Work with the world's most cunning detective in the shadowy underbelly of the Emerald City of Oz! As Petra, you'll be lured deep into mysteries involving new foes and familiar faces; Scarecrow, Lion, and Toto included. This is Oz as you've never seen it before! Solve your detective's quest and unravel a conspiracy of magic and intrigue!
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Release Date: Aug 12, 2009

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Work with the world's most cunning detective in the shadowy underbelly of the Emerald City of Oz! As Petra, you'll be lured deep into mysteries involving new foes and familiar faces; Scarecrow, Lion, and Toto included. This is Oz as you've never seen it before! Solve your detective's quest and unravel a conspiracy of magic and intrigue! Follow a case through five chapters full of puzzles, witnesses, suspects, and allies.

  • Over 50 beautiful and detailed environments to explore
  • First PlayFirst game with full voiceover — 36 characters and over 6,000 lines of spoken dialog
  • A new story and twist on the timeless world and classic characters of Oz

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® Vista, XP SP1 & 2
    • Processor:Pentium IV 1.2 Ghz processor or faster
    • Memory:256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 90 MB
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Emerald City Confidential is a point-and-click adventure game where you take on the role of Petra, a private investigator in the Emerald City. As the name implies, this game is somewhat based on the story of The Wizard of Oz, as there are many characters from the story, like Dororthy and Toto, the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man. It's more like a sequel to the story, though, in that you see how events could have unfolded after the events in The Wizard of Oz.

Basically, the main story starts when Petra is back in her office and there's a mysterious visitor, Dee, who drops in and requests that Petra find a missing person. We find out soon enough that the mysterious visitor is no other than Dorothy Gale, who is now an honorary princess in Emerald City. Events unfold and by investigating several places and talking to several people, Petra eventually solves that case, only to have another case fall into her lap, etc. Well, I won't reveal more since that would obviously spoil the story but there's definitely a huge twist regarding Petra which doesn't get revealed until almost at the very end of the game.

In addition to the events which unfold the main parts of the story, there are various colored gems that you can collect throughout. Finding and redeeming them earn you concept sketches and I found them an interesting feature. XD

Overall, I'd totally recommend this game to anyone who loves adventure type games and a good story. (I forgot to mention but I do love the voice acting in this game. I thought the voices fit very well with the characters.) I'd hope for a sequel but due to rights and all that, there sadly won't be one. Still, I'd recommend this game and if you want to pass this time, definitely a must have. ^^
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2014
Another good game to add to my noir list!

At first, I thought the game was a little too simple and a little oddball, but then as the story unfolded - I was hooked!
The story opens with a woman named Petra, discharged from the army and becomes a detective to solve crime and hopes to one day find her missing brother.
There aren't any puzzles in this game, it's purely story driven - you'll find yourself going back and forth to converse with various characters to gather information, collect magical items and evidence to further the plot.
What I really loved about the game was all the side characters and their storylines, it added more depth to the overall plot and really gave me an idea of what the game's 'culture' and time period is like. And, if you pay close attention, you might even recognize some of the themes that are borrowed from the film noir genre and the history during WWII.

I beat the game in roughly seven hours, and it may seem like a short time to beat it, but it felt like I had played it a lot longer than that. It's a really good balance for a point-and-click.

I don't really have any complaints; it's a good game and the story ties up nicely at the end.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2013
Great game. A very lite adventure game experience that gets rid of the tedious non sensical inventory combining puzzles in most adventure games. It is heavily focused on the story and dialogue. It's pretty easy with some minor difficulity but very fair puzzles in the middle, but when you solve the puzzles, you'll feel good about your self. The world, the characters, and the music are all excellent. I'm not the biggest Wizard of Oz fan, but they did a really good job into making this game interesting, and kind of made me interested in the other Oz books. Play it!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
A point-and-click adventure game starring a fiesty private gumshoe named Petra set in re-imagined Kingdom of Oz. Many characters from the canonical adventures written by L. Frank Baum make an appearance, and their interpretations in this game are decent. Each character has their own voice, personality, back story (inspired or taken from the books) and motives, although you only get a little taste of what they are like in this world.

The animation of the characters is passable, the voice acting is mostly decent, although the quality of the audio is iffy at times. Also, there is no actual full screen mode, just a boxed screen. As far as gameplay goes, it's all very straight forward and you won't likely find yourself getting lost often or for very long. It's a shame as the story is pretty engrossing. More challenging gameplay or mind puzzles would have made the game much more enjoyable (I'm not saying it wasn't!) There are also hidden "items" in the world that unlock sketches and concept art, but they aren't difficult to find and you don't have to go out of your way to find them.

I haven't completed the game, but I'm already more than halfway done. Looks like this game tops off at around 5 or 6 hours. There are no branching paths, so there is little to no replayability. I won't give away anything, but what I figured would be a standard private eye story set in the land of Oz actually transformed into something slighly more greater.

So, should you buy it? $9.99 is a bit pricey for me to say yes, and the only reason I got this game was because of a Steam sale. It wasn't in a bundle, but the premise and price at the time were enough to persuade me to buy.

Wait for a price reduction and you'll have a fun and interesting way to kill an afternoon.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2013
This was a nice point-and-click adventure about the land of Oz. What I really liked was that the puzzles weren't so difficult that I ended up frustrated and having to pull up a walkthrough. (Why do I always bring up walkthroughs in my recommendations for point-and-click games?) They and their solutions all made sense. The story flowed well and it was a nice alternate tale in the Oz universe.

But I think this game is about drugs. This game is about drugs.
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