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Adventure Game Scene of the Day — Saturday 18 October 2014

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Everybody knows Infocom and Legend Entertainment, whether they play text adventures or not, and Magnetic Scrolls may ring a bell. But only a handful of diehards will remember Telarium, a company that produced excellent games based on books. So text adventure of the month is their Perry Mason: The Case of the Mandarin Murder (1985). 

One of the first IF adventures I played on my Atari ST and a great one. Search for clues, talk to witnesses and experts, stun everybody in the courtroom with your mastermind. The parser had special commands for the courtroom (OBJECTION! Cool) and you could answer YES or NO to questions, with different results of course, although I don’t think it affected the game in the long term. For instance, you could make your faithful secretary Della angry, but she would still help you.

     
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I’ve never even heard of this developer or of this game. My adventure game education is clearly incomplete.

     
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I’ve heard of Perry Rhodan. Does that count?

     

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diego - 18 October 2014 10:37 AM

I’ve heard of Perry Rhodan. Does that count?

I can do better: I’ve heard of Perry Mason (and his usual methods of badgering confessions out of witnesses - sorta like Phoenix Wright but then on TV and 50 years ago).

Hadn’t heard of this game, though.

     

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TimovieMan - 18 October 2014 11:03 AM
diego - 18 October 2014 10:37 AM

I’ve heard of Perry Rhodan. Does that count?

I can do better: I’ve heard of Perry Mason

Hadn’t heard of this game, though.

I can do even better, I’ve actually seen one or two of the episodes.

Also never heard of the game though.

     

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It’s been about ten years since I heard of this game, and I’ve learned about Perry Mason long time before that.

     

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I heard about the game but never played it.  Fuchsia and cyan make my eyes bleed.

     

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I’ve actually played this before.  Within the past few years too.

And now our cycle of every poster gradually being more familiar with this game and its subject matter is complete.

     

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Did you like the game? You played it so many years later, did it stand the test of time?
And what made you decide to play it, do you often play text adventures?

Just curious. Smile

     

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