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De Zaak van Sam (CD-i)

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Written by  :  patrick selten (2007)
Written on  :  Mar 08, 2012
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Summary

FMV game

The Good

Acting is not bad.

The Bad

Gets repetitive very soon. Sometimes cutscenes can't be skipped.

The Bottom Line

This is a typical 90 era game when developers where searching how to use the cd-rom as a storage device for games. It's a interactive movie where you play a private detective. The first 5 minutes or so in the "game" you think when do i have to start playing this game, since all you've done until that time is watching the introduction. Where you're character is sharping his pencils, when the pencil is sharp, he breaks of the tip of the pencil and starts over sharpening again. This scene is accompanied by a voice over, that will tell the story. You'll hear this voice in most scenes of the game. The voice over is done by a well know Dutch comedy actor. The game is entirely Dutch spoken, but you can enable English subtitles.

After the intro complete with a mafia boss, that has a fake mustache, the game starts. It took me a few moments to notice that the game had started, since it will show you a scene, then a other scene, until no choices are left, and starts then the whole loop again, until you make you're choice. In the beginning of the game, you get to choose between 3 locations, your office, the nightclub and the warehouse. I haven't played the game enough to know if it has more locations later on. You choose a location and a cutscene will play. You'll see your character arrive by car at your chosen location. He gets out of the car and you'll be presented with new scenes to choose from. This is done the entire game. Some scenes are getting repetitive after a while. You'll see the same scenes at places where you have to choose a lot, and since they make the same loop, you'll have to wait until your new choice comes up again. Also the cutscenes where you arrive by car or are walking back to your car are getting boring after a while. Your character must have a huge stockpile of parking tickets, since every single time you get back to your car, a parking ticket is under the wipers. Another thing that I noticed, is that you sometimes can skip cutscenes and sometimes you can't. This is kind of frustrating after watching the same cutscene for the x time.

The acting isn't really that bad, it's just that interactive movies become repetitive after a while. A few well know Dutch soap-star actors make a appearance in this game.