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The Big Sleaze is a humorous text adventure which parodies the detective genre. It is set in the late 1930s and the player controls Sam Spillade, a stereotypical and not too bright private detective. The adventure begins when he gets a new assignment: finding the missing father of his pretty, female client.

The situations Spillade has to solve shift between standard problems, e.g. getting money, and absurd situations like an auto bomb placed by the neighbour's children. And why did a dog bring a check and a photograph into his office? Commands have to be typed in with the keyboard, but the parser only understand simple verb + noun combinations. In compensation, Spillard can make conversation to other people.

The game consists of three independent programmes which have to solved in linear order - the save game of the previous part has to be imported into the next. Also included is the satirical electronic magazine Sceptical 3.


The Big Sleaze Amstrad CPC The Big Sleaze title screen
The Big Sleaze Commodore 64 Sceptical 3's loading page
The Big Sleaze Commodore 64 The Big Sleaze starting location
The Big Sleaze ZX Spectrum Zenobi Software release: Title screen

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Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1987 93 out of 100 93
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 30 out of 40 75
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 70 out of 100 70
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 64 out of 100 64
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Aug, 1987 6 out of 10 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1987 6.4 out of 12 53


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Contributed to by Patrick Bregger (281895)
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