Tender Loving Care (Windows)

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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.


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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Movie and game? Not much of either, actually Cor 13 (174247) 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

Critic Reviews

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
GameStar (Germany) May, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Electric Games 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Just Adventure 1997 D+ 33
PC Joker Jun, 1998 27 out of 100 27


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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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MAT (102250) added Tender Loving Care (Windows) on May 04, 2000
Other platforms contributed by MrMamen (6044)