Scoop The

Copyright: © 1988 Spinnaker
Genre: Adventure

Adventure

Scoop, The
Review 1:
The Scoop is one of the old classic detective games. Considering the game
is from 1989 both the game interface and graphics are good and unlike the
early Sierra games like Larry and Police Quest you can select your
actions by using the arrow keys as selection. That way you will avoid
using the somewhat annoying text command interface. Like seen in many
other detective games you have to talk with everyone and examine
everything in the game. The game does contain many puzzle (where some of
them can be quite a challenge) and when you add up the ticking clock in
the game it can be hard to complete the game. Overall a decent adventure
game but of course not reaching adventure games like Monkey Island etc.
but offers several good challenges to fans of these kind of games.

Review 2:

The last in the long line of great Telarium/Windham Classic adventures,
this game doesn't quite live up to the wonderful Below the Root , which
uses a similar but more outdated choose-the-verb engine. It is
nonetheless a solid detective game with interesting plot twists and nice
interface (e.g. you can "listen" in on the conversations, and question
the characters' alibi). It is also the first (and last, alas) Telarium
game to use EGA/VGA graphics and excellent NPC routine that is
well-integrated into puzzles-- you must, for example, observe each
suspect's routine by following them, then eavesdrop on their conversation
at the right time and place to gain new topics you can ask other NPCs
about. The Scoop also displays an unthoughtful design, as the rather
harsh time limit means that you might have to restore many times to get
everything done, which means that you unrealistically know what will
happen before the event. Still, its interesting plot, fun character
routines, and well-written dialogues more than make up for its
shortcomings.

Review 3:

A small adventure-detective game. Lots of talking and puzzling. It does
not reach the quality of the Sierra adventures, though it's a very nice
thingy.
 

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