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3 Cards to Midnight (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

An excellent hidden object game from the makers of Tex Murphy *Katakis* (37823) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.3
Overall MobyScore (6 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
Just Adventure
TCM is intriguing both in its approach and execution and can be very addictive. But honestly, it would be a huge disappointment if developers with the pedigrees of Connors and Jones were to offer anything of lesser quality.
90
Adventurespiele
"Three Cards to Midnight" ist ein originelles Wimmelbild-Spiel, welches nicht nur durch die andersartige Suche nach Objekten Abwechslung ins Spielgeschehen bringt. Auch die Rätsel sind gut durchdacht und sehr abwechslungsreich. Das Spiel kann in drei Schwierigkeitsgraden gespielt werden. Allerdings sollte man der englischen Sprache mächtig sein, denn es gibt in den Zwischensequenzen keinen Untertitel. Hinzu kommt, dass englische Worte oft mehrere deutsche Bedeutungen haben, sodass es nicht ganz einfach ist, sie den Schlüsselworten zuzuordnen. Tolle Zwischensequenzen mit sehr schöner Sprachausgabe erwarten dich. Wer die englische Sprache einigermaßen beherrscht, sollte sich dieses abwechslungsreiche Wimmelbild-Abenteuer nicht entgehen lassen!
80
Adventure Gamers
If you are a fan of story-driven games, dark mysteries and psychological tales (and don’t mind a more casual style of gameplay), you won’t need a Tarot card to know that 3 Cards to Midnight is the right game for you.
70
The Next Level
It's the same question that developers have to ask themselves when making a game, and I'm sure their answer is the same. I'm reminded of cult director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy), who recently started making his movies for less than $200,000 rather than fighting through the studio system. After completing one film this way, he's said that he's never had more fun directing films, because he's no longer accountable to anyone's vision but his own, and that's worth the sacrifice in visual quality, big name stars, and special effects. He's right, and it's good to see others coming to the same conclusion. Three Cards may be a simple puzzle game for the casual audience, but it's clear that a lot of passion went into it, and that enthusiasm shows up in the work itself. They've created an accessible game with broad appeal, and while the casual audience can be a fickle mistress, this is an effort that refuses to underestimate the masses.
70
GameZebo
Three Cards to Midnight would easily be a 4-star game if it weren’t still a little rough around the edges: in addition to the quirks already noted, the music loops awkwardly, there’s no Windowed mode, and you can’t save the game in the middle of a level. As it stands, the game is a decent thriller for fans of supernatural themes, and a promising start of things to come. I’ll be looking forward to the sequel, Three Cards to Dead Time.
69
Adventures United
Three Cards To Midnight tendiert eindeutig zum Casual Game, das sich mit Adventure-Elementen schmücken möchte. Letztere sind aber abgesehen von einer durchaus guten Story und ein paar zumindest etwas anspruchsvollen Rätseln kaum vorhanden. Grafisch präsentiert sich das Spiel eher spartanisch mit fast statischen Locations. Die etwa 80 vorgerenderten Videosequenzen sind von akzeptabler Qualität, aber mit einer Auflösung von nur 600x220 etwas klein geraten. Positiv aufgefallen sind die verschiedenen Musikstücke bzw. Ambient-Sounds, welche die Story stimmig untermalen. Die Englischen Sprachausgaben gehen soweit in Ordnung. Insgesamt bietet das Spiel bei einer Spieldauer von etwa 6-8 Stunden trotz spannender Story ein eher durchwachsenes und eintöniges Spielvergnügen, weil der Spieler aufgrund fehlender Interaktionsmöglichkeiten nicht wirklich in das Spielgeschehen und die tragische Geschichte von Jess Silloway eintauchen kann.
60
Adventure Classic Gaming
It is hard to say if Three Cards to Midnight has succeeded in meeting the high expectation it has generated. The story and atmosphere are very good. The puzzles are entertaining, though a bit monotonous. The game clearly targets gamers who are nostalgic for classic adventure games but are open to experiment with other genres. This is a game where the puzzles show a lot of cleverness but where eye candy has also taken on a lower priority. Three Cards to Midnight may not become a cult classic puzzle game like The 7th Guest, but it is a solid title that proves entertaining games can still be made with a lot of creativity despite only a modest budget.
50
GameBoomers
There is more to come. So don’t expect everything neatly resolved. 3 Cards to Dead Time is already in development. If you like a well told story, and if you are a fan of casual games, you will probably rate 3 Cards to Midnight more highly than I did. I want far more from my game play than this offered, although not much more from a story perspective. So a very mixed blessing indeed.