Madrid Noir is a 45 minute mystery adventure that unfolds across two acts in this VR film.
After her estranged uncle is declared dead, a disenchanted young woman arrives in Madrid to empty the apartment that he left behind. Lola is soon compelled to dig into her memories, where she'll pick up her uncle's shadowy trail and attempt to piece together the puzzles of the past. Staged as an awe inspiring theatre production, this charming escapade plays out across a city that lives in the night, a Madrid now lost to time.
Take a heavy pinch of classic noir, blend it with a bucket load of gleeful animation and mix it all up with interactivity that invites you to explore and uncover clues from Lola’s past – and you've got the recipe for a story you won't soon forget!
Developed by No Ghost and Produced by Atlas V, the team that brought you Battlescar and Gloomy Eyes. Madrid Noir premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2021 and Annecy Film Festival 2021.
Haven't finished yet, because... First I wanna say, I really like style and the way the story is told so far. But... Is there a way to save your progress?! I have finished the first reel, hoping I could start next time with the second one... But no, I had to start at the beginning again. So I let the story play, without watching, doing just the interaction to keep it going to the point I could start the second real again.
I was hoping, I would find the save-button, or it would save automatically after starting the second reel, but no.
Also, shortly after starting the second reel, I've drooped a photo, which I was supposed to hand over... It got stuck in midair, where I could not pick it up again and it didn't respawn in its original place...
So.... At some point, I will have to go all the way through reel one..... Again.
The story seems to be really nice... Hope at some point I will find out how it ends :-D
Not worth $9. I had fun with it just a little but it’s barely interactive and just a movie. And you couldn’t save the process, I had to play this twice, I wish it had more twists and turns and multiple endings. That would be worth like $4.99 and I would kinda like my money back because I thought it would be more interactive more…. detective like more everything.
How to return where I left off. I don’t know how to save the sections I have watched when I quit. I watched the first 20 minutes and had to quit. The next day I tried to resume where I left off, but had to start from the beginning again. HELP!
So-So. The story was exciting and emotional at the end, worth buying for 9$. This is something you probably won’t watch more than once though. The story was also not too interactive, just small things, like handing someone a phone, turning on the light, etc.
Over all, really nice, just not too interactive. LOVE THE ENDING!
The bugs take away from the experience. I enjoyed the story and the interactions but the experience was ruined due to the performance issues (jittering) one scene refused to proceed to the next and since there is no way of going back to the main menu I was forced to quit the game meaning starting at the beginning again with no way to skip at this point I had lost interest.
Surprised that there are no subtitles either, it’s a shame because these bugs were reported almost a year ago by other users but they are still present.
I don’t like leaving a bad review as a lot of work goes into these but this wasn’t as enjoyable as it should have been and it’s one of those which if the bugs get fixed tomorrow your not really going to go back and revisit.
It’s a cute story. It’s a cute story. Like most oculus games it’s short and there were times that I had to readjust my view settings just so I could continue the story. There is NO way to walk around and that does take from the experience a little bit and could be a show stopper for some. I played this game on my bed and you don’t have to worry about reaching down to pick anything up it’s just things will move out of your safety areas then you can’t reach things that you need to internet act with unless you use the oculus settings to adjust your center.
Very nice story and visuals. The idea of this experience is wonderful and I think the devs/creative team did a great job with the story, camera angles, lighting, mood and awesome representation of Madrid (which I know quite well and enjoyed recognising the representations of certain parts of the city) . The only thing keeping this from being a five star experience for me is that it is very jittery for me. I'm viewing on a Quest 2 OS version 35 with plenty of disk space available. It's not so bad during the story portion, but during the projector room and "present day" scenes simply moving my head to look around and especially picking up an object (post card, for example) and looking at it, the visuals jitter and stutter and almost feel broken. It definitely takes away from what otherwise is a very nice VR experience. If there is a solution to this, I'll definitely change my rating to 5 stars.
