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The Colonel's Bequest (Atari ST)

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A murder mystery, taking place at a spooky plantation in the 1920's. College student Laura Bow is invited by her friend Lillian to come along to what has to be the most dysfunctional family gathering ever. The only problem is, various members of the family begin to mysteriously disappear! Done in the traditional Sierra adventure game style.


The Colonel's Bequest Atari ST Lounge.
The Colonel's Bequest Atari ST "Ah! Another visitor! Stay awhile... Stay forever!"
The Colonel's Bequest Atari ST Spying on the Colonel and Fifi.
The Colonel's Bequest Atari ST The barn.

Alternate Titles

  • "The Colonel's Bequest: A Laura Bow Mystery" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Laura Bow 1" -- slang

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User Reviews

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The Press Says Mar 12, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Atari ST User Apr, 1991 74 out of 100 74
ST-Computer Jan, 1991 6 out of 10 60


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Copy protection

In one of Sierra's more creative copy-protection schemes, The Colonel's Bequest came with a red-lined foldout with "fingerprints" of characters in the game. Using a special red-gel "magnifying glass," you would identify these fingerprints for entry before being allowed to start the game.


In the sequence in Fifi's room while she get ready to meet her lover-boy Jeeves, when she goes behind the screen to change type in "Open Door" and you can see Fifi in her underwear.

Laura Bow

Laura Bow, the heroine, was modeled after Clara Bow, a well-known actress from the 1920's.


Once Laura is in the washroom, type in "Take Shower". Laura strips, gets in and scrubs away while the hooded killer slips in and murders her in a parody of the horror classic Psycho, complete with high-pitched violins playing.

Information also contributed by Itay Shahar and uclafalcon

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Belboz (6579) added The Colonel's Bequest (Atari ST) on Jan 25, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Eurythmic (2612) and POMAH (31330)