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Listen... for the sound of betrayal! You've returned from school to visit your father at his famous Jazz Pepper Club during Mardi Gras, but everyone is hypnotized. Have they heard the wrong note? Explore the musical mystery in Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death!

This is a special Collector's Edition release full of exclusive extras you won't find in the standard version. As a bonus, Collector's Edition purchases count toward three stamps on your Monthly Game Club Punch Card!

The Collector's Edition includes:

  • Uncover the villain's past in the bonus chapter
  • Unlockable achievements
  • Hunt for music notes and special collectibles
  • Soundtracks, wallpapers, screensavers and concept art
  • Integrated Strategy Guide

Game System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 681 MB

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Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death Collector's Edition is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 228.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another wonderful addition to the Cadenza series. I'm very glad to see this series. I've seen a lot of Asian themed games, one or two Native American, a few set in Venice, etc. but there have not been a lot of games featuring African Americans as most of the main characters, as well as the character you play. The Women's Murder Club is the only other one I can think of (and it was also very good). As a Caucasian woman, I'm probably in the major target audience for many casual, hidden object games, so I'm not surprised that so many feature characters that feel familiar. But I enjoy stepping into unfamiliar settings, cultures, and situations in games and they are a treat when they come along. In fact, I'd like to see an even wider net cast. Let's see more games set in outer space, the old west, ancient Rome, fractured nursery rhymes, Neanderthals, the bottom of the sea, underground, etc. Let us play as and among a greater variety of characters from all over the globe. Ah, but I digress... This games has a wonderful plot and story, well-developed characters and fairly realistic scenes. There's dirt and garbage in the alley, cars trundle along the street, etc. It's easy to get caught up in a game where you can relate to the characters, and there is a cohesive story tying all the events and actions together. Some of the best games I've ever played (and this includes more traditional, pure adventure games) have been written by actual, talented authors. The Gabriel Knight series by Jane Jensen being a prime example. I'd really like to see more of the developers using professional writers rather than slapping a sketchy plot on a game that falls apart or wanders aimlessly. This game is like reading a good book that you can step into and see and hear. It's not my favorite game of all time, but it's a very good one, and I hope to see more like it. Well done, Mad Head Games. And I like your little message at the end of the credits telling what you're trying to accomplish, and that you appreciate us, the players. That's nice to hear.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cadenza: A Virtuosic Performance This is a review of Cadenza: Music, Betrayal, and Death, Collector’s Edition for PC, which I completed in full, including the Bonus Chapter and some of the Extras on 01/30/2017. GAMEPLAY: The gameplay is excellent. I was never bored, and many of the puzzles made sense. The HO scenes were varied and interesting as well. It took me awhile to understand morphing items. I found one without trying, but didn’t make the connection to the swirly icon and did not realize there was one in every HO scene. Similarly, I didn’t make the connection of the note symbol, nor its color change, so I didn’t know there was a note in every area to find, nor whether I had already found the note. That’s all fine, though, and when I did make those connections, I had a lot of fun. As a result, I found all the morphing items and notes near the end of the game, but very few in the beginning. Overall, I really enjoyed the game play. DIFFICULTY AND CUSTOMABILITY: There are four difficulty settings with an additional Custom (Improviser) option, for a total of five options. The areas of customability are Tutorial, Objectives, Active Plus items indicated, Sparkles for active areas, Sparkles for HOPs, Icon change on active areas, Hints available or not, Hint recharge time, Skips available or not, and Skip recharge time. I really liked most of this, and turned almost everything off. I kept hints on, but with the longest recharge time, and I think I left the icon change on. You can’t turn off the sparkles on the map indicating where something can be done, and you also cannot turn off miss click penalties. Overall, I liked this system, but I would have liked to turn off miss clicks because I sometimes enjoy clicking on something that is beautiful or interesting even if it isn’t an objective, sometimes I don’t know what a certain object actually looks like, and sometimes I think I am clicking on the object, but it registers as a miss. I like the sparkles on the map, but that might be a concern for others who prefer that not to show up. That said, five different options, including a custom option with so many choices, is stellar. STORYLINE: I liked the storyline at first, and I was very connected to the characters and plot. I found the actual perpetrator to be a nice twist that I was not expecting! However, the mechanism that the perpetrator was using was a little too out there for me, and it also wasn’t clear why that person wanted to do what he/she was doing. Once the story passed a certain point, it seemed unrealistic and disconnected from the rest of the plot. That said, it was still entertaining, and the characters were great. AESTHETICS: Wonderful. I don’t consider myself to be a great judge of these things, but I particularly enjoyed the auditory elements: the voice acting and the music. As others have pointed out, I wished that there had been even more music. The visual aspects were not as stunning, but they were generally well done. I really did like the cubist painting, and I also liked the cemetery/crypt area. LENGTH/VALUE: I spent a lot of time on this game and in the bonus chapter. It was engaging and fulfilling time spent. I did do some backtracking to find notes once I understood how the note symbol worked, but by that time, some areas were off limits. After the bonus chapter, you need to go back to find all the notes in order to unlock a Collectibles Hunt, and only after you have successfully completed the Collectibles Hunt are you allowed access to the Instrument Shop Repair. I didn’t really like that set up, as I had planned to find the notes anyway, and wanted to do that at the very end, but I did like the fact that you could go back to areas and find the notes that you missed during the game, especially since, as I mentioned, some areas became inaccessible later on. The