Summary: I was on my second whisky when she walked into my office. With legs that went up to her neck, and ruby-red lips that were completely out of sync with her voice, I knew she'd be trouble. She wanted me to review her, and I was just about drunk enough to take her up on that offer. Her name was Face Noir . Okay, so I'm not going to be the next Raymond Chandler.
Excerpt: Face Noir is a detective based video game. You play Jack del Nero, a detective in New York City in the 1930s. He starts out on a simple case; but is quickly drawn into plot involving the murder of his old partner, kidnapping of a young girl, a large crime syndicate, and police corruption.
Excerpt: Old style gaming and the nostalgia noir style is not enough to keep you investigating the case in Face Noir. Face Noir …going in… seemed to have so much going for it. That old style gaming harkening back to games like Police Quest, and Kings Quest wrapped in a mystery that the player has to solve.
Conclusion: 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.
Conclusion: Such a teaser makes me nervous, to be honest, because the thing I enjoyed the most about Face Noir is its delightful setting. You can't possibly be an adventure fan who's read a Philip Marlowe novel without wanting to play an old-school adventure that takes the methodical pacing of Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes and places it into a hard-boiled film noir setting.
Conclusion: If you are a fan of the oldest of old school point and click adventure game puzzles, ones that require you to entirely concoct the answers in your own noggin, you’ll enjoy Face Noir . If you are a film noir buff, you’ll enjoy Face Noir . If you are a causal gamer with a geographical pet peeve? You’re in for a rough time.
Summary: In today’s market, Face Noir is priced at the high end of the spectrum at $20, but yes, it is definitely worth the money. It’s a fantastic story wrapped up in good production values that very much justify the cost. Just be prepared for some frustrating moments, and you’ll have a good time.
Excerpt: This point-and-click game stays true to the private eye noir aesthetic, giving out genuine vibes starting with the sepia-toned artwork that will induce the perfect state for playing it. Our hero goes by the name of Jack del Nero, a cynic ex-cop with the unfortunate habit of drinking.
Pros: + great soundtrack, + commitment to the noir genre, + nonlinear story-telling, + sepia-toned artwork