Murder on the Mississippi

aka: Mississippi Satsujin Jiken, Murder on the Mississippi: The Adventures of Sir Charles Foxworth
Moby ID: 24845
Commodore 64 Specs

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The famous detective Sir Charles Foxworth is taking a holiday on the Mississippi with his servant Regis on the Delta Princess. He's just taking a stroll around the upper deck of the ship when he discovers an open cabin door. Behind it: a dead man. As it turns out, the body of Raleigh Cartwright III. Sir Charles has three days to find the murderer, because then, the ship will reach New Orleans, giving the culprit a safe chance to escape.

The joystick controls the player's sprite to move into the respective direction, and pressing the button opens a menu with appropriate commands for the current situation. Walk around, Inspect an item, or examine evidence.

You will meet some characters who also happen to be suspects. Use these encounters as a fact-finding session. Take notes on what he or she has said. Share these notes with other passengers and crew members. But your first job is to find the body. Until you do, any information you gather will be of little value. Once you find the body, the other passengers will prove to be much more talkative.

Collect as many notes and evidence as you can to solve the mystery. Once you think that you have it solved, make an accusation by going to the character that you want to accuse and by using the joystick, point to Talk to [character's name], and press the joystick button. Then point to Accuse [character's name] and press the joystick button. Depending on the amount of evidence collected, you will know if your hunch was right or wrong.

Murder on the Mississippi has four possible endings with many variations on each one. Don't let the Delta Princess arrive to New Orleans before you solve the mystery, or the murderer will get away.


  • ミシシッピー殺人事件 - Japanese spelling

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The German Version

In 1986 then video game journalist Boris Schneider undertook one of the first documented fan translation efforts:

Over the course of one weekend (!) he single-handedly cracked and translated the C64 version of Murder on the Mississippi into German by using a simple hex editor and a self-written disk editor. He then sent "his" translated version of the game to Activision, which they officially released in Germany.

If you check the Happy Computer review for the Commodore 64 the "tester" states (in German) "The fact that Activision has decided to have this adventure translated into German is extremely positive. The translation is quite good, apart from a few small spelling mistakes.". Interesting is, that this "tester" was Boris Schneider-Johne himself (as he was working for Happy Computer at that time). It seems as if he had to keep this part-time job a secret from the publisher of Happy Computer.


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Mr Giggles.

NES added by Shoddyan. MSX added by Martin Smith.

Additional contributors: Shoddyan, formercontrib, Tatsujin, STiGMaTa_ch, ZeTomes.

Game added November 7, 2006. Last modified January 17, 2024.