After returning to the quiet streets of Paris to pursue a life of painting, Gus Macpherson could not escape his true art…
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Release Date: Nov 1, 2002

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“Beautifully conceived and just as well executed.”
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“Tells a compelling story in an interesting way, and offers some novel twists on the occult murder theme.”
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About This Game


After returning to the quiet streets of Paris to pursue a life of painting, Gus Macpherson could not escape his true art…

The former New York detective finds himself walking the beat once again, when hired by a sensuous woman to investigate the gruesome beheadings of her sister and brother-in-law. In the dark and mysterious streets of Paris and plagued by his clairvoyant sixth sense, Gus will uncover a conspiracy written in blood, with rituals and artifacts as old as time itself.

Key features:

  • Stunningly beautiful 360° panoramic views
  • Rich and intriguing characters
  • Detailed, realistic environment
  • Multiple game paths integrated into the story
  • Original and creative puzzles
  • Prequel to Still Life adventure game

System Requirements

    • Operating system:Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
    • Processor:1.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 GB
    • Hard disk space:1GB
    • Video:Video Card with 64MB dedicated memory
    • Sound:Sound card with DirectX 9.0c support
    • DirectX®:9.0c
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Post Mortem is an Adventure game from the French maker Microids. They’ve been in the Adventure game business since 1985. Post Mortem was released around 2002 and is the prequel to the Still Life series but, it is rather dated now. After looking through the other reviews of this game, I see a few people have had some problems running this game. I have a Windows 7 64bit Gaming Machine and everything runs fine. Yea, I know, why am I using a Gaming Machine for an Adventure game? I have plenty of great games but, there comes a time when I get tired of killing zombies and such. I like Adventure games and I have about 15 of them. Post Mortem is nothing special. The graphics and sound are typical for that time period. It has a great story line as you play a PI in this Murder Mystery. It’s a little different from the other Adventure games that I’ve played in the past. There’s not a whole lot of searching and collecting objects, you mostly interview suspects, extract clues and try to put the pieces together to solve the crime. I recommend you Save your game before any conversation because if you ask the wrong questions, you may miss out on some of the vital clues. There are also several different ways to end the game. Post Mortem has some interesting puzzles throughout the game. There are a few towards the end that are quite challenging. If you get stuck, a true adventurer will put the game down for a while and think about it but, you can also look for a Walkthrough, there are several on the Internet. A word of warning, you cannot toggle between the game and the Walkthrough without the game crashing. And for the love of God, don’t sit there and play the game with the Walkthrough in front of you, I mean, what’s the point? I saw in one of the reviews that a player completed the game in so many minutes. Sit back and enjoy the game, live it. On a scale of 1 – 10, I give the game a 4.5. I recommend the game only to true adventurers. Catch the game on sale like I did at Christmas 2013 on Steam. I bought the Still Life series, Post Mortem, and Scratches real cheap, and I’m glad to have added them all to my collection.
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2015
This is a decent adventure game. At first, you will be turned-off by the dated graphics and no video resolution options. OK, I cut them some slack cause its a 2002 release. What drew me over was the game's storyline.
Here, you play as a Private Investigator and hired to solve a Murder Mystery. I get to use my detective skills, in a manner of speaking, and try to solve a crime. In order to catch the murder suspect, you have to arrange the questions you pick in order to extract more vital clues. If you don't choose carefully and just choose randomly, your conversation might end up making no sense at all or even awkward.
There are puzzles here and there, too few and far in between. The hard ones of course are placed in the end and you might even end-up looking through walkthroughs.
There are several shocking cinematic cutscenes in this game. Some of them are a little too morbid too describe here, like in a "I.S.I.S." kind of way.
This game made me a fan of adventure games even more. I really appreciate game developers who offer great mystery games for us to solve and crack.
I am running the game on Windows 7 64 bit and it runs well. However, do not press Alt-Tab because it will crash your game. I forgot to save my progress at one time, and press Alt-Tab, as a result I have to interview the same characters all over again. So, if you want to run other pragrams save your game first.
By the way, according to other reviews, there are 3 endings to this game. I only managed to crack 2 of 3 endings at present. I only recommend this game to those who really like adventure games and can look beyond the mediocre graphics. If you are, then I suggest you put down your weapons like guns, swords, bow and arrows, or what have you, and try this game for a change.
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
This is the zeroth entry in the Still Life series and is an interesting if at times buggy adventure game with a few slow moments but the puzzles, story and atmosphere really make up for all that, well worth playing if you're an adventure game fan looking for something a bit different (Victorian era France anyone?)!
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2014
Creepy atmosphere, and very good for an old game. It is a bit difficult though, so may require the use of a walkthrough.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Movement isn't perfect, but workable. Multiple endings make the game interesting to play a few times, but there are difficulties in finding a walkthrough for my specific playthrough if I get stuck. The way to choose your responses is not ideal, I like to see all of my options at once, and choose one from there, this method of tabs leads me to accidentally say things, changing my intended storyline. The graphics arent perfect, but the story overrides that. Drawing the sketch of the suspect is difficult, some things are too vague to finish the sketch. There have been multiple places I have not been able to complete things that the walkthroughs have instructed me to complete, but I have mostly moved on without those. Overall it's a good game, with critical flaws
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
You are gonna need a walkthrough son.

