1954: Alcatraz – The cash is out there. But who will get it? Joe's doing 40 years on Alcatraz for a heist on an armored truck. The loot is still hidden out there, but only Joe knows where it is. In the streets of San Francisco, Joe's ex-accomplices and his wife are eager to find the stolen money. Who will get their hands on the dough?
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Release Date: Mar 11, 2014
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"Kelsey says: excellent, logical, historical PnC where you alternate between a wrongly-accused husband and the wife busting him out of Alcatraz."
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January 16

Polish subtitles added

Hi all,

we’re happy to announce that today we added Polish subtitles to 1954: Alcatraz.

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Your Team Daedalic

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“It manages to draw the player in, not only because a prison escape is impressive, but because escaping from Alcatraz is especially daunting.”
Snackbar Games

“Gene Mocsy and Daedalic should be proud, as this is easily one of the most intriguing point-and-clicks around.”
Gaming Lives

“1954 Alcatraz is an interesting adventure to get lost in for a while.”
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About This Game

1954: Alcatraz – The cash is out there. But who will get it?

Joe's doing 40 years on Alcatraz for a heist on an armored truck. The loot is still hidden out there, but only Joe knows where it is. In the streets of San Francisco, Joe's ex-accomplices and his wife are eager to find the stolen money. Who will get their hands on the dough?

In this interactive Point & Click adventure by Daedalic Entertainment and Irresponsible Games - the team of Gene Mocsy - Joe and his wife Christine will be playable characters. Players will decide between love, treachery, life and death: will Christine assist Joe during his prison break? Will they recover the fortune together? Or will they succumb to greed? Will Christine deceive her husband, taking revenge for all the disappointments and a marriage that brought her nothing but hardship? Will she just turn her back on Joe and hit the road with his former accomplices? Or will Joe gain everything in the end?

1954: Alcatraz offers all what makes a great adventure: challenging puzzles, a mature crime story with a dynamic plot and various possible outcomes, and a whole bunch of shady characters: brutal felons, making life on The Rock even harder for Joe, while outside not only his partners-in-crime but also snoops and cops are after the money and Christine. The cinematic San Francisco of the 1950s, caught in a gritty comic style is a harsh place. But it's also a place where 1954: Alcatraz can also pay homage to history and zeitgeist, in form of the Beatnik culture and other contemporary themes.
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Key Features

  • Two playable characters: the gangster couple Joe and Christine
  • More than 20 additional 3D animated characters
  • More than 60 hand drawn backdrops, based on original footage of San Francisco, North Beach and Alcatraz
  • Challenging puzzles and exciting dialogues by Gene Mocsy, co-writer of Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island
  • Atmospheric Beat and Jazz soundtrack by Pedro Macedo Camacho (Fairytale Fights, Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island, A Vampyre Story, Audiosurf)
  • In-game decisions extensively influence the plot and lead to various endings

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz (Single Core) oder 2 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 200-series/Radeon 300-series/Intel HD 3000-series or better
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
I genuinely enjoyed this game. This is one of the best point and click adventure games I played thus far.
Graphically, it is very well designed with a comic feel and style to it. You have different locations and settings to explore.
The soundtrack was also top notch. It really gives you that 50's vibe with jazzy tunes playing on the background. The voice acting was also superbly done and the dialogues were well written. It is like reading pages from a novel.
About the gameplay. it is basically a point and click game. You get to play two protagonist, who happen to have their own unique personalities, wherein you can switch characters anytime you like. You have your puzzles here and there, which I find a little too easy. You have to do a lot of back and forth stuff here. The only annoying thing there is the long loading times.
The game has multiple endings depending on the choices you made earlier in the game. This gives the game a replayability factor, which I always look for in games. It gives you that motivation to see how a game will turn out if you did this rather than that.
I love playing games that have a well-thought-out story. If you love those type of games, I highly recommend this game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Loved the idea, nice atmosphere with the color filter on, nice story, good voice acting, nice music. I enjoyed playing it, but ... the games seems rushed. Even after solving a puzzle, and being way ahead in the story, you can still see the old conversations. I found this pretty annoying. Also the game is fairly short. I would feel ripped off if i played the full price. But i got it in a bundle, so can't complain about that really. And some of the clues were given a bit too fast, making it quite easy to find out what to do next.

