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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.


Murder on the Mississippi Commodore 64 The title screen.
Murder on the Mississippi Apple II Me and my Manservant in Conversation
Murder on the Mississippi Commodore 64 Talk with other passengers - German Version
Murder on the Mississippi Apple II The Story So Far

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Alternate Titles

  • "ミシシッピー殺人事件" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Murder on the Mississippi: The Adventures of Sir Charles Foxworth" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Mississippi Satsujin Jiken" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1986 89 out of 100 89
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 8.6 out of 10 86
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Commodore 64 Dec 18, 2004 5 out of 6 83
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 14 out of 20 70
Adventure Corner Commodore 64 Sep 15, 2010 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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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.

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