1933 will go down in the history books as the year America passed the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. Prohibition is over. To the delight of millions, alcohol can now flow freely across the thirsty land. Two days before the official announcement, bars and clubs across the land are stocking up on quality whiskey.
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Release Date: Jan 26, 2012

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1933 will go down in the history books as the year America passed the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. Prohibition is over. To the delight of millions, alcohol can now flow freely across the thirsty land. Two days before the official announcement, bars and clubs across the land are stocking up on quality whiskey. This is the absorbing story of a scruffy but shrewd private investigator who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder case through no fault of his own. Jack now has only 48 hours to slip the noose and find the real offender. The sands of time are rapidly running out for Jack – he must unravel the threads of the mysterious plot in which he finds himself – a race against time!

You, my friend, are the main suspect in a murder case! You’ve been given a chance to prove your innocence, so you better get your Sherlock Holmes act together – fast! In the character of JACK ORLANDO - the down-at-heel detective who’s never at a loss for words – you’ll come across cunning characters, garrulous gangsters, endless enigmas and tense situations throughout this fantastic comic-style adventure. There are 4 entire episodes containing over 200 action-packed scenes in dark alleys, fine saloons and seedy brothels – and the actors are a multitude of tough and sly underworld characters. You’ll have to keep your eyes wide open for clues, no matter where you are... only by putting two and two together will you reach your objective.

The Director's Cut Version of the game offers six new scenes, normal and easy game mode as well as a lot of additional puzzles.


  • Hand-drawn animated 2D graphics adventure
  • Professionally synchronized voices
  • Smooth scrolling and light sourcing
  • Over 200 Scenes in 4 episodes
  • Nearly 100 characters and thousands of dialog lines
  • Playable in window and in full screen mode
  • 2 difficulty modes: Easy and Normal
  • Musical Score in 5.1 composed by Grammy Award Winner Harold Faltermeyer

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: any Windows compatible GA
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce, or ATI/AMD Radeon
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
    • OS: OS X 10.6.8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Soundcard with 5.1 Support
    • Additional Notes: Apple Mouse
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41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2015
I have a rather high tolerance threshold when it comes to adventure games, especially old ones. Campiness and minor technical flaws are often part of the package, and I'm okay with that. So I was fine with realizing that the intro gave me a game breaking bug (on Win 8.1 64x) that there are no known solutions for: I watched the intro on youtube, then skipped it when launching the game, and thought little of it. The terrible (not an exaggeration) voice acting didn't deter me and neither did the really bad translation into english. Especially not since the art was decent, the animation fine enough for its age, the smooth jazz score impressively good (way WAY above the call of duty), and the start to the story a promising noir gumshoe's-tale-of-woe, the kind you probably can appreciate if this game peaked your interest.

And then I realized how bad the controls were. And while that too is very often to be expected, these specific controls really go out of their way to make your life miserable. (They're also nowhere explained, read the manual before playing.) It would be much easier to forgive that if the game didn't saddle you with a huge amount of seemingly useless items (stuffed into an inventory system only reachable through F1) that you have to individually pick out every time before you attempt to try them onto yet another tiny, unreachable hotspot for some unfathomable reason. I cannot explain how soulcrashingly clunky the system is, especially when you may have to repeat it 20 times in a row on a single hotspot and still not get a result.

I didn't hate the story, at least so far in. Not that it was good, but it was bad and campy in an interesting way. ;) But the gameplay is just really really bad. The controls and horrible puzzle design finally got the best of me.The term "illogical puzzle" that we throw about so often in adventure games? If you haven't played this game, you have no idea what that term means. Combine that with the insane amount of unusable items, the big maps, the complete lack of clues or guidance and those punishing controls, and you have a real recipe for frustration.

If you are still willing to play this game, do as everyone tells you and play it with a walkthrough. And yes, I realize how odd that sounds, but trust me (and everyone else) that's the only way to play the game without dropping it halfway through like I did. Alternatively you could just watch a Let's Play, and enjoy all the campiness and fascinating flaws of this odd bit of gaming history without suffering any of the frustrations yourself. At least that's what I'm doing. ;)
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53 of 74 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
The top review is correct in my opinion. I got this game in a bundle, unfortunately. As a gamer that owns a few point and click games, I can honestly say this is the worst one in my library.

