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

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

    • OS: 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
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
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AV Archivist
9.0 hrs
Posted: September 19
I had a bit of trouble getting immersed into this title but ultimately found myself enjoying it a great deal. There's some interesting variation on the play: while the core elements of the plot remain relatively unchanged, the player gets to decide who the characters really are. I found that refreshing.

The story doesn't really feel at any point like it's about Joe, and I got the impression the voice actor was forced to read his lines out of context. That said, the story surrounding his wife is wonderful, progressive, and insightful with some strong voice acting and mature themes.

Pleasant music throughout, a pleasing artst, and some novel design/writing choices make this a worthwhile title to experience.
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8.9 hrs
Posted: September 18
Classic point and click! Recommend this to anyone that was a fan of Sierra games i.e Lesiue suit larry, Kings quest, Police quest etc.. Excellent game for the money :-)
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 3
oh it was point and click :(
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1.1 hrs
Posted: August 7
The game surrounds a guy named Joe who gets arrested and sent to Alcatraz for a robbery. It revolves around a point and click style of gameplay that has you clicking everywhere to look for clues. The story is pretty o-k, but nothing too amazing. You get a lot of options with most characters, and a lot of the options you choose can effect other characters in the game.

The voices and settings of the game are pretty decent, and I enjoyed them while playing. Sometimes the dialogue can be a bit extended but good thing they have a skip function when you click.

However, the reason I'm giving it a negative review is because there is a good possibility that when you're playing, the game bugs out and you're not able to complete an objective. This personally happened to me (and a few others), where in a scene when you're supposed to use an object on a character, the character instead doesn't react to the object and no matter what you do you can't progress.

In addiition to that specific bug, numerous people have also experienced bugs with achievements and other aspects of gameplay.

This may not be the case for everyone, but it was for me and a few others I have saw around. It's possible you may have a different outcome so pick this game up at a heavy discount. It could be entertaining if you don't encounter a game breaking bug.

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Miss Stormkast
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 5
Uninspiring, unpolished game that decided to break near the end.

1954 Alcatraz is a point-and-click adventure with great art style, for the most part good voice actors, and some nice music. Unfortunately, it fails to hook you as its story and characters have potential, but you only get to scratch the surface. You'd want to get to know these people and their backgrounds better to be able to get involved and interested in their stories. Even after a few hours, I still haven't got a good reason as to why I should care for the main characters. One or two humorous dialogue options and some random bad guys out to get them doesn't really make me motivated.

The main reason that I cannot recommend this game, though, is a game breaking oversight too many hours in.

Near the end, there is a part where you have to switch between the characters to make one of them bring some items for the other one. However, if you trigger an event that makes the story proceed BEFORE you've brought every item needed, you'll get stuck with the other character, unable to switch to the item bringing one since the game considers their part to be done. In other words: You won't get the items needed, you can't switch character and you can't finish the game. There is absolutely no indication that this will happen and you do not get a game over. All you can do is aimlessly wander around with your active character and do nothing at all.

Since the game doesn't tell you that you screwed up and obviously expects you to have done everything in the correct order before proceeding (which you possibly cannot know before you've made the mistake), I assume that this isn't on purpose but a bug that seemingly has been ignored by the developers; Take a look at the discussions page and you'll find more players running into the same problem a year before I did.

Even without this bug, or whatever it should be classified as, 1954 Alcatraz is definitely not worth 19,98€. The story and character writing is too uninspired and messy, the animations are a bit clunky and there are a couple too many black and/or loading screens, often interrupting the end of the scenes. If you're a huge adventure/point-and-click fan, then you might wanna give it a chance, but look for a huge discount first.
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7.8 hrs
Posted: August 3
This is a rather unusual game. Its got great art style, great music, a very unique gameplay and overall enjoyable.. The story COULD have been great but its got many issues..... Lots of potential int his game but lots of problems also. To make my review breif and concise I'll just list points.

+ Great Art Style
+ Great Creativity
+ Great Music
+ Great Gameplay

- Excessive Brutal Violence when you least expect it. You make use love the characters and have empathy for them, only to have US the players kill them. WHY???? Horrible idea. AND Horrible that you made us kill one of the people who COULD have been a friend. Unbelivable...
- The writers of the story have an issue with God and Christianity. Look, not everyone has a happy relationship with God, but you dont have to go out of your way to disrespect Christiainity and have us the the players make the protagonist steal the Bible and Black Mail the preist to progess in the game. VERY POOR JUDGEMENT by the developers. If you dont have anything nice to say about something, don't say it... or force us to play it.
- Very detailed animation of Gay Men making out everytime you return to a particular location (you need to return there many times). Okay I get it, you want to show gay men in the game.. so be it but do we have to witness them making out every freaking time we go to the Cafe???? Seriously?? And then again in the ending??? Totally Gross.
- No clear direction in the game soemtimes. There needs to be a checklist as in other modern games that lets us know what the next move should be. Sometimes, we are stuck wondering if we should use character A or B to progress in the game.. it needs to be more clear.
- Game Controls not clear. It took a while to figure out that the right-click button gives us the thoughts of character and makes them examine the items on screen. Until I figured that out, I was stuck for a LONG time trying to progress a certain scene in the game.
- One of the main theme songs is from Battlefield: Bad Company 1... Yes, we noticed.
- The ending scene sucks... I couldn't belive what they wrote out for the Detective... terrible... AND the ending for the 2 brutal deaths were terrible, they didn't need to do that. Oh yeah.. the ending options between the 2 protagonists?? That also was a poor choice by the developers. Ending was totally botched whichever way you look at it.

