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J.B. Harold: Murder Club, sometimes as released as simply Murder Club or Final Murder Club, is a menu-driven adventure game from the creator of Hotel Dusk and Trace Memory, Rika Suzuki. It is the first in a series of murder mystery adventure games starring the titular detective.
The game was initially released in Japan for the NEC PC-88 and PC-98 computers in 1986, and then ported to the MSX computer system in 1988. It was then released on the Famicom console in Japan only as Murder Club, in 1989. The Sharp X68000 version released in 1988 was a significant improvement, featuring enhanced digitized graphics, mouse support, and an English-language option.
Eventually, a PC DOS version (a port of the PC-98 version) and a Turbografx-CD version (a port of the enhanced X68000 version, with added voice acting and improved English translation) were released in both Japan and the US. Both versions are known by the title J.B. Harold: Murder Club in the US.
The game would then be released again some years later along with some of its sequels as graphically remastered DS games, though these were Japan-only releases. In more recent years, it has been ported to mobile phones and released for the iPhone internationally.
Wealthy philanderer Bill Robbins is found dead in the town of Liberty. The player must deduce the culprit from a large list of suspects who wanted him gone, and solve the murder.
The game is a traditional point and click adventure game, using a menu-driven interface. The player moves around from region to region, investigating hotspots for clues and interrogating suspects and other NPCs in the vicinity.