After writing a summary of my story I can't help but feel like something is missing.
My goal was to lead the player through an investigation/puzzle while answering questions and making more as the game progressed, and then at the end have nothing but questions remaining (which could actually be answered through subtle clues.)
So the story is that you wake up (first person) and see that your wife is missing (aided by the picture on the nightstand next to the bed with a man kissing a woman) as you glide your hand across the pillow where her head should be you smear blood on it. Of course you draw your hands infront of your face and realize they are covered in blood (suspensful music and all that as you get up and rush to the door only to have the handle come off and after repeatedly smashing the door you give up. Boom, you take control and the escape begins.
Now skipping details after you clear the room there are stairs but you will be prompted to ignore them until you completely investigate upstairs. Evidence is found that you have not just a wife but two kids, then you can proceed downstairs. There in one of the rooms you will find the dead wife torn up in some horrible fashion. Here the player can go to either the front or backyard, in either yard one of the children can be found in a similar fashion. Both yards must be investigated before you can proceed down the cellar. Now at any time the player can look down and see his own body, look in a mirror and see his own face (the character is a male). But if you use the search button while looking at your left pocket you find a picture of two boys, one with the face torn out. Down the cellar you find a man, torn up in a similar fashion who looks exactly like the player. In his pocket you find the torn out face. The man is your twin brother. Here I have the game end by the character being allowed to leave through a gate, and it fading into credits.
The question is left, did he kill your family so you killed him, or did you kill him and his entire family. For what motive, etc... Throughout the investigation im going to leave only the most subtle clues, the most subtle being the wedding ring. It will be found on the dead man. Barely visible because right now I plan on him being nailed onto a ceiling. (Directly below the position of the dead wife.)
I've asked a few others about why I have this feeling that it isn't complete but perhaps you fine folk can give me some ideas. I feel it needs something more. Suggestions?
Also, current title: Simply Madness (I'd like some thoughts on this as well)
My other thought was Simpe Madness, darned semantics.
(I understand this could also very well go into game design, but I believe what I'm looking for is more geared towards the overall story.)