Cruise for a Corpse

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Atari ST

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Interwar mystery game, complete with its annoyances DOS Boston Low (93)
The butler did it! DOS Zovni (9328)
Wonderfully constructed adventure game with immaculate presentation Amiga Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker (419)

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Platform Votes Score
Amiga 9 4.1
Atari ST 3 4.5
DOS 26 3.4
Combined User Score 38 3.7

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Men för alla oss som drömt om att vara Hercule Poirot – det här är spelet för oss!
AmigaAmiga Action
The first Delphine adventures were great games, but they did contain a couple of minor faults. Delphine have improved the famous adventure system and created one of the toughest adventure's I've ever played. The main character adds an extra dimension, but it fails to shadow the superb bitmapped backdrops. Newcomers to adventure games may find it hard, because you can perform most actions in any order. However, Cruise For A Corpse is real treat that will doubtless appeal to any games playing Amiga owner.
Atari STThe One for ST Games
Cruise is a mixed-bag, the high-level of difficulty will either keep you perplexed for days or turn you off within an hour (there is a cleverly build-in Help function, offering clues, and nudging you in the right direction if you're not making a lot of progress). Technically it's as impressive as ever - just when you think other companies have come up with all the answers, Delphine seems to change the questions. In all, if you fancy trying your hand at a real brain-taxer, Cruise is your game.
Wer sich also auf eine stil- und manchmal sogar humorvolle Mordbuben-Hatz à la Agatha Christie einlassen möchte, wird in Cruise for a Corpse vorbildlich bedient!
AmigaAmiga Joker
Weil zudem die Rätsel schön knackig sind und auch der (manchmal etwas schwarze) Humor nicht zu kurz kommt, ist der Hit perfekt. Da kann selbst die entsetzlich ungenaue Codewheel-Abfrage nichts mehr kaputt machen – Cruise for a Corpse ist Spitze!
C'est un grand jeu d'aventure policière. Il y a un bon dosage entre action/réflexion. Vous ne serez pas déçu par la résolution de l'énigme.
AmigaAmiga Format
Delphine have spent a lot of time getting the atmosphere in Cruise for a Corpse spot on, and this care definitely shows. The whole feel of the game is very much in the style of Christie's Poirot stories. However, even if you're not a fan of these classic tales, the game will prove a challenging and engrossing adventure for any games fan.
DOSJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Nicht nur Hercule Poirot wäre von diesem vertrackten Digi-Krimi entzückt gewesen, auch der Liebhaber ausgefeilter Animationen gerät bei den perspektivisch stets richtigen Bewegungen des Helden ins Schwärmen!
(page 70)
AmigaJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Nicht nur Hercule Poirot wäre von diesem vertrackten Digi-Krimi entzückt gewesen, auch der Liebhaber ausgefeilter Animationen gerät bei den perspektivisch stets richtigen Bewegungen des Helden ins Schwärmen!
(page 70)
AmigaAmiga Power
Despite one or two irritating faults, an excellent game. I know it's a bit of a cliche, but you want a game that you'll come back to time and time again, then Cruise For A Corpse is the one to keep you going through those autumn nights. It's that sudden realisation that you can solve another clue, and advance another step closer to your goal that will really make it all worthwhile.
Atari STST Format
[Budget re-release] The graphics are superb, the puzzles tricky enough and the touches of humour just the right side of smirksome. Unless you're monumentally bewildered, you won't mistake Cruise for a Corpse as anything other than a giant murder-mystery adventure, and if you decide that's what you're after, then dally, dawdle and delay no longer and sprint bravely to the nearest software vendor. And if you're not sure whether you are going to like it, then get it anyway. It's a lot of fun, by golly.
Atari STJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Nicht nur Hercule Poirot wäre von diesem vertrackten Digi-Krimi entzückt gewesen, auch der Liebhaber ausgefeilter Animationen gerät bei den perspektivisch stets richtigen Bewegungen des Helden ins Schwärmen!
(page 70)
AmigaAmiga Power
Not flawless, but still an absolutely lovely game, and a worthy companion to Monkey Island.
