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Discworld Noir is a computer game released in 1999. Unlike earlier Discworld games, which are based on plots in Discworld books, it has a completely original storyline, which draws from and parodies the [[wikipedia:Film Noir|film noir]] genre of movies and literature.
[[File:Disc Noir Box.jpg|250px|right|thumb]]
 
'''''Discworld Noir''''' is a computer game released for PC in 1999, ported to Playstation in 2000. Unlike earlier [[Discworld]] games, which are based on plots in [[:Category:Discworld Series|Discworld books]], it has a completely original storyline, which draws from and parodies the [[wikipedia:Film Noir|film noir]] genre of movies and literature.
 
== Terry's prologue to the Game:-==


==Terry's prologue to the Game==
FILM NOIR
FILM NOIR


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==Characters==
==Characters==
* [[Al-Khali (Character)|Al-Khali]]
* [[Al-Khali (Character)|Al-Khali]]
* [[Anu-anu]]
* [[Anu-anu]]
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* [[Cephut]]
* [[Cephut]]
* [[Clerk's Gable]]
* [[Clerk's Gable]]
* [[Condo]]
* [[Coom]]
* [[Coom]]
* [[Cpt. Jenkins]]
* [[Jenkins|Cpt. Jenkins]]
* [[Death]]
* [[Death]]
* [[Death of Rats]]
* [[Death of Rats]]
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* [[Ilsa Vargberg]]
* [[Ilsa Vargberg]]
* [[Jasper Horst]]
* [[Jasper Horst]]
* [[Kondo]]
* [[Leonard of Quirm]]
* [[Leonard of Quirm]]
* [[Inspector Lewton]]
* [[Inspector Lewton]]
* [[Laredo Cronk]]
* [[Laredo Cronk]]
* [[Madame Loadstone]] (only her dead body is seen)
* Madame Loadstone (only her dead body is seen)
* [[Malachite]]
* [[Malachite]]
* [[Malaclypse]]
* [[Malaclypse]]
* [[Mankin]]
* [[Mankin]]
* [[Mooncalf]]
* [[Mooncalf]]
* [[Mundy]] (only seen in a cinematic alive, then his dead body)
* [[Mr Hong]] (mentioned only)
* Mundy (only seen in a cinematic alive, then his dead body)
* [[Nobby Nobbs]]
* [[Nobby Nobbs]]
* [[Nylonathatep]]
* [[Nylonathatep]]
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* [[Samael]]
* [[Samael]]
* [[Samuel Vimes]]
* [[Samuel Vimes]]
* [[Sapphire]]
* [[Satrap]]
* [[Satrap]]
* [[Scoplett]]
* [[Scoplett]]
* [[Therma]]
* [[Therma]]
* [[TwoConquers]]
* [[Two Conkers]]
* [[Ulrich von Überwald]] (mentioned only)
* Warb
* [[Whirl]]
* [[Whirl]]


==Places and Locations==
==Places and Locations==
* [[Café Ankh]]
* [[Café Ankh]]
* [[The Dysk]] Theatre
* [[The Dysk]] Theatre
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* [[Guild of Archaeologists, Antiquarians and Tomb Evacuators]]
* [[Guild of Archaeologists, Antiquarians and Tomb Evacuators]]
* [[Guild of Merchants]]
* [[Guild of Merchants]]
* [[Horst's Quarters]]
* Horst's Quarters
* [[Maudlin Bridge]]
* [[Maudlin Bridge]]
* [[Milka]]
* [[Milka]]
* [[Lewton's Office]]
* Lewton's Office
* [[Observatory]]
* Observatory
* [[Octarine Parrot]]
* [[Octarine Parrot]]
* [[Patrician's Palace]]
* [[Patrician's Palace]]
* [[Pearl Dock|Wharf]]
* [[Pearl Dock|Wharf]]
* [[Pier Five]]
* Pier Five
* [[Pseudopolis Yard]]
* [[Pseudopolis Yard]]
* [[Rhodan's Workshop]]
* Rhodan's Workshop
* [[Sanctuary of the Followers of Anu-anu]]
* Sanctuary of the Cult of Anu-anu
* [[Saturnalia Casino]]
* Saturnalia Casino
* [[Selachii Familiy Mausoleum]]
* Selachii Familiy Mausoleum
* [[Ankh-Morpork Sewers|Sewers]]
* Sewers
* [[Temple of Small Gods]]
* [[Temple of Small Gods]]
* [[Unseen University]]
* [[Unseen University]]
* [[von Überwald Mansion]]
* von Überwald Mansion
* [[Wizards' Pleasaunce]]
* [[Wizards' Pleasaunce]]


