A three-man activist group has set out to make the world a better place by stealing famous pieces of art in the world's most renowned museums, selling them to private collectors, and donating the money to charity.
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Overall:
Mostly Negative (43 reviews) - 32% of the 43 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 25, 2010

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Reviews

“Perfect sound combined with a good story results in a great atmosphere. 15 days is an excellent adventure for fans of the genre.”
81 % – Gaming XP

About This Game

A three-man activist group has set out to make the world a better place by stealing famous pieces of art in the world's most renowned museums, selling them to private collectors, and donating the money to charity.

Though hunted by police forces, the group manages to stage one successful coup after another - until one day a mysterious new client appears and the group finds itself in the middle of a political conspiracy...

Key Features

  • Mystery conspiracy adventure game with unexpected story twists
  • Current, believable game world
  • Contemporary visual language
  • Pointed script
  • Fast-paced, dynamic narration
  • Interesting technical gadgets that allow realistic interaction with the environment
  • 4 different playable characters on both sides (police & activists)
  • Accessible thanks to very moderate difficulty

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 32 or 64 bit
    • Processor: 1,6 GHz Intel or AMD
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compliant video card Shader Model 2 and 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 32 or 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compliant video card Shader Model 2 and 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible card
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Overall:
Mostly Negative (43 reviews)
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snuzi
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Hey Catheryn, it's dad. I got your number from the internet image board known as 4chen.gov. Sorry, Ii'll keep this short. I heard that you were in a game based in the UK (to authenticate this, there were Fish n Chipz trucks left and right as well as bad weather sometimes). I would ask that you refrain from participating in such games from this point forward. Our family name has been dragged through the mud on many occassions and I wouldn't want it to happen again. Please stay away from Africans. Even though they say they'll give you money (2 million nigerian dillars), they are more than likely scamming you. Also, how are you? Spot's dead, cancer. Lost him just recently. How have you been? It's dad, don't be mad. I know we've had our differences that I won't go into for absolutely no reason, but I really think you should give me a call. I won't leave my number. Spot's dead, cancer.

While I have your attention, I recently constructed my own game from the ground up known as Project RPG. I would appreciate it if you could spend a cool, crisp, hard-earned 3.99 dollar bill, and get off your fat ♥♥♥ and purchase it (I know you're fat, because all gamers are. This is what the local news has taught me). Spot's dead, cancer.

Have a great day and please buy my game. The children are starving and I can't afford the rent.

Spot's dead, cancer.
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TheNikeSters
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
This game Is a clicker type of game and I did not find that Connection with the game to continue playing , I would not buy this game as I dont like Clicker games.
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Jack
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
I can't beleive this game has so many negative reviews. To be fair, I agree with the following flaws: The game crashes, a lot. I was a bit worried I wasn't going to make it through to the end becuase sometimes it would crash in the same spot, but I did. Just keep re-loading till it works and save often. The other major flaw is that there really aren't very many puzzles at all. Mostly you click on things and the story progresses (this was minor for me though, cuz I wanted something easy).

On the plus side I found the story interesting, and kept wanting to come back to it. Sure it has some plotholes and a few too many coincidences, but overall not bad. This is the 2nd time that House of Tales has entertained me. Overall I'd say give it a play, its a few hours of fun.
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Silent Otto
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
I normlly enjoy adventure games, and like to try an solve the puzzles - I dont normally write negativ ereviews but thought I should warn you off.I finally completed this 'game', whch is really more of an interactive movie. The game crashes frequently and it was a bit of an endurance test to get through it - the graphics are dated, and the story doesnt really grip you. Puzzles are more a trial and error than logical - and some of the use a with b, and move the mouse pointer till you find the hotspot on the screen, sorry not really good - even for a 2009 game. Save yourself some money, and try something else.
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Aargh
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
It's not a bad adventure game. It's not a good game either, more of a "meh" experience, but it doesn't entirely deserve the negative rating here.

