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Now this is really something. Ola Sverre Bauge (241) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
This game has atmosphere for miles null-geodesic (245) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.3
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.7
Overall User Score (11 votes) 3.4


Critic Reviews

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91
Entertainment Weekly (Jul 19, 1996)
Along the way you hear chunks of unmistakably Chandleresque dialogue (''Your grammar is almost as loose as your toupee''), voiced by unknown actors who've obviously seen The Big Sleep 10 or 12 times (even if Marlowe himself occasionally sounds like Duckman), and get tangled up in a plot as involving as any '40s film noir.
70
Joystick (French) (Jun, 1997)
Un jeu au graphisme original, qui lance notre ami détective dans une intrigue assez passionnante, mais aux trames trop linéaires et aux passages cinématiques obligés.
63
PC Jeux (Jun, 1997)
Un dessin animé "dont vous êtes le héros", rythmé par des séquences stylisées. Une bande sonore jazzy et un scénario retors. [...] Un splendide jeu d'aventure, très prenant... pour joueurs passifs.
60
This hardly qualifies as adventure gaming, though, and on the whole PHILIP MARLOWE, PRIVATE EYE delivers little for gamers to sink their teeth into. Still, for fans of the Marlowe novels, PRIVATE EYE is a treat, a teeth-rolling little bonbon they'll gobble up. You can keep your trigger finger from getting arthritic by playing QUAKE and your adventure game muscles limber on GABRIEL KNIGHT 2; the fact that PRIVATE EYE is light on game elements shouldn't keep lovers of hardboiled mysteries away from this pleasant and faithful adaption.
60
Quandary (Feb, 2002)
This is not a game in the traditional sense, and it has its flaws. But if you like a good hard boiled detective story, and great writing - be it in book form, on the TV or movie screen, a play or some other medium - you may well enjoy this short outing as much as I did.
60
Bezeichnungen wie "The Ultimate Murder Mystery CD-ROM Game" machen mich erstmal skeptisch. Wenngleich ist es nicht unbedingt ultimativ finde, so hat Private Eye doch vergleichbaren Abenteuern wie Noir oder Malony etwas voraus. Seine beiden gebotenen Stories ähneln sich zwar, doch bleibt die Chance zum mehrmaligen Spielen, zumal es in jeder Variante mehrere unterschiedliche Enden gibt.
58
GameSpot (Aug 08, 1996)
What made Chandler's Marlowe stand apart from similar hard-boiled creations was that his cynicism was always the result of an inherent optimism. Despite his tough-guy demeanor, he was always giving people the benefit of the doubt, and time and time again the world let him down. I sympathized with Marlowe while playing Private Eye - wanting desperately to enjoy it, but left feeling ultimately empty and disappointed.
50
Spielerisch geh√∂rt Private Eye eher zu den Leichtgewichten - die notwendigen Aktionen zum L√∂sen des Falles werden einem allzu oft auf dem Silbertablett serviert. F√ľr Gelegenheitsspieler mag das Programm wegen seiner Atmosph√§re durchaus unterhaltsam sein, Freunde harter Knobeln√ľsse kommen damit jedoch kaum auf ihre Kosten.
50
Private Eye is the classic case of a good attempt, using all the elements of a great game; but it stumbles in the area of substance, something which should be the very cornerstone of such a product.
40
PC Games (Germany) (Oct, 1997)
Mit sch√∂ner Grafik und guter Story allein ist heutzutage kein Staat mehr zu machen. W√§hrend andere Adventures den Spieler mit voll animierten, bildschirmf√ľllenden Videos und vor allem einer weit verzweigten und kniffligen R√§tselfolge lange Zeit bei Laune halten, kann Private Eye nur als kurzweiliger, bestenfalls aber abendf√ľllender Fernsehersatz dienen.
40
Aventura y Cía (Aug 14, 2001)
Sólo recomendado para los amantes de la novela negra y de las películas de Bogart los cuales encontrarán una historia atractiva y electrizante (pero nada más).
32
Adventurearchiv (Jul 31, 2005)
Es gibt weder Ans√§tze von Spannung noch Atmosph√§re, die Interaktivit√§t beschr√§nkt sich auf das Einsammeln einiger Gegenst√§nde, mit denen wir aber nichts anstellen k√∂nnen, oder einigen Tu-ich-jetzt-lieber-dies/ oder-lieber-das-Entscheidungen. Die st√§ndige erzwungene R√ľckkehr ins B√ľro, die miese Lokalisation, die wenig animierte, ausdrucksfreie Grafik, nichts von alledem w√ľrde selbst sehr gewogene Spieler davon abhalten, das Spiel vorzeitig abzubrechen.
20
Overall, quality is the element that is missing from this game. It just seems like a slap-dash effort to try to bring something to market. The whole thing only took about three hours to play because there were no red herrings or wrong moves of any kind and nothing to figure out. It was an audio book with cartoons added. It was not fun, not even a little bit. Next time, I'll just read the book.
0
Overall, quality is the element that is missing from this game. It just seems like a slap-dash effort to try to bring something to market. The whole thing only took about three hours to play because there were no red herrings or wrong moves of any kind and nothing to figure out. It was an audio book with cartoons added. Even though the average of the individual ratings above would work out to be a C or D, my overall rating of this game is an F because it was just not fun, not even a little bit. Next time, I'll just read the book.


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