Star Apprentice: Magical Murder Mystery is an award winning danmaku-detective game that combines the point-and-click style deduction gameplay of Danganronpa and Ace Attorney with the high octane bullet hell gameplay of the Touhou Project franchise. You play as the Star Apprentice, a fledgling sleuth studying under her mentor, the world renowned Detective Lasnam. 

Throughout the game, you'll grapple with a colourful cast of mysterious magical suspects, including an obsessed fangirl, an alcoholic, and a business tycoon. Will the Star Apprentice be able to rise up to the challenge and find the culprit behind the mystery, or will she be stuck in her mentor’s shadow forever?

Term Project for CMPUT 250 at the University of Alberta

Winner of the CMPUT 250 Game of the Year Award 2020/2021

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As the titular Star Apprentice Minnie, you will traverse a magical train, collecting evidence and confronting suspects. Uncover clues that will allow you to confront the quirky cast of characters in chaotic bullet hell Confrontation scenes. Blast away the enemy's contradictions, and discover the truth behind the mystery aboard the Scarlet Express!

There's no need to lie, Iris


Controls can be rebinded from the Options menu!

Investigation Controls (Overworld): 

Movement - Arrow Keys, hold Z to run

Confirm / Interact / Talk - Z

Cancel - X 

Open Menu - Escape 

Confrontation Controls (Bullet Hell): 

Movement - Arrow Keys 

- note that you can move in any direction 

Focus Mode (Slower Movement for Precision with Keyboard) - Z

Shoot - X

Justice Bomb - C

Will-o-Works is

Emily Halina - Producer & Audio

Jamie Powers Art & Lead Developer

Ohi Ahimie - Writing

Ravyn Hardcastle - Design & Programming

Vivian Liang - Bullet Hell Design & Programming

Yalmaz Abdullah - Bullet Hell Design & Programming

Hope Docking - Executive Producer & Anime Expert

Voice Actors:

Amy Bazin - Minnie 

Jarin Ten Hove - Detective 

Keisha Wong - Charlotte 

Mihaela Vasileva - Roxy 

Sophie May Healey - Victoria 

Elizabeth Chamberlain - Lily

Shania Lehmann - Iris 

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Hey Willow - workings!!! ! I love Star Apprentice: Magical Murder Mystery!!! How do I pay you money for this game?!?!?

First, thank you so much for your support and for enjoying the game! This game was a student project, so we are going to keep it indefinitely as a free download. However, if you're still aching to give back to us, you can donate to us through our Ko-Fi:

Alternatively we would really appreciate if you donated to these charities:

     University Hospital FoundationOur University's Hospital

     Shades of Colour YEG - Edmonton-based QTBIPOC Charity

Hiya Silly Willies!!! I'm getting this weird bug where the first letters of sentences are disappearing? Are you aware of this?!

Unfortunately, this is a loading bug related to RPG Maker that occurs more often with slower computers & internet connections (for web deploy). We are aware of the issue, and it is currently unfixable without changing engines!

New: In version 2.0 this should be fixed, so please download the latest version if you haven't already!

Hi Wallyworks, I would love to get in contact with you!! How would I do that?!

Our email is if you'd like to get in touch with us!

Helo Willy Wonkers, the text in the game is all garbled up!! Did you invent a language for this game?!?

If you are using Brave browser or a similar browser with protective features, you may experience issues with the text in the web deploy. Switching to Chrome / Firefox, or going "Shields Down" should help!

Hihi Well Washers! I like the music of the game and I want to listen to it outside of the game!!! Where do I do that?!?!?

Hello William Worker. This game is great and all, but I think it's too short. When is the FuLl VeRsIoN coming out?????

Stay tuned, perhaps there is a mystery yet to be solved. . .


Download 75 MB
Download 76 MB
Star Apprentice Magical Murder Mystery WINDOWS 107 MB
Star Apprentice Magical Murder Mystery MAC 238 MB
Star Apprentice Magical Murder Mystery LINUX 115 MB

Install instructions

Web Deploy:

1. The game is found directly above!


1. Download the Windows. zip folder containing the project. 2. Unzip the .zip folder. 3. Run the executable inside of the folder.

Mac (v1.1 only):

1. Download the Mac .zip folder containing the project 2. Unzip the .zip folder 3. Open the folder and drag the executable into your applications, or run it from directly in the folder.

