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Manhunter - New York
 
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In the midst of all the Kings Quest and Leisure Suit Larry games that Sierra was putting out in the late 1980s they also published a somewhat forgotten duo of games named Manhunter: New York and Manhunter: San Francisco. The Manhunter games were unique at the time as they were one of the first Sierra games to play from a first person perspective. They also deviated from the somewhat tiresome text parsing game play that Sierra had relied on until then.

Manhunter: New York is a point and click adventure game. Well, maybe not so much click. Even though the game utilizes a pointer it is controlled by the keyboard arrow keys and not a mouse. The game doesn’t have outstanding graphics, even for that period. It doesn’t have a richly developed storyline, either. What it does have is just enough plot and just enough mystery and adventure to keep most people interested.

Manhunter is puzzle driven with some arcade style action sequences thrown in. While the NPC character development is very weak (mostly because they are dead by the time you find them), it is your detective skills in tracking the non-playing characters and determining their motives that makes the game interesting. Some of the puzzles will test you. They are not easy but they are not ridiculous either. If you can solve the game without a walkthrough you will be left with a true sense of satisfaction. Be prepared to die, you will. Dying does not mean starting over from a saved game, however. When you die the game developers, dressed in their manhunter robes, will appear on screen and taunt you before sending you back into the game at the point where you died to try again. You are allowed to save your games and, fortunately, you are allowed to save smack dab in the middle of some of the arcade/action sequences. That is a good thing for people like me with little or no reflexes.

The game begins in the future. The year 2002 to be exact (ahem). Aliens have invaded New York and taken over the city. Being that the aliens have no arms and legs (only eyeballs lol) they must recruit humans to do the work of policing the population and eliminating any threats to the alien rule. The aliens have implanted tracking devices inside all the humans so that their movements can be monitored at all times. Each manhunter is equipped with a MAD device that allows them to track and record the movements of all suspect humans. The MAD also contains a database that is used to catalogue information on the characters encountered in the game. Your use of the MAD is a key to succeeding in the game. (NOTE: The game manual, or manhunter’s field guide, describes the MAD device and it’s use in detail. You really need to download and read the Field Guide.) Travel is accomplished through a map by pointing at the desired location and pressing ENTER. New destinations will be revealed on the map as new clues are found and new cases are assigned to you.

Your part in the game begins two years after the invasion. You are one of the privileged manhunters and are rousted form your slumber by one of the aliens who is directing you to investigate a case involving an explosion and murder at Bellevue Hospital. Your adventure will take place over the course of four days. There are certain things that have to be accomplished each day. You will not rest until they are accomplished. As you begin to investigate you notice that there is something different about this case. Something that might hint at a possible way out of the dreadful existence that mankind has fallen into. Is there an alien resistance? Is there a connection to the dead bodies that are turning up all over the place? It is up to you and your investigative skills to find out. As you follow leads, you will visit actual New York City landmarks and pick up clues. Finding how the clues relate to each other is the challenge.

Bottom line. Even though Manhunter: New York is not strong on either the plot or graphics fronts it is, nonetheless, fun to play. The game will certainly test your puzzle solving and detective skills. Long live the resistance.



You will need the Manhunter Field Guide to get by the copy protection. Remember that when the game asks for a certain page number to use the manual’s page number and not that of the PDF file.

To start the game, run the MH.BAT program from the Sierra directory. That is really all there is to it.


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