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Jack Orlando: A Cinematic Adventure is a 1997 adventure game by Polish developer Toontraxx and German publisher TopWare Interactive. In 2001 a director's cut version was released, which adds the choice between easy and normal difficulty. The game was re-released in 2009 on GOG.com, and on January 26, 2012, a port of the director's cut was released on Steam.
The game plot follows an alcoholic private detective in the post-prohibition 1930's who is framed for murder. After being caught in an alley with a dead man, he is given 48 hours to clear his name and find the real killers. The game player takes on the titular role of Jack Orlando, a private detective who was once at the top of his game, but now stumbles from bar to bar burying his problems at the bottom of a whiskey bottle.
The game received mixed reviews from critics. Just Adventure described the game's puzzles, plot, and audio as "a mixed bag", giving the game an overall C− rating. Adventure Gamers rated it 2 out of 5 stars, strongly criticizing the gameplay, puzzles, voice acting and script but stating the "[l]ush artwork, strong score, a simple but solid plot and considerable attention to detail just about save it from total failure." GameSpot noted that the game contains many useless items and conversations that lead nowhere, producing "an interesting change of pace from the standard adventure formula".
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