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Black Dahlia (Windows)

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Description

Black Dahlia is a suspense thriller based loosely on the unsolved California murder of Elizabeth Short, nicknamed "Black Dahlia" for her favoritism towards black clothing.

Taking place in the 1940s, the game puts the player in control of a rookie government agent, Jim Pearson, whose first case involves investigating Nazi propaganda. The case is not as simple as it sounds, however. Before long, Jim uncovers information and evidence that the Nazis have connections to the supernatural, occultism as well as some very bizarre and ritualistic killings. Jim meets Elizabeth Short who possesses a strange engraved stone known as the "Black Dahlia", an artifact coveted by the Nazis as a source of ultimate power. When her brutal murder occurs, the stone disappears. During Jim's search for the missing item, he uncovers a web of evil, deceit and intrigue. Will he get out alive .. and uncorrupted?

The game is a point-and-click puzzle-solving adventure with live action cutscenes. Full 360 degree horizontal and limited vertical panning allow the player to scan each scene with the mouse. Jim's in-game notebook acts as a journal as it records everything of importance that he has examined.

Black Dahlia has over sixty puzzles dispersed over nearly as many locations. They range in difficulty, style and type including jigsaw, manipulation, code breaking, mazes and object based. Well publicized bypass codes can be used to "auto-solve" them without compromising the game, since no score is kept.

Screenshots

Black Dahlia Windows Jim Pearson, rookie detective
Black Dahlia Windows sobstory here we come
Black Dahlia Windows Examining potential clues
Black Dahlia Windows A room at the Hotel Cleveland

Alternate Titles

  • "凶兆2:黑夜追緝令" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Black Dahlia: Um Jogo de Aventura e Mistérios Obscuros" -- Brazilian tag-lined title
  • "Black Dahlia: Il Fiore del Male" -- Italian tag-lined title
  • "Black Dahlia: A Game of Adventure and Dark Mystery" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

Challenging adventure and a treat for puzzle lovers. Jeanne (75620) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
One of the last greats in the field, highly recommended to adventure fans/movie buffs Vance (98) unrated

The Press Says

Mega Score Mar, 1998 95 out of 100 95
Adventurearchiv Apr 06, 2002 93 out of 100 93
Game Revolution Nov 04, 2002 A- 91
Puntaeclicca.it Dec, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Quandary May, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adventure Classic Gaming Dec 03, 1999 4 out of 5 80
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 7.9 out of 10 79
Just Adventure 1999 B 75
PC Games (Germany) Apr 01, 1998 60 out of 100 60
PC Jeux Apr, 1998 72 out of 100 28

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Trivia

Hidden movies

  • Spin around quickly an any direction, you'll see a short video of Jim Pearson
  • At the Santini home, hold shift when exiting the room after the mother has left and you'll see a short video of Santini's mother and a large firearm.
  • In ABC's office, when clicking through the files in the file cabinet, click the wrong file 13 times. You get a mini movie of Jim looking at you and saying "Do you have any idea what you are doing?"
  • Get to the scene where Jim enters the underground wine cellar after finding (and losing) the Dahlia in the German bunker. Go forward towards the steps. There's a wine rack there. Shift-Left-Click on any bottle of wine in the rack and watch the movie.
  • When you are in your room at Sunset Arms Hotel, click on the phone and then on yourself to hear the line "That's me , Jim Pearson!".
  • Also in the Sunset Arms Hotel, click on the phone, hold shift and then click on yourself to make a prank call.

References

A brief wink to adventure game fans is firmly embedded in here: Near the end of the game your character enters "Gabe's Diner." Listen carefully to the background conversation between the chef and the waitress... she calls him Gabe and he calls her Gracie... Gabriel and Grace, lead characters of the Gabriel Knight series.

Information also contributed by Itay Shadar

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Shane k (127) added Black Dahlia (Windows) on Mar 27, 2000