No problem man, happy to help. I think that focus idea sounds good and would allow for more natural replayability. If you want to go for the detective route, maybe start the player out with crime scenes and then move them to harder areas like the criminals apartment or something. Then maybe they can piece together clues they get right at the end of each “chapter” or something? That would go along with the name of the game too.
I totally get the game ideas thing. The only way to see if they work is to try. I started working on this escape room type game that I had an idea for. I think it will work out, which is cool since most of my recent ideas failed hard.
And yeah, I never had any luck with those subs either. Maybe 1 or 2 people but eh. Even /r/godot and /r/linux_gaming didn’t really touch anything I made.