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  • Summary: Black Thursday. That is how the press rechristened that October 24th, 1929, a day in which U.S. began to face the darkest years of his history: the Great Depression years. All the great values professed by this nation vanished within a couple of months, the American dream was dead and trustBlack Thursday. That is how the press rechristened that October 24th, 1929, a day in which U.S. began to face the darkest years of his history: the Great Depression years. All the great values professed by this nation vanished within a couple of months, the American dream was dead and trust in God begun to shake. Few years had been enough for people to show their real side: false, mean and, above all, open to bribery. But the one thing I would have never imagined is how far corruption had gone; so far that somebody would actually try to bribe God. And now here I am, a gun barrel pointed at me, a corpse on my conscience, and a young lady to protect. How could this ever happen? How is it possible that everything has stemmed from a series of coincidences? Do you believe in Destiny? ...I don`t. [Mad Orange] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jul 30, 2013
    85
    Face Noir is a game I can easily recommend. It executes well on every level (save the voice acting), and offers great puzzles, enjoyable characters, fabulous art design, and a fun (if pulpy) noir plotline. If you're interested in the Depression-era setting and enjoy a solid point-and-click adventure, you should absolutely check this one out.
  2. Jul 19, 2013
    70
    Face Noir is a genuinely entertaining adventure for fans of private eye mysteries, and a solid debut for a promising developer, even if it’s only half of a story.
  3. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    Neither weak voice acting nor outdated visuals managed to ruin this skilful homage to Chandler. [CD-Action 10/2013, p.59]
  4. Aug 19, 2013
    59
    And so, overall, Face Noir isn’t a game I’d recommend. I don’t really like dumping on the debut effort of a new developer, but there just aren’t many positives to work with here.
  5. Jan 7, 2013
    55
    Face Noir is an adventure game developed by Mad Orange, an Italian independent team. The main character is Jack Maria Del Nero, a detective with the vice of alcoholism who lives in a small and dusty apartment. The America told by Mad Orange is in full commercial crisis and for Del Nero there's a new job from which will begin a new adventure, in jazz rhythm and noir tint.
  6. Oct 24, 2013
    50
    A boring point-and-click adventure game offering some good ideas. Unfortunately, they are buried under a big pile of junk, unimpressive voice-acting, uninteresting intermezzos, and low production value. This is why a gamer will fall asleep instead of having fun.
  7. Jul 17, 2013
    40
    Face Noir tries its best to be a compelling Raymond Chandler-esque film noir detective adventure and falls flat on its noirish face. The story is boring, characters are either bland or straight-up racist, acting is mediocre, writing is worse, cutscenes are mostly static photos, and the puzzles are a string of “find the important thing the designers have hidden” moments rather than any genuine brain-teasers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 4, 2014
    9
    I rarely play games with such smart gameplay and atmosphere. It require common sense, which is something rare these days on video games ^^;I rarely play games with such smart gameplay and atmosphere. It require common sense, which is something rare these days on video games ^^;

    Almost everything makes sense on this game, and the gameplay is smart enough to prevent the player to simply randomly click everywhere to unlock events without knowing what hes doing.

    The characters are also nice and well made.

    One of the problem/weakness I noticed was the streets and others locations were a bit too clean and lacking some population. Would have been nice to meet some random people on the streets. People asking you for a smoke, lose womens, poor souls sleeping on the street, angry people on phones, cats walking, ect... But no big deal. I read there was only 2 devs, and the amount of work they provided is just insane.
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  2. Aug 4, 2013
    8
    A good homage with a few typos.

    Face Noir did a very good job of giving me the noir-style storyline I was hoping for complete with twists
    A good homage with a few typos.

    Face Noir did a very good job of giving me the noir-style storyline I was hoping for complete with twists and turns, but was not a total success do to the introduction of certain supernatural elements that felt a bit contrived. Overall, the game was interesting with puzzles that tested my skills and characters that (while numerous) I cared about deeply.

    Pros include a cool mechanic where you connect facts to formulate new questions, a dark storyline with a bit of humor mixed in, and a great soundtrack with some nice instrumental jazz to set the mood.

    Cons include Italian-to-English conversion problems, issues with historical accuracy, and a horrific options menu including no possible way to change aspect ratio.

    If you're into film noir, then you'll like Face Noir provided you're not a stickler for historical accuracy and you're willing to forget a little supernatural deus ex machina. It did well and considering that it's their first game, it did better than I expect.

    As always, full video review on my YouTube channel.
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  3. Oct 5, 2013
    6
    Many years ago, this game may have been a bit more appealing. Voice acting and artwork are reasonable. The story is "not bad" like a middayMany years ago, this game may have been a bit more appealing. Voice acting and artwork are reasonable. The story is "not bad" like a midday movie that you don't bother turning off because it's not offensive. It offers an interesting "join the dots/clues" mechanic, but other than that, it's not what I'd call progress in Adventure Gaming. Expand

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