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The Boyd File is a text adventure with the occasional picture.

This is a detective story set in Hollywood or someplace similar. The player takes the role of Luthor Bailey, a typical down-at-heel private eye who's hired by a John Ford to find his missing sister Betty Boyd. The tone of the game follows the American gumshoe novel throughout, for example the missing woman is described as "...a dame of about twenty-five. She had thick, blond, curly hair and a face that could have been nice with a smile on it.", and when the game performs an action such as TAKE GUN it often responds with "OK MAC".

It was written with the Graphic Adventure Creator and supports the standard shortcuts such as N/S/E/W/U/D for North/South/East/West/up and Down. Some areas of the game have to be completed within a set number of moves, if the player takes too many turns then they will find they come to a dead end.

When completed correctly the player will score 180 points.


The Boyd File ZX Spectrum Another picture. These are displayed only in certain locations, they are not present for every scene<br>
All pictures follow the same format with a silhouette on the right and some detail on the left
The Boyd File ZX Spectrum The start of the game<br>This screen replaces the title screen, there's no option to display and additional story elements
The Boyd File ZX Spectrum The title screen<br>This is not displayed for long and is soon replaced by the first screen of text.
The Boyd File ZX Spectrum The game displays pictures at certain points. All pictures follow the same format with a silhouette on the right and some detail on the left

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piltdown_man (175220) added The Boyd File (ZX Spectrum) on Jan 17, 2017