Detective/Noir adventures - Adventure Forums
You are viewing an archived version of the site which is no longer maintained.
Go to the current live site or the Adventure Gamers forums
Adventure Gamers

Home Adventure Forums Gaming Adventure Detective/Noir adventures


 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-14-2007, 03:35 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 53
Default Detective/Noir adventures

Anyone know any good, serious detective or noir style adventure games? 2D and hand illustrated preferably - SCUMMVM compatible would be divine.

I'm not thinking Discworld Noir tbh, because while I've heard it's a great game, I'm after more or less a direct translation of films like Chinatown into an adventure game.

And good one's I'm hoping there is a classic or two I have overlooked.
Yixian is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 04:30 AM   #2
Senior *female* member
 
Fien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Holland
Posts: 3,706
Default

CSI series - Nancy Drew series - Law&Order series - Black Dahlia - Mautpiti Island - Noir: A Shadowy Thriller - The X Files - The Dame Was Loaded - Tex Murphy series - In the 1st Degree - SFPD: Body in the Bay - The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Rose Tattoo - The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Serrated Scalpel - Ripper - Conspiracies - The Elk Moon Murder - Cruise for a Corpse - In the Dead of Night - Fascination - Byzantine: The Betrayal
Fien is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 05:22 AM   #3
Lazy Bee
 
Jelena's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sweden
Posts: 7,518
Default

Still Life is a detective story set both in modern time Chicago as well as in Prague in the late 20s.
__________________
Temporary guest in your life
Jelena is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 06:04 AM   #4
Third Guy from Andromeda
 
Josho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 248
Default

The forthcoming INSECTICIDE, while it has both action- and adventure-oriented sequences, is a noir detective game. It's scheduled to be on the DS and the PC, later this year.

--Josh
Josho is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 08:52 AM   #5
More slaw!!!
 
Toefur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Downunderverse
Posts: 584
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Josho View Post
The forthcoming INSECTICIDE, while it has both action- and adventure-oriented sequences, is a noir detective game. It's scheduled to be on the DS and the PC, later this year.

--Josh
Haven't heard of this, might need to look into it.

I love, love, LOVE noir. Man, did I mention that I love Noir? It's so fun! I don't know much either though, sadly. I only know of your usual stuff: Blade Runner, Tex Murphy, Discworld Noir as you mentioned. One or two others that don't spring to mind at the moment.

Hotel Dusk feels kinda noirish as well.

I am waiting here for suggestions from anyone else as well, please come forth.
__________________
Tex Murphy is back! - Kickstarter project now accepting your support!
Toefur is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 09:34 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 228
Default

He's asking for Noir , i think the most obvious game would be the PC FMV game "Noir : A Shadowy thriller".

In black and white , early los angeles , detective cases , old jazzy music. It got the whole noir lot.


marshal99 is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 10:06 AM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 13
Default

Fedora Spade: Prologue
Fedora Spade: The Red Ring

Best of all, completely free!
Sciere is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 10:33 AM   #8
self-distracted
 
maladroid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Groundhog Day
Posts: 198
Send a message via MSN to maladroid
Default

Whoa, Fienepien's list seems pretty thorough. I can only think of one game that's missing from there: Private Eye

The graphics kind of remind me of the Last Express approach to cartooney characters.
Can't swear about its quality though as I have never laid a finger on it myself. I still feel bad for missing it back then and not bothering to look for it later on.
__________________
"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
-Albert Einstein-

Proud supporter of Tex Murphy - Project Fedora
maladroid is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 11:32 AM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: UK
Posts: 50
Default

I liked Jack Orlando, an oldie but a goodie! Tex murphy is my absolute favourite detective tho!
sue3737 is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 01:07 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
friarphil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 123
Default

Dont forget the Nick Bounty games at www.pinheadgames.com

A Case of the Crabs- AG Review



The Goat in the Grey Fedora - AG Review

__________________
For FREE Point & Click adventures you can play right in your web browser, come visit us:
www.pinheadgames.com
friarphil is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 01:21 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Guildford WA
Posts: 370
Default

not sure but was Black Dahlia come under this. I havent played it.
Trader is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 02:50 PM   #12
Supreme Dictator for Life
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 79
Default

Black Dahlia is definitely noir. Also, don't forget Discworld Noir (which i can't play because it runs at warp speed on my cpu )
jimsta is offline  
Old 07-14-2007, 03:20 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Terramax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,595
Default

Am I right in saying that there is no known way to play Noir : A Shadowy thriller on XP? This is what I've heard and why I haven't bought it.

