Relive the original MacVenture Series version of Déjà Vu! Play through the Mac and Apple IIGS versions and discover a classic detective mystery adventure.
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Mostly Positive (21 reviews) - 71% of the 21 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 26, 2015

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Includes 4 items: Déjà Vu II: MacVenture Series, Déjà Vu: MacVenture Series, Shadowgate: MacVenture Series, Uninvited: MacVenture Series


About This Game

You wake up in a bathroom stall in a seedy Chicago bar with no idea of how you got here or, for that matter, who you are. You’ve dealt with the effects of benders before and this ain’t one of those. As you shake your head (hoping some memories might shake loose), you notice a ’38 hanging on the door. You check the chamber – six shells – three of them empty. That can’t be good. You gather your trench coat, stumble up the stairs and find some stiff slumped over a desk. There’s three bullets in the guy. Yeah, this is gonna be a bad day.

The original Macintosh AND Apple IIgs versions are back, featuring gumshoe detective Ace Harding! Come see where the world of first-person adventures started and experience the classic 1940′s noir game as it appeared in 1985.

Déjà Vu: MacVenture Series Key Features

  • Two Original Versions: You get BOTH the Macintosh and Apple IIgs versions, restored to their original glory!
  • First Person Adventuring: Over 50 game rooms of Noir adventure.
  • Drag and Drop: Utilize the classic, groundbreaking windows-based, drag and drop object system.
  • Puzzles: Tons of great puzzles.
  • Customized UI: Move the UI around to suit your needs and resize the retro graphics to full screen.
  • Save System: Save your progress at any time – create as many save points as you wish.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 2 MB RAM
    • OS: OSX 10.6+
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2015
Quick review: If you never played the game before, keep it that way. If you remember playing this game, and really loved it, get it for the wonderful nostalgic value. It hasn't changed in both the best and worst ways possible.

Déjà Vu is a pioneer game in the point & click adventure genre, making a visual transition from the classic text based adventures. At the time of it's release, it was groundbreaking in giving players a true visual sense of the items and people they are interacting with. Vibrant and distinct colors make the world come alive from text, but text is still used to give hard definition to the characteristics of each individual object and person. Déjà Vu, along with the other MacVenture games, also made themselves distinctively different from the other games in their genre by allowing (or requiring) players to combine inventory items within the inventory, instead of only with the environment. Many years ago, this game was ahead of it's generation.

Now time has caught up with it, and it is more of a solid piece of nostalgia rather than a classic game. Playing it again since the last time I played it more than a decade ago, I am getting a flashback of just how hard it is to play. Just like the old text based adventures, it is very unforgiving, has a steep learning curve, and my require you to reset your entire game over and over again to line every event up perfectly to win the game. Way back when these games were released, we were astounded so much by the actual colors and freedom that we wanted to suffer through hard challenge to really get the full potential out of the game. Now that the video game market is oversaturated with more games than can need more time than a human lifetime can offer, people need to be more picky than ever for what they are going to spend their time playing. While this game was considered a gem back in the day, it may look more like another hard rock to the newer generation of gamers.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2015
Déjà Vu and all the other MacVenture series games are some of the most entertainingly written adventure games I've played. It doesn't visually depict all of the actions, but instead uses its creative writing to allow you to visualize the events yourself, creating a much more powerful image than what any animation or cutscene could accurately portray.

The porting could have done with some polishing, though, as the recreated interface looks very amateurish with its generic font, blank right click context menu and clumsily resizing windows, strongly reminiscent of a quickly made flash game UI. Fortunately, these are relatively easy to ignore as everything is still functional.

The puzzles can be quite challenging and might require use of the good ol' pen and paper to remember vital information. Overall, the game doesn't have many seemingly absurd solutions, so beating it should be doable within some hours.

The weakest part of the game is the amnesia. The game starts out only allowing you to perform a specific amount of actions before your memory deteriorates further, and keeps doing this until you lose the game, having a chance of leading to save games you can't recover from due to too many actions before finding the cure.

