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Manhunter: New York (DOS)

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Description

The Earth has been invaded by the Orb Alliance, and a tightly restricted regime instituted for the humans that remain. Brown monk robes are the only garments allowed, speaking is a capital offense, and every human has been implanted with a tracking chip recording their every move. To track down criminals, the Orbs enlist "Manhunters" - humans given access to advanced technology and selected to be a combination of police officers and bounty hunters. The player controls one such Manhunter as he unravels a conspiracy inside the decaying heart of the New York ruins, and a mysterious serial killer on the loose.

Each chapter begins with the Orbs assigning the player's nameless Manhunter with a crime (such as murder) or target to investigate. The player gains leads through the use of the "MAD" computer, which displays the logs of all civilian movement in an area in an overhead map view. By starting with the victim and following the people who encountered him that day, the player can then go to a first-person investigation view at various New York landmarks to find clues to the suspect's identity. At the end of the day, the player must report the correct name of their suspect to the Orbs.

Manhunter uses a modified version of Sierra's AGI interpreter, with a rudimentary point-and-click interface used to locate and uncover clues at the investigation sites. At various times throughout the investigation, the player will also have to directly control the Manhunter in arcade-style challenges, like dodging gang attacks or throwing knives between a bar patron's fingers.

Screenshots

Manhunter: New York DOS In the park
Manhunter: New York DOS You arrive at this cave after completing the real maze
Manhunter: New York DOS An eyeball wakes you up
Manhunter: New York DOS This guy's had a bad day (CGA with RGB monitor)

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User Reviews

interesting setting, terribly presented woods01 (154) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Who knew that Manhunting can be so interesting? *Katakis* (37801) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
In 2002, the Orbs invaded New York.... Dave Schenet (130) unrated
A futuristic scenario presented with an old game engine Olivier Masse (421) unrated
Dark and brooding Sam Hardy (76) unrated

The Press Says

Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Aug 21, 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Just Games Retro Feb 27, 2007 31 out of 100 31

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Trivia

Interface

Manhunter: New York was the first Sierra-published game to break the text parser interface, instead going with a complete "point-and-click" interface. Many people think that King's Quest V was the first game to abandon text input, but it was really Manhunter: New York that was the first.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Adventure in 1989

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Trixter (8736) added Manhunter: New York (DOS) on Mar 01, 1999
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