==Items==
==Items==
* Crowbar
* Crowbar
* Grappling Iron
* Grappling Iron
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* [[Radiant Trapezohedron]]
* [[Radiant Trapezohedron]]
* [[Tsortese Falchion]]
* [[Tsortese Falchion]]
* [[KC-two]] perfume
* KC-two perfume
* Charm Bracelet
* Troll Tooth
* Coin from [[Tsorta]]


==Annotations==
==Annotations==
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From ''[[wikipedia:Casablanca (film)|Casablanca]]''
From ''[[wikipedia:Casablanca (film)|Casablanca]]''
*Ilsa Vargberg is a reference to Ilsa Lund, Ingrid Bergman's character. Both Vargberg and Lund are towns in Bergman's native Sweden. Ilsa's relationship with Lewton and TwoConquers is also very similar to that of Ilsa Lund with Rick and Victor Lazlo.
*Ilsa Vargberg is a reference to Ilsa Lund, Ingrid Bergman's character. Both Vargberg and Lund are towns in Bergman's native Sweden. Ilsa's relationship with Lewton and Two Conkers is also very similar to that of Ilsa Lund with Rick and Victor Lazlo.
*Samael mirrors the piano player Sam
*Samael mirrors the piano player Sam
*Many lines are from Casablanca:
*Many lines are from Casablanca:
**"We'll always have the Hotel Pseudopolis."/"We'll always have Paris."
**"We'll always have the Hotel Pseudopolis."/"We'll always have Paris."
**"Play it again, Sam."/"Play it, Sam." ("Play it again, Sam." was famously attributed to ''Casablanca'', despite never actually being said in full).
**"Play it again, Sam."/"Play it, Sam." ("Play it again, Sam." was famously attributed to ''Casablanca'', despite never actually being said in full).
**"This is the beggining of a beautiful friendship."
**"This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
**"Here's looking at you Ilsa."/"Here's looking at you kid."
**"Here's looking at you Ilsa."/"Here's looking at you kid."
*The ending of the game is also very similar to the ending of Casablanca, in which the main character sends his lost love with her husband (although she wants to stay with him) in a flying vehicle to escape the city.
*The ending of the game is also very similar to the ending of Casablanca, in which the main character sends his lost love with her husband (although she wants to stay with him) in a flying vehicle to escape the city.
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*The troll 'Mount' Malachite mirrors the dumb goon Moose Malloy, and the 'Therma' plot in Discworld Noir is very similar to the 'Velma'
*The troll 'Mount' Malachite mirrors the dumb goon Moose Malloy, and the 'Therma' plot in Discworld Noir is very similar to the 'Velma'


==Playing the Game on a Modern PC==
Unlike the previous two Discworld games the PC version of Discworld Noir does not have any support from third party programs such as ScummVM making it much harder to play on systems post Windows 95. There are various fixes for different systems to be found online. The best current methods available are to install a virtual box on your computer for Windows 95 and then install the game on that software or to patch the game with fan made software. To patch the game install the Discworld Noir as intended and download a fan made patch by 'loma' which replaces the files tin_DXD.exe and dn.exe. This allows the game to be played on modern systems but here are still problems with displaying the game on screens with a higher bit count, however this can be remedied using additional third party software such as dgvoodoo 2. The Playstation version of the game can be played on an original Playstation or Playstation 2 without any other adjustments.
[http://www.mediafire.com/file/cifk85ab5s8u142/DiscWorldNoir_Fix.zip/file Latest Patch Version by loma (10/05/2019)]
==Gallery==
{|
|-
| valign="top" | [[File:Disc Noir Box.jpg|130px|thumb|Box Art by [[Josh Kirby]]]]
| valign="top" | [[File:Disc Noir PS.jpg|thumb|160px|Playstation Cover]]
| valign="top" | [[File:Disc Noir PC.jpg|thumb|120px|PC Re-release]]
| valign="top" | [[File:Disc Noir PC 2.jpg|thumb|120px|Best of Infogrames Release]]
| valign="top" | [[File:Disc Noir PC 3.jpg|thumb|120px|RE-Play Release]]
|}
==External Links==
[https://www.lspace.org/games/discworld/noir/index.html Discworld Noir on the Discworld game pages]
[https://www.payneful.co.uk/index.php/projects/discworld_noir Discworld Noir Fan Page]
[https://www.mobygames.com/game/discworld-noir Discworld Noir on Mobygames]


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Latest revision as of 13:00, 8 May 2020

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Discworld Noir is a computer game released for PC in 1999, ported to Playstation in 2000. Unlike earlier Discworld games, which are based on plots in Discworld books, it has a completely original storyline, which draws from and parodies the film noir genre of movies and literature.

Terry's prologue to the Game

FILM NOIR

(A guide for those people who think Star Wars is an old movie)

Technically, film noir means 'black film', but...