Pros:
- Interesting story.
- Decent graphics.
- Very good voice acting.
- Great movement controls - you can walk, run, fast travel between rooms and teleport on the map.
- Skippable cutscenes and dialogues!

Cons:
- During the 9 hours of my playtime the game crashed 15+ time. That's a lot. It's even worse that the game doesn't have autosave so you have to save a lot. Thankfully, all cutscenes can be skipped so you can quickly catch up from an older save. Also, one cutscene at the end of the game crashes every single time. After many tries I had to skip the cutscene and watch it on YouTube.
- The game has no journal and the protagonists give you no clues on what you are supposed to do next. So if you don't remember everything everyone said you will be lost all the time. This is especially bad if your playthrough is split between several days.
- Bad audio balance in dialogues. Often the background noise was so loud I couldn't hear the dialogue. Thankfully the game has subtitles.
- Bad minigames. Fortunately skippable.
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honeycat555
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
so annoyed to have bought this and didnt at least do a quick check , it crashed in no time, and this is the killer ,,,with a problem thats been with this game since its release.{ cougar v4.1 has stopped working,} blah blah. only consolation i bought it in a bundle. buyer beware.
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funnymatt
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
Buggy, no autosave, slow character movement, no options to change screen resolution, and a boring story. 5/10.
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anaqim
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28
This game is old and I quickly got bored trying to play it.
The GUI is inaccurate, old fashioned and irritating.
Someone wrote the graphics look good even for 2010.
Couldn't disagree more, this looks like the late 90s, at best.

Then it started crashing to desktop so it's a big thumbs down from me.

Wasted money!
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Boss925
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
not a bad game apart from the random crashing and sometimes the music isnt mixed well causing it to be loud while the characters are talking. havent beaten it yet but im looking forward to the end. graphics are pretty good for how old the game is. im a big fan of point and click games and i loved the black mirror series so i thought id give this a try..im glad i got it on a sale. love the story so far, wish there was more of a task indicator but its alright, didnt need to look at a guide once even though there were times i really wanted to haha if you are really into point and click games and love british accents then this game is for you.

Pros:
+Great Story
+simple puzzles
+Great music (apart from the bad mixing in some areas)

Cons:
-game crashes (alot of people wil say the samething about it but not game breaking just remember to save whenever you can)
-minor graphical glitches (sometimes characters will dissappear during convo cut scenes)
-sometimes youll get stuck and not know what to do (but luckily the areas are small so pixel hunting and trying everything doesnt feel like a 1000 year chore)

all in all id give this game a 7.6 out of 10
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emage80
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 20
[pro]
- Graphics are not too bad
- The story was OK
- Running and shortcuts with double click

[neutral]
- Most of the puzzles are easy but sometimes annoying . For example if you have to search the web for a name but don't remember it (there is no journal)

[contra]
- Lip sync is horrible or not existent
- I didnt't like the control
- Wooden character animation
- Game chrashes sometimes (for me first time after two minutes of playing)


Got the game in a bundle but would definitely not buy it for 9,99 €
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
65 of 73 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2015
Very nice adventure game from 2010, but it is quite different from current flagships of genre like Deponia, Syberia and even The New Beginning. Its strong part is story dynamic - it flows continously. Actions which are required for progression are grouped in small sets of locations to minimize the frustration of pixelhunting. Actually, I haven't noticed any major 'how-to-progress' gameplay stalling.

Pros:
1)Graphics is quite pleasing even for 2010
2)Continous story progression due to smart areas segmentation(it behaves more like interactive movie than brainbreaker)
3)Story is quite positive with its own dark twists(If you played The New Beginning you may notice similar character motives and EVEN GAMEPLAY ELEMENTS in puzzles)
4)Puzzles are grotesque, but simple enough to take just enough time to be fun instead of PITA
5)The Cop Character is powered by mild metagaming. It is hard to explain. You need to play the game to get the idea. Maybe it was intentional to give player that 'cop intuition' feel xD
6)Able to create tension and suspence without ugly timers on screen and 'game over' messages. Just the wild ways of the story and you.
Cons:
1)Crashbugs! Tonns of it. Save often, but nothing gamebreaking.
2)Characters are stereotypes. Actually it helps the story, but some people don't like when it is that way.
3)Game beginning is a bit chaotic and has no backstory except on need-to-know basis
4)A bit hardcore: it doesn't have 'journals' or task indicators, but it is mostly straightforward
5)One ending. But, you know, movies have only one ending too ;)

Highly recommended. I love it.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
It's not a bad adventure game. It's not a good game either, more of a "meh" experience, but it doesn't entirely deserve the negative rating here.

