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The Third Courier is set in the era of the 'cold war', and the action takes place in Germany. The player is an American spy, and his mission is to recover stolen NATO defense plans.

You start off in your apartment, which contains a computer, bugging equipment and an answerphone, as well as useful items such as money and a passport. A compass on screen is used to move around, with symbols appearing on the left and right of the status screen to indicate when something important is to the west or east of you.

You will have to explore the city streets, with the aid of taxis and the Autobahn. Talk to important people and buy key objects, and then sneak around spying on anyone who seems suspicious. Encounters with enemy agents, muggers and tramps can turn violent; when they do, use your gun quickly to ensure they are shot first.


The Third Courier DOS You need to make an appointment with, someone inside I suppose, to get by this guy.
The Third Courier DOS Taking a stroll down Martin Luther.
The Third Courier DOS This merchant is of little help.
The Third Courier DOS I died because I brought slappers to a gun fight.

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1989 8.5 out of 12 71
The Games Machine (UK) Mar, 1990 68 out of 100 68
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1990 675 out of 1000 68
Power Play Jan, 1990 59 out of 100 59
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apr, 1990 Unscored Unscored


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Unlike the completely silent DOS version, the Amiga version has some music and sound effects, although they are very limited.

Also, in the Amiga version some screens feature minor animations, whereas the screens in the DOS version are completely still.

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NGC 5194 (17617) added The Third Courier (DOS) on Sep 02, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (66852) and Terok Nor (26757)