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Police Quest 2: The Vengeance (DOS)

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Description

Little time has passed since the events of Police Quest, when Sonny Bonds climbed the ranks of the Lytton police department and became the key element in the arrest of Jesse Bains, the notorious drug lord. After the trial, Sonny's application to the Homicide division was accepted and proposed to Marie, who had her prostitution charges dropped and started a new life away from the streets. Life was good - until Bains escaped, taking advantage of a low-security prison and an inexperienced correctional officer. Sonny is now in danger from a vengeful Bains and is saddled with his new chain-smoker partner Keith. Sonny goes to the field again to capture Bains, but things are about to get awfully personal...

Using Sierra's new SCI engine, the graphics are more vibrant than in the first game, but gameplay remains basically the same, with the player ordering Sonny to move to a place in the scene (either using the directional keys or the new mouse interface) and a parser interface to interact with the game world. Game sequences are more varied, and include a shooting range, an underwater search or searching the inside of an escape vehicle. The driving sequences are gone, and the player can relax while reading the chatter between Sonny and Keith as they move from location to location. The approach to the game, however, is radically different. While the first (for a large part) is based on street police work, this sequel is oriented into forensics field work such as collecting evidences that link Bains into the happenings of the game.

Screenshots

Police Quest 2: The Vengeance DOS Homicide office
Police Quest 2: The Vengeance DOS Scuba gear
Police Quest 2: The Vengeance DOS Outside the police station (EGA/MCGA/Tandy)
Police Quest 2: The Vengeance DOS Part of the introduction; meet those responsible (CGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "PQ2" -- Common informal / abbreviated title

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User Reviews

Wall's second PQ game doesn't fail to disappoint *Katakis* (37493) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A very in depth feeling of what it's like to be a detective. AL Bastard (4) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Nearly 16 Years on, and its still one of the best yet!!! kubakuba (9) unrated
Best Police Quest ever! Excellent game from Mr. Walls.. a must play! OlSkool_Gamer (99) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Harder, Better and Darker than PQ1 - 5 stars! Anthony Bull (26) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Another Sierra Classic William Shawn McDonie (1152) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
As if One Police Quest isnt enough.... NotTwoQuick (22) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
A worthy sequel and an exciting adventure. Eurythmic (2612) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Best of the series! Loved underwater diving, overall great adventure game! Jay Gand (43) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
An outstanding adventure... ever wanted to be a cop for a day? Mirrorshades2k (273) unrated

The Press Says

Adventure Gamers Apr 17, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The DOS Spirit Dec 18, 2007 5 out of 6 83
Adventure Classic Gaming Jun 29, 2001 4 out of 5 80
Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Mar, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 69 out of 100 69
Just Games Retro Oct 13, 2006 65 out of 100 65
Aventura y Cía Jun 26, 2004 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
A Force for Good Jan, 2009 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Police Quest 2 gets rid of the driving sequence that was in the first Police Quest and instead will automatically drive you to your destination while showing an animated scene.

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Andy Roark (253) added Police Quest 2: The Vengeance (DOS) on May 29, 1999
Other platforms contributed by POMAH (31333) and Terok Nor (17833)