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Today we gain another remaster of a classic game. This time it's 'The Silver Case' [GOG, Steam] which originally released in 1999, many years later it was remastered and released in 2016 and now we have it too.

According to my research, the game wasn't available in English before this remaster, so it's fantastic to not only see it revived, but localized for a wider audience too.

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Our friends over at GOG sent over a copy, so I got to check it out. It comes with a 64bit build, so thankfully if you buy it from GOG you don't need to go hunting for any 32bit libs!

First thing to note, is that it seems the first time you run it that you cannot skip the intro. The second time seemed to allow me to, but it was quite annoying the first time.

As far as I can tell, the game works perfectly as I haven't found any issues in my brief testing of it. I'm not usually a big fan of Visual Novels, but this at least isn't the usual type we see so many of nowadays, it's not trying to thrust boobs into my face so that makes it quite a bit more interesting. The story actually seems somewhat interesting too, but I've been finding it a little hard to follow as it tends to throw quite a few names of people and organisations at you right at the start.

Compared with a lot of visual novels, it's not just static pictures of people talking. It has animated videos at times, but what's killing it for me is the constant typewriter sound whenever text appears. It kills the immersion, especially when it's blasting text at you with no other music or anything. You can turn sound effects down, thankfully, but not that specific sound, so it will affect all sound effects.

It starts off pulling no punches, with the character you're following swearing away so it might not be to everyone's tastes. Not that it bothers me at all, but I thought it was worth noting.

There also seems to be no way to access the menu during the starting section, so you seem to have to go through the entire starting section to save it. My only option seemed to be to kill the process for the game, annoying. After looking around it seems you can only access the menu and save during specific sections of the game.

Seems like it could be quite interesting, if you like your visual novels.

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10 comments

Arehandoro 1 Aug, 2017
OH YES, OH YES, OH YES!!!
stan 1 Aug, 2017
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Unskippable intro + annoying sound effect for slow text display + no access to the menu + trailer with unbearable glitch effects? Not for me…

(That reminds me of "The Cat Lady", a supposedly great game that I found totally unplayable and terrible.)
pb 1 Aug, 2017
Quoting: stan(That reminds me of "The Cat Lady", a supposedly great game that I found totally unplayable and terrible.)

Wow, finally a kindred soul. I thought I was the only one (by the number of downvotes to my negative review ;-).
manus76 1 Aug, 2017
And what is wrong exactly with 'thrusting boobs into one's face'? :P
Eike 1 Aug, 2017
Quoting: pb
Quoting: stan(That reminds me of "The Cat Lady", a supposedly great game that I found totally unplayable and terrible.)

Wow, finally a kindred soul. I thought I was the only one (by the number of downvotes to my negative review ;-).

Didn't find it playable either. I love touching stories, but the game must allow me to actually experience them...
Asu 1 Aug, 2017
also they should put this on mobile too.
razing32 1 Aug, 2017
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: pb
Quoting: stan(That reminds me of "The Cat Lady", a supposedly great game that I found totally unplayable and terrible.)

Wow, finally a kindred soul. I thought I was the only one (by the number of downvotes to my negative review ;-).

Didn't find it playable either. I love touching stories, but the game must allow me to actually experience them...

Would join the club but have not played more than 3 mins of it.
Controls seemed cumbersome but will give it another fair shot before I write it off.
pb 1 Aug, 2017
Quoting: razing32Would join the club but have not played more than 3 mins of it.
Controls seemed cumbersome but will give it another fair shot before I write it off.

I played through the first chapter and I was kind of relieved when the game crashed leaving me without a save. ;-)
PublicNuisance 2 Aug, 2017
Been waiting for this oen since release. Glad I held out. GOG release is cherry on the cake.
adolson 5 Aug, 2017
I never expected to see a Suda 51 game on Linux. Wow.
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