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Manhunter 2: San Francisco

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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 Amiga Could this be a clue?
Manhunter 2: San Francisco DOS Title screen. (CGA with RGB monitor)
Manhunter 2: San Francisco Amiga Climbing through a tunnel.
Manhunter 2: San Francisco Amiga The office in the warehouse.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Arcade overkill Amiga *Katakis* (37914)
An excellent follow-up to the first game DOS *Katakis* (37914)
One of the best old school graphic adventures. DOS gametrader (229)
Darker and even more brooding.... DOS Sam Hardy (76)

Critic Reviews

CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1990 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Nov, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 63 out of 100 63
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Mar, 1990 61 out of 100 61
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Feb 01, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Oct, 1989 7.25 out of 12 60
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1990 57 out of 100 57
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Aug, 1990 550 out of 1000 55
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 17


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Cancelled sequel

When you finish the game, the bad guy escapes and after the credits it says the series will conclude with part 3. Which was never made. You could see a box with Manhunter: London somewhere in the game.


The game was actually Sierra's last to use the AGI game engine that they started way back with King's Quest. A lot of people don't even notice the fact that the game engine is the same, since the interface was so different.

Information also contributed by Jason "Paco" Artman, Olivier Masse and woods01

Related Web Sites

  • ScummVM (supports the DOS, Amiga and Atari ST versions of Manhunter 2: San Francisco under Windows, Linux, Macintosh and other platforms.)
  • Walkthrough on Games Over (Full Walkthrough for Manhunter 2)
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