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Manhunter 2: San Francisco (DOS)

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Picking up immediately where Manhunter: New York left off, Manhunter 2: San Francisco has the player crash-landing their stolen ship in the City by the Bay after trying unsuccessfully to keep up with enigmatic serial killer Phil. Left with no alternatives, the player assumes the identity of a local Manhunter and solves more crimes for the alien Orbs while searching for Phil and working for the local human resistance.

Manhunter 2 presents the same urban decay and oppressive alien invader regime as visualized in the original, this time using streets and landmarks from the Bay Area. The Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Alcatraz prison, and the TransAmerica Pyramid all receive alien makeovers. New puzzles, new characters, and new investigations await as the player tracks Phil by his string of strangled corpses.

All concepts and gameplay elements from Manhunter: New York return. The player again uses the MAD tracking device to follow suspects provided by the alien Orbs and uses clues found through first-person location investigation to discover the suspects' name. Occasional arcade sequences bring mixed challenges, and though they cannot be skipped, a new difficulty option has been implemented. The same point-and-click gameplay (no typing required) is used to navigate the game world.


Manhunter 2: San Francisco DOS A clue!
Manhunter 2: San Francisco DOS Smoking a pipe.  (EGA/Tandy)
Manhunter 2: San Francisco DOS New York
Manhunter 2: San Francisco DOS You encounter many dead bodies in the game. (EGA/Tandy)

Alternate Titles

  • "Manhunter S.F." -- Official abbreviation

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User Reviews

An excellent follow-up to the first game *Katakis* (37809) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
One of the best old school graphic adventures. gametrader (229) unrated
Darker and even more brooding.... Sam Hardy (76) unrated

The Press Says

Power Play Nov, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Adventure Classic Gaming Feb 01, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Techtite 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Just Games Retro Jun 25, 2007 33 out of 100 33


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If I remember correctly, you could see a box with "Manhunter: London" somewhere in the game. Maybe this was to be the title of a sequel that has never been released.

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  • ScummVM (supports the DOS, Amiga and Atari ST versions of Manhunter 2: San Francisco under Windows, Linux, Macintosh and other platforms.)
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Trixter (8736) added Manhunter 2: San Francisco (DOS) on Mar 01, 1999
Other platforms contributed by POMAH (33730), Terok Nor (18430) and Zeppin (8355)