Alt + Tab crashes the game.

Good luck.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 22, 2013
I have completed no-Steam version (CD box) some years ago. This game is a very good quest with interesting story and tough puzzles. I like it.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
I bought this game to bring back a childhood memory, used to watch my friend play it, we would try to solve stuff together. I agree comments regarding user interface, it is not the best. However it works and that's better than a buggy interface. I've encountered crashes when I tried to Alt+TAB the game every time. There was also a small bug with documents. I'd recommend this to people who like point and click adventures, it may not be appealing to other players though. The story is not bad at all. I found alchemy puzzle to be very hard but not impossible. A nice detail is how the game shapes according to your decisions, even if it's really slight change, better than nothing.
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19 of 32 people (59%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2014
The characters are all interesting and you can become easily consumed with trying to understand what is happening. Unfortunately, I noticed who was doing the crimes in five minutes. Then you become stuck with making sure you do everything in order or some actions will disappear completely leaving me to start a new game. Plenty of bugs in the game.

More bugs outside of the game especially with trying to use it on windows 8; before starting the game it had an error saying something about a 3D also once you minimize the game it kept crashing. Thankfully since the game is extremely short, constantly starting over wasn't bad. I probably have a bunch of hours on this game from walking away from it to snack and watch t.v. lol. You can probably finish the game in an hour. Once I reached the end, it felt dry and very unsatisfying. So i tried to go back and do different things in the game but it was pointless.

Overall the game was interesting but you can definitely save yourself money and time because it is just not worth it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
it's ok, not as good and the Still Life sequels but worth a play though if you like adventure games.
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11.0 hrs
Posted: October 3
The story is OK. The graphics is simple, but OK for its genre.
Though there are some flaws in implementation.
Might be suitable to a fans of the genre who would like to connect it with the stories of more recent successors of this game.

Better buy Still Life 2.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: September 21
awsome game
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8.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
Yes, this game is 14 years old, taking on a genre that was already starting to get outdated. I have an addiction to point and click games and have learned to accept clunky gameplay, frustrating puzzles, confusing stories, and comparatively poor graphics. But every point and click game I've played until PM had some modicum of immersion, atmospheric details, charm. Even the dime a dozen Nancy Drew games had lively cheesy voice acting.

Post Mortem is not all bad - a few neat integrations of puzzles and mature themes that are present, but understated. But overall, undercooked branching storyline, poor inventory interface, even poorer dialogue and narrative organization, overall bugginess and uninspired voiceacting dragged this game to the depths of tepidness. No attachment to the characters, not enough attempt at atmosphere, and unsatisfying puzzles. Still Life 1 is still the best in the series, Still Life 2 was at least interesting to play. They developed the elements that PM introduced, but did not bother to follow through on.
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9.4 hrs
Posted: August 7
This game was a decent point-and-click, with some pretty hard puzzles. I ended up having to resort to a walkthrough, and still was confused at some parts.

