Summary: Alter Ego is a dark adventure game set in 1894 with a mystery so strange and complex, the perspectives of two vastly different people are needed to paint the whole picture. As you play as Irish thief Timothy Moor and British detective Briscol, you’ll run into a myriad of people and plenty of odd circumstances that help add to the air of unease that has gripped Plymouth, England.
Excerpt: Sometimes a game can benefit from being an anachronism in the era of high definition, mega budget titles. The “Adventure Game” genre reaps the most benefit, as its very mechanics eschew advances in graphics and game design from the last decade, settling on pre-rendered backgrounds and intriguing storylines to provide the main draw.
Excerpt: Alter Ego is an example of a point-and-click adventure game that nearly hits the mark of perfection from beginning to end as a game for novice gamers. The game tells of a murder story à la Jack the Ripper from the perspectives of a duo of very different characters—a petty thief named Timothy Moor and a police detective named Detective Sergeant Briscol. The game takes place in the town of Plymouth in England around the late 1800s.
Excerpt: While everyone else in the ‘90s was blowing up hell spawn or duking it out in space against the Zerg, Protoss, and Koreans, point-and-click was always my choice of poison. Sure, the genre lacked the action and excitement of FPS and strategy games, but it provided a challenge that truly tested one’s wits while becoming completely involved in an elaborate story.
Conclusion: 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. It is certainly a methodical and traditional modern adventure, but with measured expectations it will prove to be an enjoyable dark mystery adventure that—one can only hope—will clean up its unresolved...
Excerpt: As any fan of a good murder mystery will tell you, there's nothing more satisfying than a surprising reveal and a shocking payoff. Unfortunately, there's a disastrous corollary to this tenet: A bad ending insults the reader and renders the plot that came before it hollow and insincere.
Pros: A couple of creepy moments
Cons: Story goes nowhere, Abysmal ending, Puzzles require no thought, just random clicking, Bare sound design fails to instill tension
Role-Switching Adventure Adds Punch To Point And Click
4 August 2010
Excerpt: Point and click adventure games have been around for about as long as computers, or at least computers with graphics cards, and have become a staple in the industry. And while they are much loved because the format offers awesome storytelling options and the ability for players of all skill levels to have fun, it also makes the genre a bit tired. I can't even hope to count the number of point and clicks I've played, so I was expecting more of the same with Alter Ego.
Excerpt: Игра в жанре квест – продукт, требующий от разработчиков активной мозговой деятельности. Ведь во время неторопливого игрового процесса особенно заметны всяческие сюжетные нестыковки, слабо проработанные персонажи и притянутые за уши события. Игры, избежавшие этих недочетов, заслуженно могут претендовать на признание со стороны поклонников жанра. Именно такой была небезызвестная Black Mirror , разработанная чешской студией Future Games .
Conclusion: ein sehr gutes Adventure geschaffen, welches sich Fans des Genres zweifellos zulegen können. Die Grafik ist der Hammer, die Soundkulissen realistisch und die Zwischensequenzen und Rätsel mit verschiedenen Schwierigkeitsgraden lockern das Spiel auf. Ach ja, die Zwischensequenzen. Diese werden ebenfalls in einer hervorragenden Qualität gezeigt und unterstützen das Spiel positiv. Einfach Klasse!