Emerald City Confidential
By PlayFirst, Inc.
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Work with the world's most cunning detective in the shadowy underbelly of the Emerald City of Oz! As Petra, you'll be lured deep into mysteries involving new foes and familiar faces; Scarecrow, Lion, Dorothy and Toto included. This is Oz as you've never seen it before! Solve your detective's quest and unravel a conspiracy of magic and intrigue! Follow a case through five chapters full of puzzles, witnesses, suspects, and allies.
- Over 50 beautiful and detailed environments to explore
- First PlayFirst game with full voiceover: 36 characters and over 6,000 lines of spoken dialog
- A new story and twist on the timeless world and classic characters of Oz
Less of a game more of a Story
Most of the time in this "game" is spent listening to dialogue. I liked the story and I can see it being very fun and somewhat challenging for a younger audience (I'm 28), it might even be challenging for a teenager, but it was pretty easy for me to figure out. I wish the characters had a different greeting each time you came to ask them questions, it got a little annoying hearing the same thing from each character if I had to go back and visit them more than once. Be sure to ask all the questions that are on the screen for the character otherwise you'll have to back track. Overall it was alright, but I would have preferred a more active gaming experience. Adding a few hidden object scenes would have been awesome and some puzzles. Definitely a pure point and click adventure.
Interesting take on Oz
You play Petra, a female detective, who lives in a Oz where magic is heavily regulated who takes a case that turns out to be far more than it first appears. The animation helps lighten the tone of the game which at times could be best described as noir with corruption and criminal activity seemingly everywhere.
If the game has any flaws it is the relience on "knoweldge pills" to get the player up to speed on things the *character* should already know and the occational must do action x in place y so the character can ask or do something the player figured out a while ago.
Overall for the cost a good little point and click game that bringes back the best of that genre for modern players.
Many hours of great gameplay
A wonderful spin on an old story. Many hours of gameplay...great graphics, easy UI to navigate, interesting characters and scenarios, fun puzzles, and just the right level of difficulty (i.e. engages your brain without being annoying, but isn't so easy it becomes tedious). Love that there are readily available hints if you need them - you don't have to earn them, and they're there if you're stumped. It's really great that there's no way to mess up or get stuck. WELL worth the money, would love to see a sequel or expansion pack!