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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (37 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 3, 2010
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June 5

Fix for invisible characters in Alter Ego

Dear Players,

It's come to our attention that some of our users have been experiencing invisble character behavior in this game and we have a solution for it.

The solution to fix this is in our knowledge base and can be found at

http://support.encore.com/technicalsupport/kb.aspx?kb_id=1879&product_id=3283

Note although these directions are for the PC DVD / Digital download version, the same files are in the Steam Folder for which the game is in.

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About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
A very linear adventure game but worth playing if you can get it cheap. Nothing memorable but quite immersive as you play it. A typical 6/10 modern adventure.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
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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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
1/5

First and foremost I find the title of the game misleading. Just looking at the cover you would imagine the game follows some character who lives a double life; one as a good citizen, the other a darker kind of villain. I was expecting something along the lines of a Jekyll and Hyde game.

Instead you play as two independent characters one an Irish rascal, the other a straight-laced English policeman. The game doesn't involve any problem solving but more like going from one place to another clicking on different things, and figuring out what to do next. The story is enjoyable whilst you're playing it, it unravells nicely and keeps you gripped.

Nothing however can really compensate for how poor the ending is. I'ts not simply that the ending is an unhappy one for both protagonists but it renders the whole story pointless.

There is one stupid part where you have to steal the ledger from a shop associated with the villain. This involves:
1. Walking outside from the church
2. Walking outside the main gates
3. Walking from outside the main gates to outside the shop.
4. Click on the door.
And thats it. After you click on the door you're automatically sent back to the church after a brief monologue and tell you're partner "Here you go, I've got the account book" (not the exact wording, but that's basically what happens). Stupid, utterly stupid.

There are far better point and clicks out there. Find anohter.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Very poor storyline. The puzzles for this game is pretty logical for the most part, but the story itself is pretty bland. The two main characters that you play are thoroughly unenjoyable, and the ending is very bad. If there had been a sequel to this game, then I can understand as to how they thought ending the game the way they did was a good idea.

The ending provides no resolution. The story is incredibly boring. All of the interesting things happen to be described to you at the end. Just not a good story at all. If you want an adventure game to play and like the puzzles, play this game. Otherwise, the very bad story will bore you immensely.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
PROS:
Decent voice acting
Music fits the atmosphere
Background Art

CONS:
Linear
Only a couple of puzzles
Feels like you are playing a point and click story than a game
Story takes too long, it can be very boring until the end.

4/10 Unfulfilling...skip it
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Was a pretty average / good adventure game up until they apparently ran out of money, and you just get a game over screen.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
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16 of 21 people (76%) 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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
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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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Very great and well done Point-and-Click game.
Has great memorable characters, nicely done scenes, and a great interesting storyline.
Only negative thing I have about it is the ending, which was very unsatisfying.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2013
I loved the graphics and the storyline but the ending was really bad, expecting part 2 is on its way.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2013
This game has one of the most ambiguous endings. I wonder what's next even knowing that there's no sequel yet. And it's the worst feeling about the game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2013
It is wonderful that there are still really entertaining games you can find in this genre. Fans of adventures should try to solve the riddles about Sir William's corpse who was a supected serial killer in life. When his body disappears, people in town start to disappear.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2010
Seems like a good game at first, graphics are ok, the setting is quite dark and mysterious but all of this can't hide the fact that this game is bad. The puzzles are easy (too easy for most people) and the story ends when it gets exciting. Unless there is follow-up to this game i can only say: stay away from this game, it's not worth it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2013
Good "cops & robbers" adventure with nice art, voice acting and a serious tone.
BUT the ending is rushed and the plot is abandoned. It just stops. Very disappointing.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2013
Alter Ego is a fantastic Point & Click game.

You play as both Timothy Moor - a thief who dreams of escaping to America, and Detective Briscol - who aims to solve the infamous murders committed by "Mad William". There are various parts to the game and you will switch between the two characters to get both perspectives on the story as it unfolds - this is the meaning behind the game's namesake, two separate points of view.

The atmosphere, voice acting and music are perfect for immersion; and the story is uniquely written - it leads you to believe one outcome, yet it turns right around and you're left with something entirely different and unexpected.

The few complaints I have are that it is a bit short, there are still a few things that are left unexplained and I wished that the ending had been left on a more positive note.

As for replay value, I can't be certain; but I absolutely loved it and it's worth the price!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2013
it is exactly like all of the Sherlock Holmes Point and Klick games..or like Nancy Drew games..i like those type of games but i have no idea why this one is still so expensive..it is too expensive i wouldnt buy it anymore for that price..and it isnt creepy the story isnt told very well the riddles arent really good..once it is so unlogic that you would never think of it and almost have to use a walkthrough to find out the next steps and then it continues with such easy riddles that you just bored klick through the game
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