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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Mixed (202 reviews) - 57% of the 202 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.

FEATURES

  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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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Overall:
Mixed (202 reviews)
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tqwert21
( 5.2 hrs on record )
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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Hi my name is Gr0zz
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
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DON'T LET THE SPIRIT OF ISLAM DIE!!!!!
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Yella 🎓
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Jack Orlando: Director's Cut is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- is point&click
- it has adventure
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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Irisviel
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
I LOVE THIS !
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rjazz2
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
Nope. It's terrible. If you have a digital door, I would suggest using this as a digital doorstop.
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Kitty
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
gave me an access violation before the opening scene was over, can't even play it
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Horror Fox :3
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Hey everyone and this is my review about the game!

This is a Point and click game.


Interface/Menu/Settings

There is only introduction, save, load and quit the game.
There are no Options.

About the game.

It's cartoonish.
Game has bad controls.
Right click mouse button will give you some options.
Pressing F1 will open the option menu and your loadout. Good thing they will tell you about it.
You can lower volume and sound only in-game.
The game has subtitles when talking and it is voiced over. However the voice over is really weird and terribly done.
Voice/sound quality is awful.
Game is sort of boring.
You can increase the walking speed.
Weird animations.
Crashes.
No help or hints. You have to figure everything and anything out on yourself

Other things.

Some crashes can't be avoided.
Shift tab is NOT WORKING.
THIS GAME HAS AN AUTOSAVE. WHICH MEANS WHENEVER U PRESS THE NEW GAME BUTTON BY ACCIDENT. YOU WILL LOSE THE PREVIOUS SAVED GAME.

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I Give this game a 2/10
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Il Cavaliere Oscuro
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
11/5

Watch out taletell walking dead, Jack Orlando is on the case!!!
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Abe Simpson
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
This game is so bad that I want to die
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[IPS]Mr.K
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
Bought it for the trading cards, but i like it, i really do. A good game, with good animations and dialogues! Give it a try.
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Chikn
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
What the devs of this game were prepared to do was free style comedy witch has never been done before its amazing!
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I Could Eat Anchovies
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
I'll slap ya face!
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Tai
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 16
Booooring game..
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TimurY
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2015
If you are running Mac OSX ElCapitan and the game won't load, use the information in this tutorial to update your WineSkin Wrapper and play the game. It worked for me!

http://paulthetall.com/video-tutorial-how-to-make-your-old-wineskin-wrappers-compatible-with-osx-10-11-el-capitan/
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**Death Row**
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 14, 2015
I really liked the game's story.. but..

How am I supposed to know what are the objectives I have to do?
Everything is odd and you have to google around if you really wanna play this game.
I know the price tagged with it is way cheap but, why buying a game you won't be able to play??!!
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Razorbitz
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 26, 2015
So bad it's good is the only way to describe this. For a game from 2001, visually the game has aged well, but the intensely hammy dialogue and try-hard plot make this one a worthy time waster, as well as one of the most comically mistimed and heavy handed intro cutscenes in all of gaming. Unintentional humor abound, Jack Orlando is worth playing simply to see what cheesy nuttiness will occur next.

The puzzles are horrible mind you, and as such I can only reccomend you go into this full knowing that a walkthrough is probably your best call, as a lot of the items you stumble across will be utterly useless. The more you struggle to figure out the abstract designs, the less fun you'd have playing this, so don't be afraid to suck it up and cut through to the good parts.

Don't buy if you want an actually good point and click, but if you can find it for cheap and are one who embraces the cheese, you can't go wrong with Jack Orlando.
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[] #VAC
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 7, 2015
i bought 5 CD Keys for like €2 and i have games which cost about €40... but this is like buying gaming mouse only for better MS Paint performance
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dafuq
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 25, 2015
played it 2 mins got exception error unistalled it ...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Bought it for the trading cards, but i like it, i really do. A good game, with good animations and dialogues! Give it a try.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
If you are running Mac OSX ElCapitan and the game won't load, use the information in this tutorial to update your WineSkin Wrapper and play the game. It worked for me!

http://paulthetall.com/video-tutorial-how-to-make-your-old-wineskin-wrappers-compatible-with-osx-10-11-el-capitan/
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
What the devs of this game were prepared to do was free style comedy witch has never been done before its amazing!
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
37 of 45 people (82%) 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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51 of 72 people (71%) 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.

CONS:
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

PROS:
The music was good..

3/10
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34 of 46 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 53 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
Jazz Music + Noir Detective = A swell time ! I love this game it has a great story line thats simular to a D I C K Tracey film or a Hardy Boys book. ( Originaly released in 1997 ). The game is truely a classic point and click game but sometimes the controls are slow but thats just because the game is old so i can appreciate that aspect. The game is also tough and challanging when finding out what to do next, which can be annoying aswell. Heres a link if you ever get stuck. http://www.gameboomers.com/wtcheats/pcJj/JackOrl.htm ! I would really only Recomend this game to someone who likes Point and Click adventures otherwise you probably wont enjoy it. But going off all that, all and all i believe this is a great game and i hope you agree to. So have fun and check out the Masterpiece that is Jack Orlando.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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37 of 56 people (66%) 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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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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18 of 28 people (64%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
"Ca'eful he not get angly," says the only Chinese character in the game, "when he angly, he always hitting."




"This manusclipt velly intelesting and velly plecious!"
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20 of 32 people (63%) 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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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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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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27 of 48 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
Classic point and click adventure. Gameplay is sometimes too anoying.
The soundtrack is really great. Buying Jack Orlando is like buying great music for less than 3 euros, the gameplay is just a free addon ;)
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15 of 26 people (58%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
If you want a laugh, get this game. So bad it's good. Best laugh I have ever had from a video game. Worst game ever. It's great.
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
I'm trying to play through this without laughing my ♥♥♥♥ off
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