collectables were extremely easy to find. Most times, they stuck out as the first thing my eyes settled on or as the only thing of a certain color in a room of a completely different color. I found the shop repair to be pretty easy as well. It’s a jigsaw, but all the pieces are already in the right orientation. Final Assessment, including CE value: I was definitely glad I got the Collector’s Edition of this, though I did buy it during a half-off week-end, so I paid $9.99. I used the Strategy Guide a few times, and the bonus chapter was long and engaging (but still separate from the main game, which concluded satisfactorily at the end of the main game). I also liked the replayability of finding the notes and later, the collectibles. The instrument shop repair was fun, too, even though it was easy. Finally, there was a Connections board where you try to remember what relationships the different characters had with each other, and I really enjoyed that as it felt like part of the investigation. There are also a number of achievements that I want to go back and obtain, particularly with regard to the morphing items and speed of completing HO scenes, since you can redo all the HO scenes. So, all in all, I do recommend the Collector’s Edition, and I will probably get CE versions of other Mad Head games.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doesn't Get Much Better Than This!! With so many reviews ahead of mine, chances are mine won't even be read. BUT just in case, I will just say the game was beautiful in every way: puzzles, HOGs, graphics, story, voices. Nothing at all negative! The music was stellar and made for a very relaxing gameplay. My favorite HOG was the one played on the back of the Old Sailor Bar owner. What a clever, unique idea, it was a HOG that also opened a safe by providing the code numbers, I also loved the way that the collectibles and morphs were done...there was never any guesswork involved from scene to scene, trying to remember which to look for or how many have been collected. Very helpful, indeed! The Cadenza games are always of such high quality!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Game & A Fun, Cultural Experience! This may get edited, but I think my honesty will win out! It will be INTERESTING to see, how many game companies will re-think their games' development of ALL ETHNICITY, after my review! Immediately intrigued when I saw the game's advertisement icon and previews of Cadenza: Music Betrayal & Death, I had expected the worst; but, I downloaded the trial version, anyway! Why? -The story line had African-American/Black characters! ---->I'm African-American/Black. Most gaming companies don't feature us as the protagonists (winners,)! We're lucky if we are included as a "close friend" of the Caucasian protagonist(s)! -I wanted to see if African-Americans/Blacks would be portrayed in this game decently ---and not as old Hollywood, negative stereotypes! =YES to correct portrayals! It's "real-life" related to African-Americans/Blacks History and experience. -Would this game respect New Orleans and its African- American/Black cultural influence?! =YES! -Would the characters have culturally appropriate voices/dialect and facial coloring; would the game have appropriate period music, clothing, sets, etc = YES!! In a few words, an exciting, fun, culture-respecting game! I had hidden items challenges, but I could always get help from the help/solutions area. The 1 hour trial won me over! (**I eventually bought this AND the Collector's Edition!) I had forgotten to give a review before. I have played and enjoyed these games many times since! I plan to buy more of Mad Head's games!! BRAVO to this company for developing fantastic games for ALL ETHNICITY!!
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Game Definitely another great game to keep in your collection. The CE was definitely a good buy over the regular version. The visual and audio of this game were wonderful. The accents were a nice touch as the game was set in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. The music for this game was so enamoring that it entrances you into feeling you are actually in a New Orleans jazz club especially when doing the slideshow minigames. The game itself wasn't as challenging, but I had it on the casual setting so you can always change that. The extras of this game were also great. During the game, you have to collect music symbols, but if you happen to miss one, the extras allow you to go back to those scenes you missed and collect the symbol. You can also go back to the HO games that you didn't complete as well as they wanted and redo them until you get the best scores.
Date published: 2016-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sensational Cadenza! This is the very first HOG that I loved to follow the storyline (and I have played many). The atmosphere, the voices, the story and the hidden objects to find, make this game every penny worth. My compliments for the makers!
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Music, music, music LOVE Background sounds, including music, annoy me to no end. The music particularly is usually so boring & repetitive, I shut it off almost immediately. Not this game! Music is the key that creates the NOLA vibe. It's jazzy & wonderfully diverse, creating the perfect ambiance for every scene. Loved it so much, I poked around all the bonus content even after I got bored just so I could listen to the music. Bravo!
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Turns and Twists Still entertaining for someone who has played many hidden object games. Recommend.
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I EVEN LOOKED AT A HOG! THIS ONE BREAKS THE MOLD!! I LOVED IT FROM THE OPENING LINE, AND DID NOT REALIZE I'D GONE THROUGH THE WHOLE FREE GAME!! IT WAS A HAD TO BUY!! ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS WEEKEND YA'LL HAD A A SALE GOING ON, LESS THEN HALF PRICE! FABULOUS!!!!
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent game! I've had this game for a while but had forgetten I'd not finished it! It's a fab game, excellent storyline and great music. I buy CEs whenever I can (when there's an offer, natch!) and this one really wows with the extras. I'm looking forward to buying the latest Cadenza game when I can afford it. Let's face it, these games are considered expenses - but I love the fact that you can play them again and again and see something new in them every time. This story is about a young woman visiting her Dad in New Orleans, only to find he's just been paralysed, along with the rest of his jazz club, because of some eerie music. She investigates to save her father from dying of thirst and starvation, as did another vicitim of the mysterious musician. She meets friends who might be enemies along the way, collecting musical notes and, I think, morphing objects. Really enjoyed it! Many thanks to the team that made such a gripping game :D
Date published: 2015-05-27
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