Video Game: Jack Orlando

Jack Orlando is a an Adventure Game published in 1997 (with a Director's Cut edition released in 2001). It was made by TopWare's development studio in Poland.

The game is set in the 1930s, and follows an American private detective named Jack Orlando as he tries to foil a criminal conspiracy and prove his own innocence.

This game provides examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Orlando, while once lauded as a hero, has turned into this by the start of the game, spending much of his time in cheap bars.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: The Chinese man in front of the laundry is like this, including an l/r swap.
  • The Chanteuse: The Night O'Granis bar has one of these in the background.
  • Da Chief: Inspector Tom Rogers, an old friend of Orlando who uses his position to let Orlando investigate the murder he's accused of. (Except that Rogers doesn't actually want it solved, because he's taking the conspirators' money.)
  • Clear My Name: When Orlando is accused of murder at the start of the game, the Inspector (citing his friendship with Orlando and the good work he did in the past) gives Orlando forty-eight hours to find the real murderer - but if he can't, it's going to be assumed he did it.
  • Contract on the Hitman: The bad guys planned this for Bellinger after he killed Major Reynolds for them. The man Bellinger was meeting to receive his payment was in fact another killer.
  • Detective Patsy: It looks like the Inspector is doing Orlando a favour in letting him try to prove his innocence, but since the Inspector is actually in on the crime, he isn't intending Orlando to get anywhere. Part way through the game, Orlando gets in trouble again and is told to wait for the Inspector - if he does, the Inspector decides that he's making too much progress and locks him up, resulting in a Nonstandard Game Over.
  • Dirty Cop: Inspector Tom Rogers turns out to be one of these, taking bribes from the villains to protect them.
  • The Don: Don Scaletti is apparently in charge of most of the crime in town, and is one of the parties to the central conspiracy.
  • The Corpse Stops Here:
    • At the start of the game, a drunken Orlando sees a shooting in an alley, and is then knocked out himself. When the police find him and the corpse, their assumption is that he's the killer. (They don't quite get around to explaining why, if that's the case, Orlando was unconscious himself.)
    • It then happens again. When someone kills Bellinger in a drive-by shooting, Orlando pulls out his gun and fires back... just in time for someone to come out of a nearby building and see him standing over a corpse with said gun. And to cap it off, the same policeman who shows up is the same one who was present the first time.
  • Going by the Matchbook: Orlando knows to investigate a certain bar when he finds a matchbook from it near the crime scene.
  • The Great Depression: Not an explicit focus of the game, but evident from the generally decrepit state of the surroundings (run-down and abandoned buildings, homeless people, and so forth).
  • Film Noir: It's set a bit before the heyday, but it certainly has similarities.
  • He Knows Too Much: The initial murder, that of Major Pete Reynolds, is partly because he knows enough to threaten the conspirators and now says he wants out. Don Scaletti also says this of Orlando.
  • Key Under the Doormat: Orlando's own apartment.
  • Lady Not-Appearing-in-This-Game: To an extent, Elizabeth. She appears, and her help is necessary, but she doesn't have the prominence that she gets on the cover. (She's there when Orlando meets Don Scaletti, she helps him escape in the next scene, and then is absent until the epilogue.)
  • The Mafia: One half of the conspiracy. They're buying weapons from a corrupt major in the US army, and arranged for the initial murder (which is what draws Orlando in) to keep it quiet.
    • Mafia Princess: Elizabeth. She rebels against her family after the death of her boyfriend, Bellinger, and helps free Orlando from the Mafia.
  • Maybe Ever After: Orlando and Elizabeth, at the end of the game. They seem interested in getting to know each other, and walk off together towards her place, but to avoid any "misunderstandings", she makes it explicit that Orlando is sleeping on the couch. (Given that they barely know each other, a full-fledged Last Minute Hookup might have seemed a bit implausible.)
  • Officer O'Hara: Alex Mulligan, who twice chances to arrive on scenes which don't look good for Orlando.
  • Private Detective: What Orlando is - or at least, used to be. He was once well-known, being front page news and being rewarded for his various deeds by the mayor, but by the start of the game, it's not clear how much work he's doing - he seems more interested in getting drunk.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Don Scaletti has one, quite likely as a Shout-Out to Don Corleone's cat.
  • Spinning Paper: Used in the introduction to display some of Orlando's past successes (which contrast with his current state).
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The bad guys seem to have this attitude, combining it with He Knows Too Much in the case of Major Reynolds (who is both useless to them and a potential threat when he wants out of the conspiracy).