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The Colonel's Bequest (DOS)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

The Colonel's Bequest DOS Downstairs hallway. (EGA / TANDY)
The Colonel's Bequest DOS Trophy and gun room. (EGA / TANDY)
The Colonel's Bequest DOS Following a suspect.
The Colonel's Bequest DOS Inside the carriage house.

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 *Katakis* (37494) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Suspensful non-stop rollercoaster riding murder-mystery adventure game! OlSkool_Gamer (99) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The embodiment of Roberta Williams' virtues and flaws Colin Rowsell (45) unrated
You had to have been there. William Shawn McDonie (1152) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Top mystery game. MAT (66286) 1.83 Stars1.83 Stars1.83 Stars1.83 Stars1.83 Stars
One big cliche but still fun Travis Owens (7) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

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Adventure Classic Gaming Nov 07, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary Aug, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Play Apr, 1990 68 out of 100 68
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 67 out of 100 67

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Trivia

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.

Fifi

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.

References

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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Eurythmic (2612) added The Colonel's Bequest (DOS) on Nov 23, 1999
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