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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26 of 27 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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11 of 11 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 9 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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10 of 11 people (91%) 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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10 of 12 people (83%) 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2013
A witty and humorous sequel of 'the wizard of Oz'. It is a point and click game so as expected, it focuses mostly on the story but it does an amazing job at it

Worth it if you're looking for a casual game with a great story
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 20, 2015
Just a wonderful escape into Baum's fantasy world. I really like that it takes place a sequel to the books rather than the movie since those are what I really like. The puzzles are rather on the easy side, but I suppose they want this one to be playable by both kids and adults. I really hope there are sequels :-)

It is VERY short though. It should probably have a lower price point.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 21, 2011
Now what do we have here? Honestly speaking, I have to admit that I came accross this game by chance, but what a chance it was! I really loved it!
At its core, this is what you might call a casual-adventure indie game. The riddles might be quite obvious to the experienced player, but still it is a nice one to play through. The story actually evolves very well and keeps the player engaged with the plot and whats going on. Truth be told, it might probably not rank among the greatest of all-time adventures, but if you enjoy playing one every now and then you can't do much wrong, even though if you are not - or never have been - into the "Oz"-story, just like me.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2013
Quite a fun game, also worked on by Wadjeteye Games and it is interesting when they do with the wizard of Oz lore. I quite enjoyed this and it's a nice short adventure game that I recommend to most anyone willing to have a go with it, not to mention it's quite cheap and easy to find online.

Unlike other Oz based things I've seen recently, this game adds to the lore instead of alters it and holds a lot of references to all the many different areas of Oz that you get to travel outside of the emerald city. You soon find yourself getting involved in a conspiricy that could plunge Oz into danger.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
I really liked this game. It's got a very good & engrossing story, decent music, good visuals, etc. Characters are pretty bizarre and outlandish which adds to the charm. Puzzles aren't too difficult, although there were a few spots when I had to consult a walkthrough (copper rod, etc). I played it some a long time ago, but quit halfway though cos I got stuck in a few places. But now I gave it another chance and I finished it. I'm glad I did because it's actually quite a good game. Highly recommended.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: July 21
I had given this game a fair amount of time and attention but I am just put off by the way solutions are accomplished mostly just by choosing the right dialogue through trial and error. I suppose I expected something more or perhaps the theme of the game is just not attractive enough for me. Whatever the reason, forcing myself to play this game and finishing it won't help it earn a spot in my hard-drive. I find myself playing it in sessions that are too far in-between which has led me to the conclusion that this game is not for me.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: May 14
It is just like I remember it. Though I had some problems with my antivirus thinking it was a trojan and some mouse glitchiness on the first area in full screen after that it worked just fine. I remember playing this years ago and I still enjoy it. It's fun and interesting though simple. I do recommend it as I had a lot of fun playing it when I was younger and still enjoy it now.
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Proskills the Beast Hunter
7.3 hrs
Posted: December 27, 2015
Emerald City Confidential is a pretty relaxing point and click adventure, and that's fine -- the story and environment are more than interesting enough to carry the game. The voice acting is good, and the game is fairly long (seven hours for me) if you don't skip all the dialog. The puzzles are easy, but not mind-numbingly boring or repetitive.

A little rushed at the end, but all in all worth the cash.
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5.0 hrs
Posted: January 31, 2015
I wish this game had been more awesome than it actually was. The concept is so good. The whole world should have been a wild and wonderful take on the classic we all know and love. Unfortunately it took an overly cute approach and didn't offer any sparkling dialog or challenging puzzles. Not recommended for seasoned adventure fans, though I think it might be a decent game for kids.
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10.0 hrs
Posted: January 12, 2015
Emerald City is a short but entertaining point and click adventure that is probably best for kids but can keep grown ups entertained too. It is quite short.I think it took me about 5 hours to complete. In that sense it probably is a bit expensive but it is good entertainment.

The gameplay style is like an old Lucas Arts adventure in the sense you are mostly solving inventory and conversation based puzzles. The puzzles are logical but a bit easy.

It has a light-hearted, mock film-noir plot that is (obviously) not exactly mature but still well written and chock full of geekery about Frank Baum's original Oz books and plays.

The art is nice, the interface very straightforward, nice voice acting and a forgettable but adequate score

One bad thing:
I was worried at the start about how easy it seemed to be. In particular when the main character gets a new objective you get alerted with a properly in your face, fruit-machine style pinging and flashes of colour. The first objectives are really basic - they only require a step or two. I started thinking that of the main character succesfully managed to open an unlocked door I might get a ping, a gem and an overly sparkly achievement.

But it got better. The objectives got to be mildly challenging and the story is properly engaging.

So I recommend this game although I think the playtime should put it at £5. If you've got a ten year old who likes adventure games they'll probably be a excited as I was playing Monkey Island back in the day.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: January 3, 2015
A fairly standard point-and-click adventure game, of the sort where you can't actually mess it up (think Monkey Island rather than King's Quest). Probably not worth full price, UNLESS you're a fan of the Oz books.

Yes, that's right--this is set in a sort of noir alternate take on the universe of the Oz BOOKS (not the movie). If you're familiar with the books, it's great fun to spot the characters and see what has been done with them.

The story is okay, given the premise of a noir version of Oz (where Baum's Oz, of course, is almost by definition the opposite of noir). It starts out well but the ending feels rushed. (The glaring flaw, of course, is that you can spot the "surprise" a mile away if you are able to recognize the characters from the books and thus distinguish the few who were invented for the game.) This is mitigated by the delight of encountering Jack Pumpkin-Head, Tik-Tok, Hank the donkey, and a proper Toto who actually talks (but usually doesn't).
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14.0 hrs
Posted: November 11, 2014
A decent point & click game. A decent history, no bugs, decent puzzles (not hard and not too much easy).
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