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Noir Syndrome

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Noir Syndrome is a procedurally generated Detective Murder-Mystery with a new story every time! Featuring slick pixel art animations and a jazzy soundtrack, the player is thrown right in to a highly stylized vision of film noir. Visit locations, interrogate suspects, search for clues, and eventually solve the case before the killer escapes - or you wind up dead yourself.Features:
  • Procedural generation: Murder mystery scenarios with a new culprit and clues each time, every play-through is unique.
  • Permanent choices: NPCs, interactions, death, and a slew of other features will all persist until a new game is started. Every action counts!
  • Notebook: Collect vital clues in the detective's notebook to help narrow down suspects and solve the case.
  • Investigation: Interact with and examine numerous objects and characters in a number of environments in the search for more information on the killer.
  • Countdown: Given a set number of days to solve the mystery, each area visited will decrement the time left, adding to the urgency of every case.
  • Freedom of choice: Attempt to solve the case, or live out your remaining time doing as you please - be it fighting the law, going after gang members, or just seeing the city.
  • Gunplay: Combat is generally to be avoided as a single bullet will take down the player. However, when necessary, the revolver is always available for use.
  • Badges: Complete a variety of challenges to earn unique badges which directly influence future playthroughs.
  • Statistics and Scores: Statistics and high scores for a wide variety of topics will persist through every game.
  • Costumes: Multiple unlockable costumes can be earned in game. Play as the default male or female detective, or unlock a variety of new outfits.
  • Challenges: Optional challenges unrelated to the main case are generated each game. Every challenge completed provides permanent bonuses to all playthroughs.
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Glass Knuckle Games
Glass Knuckle Games
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System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OSX
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GPU with OpenGL Support, 1280x720 or above
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
  • Sound Card: OpenAL-Compatible
  • Additional Notes: Set Gatekeeper to allow all applications; Requires Java 1.6+

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel Core HD Graphics (2000/3000), or dedicated GPU with OpenGL Support, 1280x720 or above
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
  • Sound Card: OpenAL-Compatible
  • Additional Notes: Tends to run well even on many low-end machines
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • Processor: Intel Core i3
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel Core HD Graphics 4000, or dedicated GPU with OpenGL Support, 1280x720 or above
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: OpenAL-Compatible

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu 10
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GPU with OpenGL Support, 1280x720 or above
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
  • Sound Card: OpenAL-Compatible
  • Additional Notes: Requires Java 1.6+
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Jan 31, 2014
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Noir Syndrome reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
NOIR SYNDROME is a Detective-Story-RogueLike. Sounds wierd? Well ctually it plays really well. Your goal is to find the murderer and arrest him. You have to collect clues to get information on who the murderer might be. There are catagories and jobs that one person is asigned to. For example Jon Smith is a mobster and works as an artist. One of the clue says that only a civilian can be the murderer. So Jon Smith is not the person we are searching for. At first the whole concept seems pretty easy however you only have 14 days to find the murderer. Everytime you visit a place the day counter decreses by 1. And in addition to that you also have a hunger bar which can get empty if you're not eating something. Those two mechanics make the game much more challenging. One run will only take you about 10min wich makes for a rather short experience. And that's my only complaint I have. The pixel art is okay. Nothing special. The music however is an awesome jazz-blues combination which really sets the mood for the game. NOIR SYNDROME is a fun little roguelike-ish game for people how like detective settings.
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Microsoft from Spain
Despite what many people say, Noir Syndrome isn't really bad. I can see where their complaints are coming from, and they're right that this game isn't extraordinary and has some flaws, but I think it's pretty obvious that it isn't a high-end indie masterpiece (it isn't crap either). Noir Syndrome is a game that is best enjoyed in small doses, basically because the mechanics are so simple that every time you play you'll do the same more or less, this doesn't mean each playthrough is the same though, you could get murdered by a hitman before you arrest th e suspect, you could run out of time before encountering the definitive clue that confirms your suspicions..., on top of that, the game has various difficulty levels that can mean less clues, harder to spot murderers, frequent hitmen... The tutorial is not very useful but, like I already said, the game is so simple that that really isn't a flaw. The story of Noir Syndrome is that you are a private investigator which mission is to solve a murder, in order to do that you'll have to travel to different locations across your city to gather clues and find suspects, you'll talk to npcs that may tell you who might have com mited the crime or where you could go to find clues, those clues give you information about the murderer, which eventually help you pinpoint the culprit, and they are hidden within different objects scattered among different locations, you could find some sunglasses on a seat at the diner, or maybe a jacket on a matress at some rat-riddled apartment. The game (like I think seems obvious) doesn't give you a great amount of options, it doesn't have nearly unbelievable plot-twists or some bizarre murder mysteries, it's not L.A. Noire, it doesn't have refined and detail-filled cases waiting for you to solve them, it's more like an arcade-y, fast Cluedo that is good to keep you entertained every now and then with some nice noir taste to it. I think this is exactly the "problem" with this game for some people, many of those who gave this a bad review expected it to be far more sophisticated than it really is. There's also an aspect of the game that I think many people are neglecting in their reviews: the music. The ambient music is fantastic, 100% noir, so I'd say that is a point in the game's favour as well. What else can I say? I liked it. It goes to show that Steam ratings aren't always right.
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