48k disk only £14.95
Fancy a game of Cluedo? This strategy
game from Electronic Arts is more or less an enhanced version of
the popular Waddington board game.
The plot reads exactly like an
Agatha Christie 'whodunnit' and goes something like this: The year
is 1936 and the luxury airship ZINDERNEUF is flying 5,000 ft above
the Atlantic Ocean on a voyage from London to New York There were
16 passengers on board when the ZINDERNEUF left London but now one
of them has been brutally murdered. You play the part of the detective
who has the job of solving this hideous crime and you have just
twelve hours (36 minutes of real time) in which to do so.
You begin by choosing your detective
character from a list of eight. They are all based on famous fictional
detectives but their names have been altered slightly to give them
a comical appearance. Thus Inspector Cluseau becomes Inspector Klutzeau,
Hercule Poirot becomes Achille Merlot, Miss Marples is Agatha Marbles
and so on.
The screen display is a plan view
of the passenger section of the ZINDERNEUF and you use the joystick
to guide your detective round the many rooms and corridors of the
airship, searching for clues and passengers to interrogate. You
may question the passengers in a number of different ways and your
approach is all important as it determines how the passengers will
react. If they like your approach you may glean some worthwhile
information from them but if they don't like it they may tell you
to 'Take a hike' or 'Jump in the lake'! By carefully studying the
clues and various pieces of verbal information you should be able
to come to a logical conclusion as to the identity of the killer.
You then present your 'final accusation' whereupon the murderer's
true identity is revealed along with their reasons for committing
the crime. If your accusation is correct you are then awarded a
rank based on how well you solved the crime. If it is incorrect
all you get is a torrent of abuse!
Once again the game packaging is
first class and the instruction booklet is a riot. Reading it is
almost as much fun as playing the game. If you are looking for a
game that exercises the brain rather than the trigger finger why
not take a trip aboard the ZINDERNEUF? It beats playing Cluedo anyday.