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The Scoop

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Apple II

Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Detective / Mystery, Interwar
Publisher Spinnaker Software Corporation
Developer Dale Disharoon, Inc.
Perspective Side view
Dosbox support Supported on 0.62
4.8 / 5 - 5 votes

Description of The Scoop

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Classic adventures, this game doesn't quite live up to the wonderful Below the Root, which uses a similar but more outdated choose-the-verb engine.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. Thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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April 2021-01-05 1 point

How can we play if we don't have the passwords from the manual?

tyro 2016-10-29 -1 point


Scoot_In_FL 2013-01-15 2 points DOS version

I remember playing this game and had it for the longest time (up to about 10 years ago). It is a GREAT game and those who love games where you have to decipher clues from testimony and evidence found will love this game just as I did when I was a kid to now as an adult. It's timeless.

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