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Colonel’s Bequest : A Laura Bow Mystery


The Colonel's Bequest is set in the 1920s, which gives the game a unique, Art Deco style. The game's main character is Laura Bow, a Tulane University student, daughter of a detective and wannabe journalist. Laura is invited by her flapper friend Lillian to spend a weekend at the decaying sugar plantation of Colonel Dijon. When the reclusive, childless Colonel gathers his quarrelsome relatives for a reading of his will, tensions explode and the bickering leads to murder. Throughout the game, Laura remains stranded on the island surrounded by suspects and potential victims in a classical Agatha Christie manner. Laura's task is to learn the family secrets, and, ultimately, who the murderer is. There is also an optional, secondary backplot concerning a hidden treasure. The storyline advances by a quarter-hour when new plot elements are witnessed. Sometimes a quarter-hour can advance in a few real-time seconds, if Laura happens to be in the proper place. Therefore, people and objects sometimes seem to "teleport" to new locations, making some parts of the game feel unrealistic.

By Roberta Williams
& Jacqueline Austin

Released in 1989