When a series of gruesome murders shake a small town after a strange aristocrat dies and his body goes missing, rumors of a supernatural monster abound. In life Sir William was known to be a cruel and evil man, rumored to be the murderer behind many unsolved crimes.
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Release Date: Aug 3, 2010

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When a series of gruesome murders shake a small town after a strange aristocrat dies and his body goes missing, rumors of a supernatural monster abound. In life Sir William was known to be a cruel and evil man, rumored to be the murderer behind many unsolved crimes. Now in death, this latest spurt of crime has the entire village shaking in fear with some even fleeing. The local police are beside themselves and have made no headway in solving the crimes. Detective Briscol, a man of logic and principles and Timothy Moor, a poor immigrant turned petty thief become unlikely partners to solve these terrible crimes. Alternating between these roles, players will investigate these strange events and gradually reveal a dark secret.

Key features:

  • Experience the gripping murder mystery from alternative perspectives.
  • Over 80 locations to explore
  • Over 25 characters to interact with
  • Cinematic-quality visuals
  • A story you will NEVER FORGET!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP SP 2
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Single Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB 3D Video Card (Geforce 6600/Radeon 9600 or better)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c or higher
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB free hard drive space
    • Sound: DirectX sound card
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Mostly Positive (102 reviews)
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Nerahye
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
It might have been a really nice game, but it isn't. I'm giving it "no" just because this game was irritating me a lot of times.

What that means?

The whole game I was waiting for something to happen and when I thought that it is starting to be interesting and had hopes for something greater... The game ended in a really poor manner.

The plot is somewhat disappointing. You go through it looking for something which should feature it amongst a lot of similar games, but you won't find it here. It's just another point and click mystery game with irritating accents like:
- places too dark to see some little piece without which you can't progress further
- going backwards and searching the same places, because you missed something... and that's happened to me some times when I was forced to search through a walkthrough to find a solution
- not skippable locations through which you must pass to go to the desired places

But those are problems of a tons of other poorly designed point and clicks, right?

I wouldn't be so disappointed if the plot wasn't that poor. You expect something more exciting and you find only a repetitive game. Pity.

5/10 and negative opinion. Sorry game. You tried.
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muffins4life
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Why does this have mostly positive reviews? There's only two or three locations that are more than two screens, the puzzles are laughably easy, and half the story is rushed through in the final chapter. Said chapter is mostly two guys just talking about what's happening, telling rather than showing. Crappy ending to boot. Plays like Future Games ran out of money and were rushing to get this out, they went bankrupt not too long afterwards.
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anaqim
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
I don't care for point and click games and occasionally I happen to purchase some discounted large pack that includes some. I take it upon myself to at least start and give it a little playtime to get a limited impression about quality.

So, it seems visually quite nice though the mechanics and dialogues can be a bit annoying since every time you examine something it "plays" through a description scene. I would think first time would be enough and simply stick to written description for subsequent clicks.

The story seem to be ok and the interface somewhat ok too.

Graphics, animation and sound is not top notch but absolutely decent and nothing I'd complain about.

So, if point and click games is our thing, I suspect this might be an ok game to play. Have seen much worse while not much better, so I think it deserves a thump up rather than one down.
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JonesR
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Alter Ego seems like a decent point & click adventure where you play two different characters that ultimately cross paths. The dialog ends up being quite dry and slow ending up making the game quite boring. I honestly fell asleep in my chair playing this game on at least 2 occasions. It's got a Sherlock Holmes detective vibe to it which kept it mildly interesting, but reaching the end just left me completely baffled. It's like they didn't have the time, resources, or money to finish the game so they just make an executive decision to end it prematurely. I'm still left with a bad taste in my mouth. Seriously, that's it?
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Niriel
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Victorian England was not pretty, it was a time of filth and poverty, of racism and sexism, with a cast system that was not official but was nontheless inescapable. This game perfectly restores that feeling; the two main protagonists are very far from out 21st politically-correct century. The beautiful landscapes really solidify this grim atmosphere.