The controls and gameplay mechanics are clunky and can be frustrating at times.
Bad voice acting.
Story that goes all over the place.
If you don't do certain things in the beginning, you will have to restart to an earlier time in the game.
Unless you do everything right from the beginning, you will need a strategy guide.
Not fun

The music was good..

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35 of 47 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
I like point&clicks, even older ones but there's a reason why this one isn't as famous as others are.

The art is about the only thing that's positive about this game. The story is incoherent, the controls and the navigation through the city are clunky and the voice acting is mechanic at best. It also doesn't help that there's a lot of scenery in the game that isn't used at all and the random catacombs and libraries were just bizarre in a 1930s noir setting.

Get it in a bundle and play it with a guide if you really want to, you'll just end up dead or with a broken save otherwise.
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37 of 54 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
A walkthrough is REQUIRED to play this game. There are multiple ways you can get permastuck that are absolutely absurd and if you're not saving constantly they will cause you to lose hours of progress. And it's not like these are hard to make happen either. Some of the solutions for items are really out there... for example giving a bellboy one of the three newspapers you've picked up without any sort of hint.

Even if you're willing to put up with this lack of fundamental design concepts for some sort of experience, there's really not much to see. The graphics look like CD-I Zelda and the voice acting is even worse. Apparently they used Jack's voice for placeholders or something, except they forgot to remove it from several lines, some on female characters! Not that it really matters, most of the women sound like they're voiced by men anyway. The only reason to get this game is to laugh at how bad all of this is. Good thing Valve's giving out coupons for it like mad!
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
For completing my Papers, Please card set, I got a 75% discount on this game. I've been playing LA Noire and like adventure games, so I figured why not if its only $1.25.

The first line of dialouge sets the tone for the entire game. The voice acting is the perfect amount of hilariously bad. The inflections, tone, and delivery are universally bad and I had a smile the whole time I was playing. Everything that any person says or does is hilarious. In the opening, Jack is given a Colt pistol by the Mayor and just waves it around. Its so hilariously bad, you can't help but smile.

Impressivley, the entire game is done in hand drawn animation and it shows, usually in a good way. Although very early on, someone gets shot and the artist just drew a hole in the victims suit. No blood, no wincing or leaning over, the suit had a hole in it and the victim fell over. Additionally, the game calls itself a "Cinematic Experience", but between the art style, the way talking heads pop up in a box, and how any action is done in a seperate bubble (leaving the main scence as static characters who are only capable of moving their feet unless specifically in an animation), the game feels more like an interactive comic book.

You have some choice of what your character says, but they seem to lead to the same result or they are not representive of what you want to say. Early on (I don't feel this is a spoiler since its in the game's description) you're read your rights by a cop and they want you to say something. There is no "Remain Silent" option, all you can do is act like a smartass at all times. This is even worse when Jack visits his next door neighbor who tries to set him up on a date and his only response is to be a total jackass to her. Its so hilariously bad, you really have to see it for yourself.

Something that is instantly a problem is lack of direction. The very first time I was granted use of the mouse, I had to look up what to do, because I had clicked on everything and was totally stuck. Turns out, you need to right click to select an action: Observe, touch, punch, or talk. Later, I picked up a feather duster and Jack's neighbor said "I need a new feather duster", but I couldn't figure out how to open my inventory, turns out you press F1. None of this was told to me prior to starting the game. There is no tutorial, you're just dropped in the world and that's it. I understand that this is a game from the late 90's and was rereleased in early 2000's, but when compared to modern adventure games, it falls short because of how little slack it gives to the player.

I recommend this, only because of how hilarious the first five minutes are. As I continue to play, I hope it maintains that standard of terrible.

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62 of 103 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2014
Hm, I love classic point and click adventure games but after about 15 minutes of this one I'm feeling quite nauseated by it.

The controls are fiddly and annoying and you often have to do things several times before they register and you can progress. However I've played a good many of these kinds of games and I've dealt with worse for the sake of a fantastic storyline, so that in itself is not a deal-breaker for me.

The voice acting is terrible, there is no flow to dialogue and it sounds like each line was recorded separately with actors who've never seen the script and who do not understand the syntax of English.

The lead character is fundamentally oboxious and unpleasant. That's probably the point, and maybe they are planning on doing some amazing character building and turning it around, we shall see.

