Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. It is wonderful that there are still really entertaining games you can find in this genre. Fans of adventures and the Victorian England should try to solve the riddles about Sir Williams' corpse.
  2. While Black Mirror was a great game from Future Mark, they are struggling to follow up to their hit ever since. Alter Ego "convinces" with inconsistencies in the story telling department as well as dated graphics.
  3. Alter Ego would make a nice starter adventure title for someone new to the genre but for someone seeking a challenge it wouldn't be my first choice. It's definitely worth a play though.
  4. Alter Ego offers a thrilling story combined with simple puzzles. If you are willing to accept a lot of walking around and old-fashioned graphics you'll be rewarded with an entertaining game.
  5. Ultimately, although it definitely suffers for its extremely ill-conceived finale, Alter Ego shows significant improvements on some of the problems that plagued Future Games' previous projects, and in fact is probably the best game the developer has produced to date.
  6. Great screenplay is downed by overall playability. Splendid moments take turns with boring ones and even the final shocking conclusion will not remove the overall bad taste. [Issue#195]
  7. Jun 5, 2011
    45
    Alter Ego has a good basic gameplay but everything else is riddled with flaws. The puzzles are too simple, the ending is disappointing and the animations just aren't impressive.
  8. If this was the final project of a programming student who waited to the last minute to complete, then we can at least chalk up all the errors and poorly written storyline as factors needing improvement. Sadly this is not the case.
  9. A boring story, a dreadful ending, and easy puzzles bury this dull point-and-click adventure.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 12, 2013
    7
    Well, I've played this adventure without any informations from testing sites and I have to say, it's worth to play, even if there are someWell, I've played this adventure without any informations from testing sites and I have to say, it's worth to play, even if there are some contras. After playing I looked for some tests and they are very different, from below average to nearly very good. Here are some minor observations from me:
    The game plays in Plymouth, England, in the late 1890s (I think). The background images and graphics are wonderfully designed and rendered; I like this type of graphics in adventures!
    Another plus concerns the changing of the person you play: on the one hand the thief who wants to go to America with his friend, on the other the police man for whom duty and honor stands on the highest place. You*ll play both persons and that's again positive, some persons you meet with the first one, you'll meet again with the second; so both storys are well connected.

    Now to the negative things: the animations are not very plane, but the cutscenes are high-quality. There are no funny commentaries, when you combine two false things like in other adventures. Some inventory objects do not appear in the real screen, that's not so nice. But the worst thing is the unparallel acting of voice and animations. The persons are moving their lips when there is silence or even when the other person is talking; this sucks.

    And then we have the story: it is a good one, needs a lot of time to evolve, but then it's really thrilling. Even if the atmosphere is not as dense as in the former works of the programmers, it's well written. As is the end: you can say it's positive because of the unexpected things happening there (there were hints for a sequel, but that wasn't made, in my eyes), you can say it is negative because it's very abrupt. In my opinion the end has a positive effect on the game!
    The other thing is, that the interactions at the end are nearly zero: half an hour of watching and listening, sometimes clicking but okay, the story is good!
    I played 9 hours or so which is okay. Maybe I forgot one important point: the puzzles. There are only inventory ones, where you combine objects from there with the screen or with other ones. Two times you have to listen to manage it. But no other types, some kind of frustrating.

    Well, that's it from my side, tell me what you have thinked of this game.
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  2. Mar 30, 2012
    6
    Slow and pedantic adventure which isn't a good advert for the genre. A mundane story that never really seems to get going. The graphics areSlow and pedantic adventure which isn't a good advert for the genre. A mundane story that never really seems to get going. The graphics are excellent but the same can't be said for the voice acting. It's dreadful and the only game I've ever come across where the voice acting is worse, is another adventure, Dead Mountaineer's Hotel (which is also the worst adventure I've ever played!). Although the graphics are beautifully drawn, the animation is awful. It's games like this that have made this genre almost obsolete. If you're patient, willing to persevere and can overlook these flaws, you can get some enjoyment from it. But it's hard work. For good examples of the genre, download Scumm and play some of the old Lucasarts classics for free. Or try something like Runaway: A Road Adventure, or Secret Files 2: Puitas Cordis (although the voice acting on the latter isn't brilliant - it's not as bad as Alter Ego's). If you are looking for something more up to date and darker, Amnesia is a good buy, but it's first person and not point and click. Full Review »
  3. Jan 23, 2012
    7
    It is true that the game is simple, linear and animation-wise glitchy. Nevertheless, I found it to be very immersive. The graphics are great,It is true that the game is simple, linear and animation-wise glitchy. Nevertheless, I found it to be very immersive. The graphics are great, with good voiceover (even if sometimes the characters sound like they don't care) and nice music the few times it is present. The story is rather interesting and you get to play with two different characters. The setting is dark and gloomy, and even if there are few locations to visit, they look great. Overall this is an enjoyable title (if rather short: around 8-9 hours of gameplay) for newcomers and seasoned adventure gamers as well, but one should be inclined to forgive its simplicity and occasional glitches. Playing it for the mood and setting should be sufficient. Ah, and also forgive the ending (and the senseless title). I see people hoping for a sequel but I can hardly imagine this being the case. Full Review »