Hokkaidou Rensa Satsujin: Ohotsuku ni Kiyu!! last edited by Bowl-of-Lentils on 02/11/19 04:16PM View full history

Overview

Hokkaidou Rensa Satsujin: Ohotsuku ni Kiyu (北海道連鎖殺人 オホーツクに消ゆ), literally translates to: Hokkaido Chain Murders: Okhotsk Vanishes, is an adventure game written and designed by Yuji Horii where the player controls an unnamed detective that is investigating a series of murders in the city of Hokkaido along with another young detective named Shunsuke Saruwatari. The game was developed by Login Software and ASCII Entertainment initially published the title for the NEC PC-6001 and PC-88 on December 21, 1984. Ports would later be released for a number of Japanese computers and was also remade for the Famicom in 1987 by Pax Softnica which featured completely redone artwork designed by cartoonist and mangaka, Kiyokazu Arai. Other re-imaginings of Hokkaidou Rensa Satsujin would also be released for the PC-98 in 1992 by Login Soft and eventually for mobile phones in 2003, which were published by Enix and later Square Enix.

Hokkaidou Rensa Satsujin was responsible for popularizing the command selection menu system. The title replaced the traditional verb-noun text parser interface seen in most adventure game of the time with a command selection menu system, with the player selecting verbs by clicking numbers on the keyboard or by moving a cursor on consoles. This system would become a staple of future Japanese adventure games and would be implanted into the Famicom of version of Yuji Horii's previous adventure game, The Portopia Serial Murder Case, and would serve as an inspiration for how menus would work in Horii's Dragon Quest franchise as well.

Yuji Horii would release his last adventure game in 1985 called Karuizawa Yuukai Annai ("Karuizawa Kidnapping Guide") which was retroactively included in a trilogy referred to as the Yuji Horii Mysteries series along with Hokkaidou Rensa Satsujin and Portopia Renzoku Satsujin Jiken.

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