My real problem with it so far is the rampant sexism. I know they're trying to invoke the spirit of the 1930s but they're really massively overdoing it on the gender stereotypes. I'm literally on the 2nd scene of the game and have heard at least four negative statements about women. As if the world of gaming really needed any more kitchen jokes! I'd understand an undertone of it to set the scene of the game, but at the moment it just feels like being bashed over the head with the blunt, narrow-minded opinions of someone who doesn't usually get an outlet for them. Have a little subtlety and empathy for your burgeoning female fan-base before you alienate them entirely.

I plan on finishing the game and altering this review accordingly once completed, but as it stands at present I'm proceeding with extreme caution and not particularly high hopes that I'm not totally wasting my time.
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35 of 56 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
I love me some point and click adventures but the short time I've spent with Jack suggests this isn't for everyone, or anyone.

The animation is off putting, the scenes seem random, the charactisation laughable. It'd be great to see someone do a good modern adventure set in the 30's but this is really poor.

Get ready for unskippable scenes, random re-starts and some awful looking gameplay. Feels like a game that'd be nice as a shareware download for AGS but as a real game for sale in public marketplace it falls way short of the mark.

Hey, it's cheap though so there's that!
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
The plot is pretty shallow and poorly executed, most of the characters have nothing interesting to say, and the voice acting is laughable.

The game has places where you can die without warning, and dead ends: maybe you forgot to pick up an item in another place, now the game is impossible to complete. Or maybe you gave an item to the wrong character, and lost it forever. I hope you have a saved game before that, otherwise, time to start the game all over! You have to play it with a walkthrough open, which defeats the purpose of a point and click adventure game.

If you're wondering what's the director's cut content, it seems like they had a bunch of a backgrounds from a different game they didn't finish and they just shoehorned them into the game. They make absolotely no sense, because they're like, medieval catacombs and fantasy dungeons, and they have nothing to do with the plot of the game. It's terrible.

The music and the art are the only good thing about this title. If you really like adventure games and you're the kind of person that wants to try them all at least once, wait until it's in a bundle, or on sale for less than 4$.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
It was the game of my childhood. When i saw it on Steam it was simply that i had to buy it :)
Game has a good plot with well written story of Jack Orlando. This game force you to use sometimes your brain and think more than 5 minutes. Jack Orlando has a nice looking graphics, colorful locations and environment. Another plus of it is awsome music. You can play the game only for music taken from USA in 20s of 20th century, especially song "I close my eyes and think of you". You can also visit a lot of streets, bulindgs and so on which look cool. Well constructed dialogues which are sometimes funny.
Maybe game is short but it deserves money. Nowadays there aren't a lot of games like Jack Orlando.
Oldschool game, so you have to buy it ;)
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2015
I was really enjoying this game until I got an "Exception Error Access Violation" error. I've looked around at all the normal adventure game forums, including GOG and it seems that no one has ever patched this. Please, if someone finds a fix for this send me a message. Steam, please patch this if you can.
Do I recommend this? Yes, if it would play properly.
Overall, I wouldn't get this until a patch is made =(
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Greatest game of my life! The story line touches my soul. The graphics cant be beat! This game somewhat consumed my life, as I couldnt play anything else. Get it as soon as you can!
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3.1 hrs
Posted: June 16

It's come to this. After the 54 reviews I've done I've found good games *cough* Skyrim *cough* and I've found bad games *cough* *cough* Day One: Garry's Incident *cough**cough* But out of all of the bad games that I've reviewed I've never had a game leave this sort of bad taste in my mouth like Jack Orlando did. I'm not saying that Jack Orlando is one of the worst games of all time (That spot is still held by day one) but I felt betrayed. I felt all of my childhood crumble down and fall apart right in front of me and I felt that Jack Orlando was the bomb that fell on the genre that I grew up with. I would also like for everyone to take note that Jack Orlando and another point and click adventure game that I reviewed called "The mystery of the Druids" were released around the same time and I think it was these games that killed the point and click genre. At least with mystery of the druids I enjoyed it because it was so bad it was good. Jack Orlando has barely anything good in it. Everything from the dialogue, the sometimes unresponsive point and clicking or the characters, nearly everything is wrong.


