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Article #80 (145 is last):
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.library
From: aa399 (Len Stys)
Subject: GAME SOLUTION: Suspect
Date: Sat Feb 24 12:54:47 1990



                        Suspect              Part I

"Suspect" is a little different from the previous two Infocom mysteries. In 
both "Deadline" and "Witness", you were the police, gathering evidence, 
questioning suspects, and making the arrest. This time around, however, 
you're on the other side of the fence: YOU are the suspect, and the police 
are gathering evidence against you, for a crime you didn't commit. The game 
is thus a race against time, as you desperately attempt to collect the real 
evidence before you're arrested. 

 The adventure is centered on a critical point; until you realize that 
point, you really don't know what you're looking for, and much evidence can 
be overlooked or spoiled. The critical point is the fact that Veronica is 
murdered before the game begins. That elaborate fairy costume, with its 
over-the-head mask, allows someone else to impersonate her, and thus provide 
an alibi for the real murderer. 

Also, you will notice that this is by far the busiest Infocom ever; people 
move around a lot in the game, and you're almost always running into, or 
seeing, someone or other. Most of the time, you don't have to worry about 
that (I think they just put that that in there to confuse you a little, and 
make you waste time following harmless people around). 

It is also necessary to collect ever last bit of evidence. Overlook one 
thing, and you'll never be able to get a conviction, no matter how sure you 
are of who is guilty. So, with all that in mind, let's get started. 

So there you are in the plush Ashcroft manor on Halloween night, enjoying a 
costume ball being hosted by Veronica Ashcroft, and wondering what sort of 
story you can work up for your newspaper. As the game begins, you're invited 
to join Michael, dressed as a sheik, and a small group of people. 

You might as well go over there, and marvel at the performance given by the 
woman in the fairy costume, supposedly, but not really, Veronica. Having 
made sure she creates a fuss by spilling a drink on herself, she promptly 
leaves. Don't bother following her, you have better things to do. Go East to 
the bar, then North to the French Doors. 

Unlock the doors, then open them and go East. Wow, it sure is pouring out 
there, isn't it? This is one of the crucial points of evidence in the game; 
you must note the rainfall now, and again in a little while. In the 
meantime, you can drop your costume receipt, pen, and notebook here; they 
are merely excess baggage, and you won't need them for anything. 

Ok, now it's time to head for the front door, to let in a late arrival who 
is on her way. Go West to re-enter the Ballroom, South to the Bar, then 
straight West until you reach the Long Hall South. Go South from there to 
where the Long Hall Begins, and West again until you come to the Front Hall. 

Now it's South to the Entry Hall. Anytime now, the front doorbell will 
ring. When that happens, unlock the front door and open it. Alicia will come 
sashaying in. After she does that, step outside South, and observe the rain. 
Hmmmmm, looks like it's let up a little, only a drizzle is falling now. 

Having gained your first piece of evidence, you now go get some more, by 
heading to the office, where Veronica sits, strangled with your cowboy 
lariat. Go North to the Front Hall, West to the Hallway Intersection, South 
to the Corner, West, and then North. 

And here you are in a very messy office. Whoever did this sure did a good 
job! But there's no time to worry about the papers and other items strewn 
about. First, get the manila folder from the desk and the fairy mask from 
the floor. Look in the waste basket and get the business card. Finally, 
unpleasant though it may be, search the body. 

Aha! A silver bullet. In fact, it's a bullet from your gunbelt, 
thoughtfully placed on the scene as additional evidence against you. Take 
the bullet and put it back in your belt. Under no circumstances remove the 
rope; if you do that, you will never get a conviction against the real 
killer. 

Since there is some time yet before the murder is discovered and the police 
arrive, you can go pick up another vital piece of evidence, in the kitchen. 
Make your way back to Long Hall South, then straight North to the Dining 
Room and from there East into the Kitchen. 

Here is a trashbasket with the remains of the broken glass that "Veronica" 
dropped. Careful now; don't get the glass (or you'll spoil the fingerprints 
on it!), get the whole basket (you may feel a bit odd running around with 
the trashbasket, but it's necessary!). Now it's time to play hide and seek. 


                        Suspect             Part II

So, trashbasket in hand, you now make your way to the garage. Go North at 
the Hallway Intersection (you should know how to get there by now!), until 
you come to the door to the walkway. The door is locked, but fortunately, 
being on the inside, you can unlock it, and open the door. Go North onto the 
walkway, then West to the garage. 

The first thing you notice is a tool chest. Open that, and get the crowbar. 
Now you can take a moment to admire the BMW and the Mercedes, but don't take 
too long. Someone will be coming soon. So, hide behind the Mercedes and 
wait. In fact, you can wait for Michael. 

