Let's set off in the footsteps of Corto Maltese! Along Venice's canals and narrow alleys, fight against a poison that ravages you, avoid bullets and explosions, face the unknown, and eventually open the doors of knowledge.
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Release Date: Dec 4, 2014

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Let's set off in the footsteps of Corto Maltese!

Along Venice's canals and narrow alleys, fight against a poison that ravages you, avoid bullets and explosions, face the unknown, and eventually open the doors of knowledge.

This video game unravels a thrilling quest based on a point and click riddle-driven gameplay within the worlds of Corto Maltese, the main character created by Hugo Pratt, the genius of graphic novels (more than 5 Million hardcopies sold worldwide).

Searching for a fabulous emerald, you may find a magical balance and finally, utopia.

Key Features

  • An intimate experience with one of the most charismatic graphic literature's figures : the iconic Corto Maltese for the first time in a video game
  • An original story featuring existing characters from Corto Maltese's comic books, as well as brand-new characters
  • Gorgeous artworks combining: original settings based upon sceneries and places in Venice, cutscenes using stunning photographic work of Marco d'Anna, and animated comic strips from Corto Maltese's adventures all over the world.
  • A mysterious compass and a gazette full of stories and hints will help you throughout the adventure.
  • Two difficulty levels for the riddles : for beginners or insiders…

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 850 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • OS: Mac OS 10.5
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 850 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS 10.10
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2015
If you are a fan of the Corto Maltese comic series you should enjoy this game and it's worth checking out.
Well-written, great atmosphere and puzzles that actually make you think, some of which require study outside of the game which is a nice touch and makes you feel a bit like a real detective. :]

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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Recommended with remarks. I've changed my first analysis.

Game's atmosphere is nice and, if you are a lover of Corto Maltese comics, it seems appealing enough.
The aim of the game is to quest by yourself, outside the game (Internet), to answer the riddles that the game offers to you. This makes this game unique and, enhances the detectivesque feeling, since you are yourself who should investigate outside the game, browsing wikipedia or google maps or whatever other source of info that could help you to get the answer.

This is one of the hardest click & point adventure games I've ever played (and, played a bunch). Sometimes, the tips or clues aren't that clear and can lead you to absurd paths. The bad thing is that there is NO guide or walkthrough anywhere (there is just a single one covering the very first steps), by today.
I was really stuck for several days with just one riddle and, I was going to give up the game, until a forum mate was giving me the last piece of the puzzle to get the answer.

After suffering lot of frustation, I've finally ended it and now, I feel more satisfied than with other easier point & click adventures.

So, you've been warned. If you love HARD point & click adventure games, try this one, even if the character of Corto Maltese isn't appealing to you. It worth the effort.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
In spite of the *many* things I like about this game, there enough deal-breaking bugs for me not to recommend this -- at least not in English. (More details below.)

The Good: Truly exceptional world-building! It's a fun mix of Dan Brown, Assassin's Creed, and Tintin. There's a nice balance of occult history, Venice travelogue, Judeo-Christian mysticism, and political thriller elements. The narrative hits all the right notes for me.

I don't even mind that the present-day sequences don't use the art style from the original comics, because I wasn't very familiar with Corto Maltese before playing this game (other than a few tangential references in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).

Many of the puzzles are genuinely fun, even if they seem a bit ridiculous in the context of the story. In fact, I wish I had thought of the explorer/Age of Discovery puzzle myself. (I run a brainteaser-oriented game night in Manila.)

I like how the Compass mechanic works, in general. It's a neat way to bridge the story and gameplay elements.

Bonus points for the puzzles that make use of real-world outside resources: Google Maps, Wikipedia, even TripAdivsor (one puzzle involves searching for a review posted by an NPC) It's quite a bold risk because it involves user-generated content that might end up getting deleted, later on. But for now, it feels inspired.

The Bad: The over-reliance on AGS-style connect-the-squares mini-games. Gets hella repetetive, especially in the late game. There's some occassional wooden voice acting, which I can forgive.

The stuff that makes this game unplayable at times comes from sloppy QA, rather than poor creative decisions by the devs. So it falls under...

