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Martian Memorandum (DOS)

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Written by  :  Sam Hardy (76)
Written on  :  Jun 23, 2001
Platform  :  DOS

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Summary

Monkey Island meets Sam Spade.

The Good

This game is about Tex Murphy, a failed P.I even after solving the case of Syliva Linsky's father's murder in Mean Streets. You are called by Marshal Alexander to find his daughter, this turns into something much much bigger as you find that people have bigger things cooking that it first seems. The game supports fairly realistic graphics, some good some bad, some voice that is fairly good and a strong plot, with lots of surprises.

The Bad

The graphics in the search parts of the game are pretty bad, you spend lots of time hitting the "pick up" button at various things till somthing happens. The puzzles are a bit too easy at times and at other times make it too easy to fail. Such as a puzzle where you have to get up on to a platform with a monkey wrench by using large magnet that is hauling chunks of metal. You have to step up at the right time or fall into a pit. Then there is the annoying maze that gives you no intications of where you are on the map.

The Bottom Line

Apart from annoying flaws and rather shoddy animations the game still holds out well in my mind. A good game for people who like Spy thrillers