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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 ZX Spectrum Zenobi Software release: Title screen
The Big Sleaze ZX Spectrum Zenobi Software release: The second game screen and the end of the backstory
The Big Sleaze ZX Spectrum The game starts.
The Big Sleaze ZX Spectrum Zenobi Software release: The first screen

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Crash! Aug, 1987 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair Aug, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Sinclair User Aug, 1987 6 out of 10 60


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Patrick Bregger (237113) added The Big Sleaze (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 29, 2011
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