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The Clue! (DOS)

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Description

You play Matt Stuvysant, a man of Polish descent and criminal persuasion. You arrive in London with nothing but the clothes on your back and a desire to become the greatest criminal mind this century. Once getting a room and meeting some accomplices, you must begin your career. Starting with small shops and gradually working your way up to the theft of the Crown Jewels.

The game allows you to control almost every aspect of the crime, from choosing the target building and accomplices to actually planning the burglary itself.

Screenshots

The Clue! DOS Due to the fact that Matt Stuvysant is the 1.000.000 passenger, he can ride all taxis for free! (a rather hollow explanation for free transportation ;))
The Clue! DOS The car dealer. The picture in the background looks familiar
The Clue! DOS Leaving the crime scene
The Clue! DOS A lot of rigging can be done with the cars in the game

Alternate Titles

  • "Der Clou!" -- German title

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The Press Says

High Score Jun, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Jul, 1994 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 1994 75 out of 100 75
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Freegame.cz Sep 14, 2001 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1994 43 out of 100 43

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Trivia

Freeware release

The original German version of the game, called Der Clou!, can be downloaded for free from developer Neo's company website. The add-on Profidisk is also available. Be warned, however, as it's rather difficult to get the DOS-only game to run on modern machines. Detailed instructions on this topic can be found on the website, too.

In addition to having been released into the public domain, The Clue! has also become open source. The complete source code can be found on the company website and on the project's SourceForge page.

References

While visiting the car dealer, a picture of actor Humphrey Bogart is hanging on the wall in the background.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Genre Mix in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by John David Karlgren and Zack Green.
Gav Powell (25) added The Clue! (DOS) on Oct 29, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (122978) and Martin Smith (63138)