a summer break. He photographed the riot, and wrote a blog post that was picked up by Reuters and syndicated worldwide. He has since worked in the US for the Washington Post, in the UK for the Times, and has written feature articles for Vogue.

Jeremy’s parents divorced amicably in 2005, and his father has recently remarried. Jeremy and his sister recently bought a house with two apartments to cut down the rent that they used to spend. While Jeremy is overseas he rents his room out on Airbnb, with his sister managing the bookings. Both are single, and have relied on each other for emotional support since their parents divorce.

Jeremy turned 31 in April 2014.

NAME:
LAWRENCE LAMBIE

AGE:
38

His Wikipedia entry says: “Lawrence David Lambie (born 15th March 1976) is an American poltican. He was born in Des Plaines, Illionois before moving with his family to San Luis Obispo in California, USA. He entered politics, and ran in the 2011 San Francisco election for the role of mayor where he gained a first round percentage of 20.65% and 42.45% of the final round.

Lambie was initially reluctant to run for office as he felt he was not ready for office, but after a social media campaign drew 41,000 fans on Facebook, and 64,000 followers on Twitter, he decided to run to be respectful to his fans.

NAME:
EDGAR & JAMES PETERS

AGE:
3

Edgar and James Peters were born on 4th August 2011. Their parents, Tania (39) and Edward (42) met on a Harvard MBA course and moved in together shortly afterwards. Between them, they have restructured over 20 listed companies in the past decade, generating a significant growth in profitability, but with the loss of over 35,000 jobs worldwide.

The family owns properties in New York, France, and Hawaii.