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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.2
Overall User Score (12 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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Game Mile (Feb 23, 2009)
The rich green tones that permeate Emerald City are particularly stunning, even in spite of the fact that the city is portrayed as being half way to a slum. Every line of dialogue is voice-acted convincingly, and the music blends in perfectly with the brooding atmosphere. The length feels longer than Wadjet Eye Games' previous outings, as well. All in all the game is definitely a high quality product for all those whose requirements are met by everything the game offers.
GameBoomers (Mar 04, 2009)
Emerald City Confidential has clearly been influenced by the Film Noir detective genre. The dialog is slick, classy and unexpectedly funny. The characters are stylishly attired – femme fatale Betsy Bobbins has bobbed hair falling over one eye and a wide-brimmed hat with a coquettishly tilted brim. The Lion (now a lawyer) flaunts a tailored city suit and a cynical, gruff manner. Emerald City Confidential is aimed at fans of the L. Frank Baum “Oz” novels, the “Wizard of Oz” movie, “The Wiz” and “Wicked.” It also has a lot to offer adventure gamers who appreciate stylish graphics and dashing dialog, and casual gamers who would like a first experience in the world of adventure games.
GameZebo (Feb 24, 2009)
Emerald City Confidential is a polished, creative and clever must-have for adventure game fans.
Adventure Corner (Feb 23, 2009)
Dave Gilberts Kombination von Baums phantastischer Welt und einer düsteren, zynischen Detektivstory ist ein voller Erfolg. Sowohl die audiovisuelle Komponente, als auch Story, Charaktere und Dialoge sind auf hohem Niveau angesiedelt und greifen perfekt ineinander. Die längeren Sprechpassagen, die in Cutscenes die Story voran bringen, lassen einen Zeitweise vergessen, dass man ein Spiel spielt, so überzeugend sind die Sprecher und so gut ist die Geschichte. Mit einer Spielzeit von ca. 15 Euro deutlich mehr bekommt als es kostet. Für Adventure-Neulinge ist es ein Muss und für Hardcore-Zocker, tja, für die Irgendwie auch. Denn sich ein Spiel mit derart guter Story durch die Finger gleiten zu lassen ist schon verdammt fahrlässig!
Just Adventure (Jun 18, 2009)
Disappointed as I am, I can't overlook the shining qualities that Emerald City Confidential does have. I'm awarding the game an overall grade of B plus. Obviously, if your personal preference is for plot over puzzles, you'll love it. If the opposite, then you'll be grumbling like a Munchkin.
Adventure-Treff (Jul 20, 2009)
Wadjet Eyes Auftragsarbeit für den Online-Distributor Play First, die jedoch vollständig auf der geistigen Grundlage von Dave Gilbert beruht, ist ein sehr schönes Spiel geworden. Emerald City Confidential dürfte vor allem jene reizen, die auf eher subtileren Humor stehen, an umfangreichen, gut geschriebenen und gleichsam gut vertonten Dialogen sowie an einer über weite Strecken gelungenen Story Gefallen finden, die mit einer interessanten Verquickung von modernem Märchen und Film noir aufwartet.
I must admit that I have some reservations at the beginning about Emerald City Confidential, thinking that it is just a children’s game. How wrong I am! The game is enjoyable for all ages. It is infectious, absorbing, and offers plenty of fun over the 10-16 hours of play time. For a budget title that is priced similar to a causal game, you get a great bang for your proverbial buck. I recommend this game to all adventure game fans. After all, Emerald City Confidential is different, unique in fact, and this is what makes a good game.
Game Tunnel (Mar 08, 2009)
Emerald City Confidential is charming, smart, and simply fun. Fans of the genre will be singing its praises, and rookies will be entertained.
Green Pixels (Mar 05, 2009)
Emerald City Confidential certainly won’t be the lengthiest or the biggest budget point-and-click game to grace my PC screen. Still, it’s one of the best I’ve played in some time. The crime drama flair infused into Oz is integrated so perfectly that even the traditional tasks of hunting for hotspots, fetching items, and wading through incessant dialogue trees are largely enjoyable.
Adventure Gamers (Feb 23, 2009)
Your visit to the Kingdom of Oz will last around 6 to 8 hours, depending on how carefully you explore each area and how tempted you are to check your journal for hints. Most adventurers will find the journey time well spent, though how much depends on what kind of gamer you are. If you play adventure games because you love characters and story, you’ll almost certainly enjoy ECC; if you play them to experience a real brain-bending challenge, you might find the puzzles too simplistic. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz books, then no matter what kind of gamer you are you’ll want to click together your silver shoes and say “There’s no place like Emerald City Confidential.”
78 (Apr, 2009)
I wanted to give this game a 9 out of 10, but the overall score ended up being lower because I had to give ratings for things like "controls" and "novelty." It's a point-and-click game, people! Do novelty and controls really matter? You know what, forget novelty, I'm making my own category.
Immoral Gamers (Feb 27, 2009)
Dave Gilbert has been on one damn hell of a roll since he started making games. He designed The Shivah, about a jaded rabbi who becomes entangled in a web of murder. He designed the Blackwell series, about a medium who investigates supernatural crimes with the help of a ghost. He’s a prime mover on the indie scene and works on limited budgets, yet his games repeatedly humiliate everything The Adventure Company has ever published. His talent as a writer allows him to create smart dialogue and involving characters, so much so that he was practically beer-tossed the funding for his latest project, Emerald City Confidential, a short, streamlined hand-holder that’s nonetheless the best adventure game I’ve played in god only remembers how long.
Absolute Games ( (Mar 19, 2009)
Насколько «быстро»? Часов на семь, как раз чтобы обойти четыре территориальных объекта и порядка сорока экранов. Вполне сопоставимо с половиной предложений зуброиздателей. И добрая часть времени принесена в жертву обширным диалогам с комментариями. Разве что вместо изъеденных до дыр историй о тамплиерах и контрразведке — красивая и атмосферная фэнтези-сказочка с ненавязчивым юмором. Качество текстов замечательное, пожалуй, даже слишком шикарное для столь примитивной ниши. Очевидно, что в PlayFirst тоже не дураки сидят. Кое-кто метит в жанровые покровители? Что ж, направление выбрано верное. В AGS талантов на отдельную Индустрию хватит.
Destructoid (Feb 25, 2009)
It's a solid but but unspectacular point-and-click adventure. It will scratch the itch to play games of its type but breaks no ground and does little to further the appeal of such games. Its moderate challenge level may be a little low for veteran players, who may find aspects of it disappointing. Still, it's enjoyable in bits and fans of Oz will have some fun seeing the interpretation of the world.