You should get this game if one of the following applies to you:
  • You enjoy point & click adventure games
  • Enjoyed the original/ports and wish to relive the experience
  • You want it
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
This is one of those things that I wish would happen to me in real life just to make things more interesting. You know wake up in a stall drugged out and finding dead people and evidence against you.

10/10 for making my life seem so much more boring
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
This game faithfully captures the look and sound of the classic Deja Vu: A Nightmare comes true for both the classic Mac and the Apple IIgs. I would have preferred the Windows 3.1 version, but this will do until they decide to somehow include the Windows 3.1 version into this software or as a separate package. Definitely a solid if short game for lateral thinkers.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2015
In Sum: A frustrating adventure game with a good storyline and no replay value, but is overall satisfying. 4/5.

An old classic game that has caused a lot of headaches. Deja Vu is the story of Ace Harding, a private detective with amnesia, in a film noir setting. It is a kind of point-and-click adventure, I believe predating games like Maniac Mansion by a few years, and it requires quite a bit of thinking to play.

Graphically, it is well-done for the time. There are very few animations, rather the game is played with still images and a set of commands to use. Sound is minimal. One thing the game does to annoy even modern gamers is a primative version of QTEs. Every now and then, a thug will come up to rob you, giving you a few seconds to react.

This game is frustrating. There are countless ways to die, most of them are unexpected. Unlocking the wrong thing, taking a wrong turn, or even random encounters. You have limited resources and it is possible to block yourself from finishing the game with too many taxi rides or firing too many bullets. Unless you are using a walkthrough, you will have to play through this game many times to learn the exact steps you need to win, and using a walkthrough ruins the game. This also makes the game have little replay value, once you have solved the case. The story never changes, and there's not enough depth to keep you engaged in subsequent playthroughs. That said, it is very satisfying when you finally get to the end, and close the case.

For classic game fans, and those who want to look at the roots of adventure games, this is possibly an essential game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
If you are old enough to have played Déjà Vu in 1985 and your original floppies had long since rotted away somewhere in your basement, you will find this an absolute treat.

For anyone else, the interface and inventory handling may prove too clunky to enjoy this 2 hour mystery-crime adventure.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
I learned from the few moments I tried to play this that sound and music are integral parts of a gaming experience today. Since this has neither of those, I'd suggest you look elsewhere. This isn't like the NES version people play on Youtube. The UI is cumbersome AND DID I MENTION THERE'S NO SOUND OR MUSIC?!
Unless you're one of those who played this back in the day, there are better options out there.

Not recommended even on sale.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2015
You wake up feeling lousy in the stinking bathroom of some dive you can't quite place. The face you see in the mirror is alien and terrifying. No matter how many times you splash the stale tap water on your face, you can't wake up from this dream. You have no idea who you are and how you came to be alone with some stiff decorating his desk with his cold blood. There are sirens in the distance, but not for long. Fine mess you got yourself in...
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
Faithful emulation of the original.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
It's fun to play this oldschool game but anyone pls tell me how to save the game???
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Kanye West
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 9
its just the old deja vu and its really fun, buy it
the ironic thing about this is i dont even remember buying it at all
i dont remember buying a game
called "Deja Vu"
if that isnt funny i dont know what is
but anyways i think it came with the reboot of shadowgate but idk still funny
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0.4 hrs
Posted: January 4
add music some how please
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1.3 hrs
Posted: June 23, 2015
I didn't know how to leave the building and was arrested for muder or kidnapping. 11/10 - "Convicted," IGN. In all seriousness, this is a great old Point and Click game. It's chock full of mystery, amnesia, and trial and error like many PaCs. Recommended for PaC fans for sure.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: May 29, 2015
A repackaged version of the original Deja Vu, brought to us from the MacVenture series of old school games. Personally, I grew up playing this on the NES, so the controls are a little different, but it is the very same game. There isn't a lot I can say other than, I prefer the NES version, because I grew up with it. Deja Vu, would have been better released as a complete remake, with updated graphics, story and more, but for the Nostalgia geek out there, you will find a classic. Unfortunately, I think fans of the original for the NES are going to be disappointed with Mac version of the game so I need to give it a thumbs down. Nothing against Mac, still love you.
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