Nice VR storytelling. Really nice artwork and lovely story with some great voice-acting. But some scenes could be glitchy with some stuttering. Also objects would fall through other objects when you put them back down again. But overall it was a nice VR experience.
Amazing use of VR. Words like “amazing” and “one of the best use for VR” came to mind as I was watching this story. It’s a new, refreshing way to tell stories. I loved the setting; would like for them to make a “moss” type game with this scenery.
So so. It was a fun VR story. Definitely worth buying if it's on sale. But personally, I didn't think it made effective use of VR, i.e. it could have been told almost just as well in 2D. I know the effective use of VR is always a challenge, but I like to see more effort.
Great experience in English and Spanish! TLDR: Give it a try, excellent art and atmosphere, good story. It doesn't have subtitles but has a great voice acting both in English and Spanish. Great developer worth supporting.
This VR experience is like a short film with interactive sequences where you can grab some things and interact with the environment a bit, but that is not the main point of this experience, this is just a way of getting you more immersed in the story, and it works!
The strengths of this experience are clearly the style, the story, and the voice acting.
The style is beautiful, a cartoonish design with a way of showing the story as if you were watching a theatrical act that works amazingly well, it also has great environment decoration that shows a conflictive Spain with a civil war waiting around the corner. The story is okay, I thought that the Spanish conflict was going to be more relevant but is not, it's more family friendly and wholesome, I still really enjoyed it. I really liked the voice acting, although it has no subtitles, it's dubbed in English, Spanish and French. English is the OV and you can notice that in a better lip sync, but I also watched it in Spanish as I am a native speaker and it's good too, definitely more immersive even if the English version is more polished.
I watched it twice and in my first time I encountered some minor bugs with the physics and a bit of frame drop at the beginning but it got better quickly and it was nothing game breaking. The second time it was all smooth.
If you are thinking of buying it, just do it, I believe is definitely worth the price, take in mind this is not a AAA title, it's a little indie studio that did an amazing job!
I couldn't hang up the phone. I am not sure if it's just the problem with my Quest 2 or not. During the 2nd reel screening, the grown-up girl is back to the current time. The phone rings again. I couldn't hang up the phone no matter how I tried to grab, touch, or click. I was simply stuck there. I have no idea how could make the fast-forward after the re-start, so I did not reach the point yet. It's a long experience anyway and it will take too long to do so.
Brilliant. Engaging , emotional, great story telling. Quality animation and characters. Slightly bittersweet as you know the civil war is looming but that adds to the atmosphere. Treat yourself to this it’s a gem. Definitely something I’ll comeback to and watch again. I’ve been to Madrid several times - one of my favourite cities- and they have the city spot on. Looking forward to more from this dev.
5 Star for Madrid Noir. AWESOME WORK. Rich environments and characters. The level of detail and design is among the best I’ve seen in a VR experience. A lot of VR has been basic polygons and minimalistic environments but developers have gone above and beyond with Madrid Noir and really taken advantage of the platform to tell a story. Loved losing myself in it and the interactive sequences keep you engaged in the story.
もうひとつの素晴らしいVRストーリー体験。 Wolves in the Walls」や「Gloomy Eyes」などのVR体験が好きな人は、この作品もきっと気に入るはずです。
A unique VR experience! If you like pixar shorts or you are a fan of VR films this is a MUST BUY! This noir story is told from two perspectives of the same character- the 1930s and the 1950s. From this paradigm you get to understand what it's like to look back at your memories as a child through the lens of an adult and understand things aren't quite as you remember them.
This leads to a great emotional pay off at the end! It's a great experience to show family members with little VR experience as there's light interaction and minimal button controls, I've had all age ranges have a go and they've all loved it!
A delightful story! An entirely new medium possible only in VR, Madrid Noir is a little bit short film and a little bit interactive stage play. Above all it is a well-written, well constructed story with excellent acting and animation.
Wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Like another reviewer, I stopped halfway to make it last longer.
I do wish it had a seated mode, but I watched it seated and it was fine.