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This program runs on the 48K Spectrum and Spectrum +, and is operated by
joystick or keyboard.
Make detective Grade "A" in this fascinating gangster thriller. to find the
hidden tape recording and return with the message you'll need cunning and
quick reactions... Broads, booze and bullets all feature in this Movie.
Position the cassette in your tape recorder with the printed side upwards
and make sure that it is rewound to the beginning. ensure that the
connection lead goes from EAR socket on the recorder to the EAR socket on
the Spectrum and that the MIC socket is disconnected.
N.B: Type LOAD ""<ENTER> (Note there is no space between the two quotes)
the " is obtained by pressing SYMBOL SHIFT and P key simultaneously. For
further instructions consult the section on loading in your manual. Now
press PLAY on the recorder. The screen message should appear and the game
will load automatically. If this does not happen try adjusting the volume
and tone controls until loading takes place.
At the end of the loading process follow the screen instructions.
The Action is set in New York in the thirties. Private Detective Jack
Marlow has a dangerous assignment ahead... To penetrate the headquarters of
mobster Bugs Malloy, locate a valuable tape recording and return to his
office to play the message. You are Jack Marlow!
The gang-leaders inner sanctum is impossible to find without help and the
nearer you approach the more of his henchmen will block your path.
In this hostile world you need a friend, one who will lead you to your goal
- she is Tanya, and when you find her your troubles may be over; but beware
you may run into her evil sister Vanya, who is working for Bugs... She will
take you round in circles until you're bumped off!
[The two sisters look identical, trust your judgement as to which one
you've found]. Negotiating your way towards the H.Q. requires fast
reactions and cunning; various objects will be found in your path, guns,
bombs, bottles etc.
You must use these items carefully if you wish to succeed.
It is possible to speak to the other characters in the game and question
them to obtain valuable information. This is achieved by interactive
"Bubble speech" typing your request via the keyboard. When you reach the
doors which are guarded you will need a password to move on - this is where
the right girl (Tanya) will be invaluable, as she knows the code - without
her you will never reach the Mobster's office and locate his safe in which
the precious tape recording has been placed.
You may use keyboard or joystick. Keyboard controls are not re-definable.
When the program has loaded press 0 key to display options. To select the
option displayed press ENTER. If you do not wish to select the option
displayed press C key to change to next option and so on until you have
completed your choice of options. IQ option - This option gives you the
ability to choose whether you wish your character to move automatically
around immovable objects (IQ on) or whether you wish to completely control
the movement of your character (IQ off).
DIRECTIONAL/ROTATIONAL option - This gives you the ability to select the
mode of your controls i.e. where LEFT, RIGHT, UP and DOWN refer to the
movement of your character within the screen (DIRECTIONAL) or where UP and
DOWN will move your character forwards and backwards and where LEFT and
RIGHT will rotate your character to face a particular direction
Press any key to start the game.
LEFT - CAPSHIFT RIGHT - Z
UP - Q to P DOWN - A to ENTER
FIRE - 0
LEFT <-- --> RIGHT
STATUS AND SCORING
On-screen scoring shows the number of rooms you have traversed as a
percentage of the total and an overall score dependant upon accomplished
At the bottom of the screen is the Icon menu which allows you to move
between modes and chooses the action which you wish to pursue. Also shown
above the Icon menu are the objects you are carrying - your INVENTORY.
INVENTORY DROP PICK-UP SHOOT WALK TALK PUNCH THROW HALT ABORT
To move to the Icon menu, press the FIRE button, move the Icon cursor
(rectangular box) over the required Mode and press FIRE again.
To Halt the game move over H Icon and press FIRE, to restart press FIRE.
To Abort move cursor over A Icon and press FIRE twice.
To use an item you are carrying select INVENTORY using the Icon cursor, you
can then move the inventory arrow to the item you wish to use.
HINTS AND TIPS
Map the game, this will help if you need to retrace your steps, or run into
the wrong girl.
If the girl makes a request (i.e. "Get me a whisky") you must obey,
otherwise she won't continue to help you. (Do this by finding the bottle
and dropping it in the room where she is.
Don't let the girl come to any harm, you must protect her at all costs for
she is the key to accomplishing your mission.
You must devise ways of overcoming the traps in the game:- for instance you
can reach a bag hidden on top of a wardrobe by knocking it down with some
other object that you are carrying.
If all else falls try bribery, after all, in this MOVIE almost anything
Game Design characterisation by Duke and Mario.
Produced by: D.C. Ward.
(C) 1986 Imagine Software (1984) Limited.