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This ain't No "King's Quest" anymore, Toto ...
23 October 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

"Manhunter 1: New York" was not a very popular Seirra release. Sierra, by the way, is the company that brought us the "King's Quest", "Policequest", and "Leisure Suit Larry" games during the 80's. By the time "Manhunter" was released in 1988, these games were starting to look old and outdated. But they still had charm, (and still do -- today, you can play these games on a Gameboy Advance).

In "Manhunter", you play a futuristic cop in the ultra-violent world that is New York 2004. Your on screen map allows you follow in the murder's footsteps as you slowly uncover that you are really working for some "bad people." Seeing as how i never finished the game, i really don't know (or care) how it ends.

The main problem with "Manhunter" was the player interface. Like the older Seirra games, this one used Sierra's AGI (Adventure Game Interpreter) engine -- but "Manhunter" tried to be different by offering a point and click interface -- sans mouse! -- as well changing the perspective time to time from 3rd person to 1st person.

It also featured some pretty shocking violence as well, not something that was characteristic of the Seirra style, in my opinion. If one can "ride the shark" in the world of computer games, then "Manhunter: New York" is one guilty puppy.

All in all, when i played this game back in 1989, i was frustrated, shocked, and most of all, disappointed. Good for reminiscing, though.

4/10 (and that's being generous of the graphics)


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