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Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel (DOS)

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Description

This enhanced remake of Police Quest has been completely re-drawn using 256-color VGA graphics. Instead of the text-based interface of the original version, the remake features icons corresponding to the commands Walk, Look, Touch, and Talk for interaction with the game world.

The two versions also have some gameplay-related differences. The driving sequences from the original game have been simplified: the player is no longer required to physically navigate the car and input is limited to making the right turns while the car is driven automatically, and occasionally braking at stop signs. The mandatory poker mini-game during the final segment of the game has been made optional. A few puzzles have different solutions, though not all of those are simplified, and in some instances the puzzles have become more complex in the remake.

Story-wise, the game remains the same for the most part, but it also includes re-written and additional dialogue not seen in the earlier version.

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Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel DOS Uh oh! Looks like someone got done in! (MCGA/VGA)
Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel DOS Taking a small break at a local diner.
Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel DOS Briefing
Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel DOS Pulling over a stolen car.

Alternate Titles

  • "Police Quest 1 VGA remake" -- Informal Name

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User Reviews

A good Sierra remake, but why wasn’t it designed by Jim Walls? *Katakis* (37795) unrated

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Trivia

When Sierra decided to release the VGA remake, there are differences between it and its original counterpart. Besides having VGA support and sound card support, here are some examples:

  • Solutions to puzzles in both versions are quite different.
  • The dialogue between both versions are quite different.
  • "Carol's Caffeine Castle" is renamed "Caffeine Carol's", and "Lytton City Park" has been renamed "Bert's Park" (after its founder).
  • The appearances and names of some of the characters have been changed. For example, Helen Hots is renamed Tawnee Helmut, the drunk driver Art Serabian to Bill Barnum, and the Death Angel Frank Sloan to Frank Magpie.
  • In the original, It is possible to change clothes without having a shower. In the VGA remake, having a shower is compulsory.
  • The easy-to-use driving interface where you have to use the arrow keys to patrol your car has been replaced with a new and confusing one.
  • While patrolling the streets, you can stop at any location at any time in the original, whereas you can't do this in the remake.
  • You can't die by running a red light in the remake.
  • In the remake, you don't have to perform a safety inspection each time you decide to go out.
  • Near the end of the game, the remake gives you the opportunity to not play the poker game at all, play the poker game and win, and play the game and lose.

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ReviewGames.Com (296) added Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel (DOS) on Jul 22, 2000