Note that there is a bug with RPG Maker that can sometimes make it difficult to open games on Mac based on your security settings. In order to rectify this, go to your System Preferences application and change your Security setting to allow it to open the executable.

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good game

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So I decided to finally revist this game and install it, but it's saying Mircosoft Defender SmartScreen prevented from running? It's safe to run right?

Fantatstic game btw. It's a brillant love letter to ace attorney and touhou games.

Thanks for playing!

Windows Defender being overly cautious is a sign it's doing its job! If it does get something wrong, you'd want it to block a safe app over letting a malicious app run. This is normal behaviour. Downloading any executable off the internet is always a risk. The 2.x version of the game is built on the open-source Godot game engine, which has functionality for things like file access or opening the URL to our discord server that Windows Defender may be reacting to. These are normal parts of games, but could be used maliciously if someone intentionally did so. Star Apprentice only accesses its own appdata folder. The exact same build is on Steam as well, and they do malware checks on everything on their platform. I'm confident our own game is safe, but be sure to use your best judgment whenever downloading anything off the internet, including here on itch.

Great stuff! I struggled a lot with the "mental space" gameplay so I had to turn on infinite lives really quickly lol. Really fun mystery, though!

awwww man! im gonna miss playing thius game and raging too 😅😅😅

The mystery was so good and the minigames, wow slay, bu that last one had be stumped for a week, but it felt awesome beating it!

so yeah 8.5/10  im gonna miss this, so excited for yall other projects ^^

Fun game, neat design space.  A bit more mystery-solving-ness would be nice, but it's still fun.  Totally called the killer as soon as they showed up, but that's probably just because tropes.

Thank you for playing! We agree that there should be more mystery solving, so we're changing that for the sequel.

Woo, sequel!


awesome game


I finish the game and damn I LOVE IT. 

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things i have to say

  • that intro was *chefs kiss*
  • rip that lansam ayyy (minnie would hate me lol)
  • tbh my favorites in here are the twins :P
  • poor sirius tbh :(
  • victoria's interrogation was really interesting :o
  • "jail it is then"
  • wow the final boss rly went all out on the insults
  • and the difficulty how did i go through that
  • also this is actually the first bullet hell game i played !! :DD
  • i should also mention the fact that when i quit the interrogations i cant move .__.
  • i had to go through the whole game again becuase of that but hey at least i have an excuse to play it to see the plot and stuff yayayay :pppp

Great game, liked their designs, voice acting fits them and was amazing, gameplay was difficult and enraging, but not "i want to break everything" enraging, more like "*sharp inhale*" kind of enraging (im using enraging too much lololol). And great mystery too! Amazing job! ^^


Good, very Touhou-like gameplay!


Super cute and fun!! Appreciate that you added an "infinite lives/health" accessibility option as well ^_^


I was surprised when i saw i could play on my phone, at least in the browser version, the game really made my day. :)

glad you enjoyed :)

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Heya! Just wanted to let you guys know that I really liked this game, it has a very interesting twist of genres I've never seen before. I'm completely horrible at the actual danmaku sections, but I can appreciate the creativity put into the mechanics. The gameplay, art, and story are well done.

If you don't mind, I also recorded my playthrough here:

The only pieces of feedback I have is:

  • The text and menus occasionally glitch out as mentioned in the FAQ, even in the desktop version with my gaming PC, so definitely look into different engines for potential future projects.
  • More mechanics involving the use of the evidence we collect would be cool (e.g. using truth bullets on statements in Danganronpa). It might be hard implement it during bullet hell, but as a suggestion, you could limit how many times it'll happen and make the danmaku a little easier when the mechanic is necessary.
  • A slightly more conclusive epilogue would be nice, I feel it ends a little bit too abruptly at the end. Even just a little victory screen would be sufficient (e.g. like how there's confetti at the end of a Phoenix Wright case).

Anyways, I might be biased because I love Phoenix Wright/Danganronpa, but I still highly rate this project because of how unique the premise is. I wish you all the best of luck for any future plans!


Thanks so much for playing our game :)


Love the game so much so far -- really nice art and story! There is no way I am going to beat that battle though, and I forgot to save before, so maybe I'll try again another day lol

thanks so much for playing our game, you got this!! :)


My game encountered a bug :( its getting so good so far. I know this is not your fault but ya...


sorry to hear that :( yeah, the web-deploy of the game specifically is a bit buggy, hopefully you were able to save and resume your progress! thank you for playing our game regardless!!


lovely game! thanks