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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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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“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.”
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“1954 Alcatraz is an interesting adventure to get lost in for a while.”
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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
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
A very nice point & click adventure with lovable characters and interesting choices to make. The artwork is very nice in my opinion, enable the 1954 mode which will render everything in a sepia tone. The puzzles are logical and entertaining. It's relatively short - it only took me 5hrs and hasn't a lot replay value. A perfect game for a casual gamer and best picked up when on sale. Love it!
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I enjoyed it on the whole, but it kept freezing on me, which began to drive me nuts.
I enjoyed the puzzles a lot and while they were not insanely tough, they were not easy neither.
The story was ok, though it appeared desperate to be politically correct with loys of gay love scenes etc, while on the other hand having the main character smash a guys skull in and push a totally innocent guard off a cliff to his death (behind his back too).

The graphics were good early on but the latter scenes looked awful and bleak, as if the developers wanted to rush the game out the door and did not have time to provide uniform quality. The ending appeared very rushed too, from the point of the lead character leaving Stroud's cell.

So I'm glad I played it, but would give it a score of 3 out of 5.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
Alcatraz is a traditional take on the point & click adventure. It's main mechanic is the acquisition of items and information, found by clicking around on the scenery of each screen, and their combination with either other itens or charcters in order to forward the narrative.

The puzzles to be solved are all presented in a logical light with little incongruity present. At times, the game requires you to fulfill arbitrary, inexplicable requisites before allowing you to take a piece required for the solution of a puzzle, but these are few and far between. For the most part, this is a frustration-free game of logical thought.

The complexity if increased somewhat by the ability to switch between two main characters, who don't meet for most of the game, but nevertheless manage to influence each other's environment trough their actions. Or they should, anyway. This mechanic is seldom used in an interesting manner and for the most part, we are simply playing two parallel, individual puzzle adventures.

We are left with narrative, then: the story of a convict in one of the world's most infamous prisons, and his beat-poet wife, pressed by the mob for cash.

The 1954 setting is by far the most attractive aspect of the game, a cultural and historical period that is all too rare in video games. It is interesting to explore and mostly carries the rest of the game. There are some interesting, well-written characters, - particular highlights are the germ-phobic mob weasel and the loose-canon mad novelist - but the setting is the true star.

In the end, small decisions made throughout the game are revealed to have influence on the ending - or more specifically, on the options available to the characters at the end - but it is hard to care either way.

This game is worth your time if the setting and story setup pike your interest. Otherwise, it is merely a competent point & click adventure.

Pros:

+ Nice Art
+ Great setting

Cons:

- Underdeveloped mechanics
- hit-and-miss characters
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
This game was a lot of fun to play. It's not a revolution in point-and-click adventures, but the setting is pretty unique and it oozes style and cool. I will be replaying this in the future to explore a few of the story options I didn't take the first time through. Can't wait to shoot someone with that gun I never used! =)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
A point and click that lets you jump between the two main characters are they work together to spring one from alcatraz. Story and characters are interesting enough, but I wish it went more into the backgrounds of each character. The choices are fun to make and you can play through the game with having a different outcome. Choices you make affect the marriage of the characters you play as and effect the dialogue options

3d vision works well enough with the game, but can be a little weird in some scenes.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
1954 Alcatraz is a short and sweet adventure game that has a different narrative unlike your typical adventure game. I really enjoyed it from minute one and it was a heartfelt experience. Choices matter in the presentation of the story as well as it having multiple endings so I'm always a sucker for that. I guarantee you if you want a noir kind of game, you won't regret this one.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
I was in two minds on whether or not to thumbs this up or down. It is a point and click adventure, thriller. It is set in 1954 as you can tell by the name and the atmosphere and story take this in to account well. The story is a bit weak dialog wise and logic wise but has it's moments and I suppose is overall enjoyable and intriguing at times. It also has multiple endings based off of certain choices or actions you chose throughout the game. I found some of the game a bit of a grind rather than being difficult. For example, some things you need to combine or use on other items or people can be a bit random. I felt the character development was slightly lacking and therefore struggled to bond with the characters very much which I feel let the game down a bit. Especially being quite story and dialog based. Overall if you enjoy point and click games, adventure games, thrillers or crime based games. You may still enjoy this. I would reccomend if it was on sale as it was when I bought it. 5/10
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
This game has an interesting story about the prison of Alcatraz, but has quite an emtional ending depending on some of the choices you make. I got this when it was on special for $4.99 as I recommend buyers to wait for a special as the price doesnt really compare with how long the story is.

