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Devon Aire in the Hidden Diamond Caper

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Description

An eccentric old millionaire stored all his gems and money in odd places around his mansion. When he dies, his widow is unable to find any of this, so she hires master thief Devon Aire to look in the places his criminal mindset suggests it will be stored.

Each room of the house is viewed isometrically, and contains all the features you would expect to find in a large house, from cookers and telephones to pool tables and paintings. Each one can be picked up, pushed, pulled and used, with the diamonds located in intricate and surprising places.

Due to Mr. Croucher's keen interest in experimental science, there are also monsters moving through the rooms. Contact with these reduces some of the energy on one of your 3 lives.

Screenshots

Devon Aire in the Hidden Diamond Caper Commodore 64 The not-so-merry widow herself
Devon Aire in the Hidden Diamond Caper Atari ST The kitchen
Devon Aire in the Hidden Diamond Caper Commodore 64 Even the pool balls are interactive
Devon Aire in the Hidden Diamond Caper Atari ST The landing

Alternate Titles

  • "Raffles" -- Spectrum reissue / 16-bt European title
  • "Inside Outing" -- European 8-bit title

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The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Jul, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Tilt Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 15 out of 20 75
The One Atari ST May, 1989 73 out of 100 73
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 702 out of 1000 70
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jun, 1989 65 out of 100 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 7.2 out of 12 60
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Player character

The name 'Devon Aire' (seemingly a pun on 'debonair', meaning smartly-dressed) was only attached to the US release of the game - in the European releases the main character is unnamed.
Contributed to by Kabushi (126886) and Martin Smith (63136)