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Face Noir (Windows)

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A disillusioned private eye named Jack Maria Del Nero has accepted an ordinary request to find a twenty year old blondie for a middle-aged guy. But it was only the first step in twisted night of March 27th, 1934 in New York City. Falsely accused of the murdering a long-time missed police partner, Sean, who left a little girl in Jack’s protection, Jack tries to find out who the child is and why she is so important for different criminal groups of people. The city infested with corruption and economic uncertainty stands on his way to accomplish this task.

Face Noir is a classical point-and-click adventure game. It is flown mostly in third person view, when player moves the character around the screen, selects the hotspot, and looks at / interacts with it. Several supportive actions such as picking locks, interacting with mechanisms, reading papers, examining objects, solving puzzles, etc. are flown in first person view. Conversations allow to see emotional expressions on character faces. Certain ideas for the conversation topics come based on a proper combination of two pieces of information gained by Jack previously. Inventory may be switched between 2D and 3D view, and 3D view allows to examine the inventory object and to see some valuable information. Cutscenes are shown in comics art-style, and the soundtrack is jazz-oriented.

The player controls Jack most of the time and Sean in some parts. Certain part of the game is connected with mystique and time-manipulation. Conclusion of the game is transferred to Face Noir II.

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Face Noir Windows On the police department's second floor
Face Noir Windows Leaving the police department
Face Noir Windows Jack with broken nose
Face Noir Windows In cab

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The Press Says

Impulse Gamer Aug, 2013 4.2 out of 5 84
Eurogamer.it Jan 04, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Adventure Gamers Jul 19, 2013 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Multiplayer.it 2013 7 out of 10 70
Spazio Games Dec 23, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Over Online Aug 19, 2013 59 out of 100 59
4Players.de Aug 08, 2012 58 out of 100 58
Everyeye.it Jan 03, 2013 5.5 out of 10 55
Destructoid Jul 25, 2013 5 out of 10 50
Game Watcher 2013 4 out of 10 40

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POMAH (34990) added Face Noir (Windows) on Jul 20, 2013