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Manhunter 2: San Francisco

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
...
3.6
Amiga
69
3.4
Macintosh
...
4.0
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Manhunter 2: San Francisco Amiga Looks like the orbs have done their job to San Francisco...
Manhunter 2: San Francisco DOS New York
Manhunter 2: San Francisco Macintosh Intro - orbs fly through the street
Manhunter 2: San Francisco DOS Beautiful San Francisco

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Arcade overkill Amiga *Katakis* (37838)
An excellent follow-up to the first game DOS *Katakis* (37838)
One of the best old school graphic adventures. DOS gametrader (229)
Darker and even more brooding.... DOS Sam Hardy (76)

The Press Says

CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Power Play DOS Nov, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1990 82 out of 100 82
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Nov, 1989 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
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1990 57 out of 100 57
Techtite DOS 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Just Games Retro DOS Jun 25, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

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.

Engine

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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