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Police Quest 2: The Vengeance

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MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
...
3.9
DOS
72
3.7
Amiga
77
3.5
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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 Steelton PD building.
Police Quest 2: The Vengeance DOS Title screen (EGA/MCGA/Tandy)
Police Quest 2: The Vengeance DOS Cotton Cove
Police Quest 2: The Vengeance DOS Is that Larry?

Alternate Titles

  • "PQ2" -- Common informal / abbreviated title
  • "Police Quest II" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

Wall's second PQ game doesn't fail to disappoint DOS *Katakis* (37801)
A very in depth feeling of what it's like to be a detective. DOS AL Bastard (4)
Nearly 16 Years on, and its still one of the best yet!!! DOS kubakuba (9)
Best Police Quest ever! Excellent game from Mr. Walls.. a must play! DOS OlSkool_Gamer (99)
Harder, Better and Darker than PQ1 - 5 stars! DOS Anthony Bull (26)
Another Sierra Classic DOS William Shawn McDonie (1152)
As if One Police Quest isnt enough.... DOS NotTwoQuick (22)
A worthy sequel and an exciting adventure. DOS Eurythmic (2610)
Best of the series! Loved underwater diving, overall great adventure game! DOS Jay Gand (43)
An outstanding adventure... ever wanted to be a cop for a day? DOS Mirrorshades2k (273)

The Press Says

Adventure Gamers DOS Apr 17, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Your Amiga Amiga Aug, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Action Amiga Sep, 1990 84 out of 100 84
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 18, 2007 5 out of 6 83
Techtite DOS 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Jun 29, 2001 4 out of 5 80
Zzap! Amiga Sep, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 69 out of 100 69
Just Games Retro DOS Oct 13, 2006 65 out of 100 65
Aventura y Cía DOS Jun 26, 2004 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

While the first game centered on basic patrol officer procedure, this game focused more on investigative procedures. An interesting bomb disposal sequence is also included.




If you're clever enough to "hack" into the office computers, you discover that Laura Watts, Sonny's narcotics partner from PQI, was found out to be the "Gremlin" that antagonized Dooley. She quietly retired from the force after she was caught.

Look around in the airport, and you will see Larry Laffer (and hear a quick rendition of 'For Your Thighs Only').

Take a second look at the Victor Simms picture from the manual. Remind you of anything? ("Get your stinkin' paws off me, you damned dirty ape!")

(contributed by Jason Artman)

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