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King of Chicago

by Cinemaware, 1987

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A four color graphics usually meant you’ll be burning your eyes out... yet in this case even the notorious violent doesn’t hurt the optical nerve much. You’ll see faces and events done quite nicely at the time of this game’s creation.

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Finally somebody realized the lower tunes hurt the ears much less... or was it they wanted to provide the mysterious atmosphere? Anyway, there’s some high pitched tunes, with some low pitched ones, not really worth listening to, but you’ll survive them.

Gameplay

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This is a strategic, psychological game, where you need to think through what your next move will be and carefully watch for responses. There are some action scenes in the game, but it’s mostly the dialogues and decisions you make that will determine the outcome of the game.

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It’s the year 1931, the height of the prohibition era. Capone is put in the cooler and Chicago mobs are wondering who'll have the guts, stamina and skills to take his place. Have you got what it takes?

This Cinemaware classic is just what the doctor ordered to make your day. It is a strategic, psychological game, where you need to think through what your next move will be and carefully watch for responses. There are some action scenes in the game, but it’s mostly the dialogues and decisions you make that will determine the outcome of the game.

You’re Pinky, an uprising mobster who wishes to take over the business and then run it. You’re on your way to become the top dog of Chicago. You often get in dilemmas as to what to do next and in such cases you are thinking about the alternatives. But the situations aren’t always the same. Different people are involved and as the game progresses you are caught in a slightly different development of events each time. This game really does depend on what you chose, so although there is a basic storyline and some priorities you need to take care off, the game can be different many times you start it anew (so there’s a very high replayibility value here).

The people you meet will not be very straight forward with you (except maybe your mother), but then again, they’re wise guys too, so you should expect them to be backstabbing rats (just like little old you). If you press them too hard and want to make them speak their mind openly they will start distrusting you.

First you need to make sure you have people backing you up, so you can take on the old man (the boss in retirement). You’ll need to earn their respect. So you need to blow up a little barber shop on the south (used to be Capone’s) side. This is one of the action scenes (you need to hit the lit window with a bomb from the quickly passing by car).

Then it’s negotiating and getting help in ridding the town of the old boss and becoming top honcho yourself. Remember there are more ways of doing things, but not all choices are successful. After that you are placed in charge and be sure the boys will remember the example you set. If changing the boss is as easy as coming in and plugging him, then who’s to say the same won’t happen to you?

Well you won’t really have too much time to think about that (although you should never show your weaknesses), because you’ll be too busy bribing politicians, organizing speakeasies, keeping the your flame satisfied (now that’s a dame), and so much more.

Unfortunately you can’t save the game. You’ll need to play it from the beginning to the very end. Luckily the graphics (although 4 color CGA) are brilliant, so it’s not a problem being stuck with this game. The sound’s also fairly enjoyable (although it only supports PC speaker). All in all the game is a masterpiece.

Review by: Sebatianos