The gameplay follows the Point-and-Click adventure genre, with subtle differences. Some actions will not be possible, or will have different outcomes, depending on what actions you have performed earlier. This makes you re-visit and re-explore places and items that you've already seen. In exchange, items and locations will simply cease to become clickable once you are done with them, encouraging you to focus your efforts where it matters. This keeps the possibility space small enough to avoid getting completely stuck. Important: sometimes, you will need to time your actions properly; for example you will have to wait for someone to look away in order to succeed in your action.

The UI is slightly inconsistent, but in no way game-breaking. I also noticed some unfortunate typos that cannot be attributed to the poor language of the characters. One extra layer of polish would have been nice, but the story usually captures you again very quickly and you don't remain bothered by it.

The story surprised me a few times. I used my meta-game knowledge to predict what was going on, only to realize later that I was wrong. It breaks a lot of tropes. It's hard to say more without spoiling, but I consider it a good thing.

It took me ten hours to finish the game (I've got 13 hours recorded because I had to restart playing on another computer after three hours, there is no sync to store your saves on the cloud). There were no silly puzzles; some puzzles were there just for the sake of being puzzles, but all had a reasonable solution.

Overall, I had a pleasant experience, in a dark and creepy way.
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4NG3R
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Good story but disappointed at end...
Slow gameplay
graphics are not too bad....
would recommend it
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Faudraline
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
As an interesting and somewhat successful adventure game, Alter Ego is the last video game made by Czech developer team, Future Games which we were familiar from the first game in The Black Mirror series. The studio was closed in 2011 due to financial problems after the release of this last game - which was also the probable underlying reason behind the abrupt ending we have here.

19th century, Plymouth. The city is shaken with the untimely death of Sir William, a deformed young noble with a handful of speculations running about his nature in the newspapers. At the time his funeral is being arranged, the swindler and street rat Timothy Moor comes to the city on a cargo carrier as a stowaway, apprehended by sailors. He manages to escape to find his childhood friend Brian for a job, only to find himself in an uncanny intrigue concerning Sir William himself. Following Tim's misfortune, Detective Briscol - who has just started his first day on the job, investigating a disturbance in the cemetery just after the funeral - becomes a part of the same uncanny intrigue as well. As the story progresses, our unlikely heroes will cross paths to try and shed some light into the dreadful business.

Spoilers for the following paragraph! Firstly, the storyline - being interesting enough during the game - closes up with a dark and unsatisfactory ending; leaving many loose ends which results with the unnecessary demise of our heroes. It is wrapped and misconcluded badly, with stupid mistakes on our "brilliant" main heroes' part. The last dialogue between our main heroes is misguiding and uncharacteristic, screaming out "we couldn't end the game as we intended to due to budget problems". The whole experience is as good as it lasts, but by the last 10 minutes of the game, you'll be disappointed if you'll be expecting an interesting conclusion.

Our main characters on the other hand, are intriguing and well written antiheroes rather than benevolent defenders of justice. They are successfully portrayed with their inner monologues displayed for the player, to reveal some truth to their nature aside their demeanor. They have severe character flaws, somewhat foul natures and an incredible amount of vanity; eventually resulting with their own downfall. Very humane and very well-done.

Graphics are made in AGDC, resulting in a successfully grim atmosphere with grayish colors dominating the century. Environment design is probably one of the upsides of the game, alongside an especially satisfactory voice acting with proper accents of the time. Character interactions and facial features are also appreciable. As an adventure game, Alter Ego is nothing extraordinary though. There are hardly any puzzles or actual item combinations. Items themselves are pretty obvious to encounter and gather too. As a mystery and crime investigation game though, it sure is noteworthy - especially the parts where we play as detective Bristol: gathering clues, interrogating witnesses and trying to guess the logic behind occurrences. The parts with Tim rely on story progression rather than mystery mainly and presents loose ends for detective Briscol eventually.

If you are to keep your expectations limited, Alter Ego is a nice experience with a really lame ending. It has some imaginative ideas, good character builds and a potentially interesting story if only it would be displayed a bit more elaborately. If you stumble upon it on a decent sale, why not?

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Sh!tEater
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
A point and click game set in a comfy Victorian England. At most this game is pretty atmospheric when the crude animations and sub-standard 3d models can be overlooked. Story proressions was good, but ending was really abrupt, wish there was multiple endings. Casual time filler which can be beat in 10 hours.
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leanne7frisby
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
abit random
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BatGirlJack
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
The story is definitely the main focus of this game. Playing as two different protagonists, each very well designed with near opposite personalities and extravagant character flaws, yet manage to be extremely engaging while still dis-likable. Easy to play, good controls, characters can run and it'll auto-jump to the next screen.