Thumbs up for Nick Bounty: The Grey Fedora. hilarious - I'd more than happily pay £30 for a 10-15 hour Nick Bounty. MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

I also agree with Still Life. If you want serious, mature, it doesn't get much more mature than Still Life. Even my none-adventure gaming friends were glued to the game.
Terramax is offline  
Old 07-15-2007, 12:47 AM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 53
Default

Thanks for the suggestions guys I will give them all a look.

But do there exist any 3rd person adventures? I much prefer them for first person. I know there's Cruise for Corpse but I recently read the review for that and they were terrible.
Yixian is offline  
Old 07-15-2007, 12:10 PM   #15
It's Hard To Be Humble
 
Lee in Limbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,557
Default

Putting in a second vote for Black Dahlia. It's not third person, and it's FMV, but it's really a fantastic and suspenseful game that hits just about every noir tone I can think of except that it isn't in black and white like Noir was. Not having a copy of Noir, I can only conjecture how good that was.

Sadly, the pulp noir genre has largely been used as spoof or as an influence for sci-fi settings in most detective games (Still Live, Grim Fandango, Bladerunner, etc). That said, I'd love to see a modern third person noir thriller AG. The genre has been overdone in TV and movies, but I think video games are still pretty fresh country for a few hardboiled detective stories.
__________________
Lee Edward McImoyle,
Author
Smashwords eBooks

Last edited by Lee in Limbo; 07-15-2007 at 12:35 PM.
Lee in Limbo is offline  
Old 07-15-2007, 01:41 PM   #16
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 53
Default

Sam & Max too is an example of how it only seems to be used comically.

In fact I'd love to see any non-comical non-fantasy adventure games. Jesus, it seems like that's all we get, at least on PC, the DS seems to be home to most of the innovation these days.

I'm on the brink of buying one purely for Phoenix Wright and Hotel Dusk...

Imagine a high res PC version of those games, or an HD PS3/360 version. Damn..
Yixian is offline  
Old 07-16-2007, 03:23 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Terramax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,595
Default

I know it's not Noir, but if you want a serious adventure (3rd person) have you played the Moment of Silence?

And I know you don't really want 1st person but I should have mentioned Post Mortem, the prequel to Still Life. Despite its drawbacks, this is the most fun I had in ages. The story and atmosphere is top notch. I just got into De Allepin's house and it's beautifully eerie. I was slightly tense as I went up the stairs.

BTW what is it that people like from Noir stories so much? They're usually so cliched. Many are fun but I couldn't play/ watch/ read too many of them.
Terramax is offline  
Old 07-16-2007, 04:19 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Marian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: near Yosemite in California
Posts: 245
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Terramax View Post
Am I right in saying that there is no known way to play Noir : A Shadowy thriller on XP? This is what I've heard and why I haven't bought it.
You are correct. Unless you want to install Virtual PC and run it through that. You'd need to install Windows 95 or Windows 98 in Virtual PC, though, first, before it would run.
Marian is offline  
Old 07-22-2007, 04:07 AM   #19
OB
 
Orange Brat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 662
Default

In addition to what's been said...also some of these might be in production, as well as might not be pure adventures:

Grim Fandango
L.A. Noire - consoles - in development
Sadness - Nintendo Wii - in development
Hotel Dusk - Nintendo DS - brilliant game
The Disenfranchised - my own game, I haven't announced it yet but it's a black and white non-comic Noir game - PC only
Adventures in Purgatory - in development and made with Torque: http://www.garagegames.com/mg/snapsh...w.php?qid=1040
The Late Call - in development and made with Unity: http://www.bydesigngames.com/tlc/index.html

There's also a new Phillip Marlowe film set in the 40s (starring Clive Owen and complete with narration) and a TV series set in modern times. There's supposedly some movement on the games with the Marlowe character, and it's perfect for a series of games ala Nancy Drew or Agatha Christie. That might be a potential one to look out for.
__________________
The Disenfranchised™ - A Film Noir adventure series for the PC. Coming later.
Orange Brat is offline  
Old 07-25-2007, 05:30 PM   #20
Codger
 
rtrooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,080
Default

The two "Noir-est" I've ever played are Black Dahlia and Still Life. The former is much more puzzle oriented, and, at times will drive you to distraction. There is an excellent WT for BD. At times it is necessary just to move on.

SL is very good, but a bit easier on the puzzles. And let's not forget Scratches, which I think fits the genre as well.
__________________
For whom the games toll...
They toll for thee
rtrooney is offline  
 



Thread Tools

 


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.