...look, you know what it has come to mean, even if you didn't know what it was called, because I doubt if there has ever been a movie style that can be so recognisably parodied. Film Noir is what you get when you stir together The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Casablanca, To Have and Have Not and several dozen other movies made in the 40s and 50s. The weather is bad, the lighting is low, the streets are mean, life is cheap and the women are tougher than nails and have shoulder pads on which a competent pilot could land a small jet. People tend to lie a lot and double-cross one another. It's the monochrome world of cynical detectives with their names spelled backwards on the glass doors of seedy offices and a bottle of rye in their desk drawer. And people smoked a lot, probably because of the stress of the lying, double-crossing, bad weather and walking into furniture in the low light.

Technically, it died out in the mid-50s and the lightening of the post-war gloom, but surfaces in countless parodies (Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid) homages (Blade Runner) and references so ingrained in popular culture that you probably know exactly what I'm talking about even if you've never seen one of the movies. Play it again, Sam.

(A guide for those people who think fantasy only comes in brick-thick volumes)

Discworld is...

...but you're just bought the third Discworld computer game, and you don't know about the twenty-three books, the maps, the posters, the badges, the beers, the diaries, bookmarks, figurines, fan clubs, conventions and very popular cross-stitch embroidery designs?

Shall we wait for you to catch up?

All right.

The action in many of the books centres in and around the ancient, thriving and cheerfully-corrupt city of Ankh-Morpork. The weather is bad, the lighting is low, the streets are mean (oh, yes) life is expensive because it's death that's cheap, and the women are pretty tough even without shoulderpads. People tend to lie a lot and double-cross one another.

It's a naked city of a million stories, many of them badly spelled and cut very short. There are trolls, dwarfs, werewolves, zombies, wizards and vampires among the citizenry. Mostly they just want to earn the next dollar. And now it's just got its first private eye. He can look forward to being lied to and double-crossed, but that's only the start of his problems... As they say in Sham Harga's House of Ribs: "Play it again, Sham."

Characters

Places and Locations

Items

Annotations

The game is rich with allusions, parodies and outright quotes from film noir. Some examples:

From The Maltese Falcon

  • The Tsortese Falchion, a golden sword which everyone is desperate to find, mirrors the Maltese Falcon, a golden bird statuette.
  • Al Khali, based on Joel Cairo - both are short and named after desert cities in their respective worlds, and both have a stout and sinister boss.
  • Jasper Horst, Al Khali's boss, is direct parody of Casper Gutman, 'The Fat Man'. Horst uses or paraphrases many of Gutman's lines, e.g.: "I am a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk."

From Casablanca

  • Ilsa Vargberg is a reference to Ilsa Lund, Ingrid Bergman's character. Both Vargberg and Lund are towns in Bergman's native Sweden. Ilsa's relationship with Lewton and Two Conkers is also very similar to that of Ilsa Lund with Rick and Victor Lazlo.
  • Samael mirrors the piano player Sam
  • Many lines are from Casablanca:
    • "We'll always have the Hotel Pseudopolis."/"We'll always have Paris."
    • "Play it again, Sam."/"Play it, Sam." ("Play it again, Sam." was famously attributed to Casablanca, despite never actually being said in full).
    • "This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
    • "Here's looking at you Ilsa."/"Here's looking at you kid."
  • The ending of the game is also very similar to the ending of Casablanca, in which the main character sends his lost love with her husband (although she wants to stay with him) in a flying vehicle to escape the city.

From Double Indemnity

  • Just before Lewton is stabbed, his lines echo those of the detective in this film : "I couldn't hear my footsteps. It was the walk of a dead man."

From Farewell, My Lovely (a.k.a. Murder, My Sweet)

  • The troll 'Mount' Malachite mirrors the dumb goon Moose Malloy, and the 'Therma' plot in Discworld Noir is very similar to the 'Velma'

Playing the Game on a Modern PC

Unlike the previous two Discworld games the PC version of Discworld Noir does not have any support from third party programs such as ScummVM making it much harder to play on systems post Windows 95. There are various fixes for different systems to be found online. The best current methods available are to install a virtual box on your computer for Windows 95 and then install the game on that software or to patch the game with fan made software. To patch the game install the Discworld Noir as intended and download a fan made patch by 'loma' which replaces the files tin_DXD.exe and dn.exe. This allows the game to be played on modern systems but here are still problems with displaying the game on screens with a higher bit count, however this can be remedied using additional third party software such as dgvoodoo 2. The Playstation version of the game can be played on an original Playstation or Playstation 2 without any other adjustments.

Latest Patch Version by loma (10/05/2019)

Gallery

Box Art by Josh Kirby
Playstation Cover
PC Re-release
Best of Infogrames Release
RE-Play Release

External Links

Discworld Noir on the Discworld game pages

Discworld Noir Fan Page

Discworld Noir on Mobygames