Murder on the Mississippi
You take on the role of detective Sir Charles Foxworth. His servant Regis is at his side. On a boat trip with a paddle steamer , the two discover a corpse whose murderer must be found and who must be among the eight fellow travelers. The task is to solve the murder in three days before the steamer arrives in New Orleans . The plot of the game is strongly reminiscent of the novel Death on the Nile by crime novelist Agatha Christie .
Game principle and technology
It is a point-and-click adventure in the crime genre. As usual with adventures of this generation, the game is followed from the 3rd person and could already be played without a keyboard; Movement through the location of the game is done by joystick , commands are selected by joystick. The search for clues is carried out by searching the cabins of the ship as well as menu-controlled conversations with fellow travelers.
Ports translated into Japanese were published by the publisher Jaleco for the NES (1986) and MSX2 (1987) platforms . The game was also released in a version with German screen texts. The translation was done by Boris Schneider-Johne on his own initiative without access to the source text via the hex editor ; Schneider-Johne then sent the finished version to the publisher Activision.
The German magazine Power Play praised the controls, graphics and the German translation. The game's lack of complexity was criticized. In the review, editor Boris Schneider-Johne judged that the translation was "quite well done, apart from a few small spelling errors", while not saying that he had done the translation himself. The ASM felt reminded of the protagonist of the game of the fictional character Lord Peter Wimsey . Editor Manfred Kleimann highlighted the innovative game concept, which represents a "new adventure type".