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Tender Loving Care (Windows)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.2
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

Description

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.

Screenshots

Tender Loving Care Windows TLC gameplay works like this:  (A) Watch some story video (these shots are from the CD version).
Tender Loving Care Windows House of Horrors
Tender Loving Care Windows Breakfast in bed
Tender Loving Care Windows (D) Read a brief profile of what the doctor thinks of you based on your answers (optional).

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Movie and game? Not much of either, actually אולג 小奥 (170368) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
A totally different experience from the usual video games. Rodney Mayton (19) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
Need any more reason why FMV gaming died a horrible, flaming death? Vance (98) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars

The Press Says

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Jul, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Captain Jun 05, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Just Adventure 1999 B+ 83
Power Play May, 1998 81 out of 100 81
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 7.9 out of 10 79
PC Player (Germany) May, 1998 79 out of 100 79
PC Action May 20, 1998 76 out of 100 76
GameStar (Germany) May, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Game Revolution Apr 01, 1999 D+ 33
Just Adventure 1997 D+ 33

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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • ICDIA and IDMA Awards
    • November 15, 1997 - Gold Award (DVD category)
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1999 - The Sigmund Freund Memorial Award
Information also contributed by Jeanne
MAT (74159) added Tender Loving Care (Windows) on May 04, 2000
Other platforms contributed by MrMamen (5178)