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ZOOM Post Mortem
$9.95 (Win98/Me/2000/XP) (Mini Retail) (POSTMORTPR)

Publisher: Microids

- Blood, gore, mature sexual themes and violence

Ratings:

B from Just Adventure

from Action Trip

Paris in the 20's

A retired American private detective, MacPherson, is hired by a mysterious yet sensuous lady, Sophia Blake, to find out who murdered her sister and her brother-in-law, the Whytes. The beheaded couple were killed in a mysterious ritual way in one of Paris most luxurious hotel.

In this rich and intriguing adventure, MacPherson will soon discover a world where bloody murders are committed according to ancestral mystic beliefs. It will be his most mysterious case yet.

Rich and mysterious scenario

  • A script worthy of a real thriller
  • 20 different characters each with individual personalities, all involved with the investigation

A film noir atmosphere

  • Dark, moody and paranormal atmosphere faithfully reproducing Paris during the 20's (café's, bistros, hotels, abandoned metro stations, houses and flats).
  • True to its film noir roots, the mood of the game is filled with nuances, enigmatic characters, bloody murders, and the entire action-taking place at night.

Increased realism for non-linear gameplay

  • A flexible dialogue engine allowing the player to vary the emotional content of a question affecting the story and how the player interacts with the characters.
  • This system, combined with a lip-synch sub-system and cut scenes, will bring an unprecedented level of realism to the game.

Characters

Gus MacPherson
An American expatriate who now lives in Paris. MacPherson used to be a private detective in New York, where he specialized in strange and unusual cases. Plagued by strange visions which assailed him when when he was close to violent events, he has put his past as a detective behind him to devote himselt to art... Until Sophia Blake shows herself...


Sophia Blake
A mysterious and sensuous lady who hires MacPherson to find out who murdered her sister and brother-in-law, the Whytes. But she seems to hide many secrets.


Commissaire LeBreun
Newly appointed superintendent, LeBruen fears the Whyte's case could bring trouble to his district. He will do whatever it takes to bury the case.


Dr. Franck Kaufner
A failed psychoanalyst now acting as a police coroner in the murder of the Whytes. MacPherson will encounter him throughout his investigation. He will discover that Kaufner knew the Whytes before the murder...

Environment

To resolve the murder you will visit many places in Paris to interrogate all the people implicated in the murder of the Whytes.

Cafe L'Alambic
Trendy cafe where all the artists of the 20s meet.

Dr. Franck Kaufner's Office
Coroner/Psychoanalyst on the Whyte's murder.

8th District Police Station
Managed by Superintendent LeBruen.

Hotel Orphee
Chic hotel of the 8th arrondissement, this is where the murder was commited...

MacPherson's Studio
The adventure's starting point.


Requirements:

Windows 98/Me/2000/XP: Pentium II 350 MHz, 64 Mb RAM, 3D card 16Mb, DirectX compatible sound card.

Recommended: Pentium III 500 MHz, 128 Mb RAM, 3D card 32 Mb, DirectX compatible sound card.

Reviews:

Just Adventure by Ray Ivey

"Microids newest adventure, Post Mortem, is a dark, moody tale of conspiracy and ritualistic murder set in the exotic art world of Paris in the 1920s. The bad news is not surprising: It’s no Syberia. The good news is: It’s still pretty darned good."

"The worst problem with the dialog, however, is that the voiceover performance by the actor playing the game’s lead character is absolutely dreadful. Most of the characters around him are perfectly fine, but McPherson is the most deadly-sounding character since Faust in Jazz and Faust. Okay, he’s not quite that bad – it’s almost impossible to be that bad – but it seriously hurts the game. I’m baffled that Microids would have signed off on such a lame, game-damaging flaw. It would be a relatively easy element to correct, and I heartily recommend they do so before the game’s North American release.

"Fortunately for the player, however, this flaw, significant as it is, does not ruin the experience. Post Mortem is a creepy, challenging, intelligent and atmospheric thriller that will be a welcome end-of-the-year treat for adventure game lovers everywhere. Let’s keep our eyes on Microids, kids – they’re really watching our back."

ActionTrip by Dusan "Lynx" Katilovic

"Post Mortem is substantially different from the multitude of totally linear adventure games which come down to clicking all possible options and reaching the one final conclusion. The unexpected twists and findings will help you really get into this title and see it as a worthy challenge, ideal for long winter nights. The Non-linear storyline offers different paths for completion, and the game has multiple endings.

"I wholeheartedly recommend Post Mortem to all true fans of suspenseful horror stories; the game is beautifully conceived and just as well executed."



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