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

    • 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Don't let the banner fool you, this game is NOT a horror game. This is a simple PnC game and the puzzles if any aren't that difficult.
Set in late 1890s Plymouth, a vagabond gets wrapped in a murder investigation.
You play as Tim and Detective Briscol whom you alternate between to progress through the game.
There is some good voice acting and the mystery of the murders is quite intriguing.

While not the prettiest game ever, the pre-rendered backgrounds look nice and evoke a late PSOne era feel (if not PS2 era).

Highly recommended if you're looking for something simple to play through with decent story and voice acting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Just finished Alter Ego today and decided to do a quick review of this 19th century England murder mystery pont-and-click adventure. In short, I would only recommend to get this game if it's on sale, as even for the current price (9,99 euros), you won't get much bang for your buck.

The pros:
+ Decent graphics, albeit perhaps a bit sub-par for 2010; good visual atmosphere
+ Decent sound acting
+ Switching between two main characters and their different viewpoints on the world is a nice touch; both characters really have their own, unique personality, which comes through quite well
+ The notebook feature of the detective (although this and his other utensils could've been elaborated on more to give the game an even more crime-solving touch)

The cons:
- Short gameplay (I finished it in ~10 hours)
- Meagre diaglogues, it seems like they only put in the bare necessities for the game to be playable
- Easy puzzles (I can count the times I really got stuck for a while on the fingers of one hand; the "puzzles" mainly involve "pick up item A and use it with B", "show item C to person D", "talk to person E to trigger event F", and, in the more challenging parts "combine item G with item H and then use it with I")
- Few locations (the summary says there are more than 80, but that's only the different SCREENS; all in all, there's only 10 different locations all around town, and the number of locations that your current main character can visit is only a small subset of that at any given time)
- Pretty linear, almost railroaded gameplay; which is really a result of the 2 items above; you don't really have many different options on any of the screens / locations and there's only so many locations to visit and people to talk to in the first place; of a really decent adventure game, I expect a few dozen locations in a "free-roaming" world and some real crunching about what to do, where to go and whom to talk to, but that's simply not the case here
- At some times, especially near the ending of the game, gameplay was reduced to simply clicking on one or two things and then go from cutscene to cutscene
- During the game, you have a "who dunnit?" feel for quite some time (which is good), but in the end , the game pretty much tells you the plot at a point, and throws it all in your lap just like that, which left me feeling bereft of the opportunity to figure it all out by myself
- At some points, you need to trigger exactly the right dialogue or need to use the exact right item to the exact right person before the game allows you to progress (i.e. before new dialogue options with other characters come available or before you can use certain items in a certain way), which, at times, can be a bit frustrating

All in all, the cons sadly outweigh the pros by that much that I can't really recommend this game. Not that it's totally bad (it kept me mildly entertained for a few hours), but there's simply better point & click adventure games here at Steam for roughly the same price.
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52 of 53 people (98%) found this review helpful
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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45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
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
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
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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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
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
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.


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


Really slow paced


“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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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9.7 hrs
Posted: October 26
Alter Ego is a fairly standard point and click game that also adds some mystery and detective elements in as well. However, while somewhat solid, the negatives outweigh the positives for me and I can’t recommend this.

You alternate playing between 2 characters, Tim and Detective Briscol. This is an interesting mechanic, especially in a point and click game. It works well and the two characters stories get intertwined to eventually uncover the mystery as a whole.

Game mechanics are ok. It does well with being able to quickly jump from screen to screen. You are also able to click to skip to the next dialog if your reading is faster than the characters speech. Graphics are decent and the pre-rendered backgrounds are pretty. The voice acting is generally good, some lack of emotion in various scenes but hits the mark most of the time. Each character has a different personality and are easy to remember.

Puzzles (if you can call them that) only go as far as using items on things and combining items in your inventory and using it on things. This in itself isn’t difficult, but the exact combination that might be needed to reach a point can be frustrating. You may have to speak with someone and ask a particular question and then show them a particular item in order to advance. This is spanned over various scenes many times and ended up feeling like padding in the game.