I restarted the last saved game because of the multiple endings, but was disappointed in the result of that.
No replay value , like with 99% of the point n click adventure games. I enjoy working on the Steam achievements, but won't restart the game to get the ones I did not get the first time. The game is simply not interesting enough for that.

So is it a bad game? Naw, I had fun playing it, and really wanted to finish it and keep playing, so that's good I guess.
Is it a good game then"? That neither because of all written above.

I can recommend it when you can get is cheap. But not when you play full price. I think paying 20 euro is absolutly too much. I would pay max 6-8 Euro for it.

6.8/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
1954 Alcatraz just by it's name you can tell it's a prison break game. You play as husband Joe from inside of prison and Wife Christine from out side of prison.

The story is fairly short but decent. It's a basic find object use object to solve situation game. My first play though was around 5 hours and i missed 5 achievements. With a guide while reading a book at same time i was able to conplete my second play though to get 100% with only 132 minutes of game play.

The overall graphics is ok for indie but it is a still feels a bit outdated. Walking animation is choppy at times. There is one graphic bug that seen and took a screenshoot. There is also another bug that if you alt+tab out all you clue magnify glass and exit signs will show up on your screen forever without you ever need to press space for it.

The puzzle are really simple but it does take some time to find all the items needed.

Music is actually really engaging and is a big plus for this game.

All the conversation in this game is completely voiced and it's pretty well done.

Achievements are really easy to get but without a guide it's quite simple to miss a few.

6.5/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Story line is really superb, given a great combination of emotions and entertainment. This game have different endings, as well as different pathways towards it. Give it a go, one of the best point and click games in my opinion.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Honestly I think this game deserves a better rating, if maybe not a near-perfect one.

I found Alcatraz to be very enjoyable - maybe a little short for a complex, serious adventure game. The game's aesthetic is, let's admit it, pretty damn awesome as long as you use the "50's look filter", I understand all the criticism about the flat character textures, but I can't but wonder if it's done on purpose so that granulated sepia filter looks good on them. It didn't take away much from the game as far as I'm concerned.

I think another "problem" (if we could call it so) is the clash between the cartoonish look of the characters and the pretty much completely serious tone of the rest of the game. I wouldn't be surprised if people expected an adventure game full of gags and dumb stuff, only to hit a huge brick wall of expectations. The game DOES HAVE HUMOR but more in an ironic comment, subtle sarcastic joke way. In the humor spectrum it definitely falls under "serious games", though.

I didn't think the characters seemed two-dimensional - although there are many of them and most don't get that much screen time individually, so there's not a whole lot of room for them to be uber complex and introspective. In fact I didn't feel the game was shallow at all (and I had that expectation after reading the reviews) specially when you consider how they treat various adult themes in the context of the 50s: homosexuality, drugs, interracial relations, racism, sex life and experimenting, adultery, corruption, hipocrisy, social justice in a rather backwards era... All around it's a pretty complex and creative game in terms of characterization and human relations, IMHO.




***SPOILERS AHEAD***





There are a couple different endings and besides the usual "you performed certain actions so you got the good/bad ending" sense, it will affect how the relationship between the main characters develops, which I liked and thought was deep and creative enough to make you feel like you're experiencing a game quite like no other you have ever played. It was refreshing.


TL;DR

This isn't in my top 10 games list and it isn't the most oustanding piece of gaming art ever created, but against all odds (judging by the amount of negative reviews 1954 Alcatraz has) I found this game to be much more enjoyable than I expected, fun and different even if it's true that it fell a little short in some areas and it won't become an all-time classic. I still really recommend you to give it a chance - specially if you catch it on sale - and it might just surprise you.
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