Two complaints, though they cotain minor spoilers.
One major annoyance is that the dialogue keeps referring to the main dead character being buried alive. Buried alive...buried alive...over and over. But he was never buried alive. He was entombed. Above ground, in a tomb. Ugggg.

Also WTF happened to the ending. The whole time the story builds towards some alter ego/jeykll hyde type reveal but then ends up going no where. No where at all. There was no ending. Blah!!!


Yet, aside from the above two complaints I still really enjoyed this game. I had fun and I'm glad I played it. Totally worth whatever cheapie sale price for which I'm sure it was bought.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
46 of 47 people (98%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
As an interesting and somewhat successful adventure game, Alter Ego is the last video game made by Czech developer team, Future Games which we were familiar from the first game in The Black Mirror series. The studio was closed in 2011 due to financial problems after the release of this last game - which was also the probable underlying reason behind the abrupt ending we have here.

19th century, Plymouth. The city is shaken with the untimely death of Sir William, a deformed young noble with a handful of speculations running about his nature in the newspapers. At the time his funeral is being arranged, the swindler and street rat Timothy Moor comes to the city on a cargo carrier as a stowaway, apprehended by sailors. He manages to escape to find his childhood friend Brian for a job, only to find himself in an uncanny intrigue concerning Sir William himself. Following Tim's misfortune, Detective Briscol - who has just started his first day on the job, investigating a disturbance in the cemetery just after the funeral - becomes a part of the same uncanny intrigue as well. As the story progresses, our unlikely heroes will cross paths to try and shed some light into the dreadful business.

Spoilers for the following paragraph! Firstly, the storyline - being interesting enough during the game - closes up with a dark and unsatisfactory ending; leaving many loose ends which results with the unnecessary demise of our heroes. It is wrapped and misconcluded badly, with stupid mistakes on our "brilliant" main heroes' part. The last dialogue between our main heroes is misguiding and uncharacteristic, screaming out "we couldn't end the game as we intended to due to budget problems". The whole experience is as good as it lasts, but by the last 10 minutes of the game, you'll be disappointed if you'll be expecting an interesting conclusion.

Our main characters on the other hand, are intriguing and well written antiheroes rather than benevolent defenders of justice. They are successfully portrayed with their inner monologues displayed for the player, to reveal some truth to their nature aside their demeanor. They have severe character flaws, somewhat foul natures and an incredible amount of vanity; eventually resulting with their own downfall. Very humane and very well-done.

Graphics are made in AGDC, resulting in a successfully grim atmosphere with grayish colors dominating the century. Environment design is probably one of the upsides of the game, alongside an especially satisfactory voice acting with proper accents of the time. Character interactions and facial features are also appreciable. As an adventure game, Alter Ego is nothing extraordinary though. There are hardly any puzzles or actual item combinations. Items themselves are pretty obvious to encounter and gather too. As a mystery and crime investigation game though, it sure is noteworthy - especially the parts where we play as detective Bristol: gathering clues, interrogating witnesses and trying to guess the logic behind occurrences. The parts with Tim rely on story progression rather than mystery mainly and presents loose ends for detective Briscol eventually.

If you are to keep your expectations limited, Alter Ego is a nice experience with a really lame ending. It has some imaginative ideas, good character builds and a potentially interesting story if only it would be displayed a bit more elaborately. If you stumble upon it on a decent sale, why not?

Please also check out Lady Storyteller's Curator page here - follow for regular updates on reviews for other games!
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45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2014
This is not a yes, it's at best a "maybe". If it's discounted and/or you're a big fan of slow, linear point&click adventures of the detective mystery variety, and if you come to it with low expectations, it can offer you some entertaining hours.

It's obviously a low budget game, technically lacking, very linear, quite old-fashioned, with logical puzzles that offer zero challenge but also zero frustration. And I use the world puzzles very liberally here, most of the time you point, you click, the story moves on. It is also very sloooooow. Seriously, everything is slow: the story, the movements of the characters, the time it takes for clicks to register - this is one for people with patience, and if you can't deal with that stay well away, you'll hate it.

