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Reality-on-the-Norm: Paranormal Investigation
|1 Cup||Not serious entertainment|
|2 Cups||A reasonable game, worth a try|
|3 Cups||A good game, worth playing|
|4 Cups||A great game, well worth your time|
|5 Cups||An outstanding, must-play game!|
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The McCarthy Chronicles: Episode 1
|Short game||Can be completed within 30 minutes|
|Medium length game||Takes at least 30 mins to finish|
|Full length game||As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic|
|MAGS game||Monthly AGS competition entry|
|Non-adventure game||Using Adventure Game Studio for something else?!|
|Joke game||You know when it fits this category ;)|
|Demo||Unfinished games / commercial games|
|Training game||Games made just to try out AGS|
|Newly added games||Not yet categorised|
About this gameA film-noir inspired, supernatural detective story.
Rick McCarthy is a private detective marred by a secretive and destructive past.
He is pulled into a world of blood sacrifice and invocation.
Can he hide his past, solve the crime and get the girl?
Left click to move,
Hold the left button to interact,
Move the mouse to the top of the screen to access the inventory.
The McCarthy Chronicles is quite processor intensive due to all the visual effects used. Do no run the game in a higher resolution than necessary. 320x200 is ideal though some LCD monitors may require 640x400 to avoid non 1:1 pixel mapping (Change it to 640x400 if the image appears blurry)
Ensure 'Enable Alternate Letterbox Resolution' is enabled.
The McCarthy Chronicles does not support Directx9 acceleration. Use Direct Draw mode
AGS Awards Wins
Won, Best Player Character 2009
Won, Best Animation 2009
Won, Best Sound Effects 2009
Won, Best Voice Work 2009
AGS Awards Nominations
Nominated, Best Game Created with AGS for 2009 2009
Nominated, Best Original Story 2009
Nominated, Best Dialogue Writing 2009
Nominated, Best Short Game 2009
Nominated, Best Programming in an Adventure 2009
AGS Panel Review
"This is a very dark, depressing and story driven game. Very well acted and production values are high, although the game lacks substance when you remove all the dialogue, which lowers its rating. This is a very impressive first game and a great start to a series. If you are looking for a very atmospheric, visual, story driven game then this perfect for you, if you are looking for a challenge then look elsewhere. "
33 people commented on this game (newest first):
Couldn't stop playing it but i got that feeling i missing something.
Keep up the good work.
Really looking forward to part two.
Couple of minor typos and inconsistencies, but nothing game-breaking. Dialogue overall was very well done - very poetic but a joy to read/hear. Very atmospheric overall, I was completely immersed.
Keep up the good work. Eagerly awaiting Episode 2=)
I definitely enjoyed exploring the creepy environment and uncovering the story piece by piece.
The voice intonation, the prose & the small gaps in the logic do keep me from rating the game as highly as I'd want - but overall, I certainly liked it.
Some things are a bit illogical. "She died recently, it's very personal to me... here's the key to her room."
The poetic writing is sometimes overdone. The voice of the main character is clear and pleasant, but it's also disturbingly calm and void of emotion, and with the way he poetically describes the sinister things he comes across... I kept feeling that I was playing for a psychopath and everything only happens in his head!
Overall the game's mechanics and puzzles feel a bit light, but these take a backseat to the storytelling.
Gameplay-to-plot ratio is way low, hence this looks more like a short story than a game, but I feel it's fair for an introductory chapter one.
I have great expectations for the next releases, good luck!
This game, if the other episodes in the series live up to this episode, will be able to rank up to classics like the Chzo Mythos and King's Quest. Keep up the excellent job!
Great visuals and voice acting.
Biggest problem is the writing, which tends to get very flowery and over the top.
It's only the first episode, so game is very short and ends on a cliffhanger. Hope to see the story continue in future episodes.
Alex from Germany
WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE COMING OUT LOL ;)
This is an amazing game, it's only flaw being you want more. Go play it.
I hope you are releasing new game soon.
Highly recommended if you're in the mood for a dark adventure.