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The Colonel's Bequest

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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 The butler serves a guest.
The Colonel's Bequest Atari ST Downstairs hallway.
The Colonel's Bequest DOS Applying some oil to a rusty suit of armor.
The Colonel's Bequest Atari ST Coming to the mansion in the intro.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

There's plenty to do in this top-notch detective game DOS *Katakis* (37494)
Suspensful non-stop rollercoaster riding murder-mystery adventure game! DOS OlSkool_Gamer (99)
The embodiment of Roberta Williams' virtues and flaws DOS Colin Rowsell (45)
You had to have been there. DOS William Shawn McDonie (1152)
Top mystery game. DOS MAT (66452)
One big cliche but still fun DOS Travis Owens (7)

The Press Says Amiga Mar 12, 2010 17 out of 20 85 DOS Mar 12, 2010 17 out of 20 85 Atari ST Mar 12, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Nov 07, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure's Planet DOS Sep 14, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Adventure Gamers DOS Apr 10, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Quandary DOS Aug, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 67 out of 100 67
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 67 out of 100 67


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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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