The reason you are waiting is that, while you've been busily collecting 
evidence, a carefully-faked argument has taken place in the Ballroom. This 
will lead to the discovery of the body by Michael, Colonel Marston, and 
Cochrane. And as soon as Michael leaves the office, he will head straight 
for the garage (if you've played this part before, you may have been 
suspicious of his doing something so odd, but following him won't help you 
to find out what he's up to). 

And yes, here he comes. From your vantage point, you can see him open the 
trunk of the BMW, although what he's doing there isn't clear...yet! Keep 
waiting until he leaves (by that time, the police will have arrived), then 
open the BMW trunk with the crowbar. Well, look at that, there's a Trust 
Folder in the trunk! 

Drop the crowbar and get the folder. The next part is crucial, and you have 
very little time to spare. You must get back to the Fireplace in the 
Ballroom as soon as you can. You have to be there when Marston arrives, or 
you'll lose an important piece of evidence. 

While you've been breaking into the car trunk, Michael and Marston have 
been meeting briefly in the library, where Michael hands over a piece of 
paper to Marston. You could hide in the library, and watch the transaction 
(instead of first going to the garage and hiding there), but still you have 
to go the garage later anyway. Either way, you must get to the Fireplace 
quickly. 

So high-tail it directly back to the Ballroom. Don't take any time to do 
sight-seeing. Once at the Fireplace, just wait. You won't have to wait very 
long. Marston will come in, and try to burn something in the Fireplace. Grab 
the paper before it's reduced to ashes. Whew! That was a close one. 

At this point, you have two ways to go. You can try spooking the guilty 
parties, or you can just go about giving your evidence to the detective, and 
let it go at that. If you want to try shaking up Michael and Alicia (you 
probably guessed that by now), you need to show your evidence to them. Show 
everything that concerns Michael to Michael, and everything that concerns 
Alicia to Alicia (don't forget the analysis reports later on). This is 
tricky, since you must also give the detective some of your evidence, before 
he decides to arrest you, so watch your timing if you want to go about doing 
this (I won't tell you what happens; try it and see for yourself). 

Speaking of the detective, it's time to go find him and begin presenting 
some of the items you've been collecting. He's usually in the vicinty of the 
office, checking out the various rooms, after which he heads to the Ballroom 
and stays there. You don't want to wait for that, since he'll probably 
arrest you for the crime. It's better to go after him, and give him a few 
other things to think about. 


                        Suspect             Part III

Once you've located the detective, and he stays in one place long enough, 
you can begin to hand over some ofyour little treasures. First, have him get 
the glass analyzed for fingerprints (and now, at last, you can drop the 
trashbasket!). 

While Duffy is on his way to the lab, give the detective the two folders 
and the paper. Hey, that sure got him interested, didn't it? However, hang 
on to the mask and the card, because it's not yet time for those (by the 
way, have you looked inside the mask yet? You'll need to get that hair 
analyzed too, and Duffy isn't here to do that). 

You still need some more evidence to wrap up the case, so head back once 
more to the Ballroom. Along the way, stop off in the East Coat Closet, and 
pick up the wet overcoat. A quick glance at the label tells you that it 
belongs to Alicia. Hmmmm, suspicious that it's so soaked, and it was only 
drizzling when she arrived! 

When you get to the Ballroom, locate Cochrane (dressed as an astronaut). 
You'll most likely find him at the Bar. Show him the card, and he will give 
you some important (verbal) evidence. Now go back to the Fireplace, and hang 
out until the detective arrives. 

When he does get there, show him the coat. He doesn't seem too impressed, 
so tell him about the rain (NOTE: There is a variance among the different 
computer versions. Save the game first, and then try: TELL DETECTIVE ABOUT 
RAIN. If that doesn't work, restore and try: TELL DETECTIVE ABOUT WEATHER. 
One or the other of these should do the trick). 

Somewhere along the line, the detective will get the fingerprint analysis 
and show it to you (actually, he gives it to you). You aren't surprised to 
find that it's not Veronica's prints on the glass. Now, have the dark hair 
analyzed (did you ever look at Veronica's hair? She is (or was) a blonde).

While you wait for the hair analysis, give the business card to the 
detective (you don't have to tell him about Cochrane). Then just wait again 
until the hair analysis comes back. All right, this is the big moment! Tell 
the detective to arrest Michael and Alicia. 

TA-DA! Your evidence makes an air-tight case, and both Michael and Alicia 
will be in prison for a long, long time! For a journalist, you're a pretty 
good detective (of course, there was a small incentive involved!). 

 

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