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The King of Chicago

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Description

With Al Capone out of the picture, Chicago's prohibition-era profit is up for grabs. Are you merciless and cunning enough to gain it by whatever means are required? Every action you take has complex long-term consequences which are not always obvious at the time.

You must keep your people on your side, watching what you say and do, knowing that an overthrow could be hatched at any moment. Look after your woman as well - who's going to respect a single mobster? The money has to be juggled in these ways, not forgetting to reach an 'understanding' with the Mayor to avoid any negative attentions.

Screenshots

The King of Chicago DOS Talking in the car
The King of Chicago Macintosh The map of the town
The King of Chicago Amiga The bad guy.
The King of Chicago Atari ST Lola is cheating on you and is calling Tony Santucci.

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User Reviews

An early example of interactive movies. DOS Terry Callahan (67)
Great fun: Become Al Capone's successor by managing your rackets, your mob, and your girl. DOS Trixter (8730)

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Feb, 1988 9 out of 10 90
The Freehare DOS 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1988 80 out of 100 80
HonestGamers Amiga Nov 08, 2009 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Apr, 1988 700 out of 1000 70
ST Format Atari ST Aug, 1989 61 out of 100 61
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Mar, 1988 7.25 out of 12 60
Happy Computer Amiga Apr, 1988 31 out of 100 31
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1988 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

Amiga copy protection

Unusually, disk 1 of the Amiga version was copy-protected, but disc two was not. Disc two's contents could be copied to and ran from Hard Drive (if you had at least 1Mb memory) or from memory (if you had at least 1.5Mb, as virtually no Amigas did in 1987). Machines with the full 1Mb memory but no hard drive still experienced faster gameplay than on 512K machines however, as graphics were stored in memory once loaded, meaning the game could put them back up near-instantly.

Curiosities

One of the manual pages lists the following as a FAQ:

If the sun's on fire, how come there isn't any smoke?
What?

Development

The King of Chicago was in development for over two years.

Endings

The different endings are triggered depending on how you overrun Chicago.

The obvious ending can be seen of course by taking over Chicago one by one, until you kill Santucci in the South Side.

Another way however is through Lola, your girl-friend! You can either treat her really bad or use her as a bait; in both cases, you'll end up finding her in Santucci's residence, where you get to kill him - regardless of what other parts of Chicago you already run. However, if you did treat Lola badly, you're in for a very bad surprise!

The third ending is still unknown.

Graphics

The facial expressions in King of Chicago were manipulated by a system originally meant for animating computer actors called Dramaton, created by Doug Sharp.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (Issue #06) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year. Category "Real Dogs"
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Contributed to by EboMike (3009), Rola (7462), Trixter (8730), Kabushi (131937), Martin Smith (63058) and Eli Tomlinson (2500)