The Ugly: At least four of the expert-level/hard-mode puzzles are basically unsolvable because of poor implementation. I can't go into detail without spoiling it, but have a look at the discussion for this game, if you want to get an idea.

The most obvious example are the hints for a mid-game puzzle involving book titles. The in-game tips make reference to books that aren't even mentioned in the puzzle!

Also, the Achievements seem to be completely bugged. NOBODY has been able to get them, so far.

Based on other people's feedback, I get the impression that the original Italian version may have better quality control.

It's a shame -- I *really* wanted to like this game. The premise and gameplay have SO MUCH appeal to me. But the actual execution is unacceptably sloppy.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
Since I never heard of Corto Maltese before I played this Game
I cannot judge if this Game is a decent representation of the Character
or the Atmosphere and the like. Some other reviews and posts
in the Forums suggest that it is not, though.

What I CAN do is to warn everyone away who HASN`T heard
of Corto Maltese before. The story MIGHT make some sense
for those who know Corto but for those who don`t, it is a
very confusing and downright frustrating Experience.
It doesn`t help that the Translation (into English at the least) is horrid mostly.
You are able to puzzle out what the Characters want to say but
it is a truly cringe-worthy Effort to do so.

I give the game points for trying to be creative in some of the
puzzles and always offering easy and hard puzzle-paths but that
is the only positive thing about it.

Do NOT buy this unless you are either someone who wants to
own everything Corto Maltese or are intrigued by Puzzles that
need Research outside of the Game. For everyone else you should
stay far, far away.
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31 of 50 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
This is a fair warning to all Corto Maltese and point-and-click genre fans rather than a review of this game.

Why? The game simply won't work. What you get for a full game price is a Corto Maltese screensaver because it gets stuck on a loading screen and refuses to go any further than that. It's been at least one full week since the issue has been known and except for two humble "we're aware and working on it" replies on Steam forums there is no clarification on what could possibly be the problem. There is no official warning (in a form of a stickied discussion or a news post) and the Steam store page won't let you know of this unless you go into game's Community hub to investigate on your own.

I feel bad for everyone who bought this for a full price since the Steam Winter sale is right around the corner and there are chances of this game being discounted at least for the sake of selling more copies of this unreasonably priced Corto Maltese screensaver.

Some might say "have some patience for god's sake, don't be a crybaby, they will fix it!", well, I am patient but I feel it's also my duty to let other people know that they will be buying a game that most likely won't run. I like Corto Maltese and I like crime solving games so I had high hopes when I got this, but now I know for sure that I will enjoy this game way less than I could because of this unpleasant experience. Wasn't the game tested before it's release? I couldn't come up with a single excuse or an argument in developer's defense even if I really wanted to.

In addition, I wouldn't be writing this for everyone to see if there was an official statement from developer/publisher. Again, a stickied discussion or a news post saying something like "yes, we screwed up, we are sorry, have a pretty concept art picture to look at while we fix it" because that's what I saw other developers do when they are delaying game's release or working on patches. It's called common courtesy in my book. I suppose with all these ways to communicate directly with your audience we have nowadays, a simple seller-consumer communication is too much to ask for.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
So here's the deal...

This would have been a great concept. I like the idea of looking up the answers to the puzzles. It was super cool and kind of a throwback to playing Carmen Sandiego on the Apple IIe. But this game messed up a lot of things. Half of the puzzles were either worded very poorly, or they were designed so that it would be impossible to solve by means other than looking up a walkthrough or by random guessing. One puzzle required to place things in chronological order. Not only is the layout of the actual puzzle different than the instructions for that puzzle, but they wanted it done in REVERSE chronological order, which was not stated in those instructions. Cool aesthetic, terrible design.
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17 of 32 people (53%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Game won't load.

I bought this game today, and it turns out the game wont load. I am not the only one with this problem.
I don't know why it wont load, but I would not recomend bying the game until the problem is fixed.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
When I play a game, I expect an immersive experience. Having to leave the game to do research on the web is very disruptive. I did not enjoy this game.
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Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
absolutely variably difficult,re italian words etc even the walkthru was difficult to follow,,

though there were some historically intresting aspects.....
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