February 22, 2016

Blue Heat: The Case of the Cover Girl Murders

Orion Interactive, 1997


This is a mature nature adventure game of suspense and murder that casts you as Holly Jacobson, an undercover LAPD Homicide Detective investigating the murders of Cover Girl models posing nude for an adult magazine, LA Erotica. The killer has used a similar method to kill the girls at different times and places by tying each of their hands and legs on the four-bed posts before killing them. You start your undercover investigation by meeting and questioning the suspects, cross-examining the clues and sifting evidences to find a lead that may carry you closer to the murderer. During your investigation the serial killer strikes again and again and other models lose their lives. You save all the information that you gather and all the records related to the case in a Personal Digital Assistant or a PDA.

The game is created in a photo-realistic environment, which can be viewed at some places in a 360-degree panned view. You interact with suspects and other characters in an interactive full-motion-video environment. There is a map option that provides you a 45-degree overhead view of Los Angeles, which you use to travel from one place to another. The most exciting feature of the game is the cast that includes many Playboy Playmates and top-notch celebrities of the big screen showing their best performance in this exciting game.






Geisha

Tomahawk, 1990


One of the earliest Coktel Vision releases, this fast-paced erotic adventure leads you from the high-fashion models of Paris to the Kimono wrapped ladies of Tokyo, also known as Geisha. A mad scientist has kidnapped your girlfriend Eva, and wants to transform her in some sort of futuristic Geisha i.e. part machine, part human, and you have to travel to Tokyo to save and rescue her. Your mission is to acquire information from certain criminals by infiltrating their society in the guise of a Geisha. The puzzles are difficult and the game, unforgiving. Should you miss a specific puzzle or game element, you must reload an earlier saved game in order to continue. Additionally, there are several arcade sequences you must deal with to complete the game. The graphics are quite good for the time, sprinkled with some adult oriented scenes and supported with mouse-driven point & click interface.






20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Coktel Vision, 1988


Based on the classic Jules Verne's novel of the same name, 20,000 Leagues takes you aboard the famous ship Abraham Lincoln for an adventure on (or should I say, "below") the high seas. Seek out the secret of the legendary leviathan as you attempt to solve puzzles that almost boggle the mind. Explore and discover the unseen underwater world aboard the Nautilus, the submarine navigated by Captain Nemo, while following the trail of the sea monster.

The enhanced graphics are quite good for the era. While the interface is a bit clumsy, the internal PC speaker supported sound is slightly better.