Ratings | | x4 | x5
Release Date 29 Nov 2009
Release Type Freeware
Content Advisory Occasional, mild | None | Strong
Operating System Windows
Game Genre Contemporary
Game Type Comedy
Story Type Original
Play Length Medium Length Game
Language English
Graphics 3, 4
Downloaded 12,327 times


AGS Awards 2009 Wins

AGS Awards 2009 Wins

Best Animation
Best Player Character
Best Sound Effects
Best Voice Work

AGS Awards 2009 Nominations

AGS Awards 2009 Nominations

Best Dialogue Writing
Best Game Created with AGS for 2009
Best Original Story
Best Programming in an Adventure
Best Short Game

AGS Panel Rating

This is a very dark, depressing and story driven game. Very well acted and production values are high, although the game lacks substance when you remove all the dialogue, which lowers its rating. This is a very impressive first game and a great start to a series. If you are looking for a very atmospheric, visual, story driven game then this perfect for you, if you are looking for a challenge then look elsewhere.

Pick of the Month

Jan 2010


A game that had some controversy on the AGS forums when it was originally only given a low rating by the AGS games page cup committee, The McCarthy Chronicles has attracted praise and criticism. What it all boils down to is a similar problem to many other adventures: the puzzles are not hard. To some, this is a good thing, to others its a failing. Why not download and play and decide for yourself?

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A film-noir inspired, supernatural detective story. Rick McCarthy is a private detective marred by a secretive and destructive past. He is pulled into a world of blood sacrifice and invocation. Can he hide his past, solve the crime and get the girl? Controls ---------- Left click to move, Hold the left button to interact, Move the mouse to the top of the screen to access the inventory. Notes ----------- The McCarthy Chronicles is quite processor intensive due to all the visual effects used. Do no run the game in a higher resolution than necessary. 320x200 is ideal though some LCD monitors may require 640x400 to avoid non 1:1 pixel mapping (Change it to 640x400 if the image appears blurry) Ensure 'Enable Alternate Letterbox Resolution' is enabled. The McCarthy Chronicles does not support Directx9 acceleration. Use Direct Draw mode

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By xlynx on 25 Apr 2014
great atmosphere, soundtrack and over the top macabre story.

By Mehrdad on 31 Mar 2014
Really nice atmospheric game with huge story.

By Davostros on 30 Oct 2011
Best game made with ags. Unlike me my friends didn't grew up playing point and clicks and i showed McCarthy to one of theses friends. He watched me playing it and at about 1/3 of the game he told me "ok this is it, let me play it!" He played it until the end then told me "This is one of the best games i have ever played, i can't believe how strong the immersion was." The guy is used to console action games and this was his first point and click experience.

By wisnoskij on 17 Oct 2011
One of the better AGS games ever created.

By Three-Headed Monkey on 2 Sep 2011
This was an immersive little short story fantastically executed, thanks for sharing it!

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