Shadows of Doubt – Useful Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks


  • The menu UI isn’t quite clear about the fact that it operates like overlays – but thinking about them like overlays can make life quite a bit easier.
  • Statuses (thirsty, hungry, bleeding, etc.) are described in detail by clicking into the ‘F’ menu and then clicking on the ‘Person’ overlay (third from the left).


  • All businesses/places of public knowledge are searchable with the magnifying glass button at the top left-hand corner of the ‘F’ screen. Helpful for quick navigation.
  • If you have a previously plotted route that hasn’t yet been cleared, plotting a new rote (via evidence or the map) will clear that previous route, and won’t route to the next location. Simply click the ‘Plot route’ selection twice in this circumstance and you’ll get what you need.
  • Floors are labeled in the UK tradition, with ‘G’ (ground) being the floor built on the ground and ‘1’ being the first floor above ground level. Additionally, all buildings have 13th floors (afaik).
  • Use the map liberally while you’re crawling through ducts – it’s very helpful for navigating to the correct entry/exit.
  • If you can’t reach a duct entrance, try stacking some boxes. There are almost always a few lying around.

Gear / Upgrades

  • Snyc-Disks upgrade your abilities whereas sync-disk vials increase [the effectiveness of the already installed sync-discs themselves. Install the discs first, then use the vials for upgrading the effect of the disk. You can do this at any sync clinic by looking at the pillow on any of the beds.
  • Increase inventory space ASAP (you can get Sync-Disk rewards from side-missions)
  • Additional lock picks (hairpins/paperclips) can be found pretty much everywhere, just keep an eye out. In particular, they tend to spawn behind desks/counters so the back of restaurant counters will sometimes net you 4-8 lock picks for free (and no one minds if you take them)! They’re also purchasable at city hall, so if you’re flush on cash just buy a set of 30 and be on your merry way.
  • Doorjambs and newspapers are worth their weight in crows.
  • Truncheons are super helpful for arrests (you’ll need handcuffs as well, of course), especially when there is an onlooker at the apartment/work. Welcome to the truncheon club!


  • Turn off the security cams/lasers by accessing the floor or businesses breaker box/panels before you do whatever it is you’re going to do. Just do it. I promise it’s worth your time not to get caught/blasted to smithereens.
  • It’s relatively easy to escape/disappear – so as long as you’re not going for 100% stealth don’t be afraid to break and enter, knock out the residents, eat their food, shower in their shower, towel off, steal their precious items, and then continue with your quest. It’s not likely you’ll be caught anyway.
  • Don’t forget about CCTV records. Most buildings have them somewhere between the 4th-8th floors, whereas businesses will have them on their security computers. They only keep for 24 hours though, so if you want those records get them while they’re hot!
  • There’s a computer in city hall with information on every resident in the city (usually right off the lobby). Don’t be afraid to use it if you’re stuck or trying to complete missions in a hurry.
  • If your quest asks you to arrest someone, all you have to do is cuff them (there’s no way to drag them back to city hall). As long as the rest of the details are filled in, you can turn in the quest and they will then show as arrested.
  • If you need to wait for your targets to move, restaurants are a great place to do it because of the easy access to food and drink.
  • Sometimes the data you receive from the quest giver isn’t quite correct, don’t let small errors muck up your investigation (I believe this is intentional, and could be expanded upon in the upcoming content release Cheats & Liars)
  • If you’ve got a phone number and some lock picks then you have a location. Call the number from a phone, find that phone’s router box and look to see where your call went. Once you arrive at the target location, break into that location’s router box and it will tell you the exactly apartment/room that the call was routed to.
  • It’s easy to cuff someone if you can catch them off their guard, so if you can catch the perp sleeping or sneak up behind them – great! If you can’t, you probably need to give them a bonk. Pro tip: if the perp answers your knock at their door, you can rush in and cuff them before they have the chance to turn around if you’re quick.
  • For vague quests without a lot of details about the perp, CCTV footage can be your greatest ally. Looking for a brown haired, tall person with a large build? The profiles on CCTV will help you narrow down your investigation if you’re persistent enough.
  • Seems obvious, but the names of the murder cases are related to their solutions (i.e. – the ‘Corpo Butcher’ case will always be connected to the workplaces of the victim/perp).
  • Suitcases are a single use situation. Use them to get the info that was passed along, and then feel free to ditch them in the street instead of cluttering up your inventory.
  • Your fingerprint scanner works on boot prints too! Helpful for gathering evidence to pin the murderer at the crime.
  • Flicking on/off lights can be a helpful way to temporarily move citizens around when you need them in or out of a particular room. Combine with doorjambs for extra fun time.
  • For ‘Demo’ jobs, break the windows (office chairs are particularly helpful), smash anything breakable (dishes, pots, containers), and throw food/coffee/soda on the furniture and floors. Unfortunately it’s doesn’t look like you can light anything on fire (yet).
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Being a big gaming fan, I believe that I have a lot to share with other gamers. I got my first official job in the game industry in 2005 and continue to develop there. It's a true blessing when your passion, hobby, and job combine into something one. My favorite console is the Nintendo Switch. I think you can all guess why. Because I just bought a Steam Deck. I love playing on PC, but my main love for me will always be Xbox. Anyway, it's complicated and simple at the same time. After all, I'm back in the days of the ZX Spectrum (1994)…

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