An odd thing I picked up on…the character Tim comes off as a wimpy guy who doesn’t want to do any work or manual labor. This trend is repeated numerous times and doesn’t make him feel dangerous or threatening.

One of my biggest gripes with the game is the game speed and overall game pace. It’s very slow. Animations are slow and must complete before something else happens. Voice acting pauses when the subtitles slowly refresh and cause disjointed sentences. The story needed to be told either quicker or with more engaging things. I felt like it was dragging on.

The ending and areas leading up to it seem to be rushed. Sudden increase in cinematics, parts of gameplay left out that could have easily been made into a scene. The entire plot is also told to you in sequence which takes the fun out of piecing it together yourself.

Native Resolution
The game runs at an odd native resolution of 1680 x 1050. Running the game on that resolution worked out well and nothing was cut off.

+Alternate between storylines / characters
+Voice acting is decent
+Characters are all unique

+Slow gameplay and game pacing
+Tim comes off as wimpy and not threatening
+Ending is poor and last part of the game is rushed
+Too much going back and forth between locations

4/10 Below average
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9.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
pretty boring game..started to get interesting at the end and then just ended with the worst ending ever..dont buy..even on sale..who are these ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s that put out these games...do they even care??
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10.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
If you enjoy point and click adventure games, Alter Ego will not disappoint. It's by no means perfect, suffering from the genre's normal problems of questionable logic and trying a little too hard to seem clever, but the story is intriguing and it kept me entertained for a weekend.

The creators nailed the atmosphere with a genuinely suspenseful narrative centering around two protagonists who are not, in the least bit, sympathetic characters. Answers to puzzles seem odd at times, but they were never so difficult as to stump me completely.

I picked up the game for $0.99. I would be a little hesitant to suggest buying it for full price, but it was well-worth a dollar.
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9.1 hrs
Posted: September 23
Decent point & click adventure game with a storyline that is nice but could have been great if only the developers had more imagination. For the die-hard-old-fashioned adventure gamers this one's too easy. No difficult puzzles or intricate inventory combinations that might have kept you on your toes. The ending is a bit boring, clearly set up for a sequel which was never made (at least I haven't been able to find it anywhere on internet). I'd rate this average to poor if I had to pay full price, but since I got it for a low price it was nice and gets my thumbs up.
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9.6 hrs
Posted: September 18
This game is for adventure game fans who are more interested in a good murder-mystery detective story than they are in typical adventure games puzzles. This game is easy and does not burden the player with difficult puzzles, pixel-hunting, or overly long dialogues.
It just focuses on keeping the story going. And it's a pretty good story. For that reason, I do recommend it.

However, the ending is a bit disappointing. It's not that it leaves any loose ends. You'll basically know what happened. It's just that it ends too abruptly, leaving you surprised and somewhat unsatisfied. It almost feels like it was really rushed.

Despite the ending, I think it's $10 very well spent if you are in the market for such a game.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 5
Well kinda liking it.
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12.0 hrs
Posted: August 18
I finished Alter Ego yesterday. The game is slow-paced and I was a bit bored in the beginning. Gradually though, the writing and plot sucked me in. I then enjoyed it very much until the end. But before I go on, let me just say that you should not pay full price for this game. I'd pick it up if it's under $4.

The character dialogue is extremely well done. You really get a feel for these characters and their traits, biases, and personalities. The other really nice thing about this game is the atmosphere. The settings are nicely done and you feel as though you are in dreary Plymouth.

The game is frustrating at times because you cannot progress unless you have done every *little* thing. This sometimes required me to consult walkthroughs. Also, the game sometimes crashed while taking screenshots. Save regularly.

All in all, it's a decent game. Unfortunately, the ending is abrupt and somewhat spoiled the emotions I had built up. The game's conclusion is a complete suprise (I thought it was a bug) and definitely not in a good way. Still, it will give you a few enjoyable hours if you get it on sale.
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8.6 hrs
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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