Caper in the Castro

Year: 1988

Designer: CM Ralph

Country: USA

Platform: PC/Mac

Caper in the Castro is a murder mystery/puzzle solving game, developed by CM Ralph. In it, players take on the role of a lesbian detective searching for a transgender woman who has gone missing from the Castro. It was originally released as “Charity Ware,” and everyone who downloaded it was asked to donate funds to an AIDS organization of their choosing. The game was distributed over an LGBT network on a Bulletin Board System (BBS). Later, Ralph changed the names and locations in the game to release it as Murder on Mainstreet through distributor Heizer Software.

LGBTQ References in this game:

Player Character: Lesbian; Lesbian (explicit); Queer women

Non-Player Character: Transgender; Transgender (explicit)

LGBTQ Game Designers

Queer Game/Narrative


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