Overall Rating: 7/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
I would give this game a 5 out of 10.

The game is short for an adventure game. Alot of it is very basic and it is hard to get stuck seeing when you look at things they usually give you a clue or hint on what goes with them.

It's not too much of an adult content game but wouldn't recommend it for children that aren't teenagers. It has brought nothing new to adventure games but the story isn't half bad. If your an adventure game fan pick it up on special, wouldn't pay full price for it...
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2014
This is the only game I have ever played that actually lets you experience an old school prison break.

This point and click adventure is not particularly difficult, but it is very nicely done. Music is great, voice acting believable, art style is charming, and the story is engaging. The different endings and the few choices you can make throughout the game make it engaging as well. The noir style is very beautifully made. The game is charming, but at the same time has certain violent and "grown-up" aspects.

The puzzles are pretty self-explanatory and realistic, so it probably doesn't serve a challenge, especially for those who have played this kind of games before. I was stuck once, but it was rather a game-play mechanic I didn't properly realize.

Strongly suggested for people who are into prisons and noir style.
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33 of 48 people (69%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2014
An interesting adventure full of difficult decisions and moral quandries which are as challenging as they are thought-provoking. The voice-acting is rough for some characters, but the quality of the two main stars Christine and Joe shines through. A traditional yet enjoyable point-and-click adventure. For more check out this gameplay vid showcasing the first 30 minutes of the game.

http://youtu.be/q26GlYQlsRk
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2014
I'm sorry but this is a rather dull and meatless adventure game.

I'm a seasoned point 'n' click fan and have played a LOT of them ever since I started gaming in the mid 80's. I actually like them so much that even what the general public considers sub par, I seem to enjoy. Also, Daedalic has been in the forefront of the genre for quite a few of the later years and I respect them immensely. It sadly all falls short when it comes to this title.

The premise of the game, it's characters, setting and atmosphere all has potential, but the developer just lets you scratch the surface and never let you get involved and interested. Clearly wanting to provoke some thoughts in us players with including gay marriage, interracial relationships, racism and fatal choices. Even throwing in some adult language and beat slang to top it off. Sadly though, without the ability to get to know the characters and their background better and relatively chopped up writing it never gets interesting and sometimes just feels out of place and added for the wrong reasons. It all feels a bit uninspired and messy. It feels hard to get into the story and even harder to care about the characters. I personally felt so uninspired playing this game I almost didn't want to finish it.

Voice overs are ok I guess, but mostly for the main characters, but here too it seems uninspired. Some other characters are just bad. I usually don't let bad voice acting ruin my experience though, so these are not game breaking.

It's not just the story and characters that seems sloppy. The game mechanics, animations and even some modelling also fails to impress. There's a lot of black-outs through scenes making the whole experience chopped and slow. It also seems you only get to see part of the animations before going black-screen. I just got sick and tired of all those black-screens all the time. There's not a lot going on from scene to scene so I would imagine it didn't need that much loading, but alas. The left-click/right-click mechanics are ok but most of the time it is just totally pointless and I feel in most cases they could have left out the one. Also things can be hidden out of view, even the transition-arrow to go to another screen. Many times because of the pop-out inventory/menu on the left side of the screen. You transfer between the two main characters quite easily using the inventory menu. Shame that the game several times leaves you clueless to when you should change. I've seen this done much better in other games. A simple forced switch would be better in a game like this. The background artists seems to have done a good job at least.

It's not all bad, and for true adventure fans it might be worth a playthrough. I would not recommend buying this game at full price though. Look for a big discount and be prepared for something that feels uninspiring. It should take about 5-7 hours to complete, so it is quite short.

It is certainly one of the weakest titles coming from Daedalic, one of the greatest providers of quality adventure games, and hopefully we won't see something this weak again from them.

I'll rate the game 4 out of 10. Below par.

As always, you might have a totally different opinion about this game. So make sure not to decide on getting this game or not solely on this review.

Happy gaming :o)
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22 of 38 people (58%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2014
Game is pretty dull and mediocre from all sides, which is a shame as setting has a lot of potential for good story and characters.
I think it is the weakest game from Deadalic on Steam.

Art style is questionable, characters and dialogs boring as hell, story is uninspiring and puzzles are quite simple + there are a lot of loading screens. Besides traditional puzzles they added some dialog choices which could lead to a different outcomes but I'm kinda against it, I bet it added some job for scriptwriters but barely made any improvements for gameplay. Branching is good only when your story good enough to support it. Also, game is pretty short - barely hit over 6 hours.
I encountered few minor glitches in the game but nothing major, so at least this part is ok.

