Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!” is a unique and offbeat stop motion animated detective adventure game about gender and the economy. Also, all the characters frequently burst into song.
User reviews: Very Positive (108 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 11, 2014
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“This is the all-singing point-and-click adventure that you must bellow out to all of your neighbors!”
Indie Statik

“Charming, witty and experimentally fun; playing off gaming conventions offers new perspective and fresh insights on genre; funny and inventive, not like anything you’ve played before.”
Adventure Gamers

“One look at Kiai's stop motion musical detective adventure game about gender and the economy makes it easy to see why it's nominated for four IGF 2014 awards, including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.”
Gamasutra

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Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!” is a unique and offbeat stop motion animated detective adventure game about gender and the economy. Also, all the characters frequently burst into song.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP or later.
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks.
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB of graphics memory.
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6 and above
    • Processor: Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB of graphics memory.
    • Hard Drive: 65 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
40 of 59 people (68%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Stop to imagine a world where it's possible to see something so visually offensive, that it actually hurts you physically. This game attacked my every sense, throwing my brain into a DBZ-like battle. Except my brain was Krillin and the game itself was all of the major villains fused together. I became ill while playing this game, so much that I had to go watch The Lion King and wonder what I was doing with my life.

This game is not good. I don't think I've ever wanted to remove my hard drive and wash it with soap after playing a videogame before.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
I really tried to like this but by the time the 15th off-key singing verse was used to reveal even the smallest bit of useless info, I just couldn't take it anymore.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I absolutely adore showtunes. My CD collection is almost entirely made up of Broadway cast recordings. I also like to play video games. A musical video game sounded like a great concept, and it still does. This is hardly a musical, though, because there aren't any real songs. There's dialogue that's written in rhyme and just happens to be sung. There are no melodies, and that's the joke. And this joke becomes very grating very quickly. There's only so much off-key singing you can take!

The story isn't very interesting. Trying to solve the mystery will pose a slight challenge, but you'll still get through it in about an hour and it wont have any lasting impact on you. There's no replay value unless you really think the game's funny, and personally, I do not. There are a few funny jokes, but it's not nearly on the level of The Stanley Parable or even Octodad.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Utter ♥♥♥♥.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Its an easy adventure game but the game is just amazing.

Soundtracks and voice acting are something you'll never forget ...

RECOMMENDED!
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I'll put this in simplest way possible: You're either gonna hate this game or absolutely love it. There is no in between.

I happened to love it. It's a quirky point-and-click game where you place as a detective who can't pay his rent. I can't really say much else without spoiling the game. Almost every line is the game is sung. The singing is off pitch but can be pretty funny. The game itself is actually pretty funny. You will either enjoy almost every second of the dialogue and music or hate is so much that you can't play it for more than 5 minutes.

To sum it up, if you like quirky games that will make you laugh a bit, you will probably like this. If you like serious games, this is not for you. Also, if you don't think you'll be into it, you probably won't be.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
This is a polarizing game. If you hate musicals you may want to skip it because you will find it too annoying to complete. All in all I loved it. It brightened my day. When Casey came out and starting "singing" it was absolutely hysterical. This is a satirical commentary on the sad state of electronically altered pop music and a throwback to classic musical theater. Brilliantly done.
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248 of 306 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
It's hard to give this game a solid recommendation. It's an alright dialogue-driven adventure game where some of the dialogue is sung, like a musical. However, most of the singing is pretty bad and off-key. This might be a reference to how autotuned mainstream music is nowadays, a topic that the game touches upon. Intentional or not, it did make my ears bleed a bit. The clay models used to depict the characters are hideous and the stop-motion only has a few frames so it never really feels authentic. The story is nothing to write home about, a short slice-of-life about gender equality and a bad economy (and autotuned pop music). Game is quite short too. Took me less than an hour and a half (that's less time than what is required to get the steam trading cards for the game).
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51 of 64 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Took roughly 1.5 hours and... well, I can safely say it has been the most 'indie' game related experience I've had this year.

Seriously, black and white claymation musical dialogue-tree adventure game about a transgender inventor turned private detective investigating Auto-Tune usage in music industry? That's as far from dudebro shooter as you can go in gaming I think.
Not sure if it's actually worth of your or anyone's time. If you like experimental 'games', maybe. Don't expect too much though.

Also, as weird as that sounds when talking about a musical game, the singing was uniformly terrible.
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78 of 109 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Interesting concept but execution ranges from disappointing (puzzle complexity, animation) to actively painful (singing).
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Wish I could recommend this game as the art style is very unique, and the game is a decent adventure to play through once -- but the big gimmick in this game is that just about every second line of dialogue is sung... and it is absolutely horrible to listen to.

Sad that they couldn't get people who actually can SING to do the voices. The performances range from awkward to painful.
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59 of 91 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Why does this exist? Why does it only last an hour and a half? Why is most of that time spent listening to characters sing badly? Why are there only two puzzles in it that aren't just pressing every dialog option until it works? Why are the two puzzles so simple a new born could do it in under a minute each? Why is this five ding dong dorras? Why would anyone pay for this when you could buy anything else for the same amount of money and literally get 10 times the content?
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
So that trailer looks pretty cool right? Well you're probably alright stopping there. Not to jump on the negative review train; the game is a pretty harmless and innocent hour and a half with nothing egregious, but what's in the trailer is pretty much all there is to the game, albeit with a predictable detective story tacked on.