Pros: Interesting story line, voice acting was pretty good, puzzles were difficult enough to keep interest

Cons: Clunky graphics and gameplay, music can get annoying (random snipets of 1920's rag tunes every 30 sec or so), depending on which dialogue options you choose, you can unknowlingly end up making things harder for yourself later on in the game (something I dislike in adventure games), and the stupid painting-and-candle puzzle made me want to poke my eyes out. All-in-all, it was an OK game, but wait until it's on sale for sure.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: July 28
I had heard good things about Still Life and when I went to buy it I found it was part of a trilogy so I started here. However I am not impressed with this first instalment.

For a start there are technical issues with this game. The game’s resolution is hard coded, low and in 4:3 aspect ratio (and for some reason Nvidia defaults to screwing up the aspect radio and stretching the display). If your game loses focus for any reason it crashes. This happens all to easily when you are playing in a window or have multiple monitors as the controls to look around are to move the mouse to the edge of the screen but there is nothing to stop your cursor moving out of the game. Further more I had issues where the game would periodically just lose focus for no apparent reason.

The game itself is excruciatingly slow. Every other point and click game I can think of off the top of my head has fixed camera angles so you can easily see what is in each location. This however is displayed in the first person and you don’t have full free movement you just click to the next predetermined location you can move to. This means you have to click to take a step look round with the slow camera controls then take the next step. It also has lots of pointless dead dead ends and elongated corridors to waste more of your time. Even disregarding this the story is so slow; after the initial exposition nothing much happens for ages. The first chapter of the game is basically mundane police work of taking witness statements and establishing a description of a suspect. There were some plot developments in the latter part of the game but I was too bored by that point to be paying much attention.

The user interface is really not intuitive either. For example it is not clear how to give items to people. The lock pick puzzle gives you no hint of what to do, you have to click about randomly till you figure out what the puzzle is before you can solve it. The worst moment for me was the fresco puzzle, the game makes it clear that you need to use a candle on the fresco but won’t let you do that until you have found some seemingly unrelated item which unlocks another dialogue option which in turn unlocks the puzzle actually working.

This game also has one of my personal point and click bugbears and that is things that change at locations seemingly unrelated to the player’s actions. On a couple of occasions new items appeared at locations I had already visited without any logical link to anything I had done. This really annoys me as once you know the game does this each time you get stuck you have to go and revisit every location to ensure nothing new has appeared unnecessarily dragging out the game.

I really hope this game is not indicative of the quality of the sequels.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: July 16
its just toooooo slow!! morla people (clay) taking forever to get through conversations. Not my cup of tea.
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14.9 hrs
Posted: June 30
The game is well made,i hate those "graphics nerds" that think that the newest graphics in the world make a game whole. As a gamer and machinima director, (( I )) will tell you what matters most inside a game: a good story,good characters with belivable personalities that players might compare themselfs to,aswell as original gameplay. Story matters most and post mortem does an exelent job.

Second of all,the puzzles were crazy hard,especially for someone like me (that sucks at puzzles) ,i went to the "alchemy room ring" puzzle,got it correctly (even checked) ,but nothing triggered beacuse i forgot to talk to the lady in the hotel,aswell as pick up the passports and other info. When i got them,it all went well.

While i was annoyed by the fact i suck at puzzles,the story intrigued me alot: original,good characters and a twist here and there. If you lads and lasses like mysteries,horror themes and a good story...get Post mortem and try your best to solve this mystery =P!

Best regards,Gguy
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4.1 hrs
Posted: May 22
A mediocre old detective adventure. I couldn't bother finishing it.

+ Atmospheric ambient sounds and music
+ Some conversations are interesting

- Very aged graphics with weird character animations
- Cumbersome journal and dialogue logs
- Gore
- Unnecessarily complicated puzzles (even with a walkthrough some took AGES)
- Somewhat confusing, and not really interesting story. Even with the plot twists, it just didn't pull me in.
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14.6 hrs
Posted: May 21
why do I play this game if I don't reccomend it? the story and thats IT. some of the puzzles are impossible or just plain guess work. The story, the characters and their voice acting, and the scenarios are all very good but in all honesty thats ALL.
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30.8 hrs
Posted: April 10
I love this Game! I have played it since it came out when I was younger and I still to this day replay it! :)
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