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  • Summary: A dark corruption scandal in the heart of the New York City's underworld for charismatic detective John Blacksad!

    The 50s, New York City: Joe Dunn, owner of a boxing club, is found dead. Meanwhile, rising star Bobby Yale, due to take to the ring for the most important fight of his career,
    A dark corruption scandal in the heart of the New York City's underworld for charismatic detective John Blacksad!

    The 50s, New York City: Joe Dunn, owner of a boxing club, is found dead. Meanwhile, rising star Bobby Yale, due to take to the ring for the most important fight of his career, has mysteriously disappeared. Sonia Dunn, Joe's daughter, takes over the gym and must deal with its financial woes. She hires private detective John Blacksad to investigate Yale's disappearance. This sinister case will take our investigator to the darkest, most dismal depths of New York.

    With its anthropomorphic characters and its incredible 1950s feel, BLACKSAD: Under the Skin promises all the eerily dark adventure of a detective novel, just like the eponymous comic book series.

    Conduct the investigation in your own way. Make use of your feline senses as you hunt for new clues. Make decisions on behalf of Blacksad and influence the outcome of the case.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Nov 20, 2019
    90
    Blacksad: Under the Skin is stylish, involving, exciting and despite its animal characters – or because of them – harrowingly humane, a gripping pastime for any mystery buff.
  2. Dec 30, 2019
    80
    Blacksad: Under the Skin is a great first step of famous noir cat detective into the world of gaming. Even though your experience will be riddled with graphical bugs and some unoriginal design choices, the story and characters will buy you and take you for a fun detective ride for a few hours.
  3. Nov 22, 2019
    75
    A nice idea for an adventure game, set in a very interesting world that is based on the great Spanish comic of the same name. Blacksad: Under the Skin has many good qualities, like its noir atmosphere and story, alongside some negatives like its pacing issues and a few technical problems.
  4. Dec 1, 2019
    65
    Blacksad might bot be the thing that we expected it to be, but it is still a good choice for adventure fans, at least for a few hours. There is nothing specifically wrong with Blacksad, but some minor issues, a bit of a slow tempo and of course tons of bugs hurt the overall experience.
  5. Nov 19, 2019
    60
    Blacksad: Under the Skin has a pleasantly engaging story and fine, if somewhat repetitive, game play mechanics. Unfortunately, the end result just did not seem to be a finished product. Significant patch work will be needed to do justice to the story.
  6. Nov 10, 2019
    58
    In terms of true adaptation, Blacksad: Under the Skin is quite successful. The story is gripping and well written, with colorful characters, especially thanks to the voice-over and jazzy soundtrack. But in terms of gaming, the gameplay is heavy, the setting is sad, the glitches unbearable and the investigation mechanics too linear, making us want to watch what seems to be a better feature film than a good game experience. This adventure, although full of choices, treats you like a spectator.
  7. Dec 10, 2019
    40
    Blacksad’s potent atmosphere and several good ideas are completely overshadowed by tons of awful mistakes, terrible controls and zero player impact on the story. This is a huge disappointment - and I’m a fan of the original comic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Dec 3, 2019
    10
    Игра напомнила мне The Wolf Among Us, в дешевом исполнении. Я прощаю им кривое управление,порой слишком большие паузы в диалогах, и неуместныеИгра напомнила мне The Wolf Among Us, в дешевом исполнении. Я прощаю им кривое управление,порой слишком большие паузы в диалогах, и неуместные лицевые анимации. В конце концов это не Mass Effect: Andromeda. Я скучал по таким играм, простым и затягивающим. Бюджет у игры не большой, и хочу хоть чем-то помочь разработчикам в дальнейшем создавать что-то подобное. Но с учетом ошибок и не доработок в проекте. Expand
  2. Nov 28, 2019
    10
    I am a big fan of detective stories and the game is good in this regard. There are technical flaws, as well as the lack of dynamics for me.I am a big fan of detective stories and the game is good in this regard. There are technical flaws, as well as the lack of dynamics for me. But overall I really liked it Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2019
    9
    Awesome game that is very close to the comics, good gameplay and awesome graphics, love it.
  4. Jan 25, 2020
    8
    I don't know how was the first day version but now it's a good game with a good history and I don't find bugs.
  5. Jan 1, 2021
    8
    Great Story with 10-15 hours playtime but technical problems, improvable gameplay and technical problems. Best played on PC, Switch does notGreat Story with 10-15 hours playtime but technical problems, improvable gameplay and technical problems. Best played on PC, Switch does not have the power to show the games graphical potential. All in all I liked it and would recommend playing it if your into good detective games. Expand
  6. Jan 8, 2020
    7
    Интересный сюжет, классные персонажи, однако вариативности мало, а для данного жанра это огромный минус. Атмосфера игры очень даже,Интересный сюжет, классные персонажи, однако вариативности мало, а для данного жанра это огромный минус. Атмосфера игры очень даже, погружаешься быстро, главный герой очень харизматичен и привлекателен, поднимаются различные соц. проблемы, животные очевидно просто психотипы людей. Графика на самом деле оставляет желать лучшего, как и геймплей, это с трудом можно назвать игрой, скорее просто сериалом. Управление всрато, герой постоянно застревает и очень медленно ходит, бегать он не умеет. Но в общем и целом, достойная игра в своем жанре. Expand
  7. May 22, 2020
    4
    I can appreciate what it is trying to do, bring a bit of novelty by being a mish-mash of different elements. It is part Grim Fandango, partI can appreciate what it is trying to do, bring a bit of novelty by being a mish-mash of different elements. It is part Grim Fandango, part Sherlock Holmes, part Telltale with a plethora of quick time events. Unfortunately I am not a big fan of any of these elements. I disliked the Grim Fandango engine when it came out, and having a similar one here, 20 years after just seems very uninspired. I think I would recommend it to Sherlock Holmes games fans for the different setting and art. Expand

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