Can't recommend this game, can be played though if you are an avid adventure collector and doesn't care about quality much.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2014
This is on of my favorite games this year. The setting is 1950s San Francisco. You play from two perspectives: Joe - A prisoner at Alcatraz, and Christie - his wife. They both run afoul of bad guys and meet some interesting charactors (one was a real person). The graphics are cartoony and really nicely done. Sounds, and voice acting ditto. While the locals are limited, they are beautifuly done and fun to explore.

If you like games set in others times, funny, or adventure games in general : Get this one!
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
A nicely done point and click adventure game, with great actor voices, nice characters, easy enough puzzles what not makes you to give up the game too early. the graphics are mix of 2d hand painted artwork and 3d characters. the story is simple but the time You play with this game makes it more interesting. I'm still at the beginning in the game, but already can say that, it worth to buy, and it brings You the quality of entertainment what the developer team Daedalic Entertainment usually do. I can highly recommend this game!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2014
The year is 1954, you will be playing the part of two people madly in love with one another. One trapped behind the bars of Alcatraz, the other trapped by the pressure of her lover's corrupt partner, the mob, and even the police. Together you will have to find a way to spring each other from the shackles they hold them down. You will be playing the part of Joe, the convicted bank robber, though no one ever found the money. You will also get to play the part of Christine, a woman who isn't afraid of a little danger, but truly misses Joe.

Graphically this game looks good. Sure there's not a lot to each scene, but what you do have in each scene allows you to take that journey back to 1954. The game is divided into specific areas that you'll have to navigate through and try to find items that could help you down the road. There is quite a bit of loading between the areas and the area map, and there are times were you are going to be doing some serious back and forth action, but the loading isn't too bad where you no longer want to quit. At least if you are able to keep the story going, if you get stuck this because a battle of will.

The music, though simple, is really only one song that is constantly playing in some shape or form. I have to say though that it has this dark and slightly seductive feel to it that just seems to blend into the game. I also like the voice acting in this game, some of them fit a stereotype of people back in the 50s, but at least they are point when they try for that mood.

The controls basically are the mouse that you will use to click on areas, items, people, and more. You will also get to use the Space bar so that you can see all the locations that you can click on (this will save you a couple of times if what you are looking for isn't abundantly obvious

So I have to say that it took a bit of time for me to start really getting the hang of the game. I got to a certain point and then I couldn't find out what to do. At any time you can switch between Joe and Christine, which definitely allows you to see different aspects of the same story, and once things start really rolling in the game you will find that you are going to be jumping back and forth as quickly as possible so that you can solve the next obstacle in the game. For the most part the game helped nudge you along when things got a bit difficult, but apparently I ended up in no man's land, and had a hell of a time crawling out of it. Though once I figured it out, the game took off, and I was completely hooked. There was one small little glitch in the game where Christine magically knew about something that she was supposed to look for before she had the required item to know what she was looking for, but other than that I can't really complain about the game.

The whole cast of characters that you get to interact with are memorable, and have their own life to them. Not one character was a like, they felt alive, and just trying to live their life there way. To me that was quite refreshing that there was definitely some back story and depth to all the characters you were going to have to be dealing with throughout the game.

So if you are looking for a point and click adventure game that will take you to a time from the past, but not too far back, and has a story of lovers scorned, betrayals, and of course cops and robbers, this is the game for you. This isn't a perfect game, but it definitely has enough polish on it that it is not only worth a look, but its worth an entire playthrough. So with that I have to give this game an 8.9 out of 10.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2014
This is easily one of my favorite adventure games of the year, with branching paths, well-rounded minority protagonists, excellent writing, and puzzles that make sense. Get this game if you’re a fan of point-and-clicks, and if you’re a gamer who plays for story, you’ll probably like this as well.

Read my full review here: http://nerdybutflirty.com/2014/03/28/review-1954-alcatraz-can-you-escape-the-island/
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
Cool and stylish adventure game. Great writing, story and dialogue.
Sometimes minor glitches but could be due to drivers etc.

Recommended for all adventure game fans.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
I enjoyed alcatraz - definitely worth the few bucks I paid. The puzzles are not overly complicated, and it isn't ground breaking, but it kept me interested from beginning to end. I think the fact that I could switch between characters helps because it mixes it up. The story was decent, and unlike some other reviewers, I didn't mind playing as criminals.
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