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The Elk Moon Murder is a full motion video adventure game. You take on the part of rookie detective with the Santa Fe police. Anna Elk Moon, a famous native American artist, has been murdered and you have five days to solve the mystery, before "the big boys muscle in", as your chief inspector tells you.

The game features a point & click interface. You have eight hours a day, while almost every action you take decreases 15 minutes of your time. Puzzle solving is not part of the game really. Instead you have to listen to the usual suspects, order forensics and shoot photos. Your goal is to come up with an arrest warrant at the end of the game.


Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder DOS The title screen
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder DOS A scene from the game
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder DOS Your PDA ist your connection to headquarters
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder DOS The local people

Alternate Titles

  • "Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder - Fear the Desert" -- Tag-lined title

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All Game Guide Windows 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games Windows Oct, 1996 B+ 83
PC Player (Germany) DOS Aug, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone DOS Aug 13, 2001 7.2 out of 10 72
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 1996 64 out of 100 64
Adventure Gamers Windows Feb 27, 2004 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50 Windows 1996 50 out of 100 50
Power Play Macintosh Aug, 1996 46 out of 100 46
Entertainment Weekly Windows Aug 16, 1996 C- 42
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Oct, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Created by Shannon Gilligan, producer of the award-winning "Virtual Murder Series", and Sam Egan, writer-producer of "Northern Exposure".
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