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Adventure: Graphic
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne

Amstrad, £9.95cs, £14.95dk
C64, £8.95cs, £14.95dk
Spectrum, £8.95cs
IBM PC, £19.95dk

This French game was rapidly followed by The Sydney Affair, which was in a very similar mould. You play a detective from the Gendarmerie, who has to investigate what initially appears to be a suicide but turns out to be not so simple.

The case starts with an examination of the scene of the crime. This is graphically depicted and has to be carefully scoured to make sure you don't miss a clue. Information in hand, you head for the police computers, from where the rest of the investigation takes place.

You can communicate with other branches of the police and judicial services in order to get more evidence. You can call up witnesses' statements, which are accompanied by pictures of the people.

The only problem with the game is that it's not very well translated. This means you can get an awful lot of frustrating responses from the computer, without finding out what you're doing wrong. If you can cope with that, both Affair games are testing pieces of detective work.

Not Rated