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Historien og motivet for mordet sammen med detaljerte omgivelser og lekre grafiske skildringer i dialogene gjør Cruise for a Corpse til en spennende og behagelig affære. Selv om detektiv-aspektene lukter litt Agatha Christie, bryr vi oss ikke spesielt videre med det. God underholdning som kaptiverer spilleren allerede fra introduksjonen er vel investert tid, selv om spillet til tider lider av mye prøving og feiling. At alt kan inspiseres er som sukkertøy for perfeksjonister og hardbarkede eventyrere og terror i ørene for de med dårlig tålmodighet. Klarer du likevel å riste fra deg tanken om at spillet ikke legger opp til at du skal ta med deg alt som ikke er spikret fast i bakken, kan vi love deg at mye er tilrettelagt for en god påskekrim-opplevelse som fortjener vår Golden DOS Spirit utmerkelse.
It's tricky so hoard up a good supply of perseverance before you try your hand at detecting in this game. Just take it easy, that's my advice ... and be methodical. Though it could have had a little more detecting and a little less interrogating, on the whole I thought Cruise for a Corpse was a great little game.
Atari STST Format
After about two hours of playing you're desperate for the hint book and looking for a way out. However, if the prospect of hours of pedantic clicking and re-clicking over the most beautiful screens you may ever see on your ST fills you with delight, then that's fine and good luck to you. But don't forget you were warned, okay? [pages 62f]
Atari STASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Die Grafiken entsprechen in etwa der Amiga-Version, stellenweise sind die Animationen etwas langsamer, aber immer noch ansehnlich. Der Sound, der auf dem Amiga schon etwas nervig war, wird hier endgültig zur Ohrenqual, aber wozu gibt es denn Lautstärkeregler. Auch hier sollte eine Festplatte vorhanden sein, will man nicht alle zwei Szenen die Disketten wechseln. Insgesamt also eine gelungene Umsetzung.
AmigaASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Das Gameplay selbst ist Geschmackssache, es erinnert an Spiele wie Colonel's Bequest oder Murder. Detektivische Kleinarbeit auf engstem Raum ist angesagt, die sicher nicht jedem liegt, an der aber Freunde des Genres ihren Spaß haben werden.
Those who like whodunnit-stories, are just right here. A lot of story and everyone could be the rogue. Adventure game fanatics shouldn't miss the game. But people who like changes, selfinitiative and tricky puzzles, are rather advised against it.
DOSPower Play
In der technisch überarbeiteten Version können Hobbydetektive ihre pxielgroßen Indizien nun in 256 Farben suchen, aber der recht nette Softwarekrimi erreicht nicht ganz den Lucasfilm Games- oder Sierra-Standard.
AmigaPower Play
An innovativen Ideen haben die französischen Adventure-Erfinder von Delphine nicht gespart. Von der sehr bequemen Benutzerführung bis zum Grafikfeinschliff (32 Farben auf dem Amiga, geschmeidige 3-D-Darstellung der Sprites) hat man sich offensichtlich viel Mühe gegeben. Die dudelige Musik erreicht nicht das Niveau der Soundeffekte, die eindrucksvoll in Stereo erschallen. Der durch die interessante Story und die schönen Bilder anfangs hochmotivierte Abenteurer läßt nach einer Stunde erst mal verstört die Maus baumeln. Das Eingabesystem ist so einfach, daß es einem die fast schon die ganze Arbeit abnimmt. Dadurch, daß sämtliche Verben angezeigt werden, die man in Verbindung mit einem Objekt gerade aktivieren kann, bleibt nicht viel Freifraum zum Experimentieren. Die spielerische Anforderung konzentriert sich so auf das extrem krümelige Absuchen nach Grafikdetails mit dem Cursor und das Plaudern mit anderen Spielfiguren.
DOSAdventure Classic Gaming
In sum, Cruise for a corpse is a good adventure game. It takes a murder mystery and presents it intelligently and interestingly. There are some gameplay annoyances, but none of them are so major that the game is rendered unplayable. The character cast is realistic, and the mystery story is not too far out or obscure. If you are interested in a complex murder mystery that unfolds at a good pace, and you can be forgiving of a clumsy interface, then Cruise for a corpse will be an enjoyable gaming experience.
DOSAdventure Gamers
It is sort of amusing, in light of the amazing spectacles modern gaming has given us, to think that deep inside the brain of a computer is a series of on/off switches, and millions of these little switches repeatedly flipping become our favorite games. This is binary code, the brain behind every computer program in history. At a less geeky level, on/off switches known as variables are used to direct the flow of adventure games. Flags are set to drop when a certain event happens, and based on the position of said flag, characters react differently to certain things.