Pros:
- Interesting story.
- Decent graphics.
- Very good voice acting.
- Great movement controls - you can walk, run, fast travel between rooms and teleport on the map.
- Skippable cutscenes and dialogues!

Cons:
- During the 9 hours of my playtime the game crashed 15+ time. That's a lot. It's even worse that the game doesn't have autosave so you have to save a lot. Thankfully, all cutscenes can be skipped so you can quickly catch up from an older save. Also, one cutscene at the end of the game crashes every single time. After many tries I had to skip the cutscene and watch it on YouTube.
- The game has no journal and the protagonists give you no clues on what you are supposed to do next. So if you don't remember everything everyone said you will be lost all the time. This is especially bad if your playthrough is split between several days.
- Bad audio balance in dialogues. Often the background noise was so loud I couldn't hear the dialogue. Thankfully the game has subtitles.
- Bad minigames. Fortunately skippable.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
The game was alright, not really outstanding but it still was an interesting concept and I've enjoyed playing it. Unfortunately the game is very prone to crash. So be sure to save a lot. Usually after restarting the game it then didn't crash at the point it did before, but one part I really couldn't get past a scene without crashing, so I was forced to watch the scene on YouTube and just cancel the scene that caused me to crash by hitting escape which allowed me to continue.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
I can't beleive this game has so many negative reviews. To be fair, I agree with the following flaws: The game crashes, a lot. I was a bit worried I wasn't going to make it through to the end becuase sometimes it would crash in the same spot, but I did. Just keep re-loading till it works and save often. The other major flaw is that there really aren't very many puzzles at all. Mostly you click on things and the story progresses (this was minor for me though, cuz I wanted something easy).

On the plus side I found the story interesting, and kept wanting to come back to it. Sure it has some plotholes and a few too many coincidences, but overall not bad. This is the 2nd time that House of Tales has entertained me. Overall I'd say give it a play, its a few hours of fun.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
[pro]
- Graphics are not too bad
- The story was OK
- Running and shortcuts with double click

[neutral]
- Most of the puzzles are easy but sometimes annoying . For example if you have to search the web for a name but don't remember it (there is no journal)

[contra]
- Lip sync is horrible or not existent
- I didnt't like the control
- Wooden character animation
- Game chrashes sometimes (for me first time after two minutes of playing)


Got the game in a bundle but would definitely not buy it for 9,99 €
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14 of 28 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
I enjoyed this game very much. The end left me with some unaswered questions though. But overall, I give this a 7/10.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Buggy, no autosave, slow character movement, no options to change screen resolution, and a boring story. 5/10.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
I normlly enjoy adventure games, and like to try an solve the puzzles - I dont normally write negativ ereviews but thought I should warn you off.I finally completed this 'game', whch is really more of an interactive movie. The game crashes frequently and it was a bit of an endurance test to get through it - the graphics are dated, and the story doesnt really grip you. Puzzles are more a trial and error than logical - and some of the use a with b, and move the mouse pointer till you find the hotspot on the screen, sorry not really good - even for a 2009 game. Save yourself some money, and try something else.
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
This game is old and I quickly got bored trying to play it.
The GUI is inaccurate, old fashioned and irritating.
Someone wrote the graphics look good even for 2010.
Couldn't disagree more, this looks like the late 90s, at best.

Then it started crashing to desktop so it's a big thumbs down from me.

Wasted money!
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
I liked the intro, but eh using the movement system as The Sims gets boring.
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