The overall atmosphere is probably the best part of this game. The other big positive for me is the attempt to describe the detective process in a relatively "realistic" way for the police detectives of the era, or at least their fictional counterparts. I found the characters entertaining, however they're both rather antiheroes than heroes, and not always portrayed in a positive light, and I expect not everyone will like that. The visuals are allright and fit the mood, the sound is barely there but not annoying and the voice acting is decent enough for this kind of budget. The story itself isn't good, isn't bad. Imagine a paperback period detective mystery, a bit of a guilty pleasure with no real substance. However, the ending is bafflingly unfulfilling. The game ends very abrubtly right in the thick of things - I actually thought I hit a bug. That alone may have warranted a downvote, but truth be told I had very low expectations of this game, and the hours I spent with it were pleasurable, so my approach was... oh well, I had fun while it lasted.

Conclusion: There are tones of better point & clicks out there. But if you like these types of games and get it cheap, this is not a bad way to spend a relaxed summer afternoon. Think cold drink in one hand, mouse in the other, minimal thinking required. ;)
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Just finished it and I wanted to warn people that want to buy this game.

I would not consider this game "good" but decent. It could easily have been a great title but there are many things very wrong or badly done (mostly because of budget I suppose) like the cinematics and certain animations that are "lifeless" and feels very awkward. But in a point-and-click it isn't a main problem, what you want is a good narration and some mystery to solve. And it delivers in that regard with some really good design of places at the 19th century. I was surprised at how invested I was after a couple hours but that's mostly because I love this style of game and can put aside any type of gameplay to focus on the story. Which has many problems and holes (again probably budget) but still holds up for a decent story.

I still recommand this game but certainly not for 20$ and certainly not to anyone. You must be very patient and already like this style of game. It is better after the first hour but don't expect too much. You should almost buy this with an intent to know how can this type of game can go right and wrong as it is very obvious in this one.

I would say up to 5, maybe 10$ it isn't a steal, but only if you know what you're getting into.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
I was eyeing this game for a long time, and when the price was only around $1.50 CD I snapped it up.

I was glad I had, as I really enjoyed the game, (I had no idea that it was by the same developers as Black Mirror!)

Many good reviews have been written so I will only say that it's really too bad about the ending.
It is most probable that they'd run out of money...
edited; Yes Gingergal I too prefered black mirror ! :)
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 16, 2015
A very good game with great graphic style. The gameplay based on the classic click'n'point interaction and almost all puzzles are inventory based. The voiceovers are all fine except Tim who sounds a bit... dull. Almost all his voiceovers are done in the same tone so it sounds a bit out of place at some points.

The game will be easy for any player that usually plays these type of games and you can easily finish it in 5-7 hours. The story is good - it starts slowly but it picks up later with all the murders. Even though I've read most of the reviews for this game, and even though they all gave it a pretty bad score - the game really is good.

However - the end of the game is really rushed. It does make sense, but the way it's presented is far from what it should be for this type of game. Also - you'll spend the last 30min of gameplay just going from location to location in a very speedy way because (i guess) devs ran out of time or money to make it interactive. The story at that point just rushes up till the point where the detective literally explains everything to you, what was really going on and who was behind the murders. The bad thing about it is that most of the info was never present in the game, or was mentioned very vaguely.

All in all - it's a good game and I recommend it to all adventure lovers
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2014
Just finished this game. I'm a fan of slow point and click games and I must say, I really enjoyed its classic feel and realstic detective approach. most "gamers" wont like this game, but it offers a great story and enviroment, which is what I play games for. That ending sure was unsatisfying doe
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
I recommend playing through this game but be prepared for a really lame and disappointing ending.

This game plays like Still Life. It's not a puzzle point-and-click, it's a murder mystery, with evidence to collect and use. You play as two different characters, providing two different points of views and adventures. The voice acting was well done, the story (for most of the game) was interesting and engaging, and the difficulty of the game was minimal.