First off let me just list off why the game intrigued me enough for an impulse buy, so we can compare expectations and see if the game actually lives up to them. I bought this game because:

-it's a musical
-it's claymation
-its themes include gender, which is particularly tender and interesting to me
-it apparently did well in IGF nominations
-it's only an hour and a half long, which for someone with a massive backlog is actually an incentive

Now that I've played it, my positives are:

-it's one continuous musical adventure, with each screen change being accompanied by new music. The vamp technology
leading into each character's singing parts isn't perfect but is cool nonetheless.
-it has a lot of trombone

...And that's about it. Let's break this down further.

The musical element is the game's most unique and as mentioned above, works well enough. I don't actually have a huge problem with the "grating" voices: to me it along with the point and click mechanics create somewhat of a nostalgic experience. It really feels like a stage show, which is neat. At the same time, there's nothing particularly complex about the compositions, and the game doesn't really embrace the "musical" idea fully, it's just kinda there.

The claymation is very crude and pretty much a gimmick. It's very low resolution assests with no graphic options to speak of.

The gender theme isn't near as prominent as I expected and rather forced, thankfully it's not offensive but it's also not trailblazing.

As far as gameplay goes there's very little to speak of, just exhausting dialogue options. This isn't inherently bad, there are great games like Attack of the Friday Monsters that use this so as to not feel gamey or proprietary in any way. But that's the thing, you'll still be navigating basic menus for most of it so the fact that this is a very shallow, simple game will always be in the forefront of your mind. That said, it is simple enough for anyone to play and you won't get frustrated or stuck.

The story is the primary focus of the game, and it's pretty disposable. For one it's indulgent; you're thrown in with little context and immediately expected to care about the characters with no concept to guide the experience. The game constantly repeats information you've just heard back to you. It's pretty humorless; there are bits of overdone social commentary here and there that are really random and don't fit in with anything else: this is unfortunately the extent of the game's themes. And in general it's all pretty incidental, with a lack of finese to the storytelling, and it's just not at all cohesive! For all its twists and turns it never does anything unseen in other point and clicks or noir. The ending at least had potential to satisfy and bowtie all the elements but it feels unfinished, like the last 15 minutes are part of a different game.

So yeah in the end it's just kinda boring, you know? It's one of those cases where you have to take a step back and realize that just because it's cool as a trailer doesn't mean it'll be cool as a game, especially since it never explores any of its enticing elements. Still, on sale for a quick runthrough you can do a lot worse.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
http://www.cublikefoot.com/dominique-pamplemousse-first-impressions/

Dominique Pamplemousse, what a strange game (and title!).

The game felt more like a musical than an actual game. There was very little input on my part while playing, most of my time was spent listening to some off-key singing. The visuals are probably the game's strongest point. All of the characters are made of clay and the animation is in a stop motion format, which is kinda cool, but not enough to make up for the gameplay. The game's story is not that interesting either. It's not a bad story, but it's far from a good one.
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76 of 128 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
I cautiously recommend this, cautiously only because it's not a game for everyone; if you're in the right audience though, it's a hilarious and fun, although short ride of an adventure game. It's a game about wierdos, for wierdos, presumably made by wierdos.

Although there are multiple endings (which seem to be determined only by the final choice), the game itself is pretty short. A single play-through takes about an hour. The game mechanics are simple but completely workable: you click on items on the screen to get dialogue or action options, or add things to your inventory. Most of the interactions are in the form of (frequently sung) dialogue, although there is some light puzzling, but it's mostly in the form of bouncing between locations as you open further dialogue options.

The story is cute and cleverly written. It's also pretty socially consious, but not annoyingly so. For the right audience, there are many clever bon mots and allusions peppered throughout the dialogue. The singing is horrible and off-key... but that's part of the charm. The story revolves around economic depression and autotuning in the music industry. It also playfully touches on gender identity in a way that makes me wish the game had been a bit longer and that had somehow been more of a story point.

The graphics... well, I think it's self-evident from the screenshots above. The models and animation are exceedingly simplistic, but they're charming in a Gumby kind-of way. I think the graphics work well in light of the humorous tone of the game, but your mileage may vary.

All in all I enjoyed the game, and hope this is not the last we see of Dominique Pamplemousse. If you like quirky, cleverly written off-beat games, give this one a shot, especially if it's on sale. But if you find out-of-key singing and simplisticly built and animated clay models to be grating, spend your money and time elsewhere.
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86 of 151 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
This game is a clay animation story telling point and click. It has many issues preventing it from even being tolerable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBITQlJjMLA
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11 of 23 people (48%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
bagpipes
Funky casey beat
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Incredibly charming little point and click game. Rather fun. Visuals aren't gob-blasting but perfectly stylized for this game. Fun little detective story, a little short, but nonetheless fun. Music is pretty good and the soundtrack is pretty sweet. The aesthetic design, characters, music, and story blend all together into a nice small game.

This isn't for everyone though, if you can't stand musicals or characters singing every other line you will absolutely hate this. Definitely worth sale price though if you can dig a quirky musical point and click. Hell it's worth full price!

Now pay your damn rent pimple mush or i'm kicking you to the curb
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
WHY DOES THIS EXIST
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
art games!!!!!!! very good if you want to buy something to fit a demographic that rewards a lack of effort.
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