Emerald City Confidential
She looked like trouble. I could see by the way she cased the room that she'd seen it all, her flint-hard glare working me over like I was some two-bit thug with a Saturday Night Special. She said her name was Petra and she came from the Emerald City. She shot me a stare that said she could handle anything -- anything but this. Then she asked for my help on a case. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a dame decked out in green.
The world of Oz has changed since the war. The war with the Phanfasms left Oz different, corrupted. The carefree land of Munchkins and yellow brick roads has given way to a land where magic is banned and Queen Ozma rules with an ice-cold gaze. The streets of the Emerald City are filled with desperate souls who toil day and night just to survive, laboring under the weight of the filth and crime that surrounds them.
The law doesn't care about them. Whatever crime Ozma can't ignore is left to Oz's greatest lawyer, The Lion, to bury under an avalanche of paperwork and loopholes. Dorothy? There's nothing but royal whims and a purse full of emeralds between her and the gutter. Dorothy just can't manage to keep her nose clean.
Petra stands up for the truth in the sea of lies that surrounds Oz -- at least when she can get paid for it. The private investigation game is the closest this city gets to an honest gig. This time she landed a real troublesome case, but the pay was just too good to pass up. Will she find the truth before she's consumed by the fog of corruption and lies that fill the streets of the Emerald City?
Why You Should Check This Out: Emerald City Confidential has one of the best stories of any Adventure Game I've played in a long time. It's charming, whimsical and still maintains that hard-edged noir sensibility. The puzzles are great and the art is simply beautiful. The dialog is wonderfully written. Never a dull moment, I stayed on the edge of my seat the entire time. It's also got an easy built-in hint system if you get stuck. Emerald City Confidential has already put itself at the top of my list of favorite games for 2009.