The plot is that it's set in 1933 and you play as detective Jack Orlando, who used to be a worldwide famous detective, capturing crooks and saving lives and even being awarded a gun by the mayor. However Jack's fame has worn and he barely has anything left. However one night in an alley near Jack's place, Jack passes by the alley and witnesses a murder and Jack is then knocked out. Police find him the next morning and believe he murdered the victim who's revealed to be Major Pete Reynolds of the US army. Jack is then given 48 hours to clear his name and thus is the plot of the game. There isn't really anything necessarily wrong with the plot except that it's quite a cliche plot. Someone's given a limited amount of time to clear their name for a crime they didn't commit, it's been done to death by both video games and movies. Another thing I have to talk about is the pacing of Jack Orlando. What I'm about to say will probably make absolutely no sense. The pacing is confusing. Now if any of u have played at least one point and click game you will know that the basic thing is to do logical things in order to unlock certain areas, conversation topics or items in order to advance. Jack Orlando does that but not well. Another thing that should be basic to point and click games is to lock off dialogue that may spoil later parts of the game. Jack Orlando's locking system must have gotten mixed up somehow. It locks off the things that don't need to be locked off and unlocks the things that should be locked. The developers think that they should lock a bar away which the only reason that bar exists is for one thing, pick up a vase next to the piano and to unlock the bar, you need to give a packet of cigarettes to a bellboy which the game never even hints towards. However the developers decide to not lock away a certain piece of dialogue about a casino from the beginning of the game whereas Jack isn't supposed to have this dialogue until near the end of the second act.

Art style

The art style I have mixed opinions about. This whole game was hand drawn and the backgrounds look really good. They match that sort of noire detective feel that the rest of the game should have done. The character designs are another story. They sort of look like what would happen if u tried to watch an overweight, middle aged man try and fit into a size 2 shirt. They look uncomfortable and they look like they've been rammed into the setting.

Voice acting

The voice acting is for the most part bad as well. Jack sounds like he was drunk half the time he was on set to record his line. Elisabeth sounds like she was voiced by a 7 year old that was pretending to be in her early 20s. The voice actor for Don Scaletti sounds like he's trying way too hard to put on an Italian accent and failing every time he does it. The list goes on.


If any of you have read either my Harvester review (which I got quite a bit of backlash on) or my mystery of the druids review (on steam), you should know that characters for me tend to be the con of point of click games and I say none stood out. But the thing is with Jack Orlando is that they all stood out just because of how bad the writing for them were and how bad and clumsily the voice actors said their lines. Interpret that information however you want.


Also, Jack Orlando's puzzles are just plain confusing and make no sense. In my Harvester review I said that puzzles in Harvester were "more like petty crimes done by the village idiot." In my mystery of the druids review I said "The puzzles seem straight forward at first but the solution for most of them is extremely ludicrous" With Jack Orlando there are things which shouldn't even have to be puzzles but are and every single puzzle are stretched out and are made way too difficult than they have to be. At the start you need to find your keys to your apartment and Jack, being the typical adventure game hero, never has anything on him the player doesn't tell him to carry. So where is the key? Under the rug at the entrance to the apartment. You might as well have had Jack carrying the key instead of making me put in that extra 5 seconds of gameplay to look under a rug and find the key. There are also tons of items that you can pick up that serve no purpose to the game. I can see that maybe they were trying to make it more difficult to break the usual adventure game trend to trick u that everything has a use but in this one it doesn't but Jack Orlando doesn't do this well.


The one thing that this game seems to do right and better than any other adventure game is the music. The music is fantastic. It is that perfect music you could imagine being in an old noire detective video game. Type in youtube jack orlando soundtrack and listen to it.

Final verdict

Jack Orlando is a badly put together, unfinished point and click adventure game where puzzles are thrown at the player with no rhyme or reason.

+ Good backgrounds
+ Characters stand out
+ Amazing music

- Cliche plot
- Dialogue that should be locked isn't
- Characters are badly drawn
- Bad voice acting
- Confusing puzzles
- Unnecessary puzzles
- Items that are unnecessary

This is one of the worst point and click games I've ever played

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Zap Rosdower
5.2 hrs
Posted: May 22
This seems like it should have been a solid point and click adventure. It's looks nice at least. But the interface is totally broken.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: May 1
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