Like I said, the game could have been a lot better. It has lots of potential but some glaring issues that needs to be resolved. Until that time, save your money. Not worth the $2.19 that it was on sale for. Sadly.
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Kevin Owens
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 2
I definitely recommend this game. It tells a great story about crime and romance, and it is a fun adventure. One of the best point & click games I have ever played. I give this game a 9/10.
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10.6 hrs
Posted: July 29
This was quite a surprisingly good P&C adventure game. At first, with such cartooned art style, I was expecting something lighter. But it was surprisingly mature in its content. Not just gratuitously, either. It dealt with realistic and progressive ideas of relationships, sexuality, and lifestyle without being sensationalized.

The plot was very good, and having two separate actors to advance in tandem toward the goals offered some interesting puzzles to solve. The acting was great, the music was great, and the art style was great.

Hard not to recommend this game.
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28.5 hrs
Posted: July 29
Mildly interesting point and click for adults with a couple funny parts. Only found one major glitch that I found was impassable that luckily I had an earlier save that I went to and was able to correct the sequence of events.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
I have always wanted a point and click/puzzle/adventure game where the aim is to escape a prison. So I had no doubt in my mind I wanted to get this game. All I can say after completing the game is that it's very underwhelming in terms of story and gameplay. I'll start with the story. It tries to be original and does it well on christine's side of the story, but for Joe's side of the story it's very cliche in a lot of areas. I liked a lot of the characters apart from the one that matters which is Joe, this is simply because they did a terrible job setting up a backstory for him and Christine. I like Christine's character though because she has a personality, but on the other hand Joe is such a boring, shallow and run of the mill character. As for the side characters like Viv, Sutter and Bernadette, they seem like good characters and an opportunity wasted in my opinion to expand on their backround. Mickey is a relatively interesting villain but once again has a very limited backstory.

As for the gameplay, the gameplay can get a bit repetetive as you will find yourself going back and forwards between different location's in the city of San Francisco. For a "puzzle" game the "puzzles" for the most part are extremely easy, like 90% of them are easy for one simple reason. Most of the time a character gives you a puzzle to solve they pretty much give you the solution in the dialogue options or in visual form. For instance there is a part where you have to get Mickey out of his office but it's clear that all you have to do is pretend you have a desease becasue his office is filled of cleaning equipment. Also his "bodyguard" says that Mickey just got done pretty much disinfecting his office for like an hour or so. As for the dialogue giveaways, when Joe is setting up his escape there are some garbage in the corner of the hallway. At this point in the game you are looking for a dummy to put in your bed, then he clearly states that you can use the garbage bag for a dummy. Why could'nt I figure that out for myself in a puzzle game. Also for a game where you are meant to escape prison as an inmate you spend most of your time as his wife on the outside. Which for me is good at least because I didn't really like playing as joe.

Last point, after 6-9 hours of gameplay you expect an good/interesting ending. You do not get that, all the endings are so boring (there are multiple endings which are not really different). The endings are so cliche and not satisfying at all.

I would reccomend this game if it's on sale or if you are a massive point and click/adventure/puzzle fan. If you are not a fan of the genre or the Alcatraz topic I would not give this game more than a borrow from a friend.

All the other points I didn't write about are down below.

+Good map design
+Alright voice acting
+Varied locations (in terms of buildings not settings)
+Servicable animations
-Achievements didn't work for me for some reason (I only got two achievements instead of the 9-12 I deserve)
-Odd character walking speed
-Way too many loading screens
-Side characters don't have backstory's which feels like a massive opportunity wasted

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed and this helped you make an informed decision on whether to buy this game or not.
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38 of 44 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2015
Story-driven, though not without a few glaring faults // Will round out a good point & click collection

+ Fantastic voice-acting; the majority of lines are delivered in an organic, quality manner
+ Well-crafted dialogue options; writing feels mature and immersive
+ Hand-drawn set designs are artistic lend a unique feeling to the experience
+ Everything, from the dialogue, to the set features, feels period-appropriate
+ Boasts a mature and competently developed narrative
+ Soundtrack, of a largely jazz-theme, is absolutely fantastic

- Poor animation quality; everything feels clunky and uncoordinated, but not in a charming way
- Puzzles are, occasionally, woefully simplistic
- Poor secondary character development; most of the support cast is immediately forgettable
- Audio design seems to often be out of sync with the actions of the characters

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49 of 64 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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27 of 36 people (75%) 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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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2015
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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44 of 67 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
1954 Alcatraz: the time is right, the tune is low and guns are smoking. The world is old, yet the life is young. The Beat Generation redefines America with rejection literature, sexual liberation and psychedelic drugs. In this Daedalic adventure game, you take the role of partners in crime, a husband and a wife, to either bring the fugitives to a happy union, or break some more hearts and heads in their run.

