Tender Loving Care

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Things haven't been easy for Michael Overton and his wife Allison. The young couple has experienced a terrible tragedy - the death of their daughter in a car accident. While Michael seems to deal with the shock better, Allison has gradually descended into a delusional state, unable to accept reality and function normally as an adult. Dr. Turner, a psychologist, suggests the Overtons hire a live-in nurse for Allison, and recommends a young woman named Katherine Randolph. However, new dark tensions start arising shortly after the nurse moves in.

Tender Loving Care is an interactive movie with limited adventure-like gameplay segments. The game is divided into chapters, each consisting of four parts. The first part consists of a non-interactive story episode presented as a short live action film. Afterwards, the player is asked several questions by Dr. Turner concerning his understanding of the events he just witnessed. The third part involves first-person exploration of still graphical images representing various locations in the house. There are no puzzles or other challenges during that phase, but the player may uncover diaries or other items that shed more light on the story. Finally, the fourth part consists of taking a Thematic Apperception Test: the player is shown various images accompanied by questions and a list of answers, and is given a psychological profile depending on his choices. The story that develops through the movie portions may also be affected by the player's answers.


Tender Loving Care Windows Play it again, Sam (DVD version)
Tender Loving Care iPhone Psychology test. The answers will result in different outcomes.
Tender Loving Care Windows Relationship problems (DVD version)
Tender Loving Care Windows (G) ... where you answer questions about a series of images to help build your psychological profile (and direct the story) (CD version)

Alternate Titles

  • "TLC" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Die Versuchung" -- German title

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User Reviews

Movie and game? Not much of either, actually Windows Cor 13 (174226)
A totally different experience from the usual video games. Windows Rodney Mayton (19)
Need any more reason why FMV gaming died a horrible, flaming death? Windows Vance (98)

Critic Reviews

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Windows Jul, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Captain Windows Jun 05, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Just Adventure Windows 1999 B+ 83
Power Play Windows May, 1998 81 out of 100 81
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 7.9 out of 10 79
Electric Games Windows 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 1998 70 out of 100 70
GameStar (Germany) Windows May, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Just Adventure Windows 1997 D+ 33
Game Revolution Windows Apr 01, 1999 D+ 33


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DVD player version

Tender Loving Care was available in a special DVD edition made for playing on standard DVD video players via your remote controller. This version was usually sold on music and video stores.


  • ICDIA and IDMA Awards
    • November 15, 1997 - Gold Award (DVD category)
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1999 - The Sigmund Freund Memorial Award
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