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Discworld Noir (Windows)

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Description

Ankh-Morpork is a city surrounded by darkness, where the cold river Ankh flows, where it always rains, and where dwarves and trolls co-exist with secret societies, religious fanatics, stupid police captains, and bar pianists. It is also where a bitterly sarcastic sharp-eyed private investigator named Lewton tries to earn a living solving bizarre cases. A mysterious woman named Carlotta hires him to find her lost lover. Wandering through the dark city and gathering evidence, Lewton has to solve the case, confront a sinister conspiracy, and once again become torn between love and despair.

Discworld Noir differs from other Discworld adventure games not only thanks to its more serious tone and much darker "film noir" atmosphere, but also because of its gameplay. Instead of inventory-based puzzles there are clues, which Lewton writes down in his notebook and which should be then used whenever there is a connection between the clue and the situation in question. Most of the gameplay is thus dedicated to detective work in conversations; but the usage of the right clues at the right place is still comparable to inventory-based puzzle-solving of other adventures. Graphically, Discword Noir features three-dimensional character models and pre-rendered backgrounds.

Screenshots

Discworld Noir Windows The dialogue interface.
Discworld Noir Windows Talking with the first mate of the Milka about passengers (subtitles on). People in Ankh-Morpork have a rather cavalier attitude towards other people's lives.
Discworld Noir Windows Your buddy, the troll Malachit. Intellectual conversations are NOT his forte...
Discworld Noir Windows The priest of the Temple.

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User Reviews

It's a film noir with dwarves and trolls. Any more questions? Oleg Roschin (164803) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Very good, if derivative and cliched, adventure. Shazbut (158) unrated
You can't just go around killing people whenever you want to. It's not polite. Jeanne (75633) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Dark, atmospheric and ironically funny curacao (246) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Innovatively Uninteresting MAT (66253) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars
An interesting Trilogy Hilary Richardson (15) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Decent game with bad interface Kurt Sample (963) unrated

The Press Says

La Aventura es la Aventura Sep 10, 1999 95 out of 100 95
Game Over Online Aug 10, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Gamesmania 1999 90 out of 100 90
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 9 out of 10 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 1999 82 out of 100 82
PC Jeux Jun, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Just Adventure 2004 B 75
GameBoomers Jan 05, 2004 3.5 out of 5 70
Spel för Alla Sep, 1999 6 out of 10 60
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Mar 25, 2005 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

References

  • In the middle of the game, you meet a red-haired archaeologist girl, who carries a lot of ammunition, wears shorts and is called Laredo Cronk...
  • Some of the detective things in this game are taken from Murder, My Sweet (1944), a P.I. Noir movie with Dick Powell playing Philip Marlowe (later a remake with Robert Mitchum was made, the title was renamed to Farewell, My Lovely, though). Lewton says "If I'd always knew what I said, I'd be a genius." which is exact phrase from the fore-mentioned movie. Also, there is a detective Nulty in both game and the movie, with same attitude of main character towards him.

References: Casablanca

There are plenty of references to famous noir films in Discworld Noir. Many of them allude to the classic Casablanca. For example, the game's romantic ending mirrors the ending of the film to the point of directly quoting the dialogue. Just as the heroes of the movie agree that they will "always have Paris", Lewton assures Ilsa that they will "always have Pseudopolis Hotel".

The demon pianist Samael is named after Sam, the pianist from Casablanca. There is the following dialogue in the game:
Lewton: Play it again, Sam.
Samael: You know what? No one's ever going to believe you said that.
As fans of the movie would know, the line "Play it again, Sam" was never actually said in Casablanca, but has become erroneously associated with it.

Ilsa Varberg is named after Ilsa Lund, the heroine of Casablanca. Lund and Varberg are both cities in Sweden.

Release

The game was only released in Europe because the US branch of GT Interactive had financial problems and collapsed, dashing hopes of a US release.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/2000 – Best Adventure in 1999
Information also contributed by Macintrash, MAT and Unicorn Lynx

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Zhentarim7 (182) added Discworld Noir (Windows) on May 04, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Macintrash (2516)