Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the death angel
The original Police Quest game featured 16 bit AGI graphics and utilized the text commands that would appear in the sequel, Police Quest 2. This was one of the first games I ever played and despite it’s rudimentary visuals and old-fashioned control scheme, I loved every minute of it, a testament to its quality. I estimate that I first played the game in 1999 and preferred it to more “hip” titles such as Quake because of its engaging police cop story. It certainly couldn’t be called a police “sim” but it’s real-world story was more than convincing, and the puzzles were taxing enough to provide many hours of enjoyment. Perhaps one of the highlights of the game was the fact that you could drive around Lytton’s locales in your squad car, and was presented in a delightful top-down view. Near the game’s denoument, you went undercover and the excitement this presented me was nearly palpable. Perhaps I enjoyed the game so much because I wanted to be a detective at the time, but it I’m sure adventure gamers in general looking for a Sierra classic to play won’t be disappointed with Police Quest 1.
You assumed the role of Sonny Bonds, veteran police cop of Lytton, California. The game centered around drug trafficking and how it was becoming an ever increasing problem in the area. Sonny would soon be in pursuit of the death angel, AKA, Jesse Bains, who assumed various aliases in the game.