I'm also not a fan of the title and cover art... it's very misdleading. I kept waiting for it to make sense, and in my opinion, it never did.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
Title: Alter Ego
Genre: Adventure
Developer: bitComposer Games
Publisher: Viva Media
Release Date: 3rd August 2010

TL;DR, Verdict

Not bad, very slow paced. Good for those who like the point and click adventure genres, not good for those starting out in it. I think it's too expensive for what it is. If it was cheaper, it would be probably more worth a recommend.

Pros

Detailed environments – lots of little things to look at
Voice acting is nice, Irish and English accents!

Cons

Really slow paced

Gameplay

“Can you climb, naked man?” A point and click puzzle game, your character starts by escaping from a prison via a sewage/flood system, looking remarkably clean, if a little naked and handcuffed. He's a thief accosted by English constables, in a time where racial tensions between the Irish and English are at an all time high. When he picks up objects, they mysteriously disappear into his pants, and some of the animations are very slow ... and the character does have a slight habit of over explaining his actions during a successful “puzzle”, which could get annoying after a while. Yes smash the lock. No need to go further into it.

The character has a habit of reminding himself he can't do things or that something happened, or thinking that people are simple and how he needs to manipulate them – attributing to his thief-like character of dubious morals. Who also really dislikes hard work. Or work that requires effort in general. He's not a nice guy for sure, though entertaining in the way he interacts with people. You'll either like him or hate his guts. He seems to try and get around the game with his silver tongue. The dialogue between him and the woman who helps him out at the start is a little unbelievable, it progresses too conveniently. The accents are nice to listen to, though the main character is a little flat toned. But hey! Irish accents. It's very dialogue heavy so you'll spend a lot of time talking with characters and going through each talk option.

The environments are well rendered, they're not amazing but thought and detail has gone into it, from dirty basins to rust and pots and pans and objects lying around everywhere, giving the appearance of a run down, shabby and poor area. It's dilapidated and grimy, the less glamorous side of the Victorian style era, and this same level of detail persists in each scene you go into.

The game itself is a little too slow paced for me, things take too long to interact with, so I fast start losing interest in the adventure, despite the good environment, potential intriguing plot and interesting voice actors with their own quirks.


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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
In Alter Ego, you play as two characters in the backdrop of late 19th Century England. There are ghastly murders happening, and in this point and click adventure, you will help to solve this case.


The character models are fairly well done for a low budget adventure game. They do somewhat clash with the backgrounds, at times not really seeming to actually be in the environment, but more like actors in front of a green screen. The videos are decently made, but the action and animation can look a little silly at times.

Character movement can be really slow and plodding. Luckily you can double click to run to areas. However, every time you interact with an object the animations always feel like they take a little too long. Voice acting is not great, but also not in the so bad it's good category, so it's just kind of mediocre. It won't take you out of the story, but it won't do much for you. Puzzles are not too difficult thanks to the option to highlight all interactive items in the scene.

I did not find the characters you play as or encounter to be terribly interesting. The dialogue sounds a bit awkward at times. The story wasn't really gripping, and unfortunately, about two hours in, I lost my save. I was not having enough fun and did not care enough about the story to make it through that progress again.

There are better point and click adventure games out there. If you get this in a bundle, try it out for a few minutes to see if the story interests you. The setting can be fun, as seen in the Sherlock Holmes games, but I found the story to be a bit lacking.

Grade: D+
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
Alter Ego suffers severly from puzzles that don't serve the plot, but rather bladly carry you from one door to the next key, or whatnot. Picking-up a box from the lowest shelf? Let's turn it into a puzzle! Nothing is too trivial for this game. Many of the items needed to solve the puzzles can't be picked unless a very specific trigger has already occured. You know the key is behind the statue, you can look at the statue, but the character would refuse just taking the key. As for the difficulty, most puzzles are of medium-low difficulty, and just require knowing *when* the time is right to solve one specific puzzle. I had everything I needed to make a certain paste, but it took another 30 minutes of gameplay between 1. Knowing that you need the paste, and 2. knowing where the paste needs to be applied, before you could get *water* to do it. So this should give you an example for both the "complexity" and annoyance of the puzzles.

Also, both characters are boring, pompous, and are mainly annoying. They pretty much have the same narcissistic personality, it just happen that one is a cop and the other is a criminal.

The plot is decent, and the atmosphere is rather good. It is a real shame that none of the puzzles support them. Buy this only if less than $5, and even then.. meh.
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