Written by  :  Andrew Fisher (583)
Written on  :  Jul 29, 2018
Platform  :  Macintosh
Rating  :  2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
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Early point/click adventure(the first?), adult themes

The Good

Well the game is set in 1941, Chicago and it has the feel of an old, gangster/detective film. It's a very early point and click adventure, but is different from others in it's allowing you to drag, drop, resize, open and close. It has a very dark, serious, adult feel to it, you're in a dirty city full of crooked, untrustworthy characters, Ace Harding himself appearing to have a skeleton or two in his closet.

The graphics are nice, like pencil sketches in this original, black/white version.

The Bad

I found it very easy to die, you begin by having to counteract the effects of a drug before it's too late. Also there's a mugger on the street that can pop up at any time, wasting valuable time(or killing you). There are a lot of locked doors. Basically I found there was too much to do in too short a time.

I also thought the sleazy atmosphere of the game was a bit too much. I like that Ace Harding isn't supposed to be some sort of saint in a city of sin, but I wish the game had some momentary relief from all the sleaze and crookedness.

The Bottom Line

Well if you want to trace the roots of point and click adventures then this is surely an essential game, but it's not the most pleasant game. I wouldn't recommending trying too hard to finish it, at least not without a walk-through.