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Wellcome Trust offers chance to feature in 'Criminel', a noir detective game

The Wellcome Trust is offering members of the public the opportunity to have their face featured in 'Criminel', a noir detective mystery game due for release via the App Store in February 2015.

Developed by 4PM Games Ltd., and supported by the Wellcome Trust, 'Criminel' will be made available on iOS touch devices to coincide with the opening of Wellcome Collection’s upcoming exhibition 'Forensics: The anatomy of crime' (26 February to 21 June 2015). Players of ‘Criminel’ must solve a series of chilling murder cases set in the smoky streets, cafes and dark alleyways of Paris at the turn of the 20th century, using some of the earliest forensic techniques ever invented.

The Trust is running a competition for one person (aged 18+) to appear as a witness character in the game. They will have a series of photographs taken, which will be assembled using a technique known as photogrammetry, to create a realistic, three-dimensional likeness. Participants can enter by submitting an answer to the question "Who invented the ‘mug shot’?" via Twitter, with the winner chosen at random from all the correct entries. More information on early crime photography and the competition can be found on the Wellcome Collection blog.

Iain Dodgeon, Creative Partnerships Manager at the Wellcome Trust, said: "Games are able to bring a whole new perspective to a subject. The Wellcome Collection forensics exhibition brilliantly explores the gruesome history of a discipline we are most familiar with through television. Playing ‘Criminel’ lets you experience a key part of its evolution first hand.

"We are delighted to be able to offer someone the chance to take that even further by getting a behind-the-scenes look at the process, and appear in the game itself."

With AAA visuals and audio, players will enjoy a gripping thriller storyline on an adventure that is more authentic and cinematic than the average 21st-century shooting game.

"'Criminel' is something very different for the App Store," commented Bojan Brbora, founder of 4PM. "We like to think we’re going where other developers fear to tread with this title, we know we have a fantastic storyline and gameplay mechanics implemented and we can’t wait to find out what real gamers think of the experience."

For more information on the competition and the exhibition please visit the Wellcome Collection blog or visit @ScreenWellcome on Twitter.

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About 4PM Games

4PM Games is a digital content company focusing on innovative entertainment and interactive storytelling. With over 15 years of combined film, games and app development among the team, it strives to take on and also create unique experiences with its own or other established IP.

About 'Forensics: The anatomy of crime'

From crime scene to courtroom, Wellcome Collection’s major exhibition ‘Forensics: The anatomy of crime’ traces the complex history, science and art of forensic medicine. Travelling across centuries and continents, it explores the stories of victims, suspects and investigators of violent crimes and our enduring cultural fascination with death and detection. From 26 February to 21 June 2015. 

About Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably curious. Located at 183 Euston Road, London, the venue explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The building comprises gallery spaces, a public events programme, the Wellcome Library, café, bookshop, conference facilities and a members' club.

About the Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. We support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.

Our investment portfolio gives us the independence to support such transformative work as the sequencing and understanding of the human genome, research that established front-line drugs for malaria, and Wellcome Collection, our free venue for the incurably curious that explores medicine, life and art.