The scene opens up to the story of Joe and Christine. Joe participates in a heist and is sent to the Rock, the legendary Alcatraz prison. The money is said to be burned during the car crash, but the mafia have their suspicions. Christine is left with a broken heart and tons of questions in her mind. Joe decides to escape from Alcatraz to meet with his wife, and leave country while Christine tries her best to avoid mafia's advances, discover some truth to events and aid her husband in the coastal districts of San Francisco. They cheat, lie, steal, blackmail and kill to their freedom, with one dream in their visions: a new life in Mexico.

First thing is first: the theme of the game is well thought and interesting. I've never stumbled upon an adventure game that takes place during the Beat Generation. The concept, and the tale of Christine and Joe bears so much potential. The gameplay consists of switches between Joe and Christine. You choose which one's perspective to play at any given time. Whence one of them are stuck due to conditions that they cannot control, you switch to the other to make things progress. Item combinations seem to always make sense according to the narration and the storyline. The backgrounds are nice. The music is catchy and fits the mood at any given time.

The downside is that the game feels rushed. I had some issues about the graphics for example: they are cartoonish and characters do move a bit chalky on the animation department, but that's not the actual bother. The bothersome part is the loading time between scenes. It takes forever to save/load or make a passage to any new area. You kinda lose your interest while constantly waiting for a character to either leave or enter the scene. That needs polishing to say the least. Main Menu and the Save/Load screen glitches terribly and takes time to either save or load. Animations and the voice acting lose their synch quite often - and I'm not even talking about the timing of subtitles. The inexcusable part is its ending - or endings, depending on your choices - which feels disappointingly anti-climactic. There is not even an appropriate cutscene to reward us!

When you decide to add the pros and cons of the game, it ends up becoming a 'yeah sure, why not'. If this game would come from a no-name developer, I'd recommend it. But this is not the performance that I'd expect from Daedalic. If you are into adventure games, go for a drive. You will like it anyway. But the potential of the game, and what the game actually ended up being is two different things.

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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
A solid and decent point & click game in a noir setting


+Solid story
+Noir type setting
+Appealing art style
+Well developed main characters
+Has achievements and trading cards
+Dialogue is well written and immersive
+Narrative is greatly done and very cultivated
+Fantastic and fitting soundtrack, largely jazz
+Great voice acting, well done and delivered nicely
+Everything compliments the game theme and period


-High price tag
-Animations are of poor quality
-Loading times between scenes seems rather long
-Puzzles are often simple, not offering much of a challenge
-Out of sync, animations are sometimes out of sync with audio
-A lot less focus on secondary characters, they easily get overshadowed by the main characters

Download Size: 1888mb
Trading Cards: 8 Cards in the set
Achievement Difficulty: Easy to 100%, best to follow a guide
Hours to 100%: 5-7

Rating: 8/10
Recommendation: Worth Playing (highly advised to buy on sale however)

My Opinion:

It isn't challenging and offers a solid story, which is immersive and entertaining. The game seems more focused on story rather than puzzles and challenge. Interesting and enjoyable, I recommend giving it a go however i'd advise getting it on sale or part of The Daedalic Armageddon Bundle when thats on sale. I feel that £16.98 is a very high price tag for this game.
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33 of 50 people (66%) 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.

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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
I didn't know what to think at first, going by the odd style, the amateurish cover design and the not-so-stellar reviews, but I'm so glad I gave this game a chance because it's fantastic.
Despite the cartoonish characters, the game feels mature in the best way, offers a good story with a full cast of likeable, three-dimensional characters, a great soundtrack and, unlike a lot of Daedalic's adventures, superb voice acting. Also unlike a lot of Daedalic's I really enjoyed the main characters instead of just having to put up with them (I'm looking at you Anna's Quest, Harvey's New Eyes, Chains of Satinav...).
As an added plus, there's more than one way to solve some puzzles and a couple of choices that can affect the ending, giving it more replayability value than regular adventure games.
I hope to see more of this from them in the future, and I whole-heartedly recommend.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
9.2/10 - Can Alcatraz Keep Two Lovers Apart?

This is a really good noir point and click adventure. You play as lovers Joe and Christine; who work in tandem in and out of Alcatraz in order to once again be together. This use of 2 characters working toward the same goal was unique and really fun.

The graphics are good and the story is well done! This is a game where choices matter; the things you do early on really does impact your path and end game. Love that. There are 2 endings to this story; I highly recommend saving before this finale so you can replay and watch them both. It's definitely worth the time. Campaign is only about 5 hours so make sure to pay accordingly.

It's worth the $20; but you can grab on sale much cheaper!

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