Sinking Island

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Sinking Island
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Developer(s) White Birds Productions
Publisher(s) Microïds/Encore (USA)[1]
Micro Application (Europe)
Designer(s) Benoît Sokal
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release October 4, 2007 (2007-10-04) (France)
August 12, 2008 (USA)[2]
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player

Sinking Island: A Jack Norm Investigation is a third-person perspective adventure game that uses point and click game mechanics. Released in France on October 4, 2007. it was developed by White Birds Productions, a company founded and led by Benoît Sokal.


The title's genesis came from Olivier Fontenay, who suggested that Benoît Sokal make police games.[3] Sokai wrote a ten page draft in 2005.[4] He decided to have a male playable character to offer a change from his Syberia series.[5] The team created a new interface for the game, entitled PPA (Personal Police Assistant).[6] The game was supported by the Centre National de la Cinématographie.[7] A sequel was originally going to be released, offering a second Jack Norm adventure set in New York.[8]


The plot is centered on the investigation of the death of a millionaire named Walter Jones. The main acting character in the game is Jack Norm, a police officer entrusted with the task of solving the mystery. The events take place on a fictional island owned by the late Walter Jones in an Art Deco-style tower. The plot takes place over three days and follows a classic murder mystery scheme where a detective needs to uncover the identity of the murderer.

Critical reception[edit]

Jean-Marc Oliveres of Clubic wrote that the game would engross players into its story and history.[9] 4Players reviewer Bodo Naser thought that while the game promised a murder mystery akin to those of Agatha Christie, the title did not deliver.[10][11][12][13] Adventure-Treff's Jan Schneider negatively compared the game's world to Paradise and Syberia.[14] IGN offered a negative review, describing the game as having "weary, stranded-island sleuthing at its soggiest".[15] Gamespot thought the game would appeal to adventure fans.[16] Gamekult derided the game's difficult puzzles, sleep-inducing dialogue, and lack of plot momentum.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Encore and Microids sign exclusive publishing agreement for North America". Microïds. 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
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  3. ^ "L'Ile Noyée : interview Benoît Sokal". (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Visite White Birds Productions: Sinking Island". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Mystery Manor Benoit Sokal French Interview". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Benoît Sokal - White Birds Productions - Interview - Adventure Classic Gaming - ACG - Adventure Games, Interactive Fiction Games - Reviews, Interviews, Features, Previews, Cheats, Galleries, Forums". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Sinking Island - Adventure Game -". 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Sinking Island coming to Nintendo DS -". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  9. ^ "Test de L'Ile Noyée : Une Enquête De Jack Norm". (in French). 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  10. ^ "Sinking Island - Test, Adventure -". 4Players (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  11. ^ "Sinking Island - Test (2), Adventure -". 4Players (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  12. ^ "Test (Wertung) zu Sinking Island (Adventure) -". 4Players (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  13. ^ "Test (Pro und Kontra) zu Sinking Island (Adventure) -". 4Players (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  14. ^ Schneider, Jan "DasJan". "Sinking Island - Mord im Paradies". Adventure-Treff (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  15. ^ Balistrieri, Emily (2008-09-15). "Sinking Island Review". IGN. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  16. ^ "Sinking Island Hands-On". GameSpot. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  17. ^ "Test L'île Noyée sur PC - Gamekult". Gamekult (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 

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