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Police Quest is a series of computer games produced and published by Sierra On-Line between 1987 and 1993. The original series was composed of three adventure games designed by former policeman Jim Walls, and a fourth title designed by Daryl F. Gates. In addition, Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT was released in 1995, but was a tactical simulator rather than a graphic adventure. Although both SWAT and the tactical RTS SWAT 2 still carried the Police Quest name, it is generally agreed that these belong to the SWAT series series instead. A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Sierra Entertainment was a computer game developer and publisher. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Adventure is a genre of video games typified by exploration, puzzle-solving, interaction with game characters, and a focus on narrative rather than reflex-based challenges. ... Jim Walls is a student in Milford, Delaware. ... Daryl F. Gates was the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) from 1978 until 1992. ... The SWAT series are the follow up of Sierras classic adventure game series Police Quest. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dune 2 (1992), an early RTS A real-time strategy (RTS) game is a type of computer strategy game which does not have turns like conventional turn-based strategy video or board games. ... The SWAT series are the follow up of Sierras classic adventure game series Police Quest. ...

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Games in the series

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel

Outside a diner (AGI)
Outside a diner (AGI)
Morning meeting (SCI)
Morning meeting (SCI)

Released in 1987 using Sierra's AGI parser engine, Police Quest cast the player as Sonny Bonds, a veteran policeman in the fictional town of Lytton, California. Assigned to traffic duty, Sonny investigates what appears to be a simple car crash but turns out to be a homicide. As the game progresses, he goes from patrol to temporary narcotics detective and finally undercover, tracking "The Death Angel", a murderous drug dealer named Jessie Bains. Sonny is assisted by "Sweet Cheeks" Marie, his former high school sweetheart who is now working as a prostitute. Image File history File links Police_quest_1_agi. ... Image File history File links Police_quest_1_agi. ... Image File history File links Police_quest_1_sci. ... Image File history File links Police_quest_1_sci. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... AGI (Adventure Game Interpreter) was the development tool used by Sierra Online to create their early adventure games. ... A parser is a computer program or a component of a program that analyses the grammatical structure of an input, with respect to a given formal grammar, a process known as parsing. ... Alternate history Campaign setting Fantasy world Fictional battlegrounds Fictional buildings Fictional city Fictional company Fictional counties Fictional country Fictional schools List of fictional Cambridge colleges List of fictional Oxford colleges Fictional universe List of fictional universes Future history Imaginary country Imaginary state Imaginary union Multiverse Mythical place Parallel universe Phantom... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Homicide (Latin homicidium, homo human being + caedere to cut, kill) refers to the act of killing another human being. ... The term narcotic, derived from the Greek word for stupor, originally referred to a variety of substances that induced sleep (such state is narcosis). ... Look up Undercover in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ...

Sierra artist Jim Larsen hand paints a scene for the Police Quest remake (SCI)
Sierra artist Jim Larsen hand paints a scene for the Police Quest remake (SCI)

The game is the most realistic of those developed by Sierra by the late eighties (when compared to Leisure Suit Larry, King's Quest, or Space Quest), and featured many puzzles where proper police procedure is required to succeed. It was released for the IBM PC, Apple II, Amiga, Atari ST and Apple IIGS. A SCI 1.1 enhanced version in 256 color VGA was released in 1992. Image File history File links Sierra_jimlarsen. ... Image File history File links Sierra_jimlarsen. ... Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! Leisure Suit Larry is the title character of a series of adult adventure games written by Al Lowe and published by Sierra On-Line from the 1980s to the present. ... Kings Quest IV screenshot Kings Quest is an adventure game series made by the American computer game company Sierra On-Line (currently known as Sierra Entertainment). ... Space Quest is a series of six science fiction computer games that follow the adventures of a hapless janitor named Roger Wilco, as he campaigns through the galaxy for truth, justice and really clean floors. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of home/personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation as an advanced home entertainment and productivity machine. ... The Atari 520ST Atari 1040STF with SC1224 color monitor The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... The Apple IIGS, the fifth model inception of the Apple II, was the most powerful member of the Apple II series of personal computers made by Apple Computer. ... Sierras Creative Interpreter (SCI) refers to the scripting language created by Jeff Stephenson of Sierra On-Line for its adventure games after the older AGI. While AGI was a procedural language, SCI is completely object-oriented. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Police Quest II: The Vengeance

Waiting for a warrant outside a motel
Waiting for a warrant outside a motel

After arresting Jessie Bains, Bonds is permanently promoted to the homicide division. He begins dating Marie Wilkans, who helped him in his undercover work in exchange for the dismissal of prostitution charges against her. A dark shadow is cast over his happy life, however, when Bains escapes from prison and seeks revenge. Bonds must protect his girlfriend's life as well as his own while pursuing The Death Angel once again. Despite Sonny's efforts, however, Bains abducts Marie. Sonny pursues Bains to Steelton, the current home of Donald Colby (a reformed drug pusher from the original Police Quest). Image File history File links Police_quest_2. ... Image File history File links Police_quest_2. ...


The 1989 sequel, developed with Sierra's new SCI engine, focused more on detective and forensics work than the traffic-cop beginning of the original, while keeping the same realistic setting. The proper procedures for collecting and handling evidence are the main focus of many of PQ2's puzzles. It was released for the IBM PC, Amiga and Atari ST. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sierras Creative Interpreter (SCI) refers to the scripting language created by Jeff Stephenson of Sierra On-Line for its adventure games after the older AGI. While AGI was a procedural language, SCI is completely object-oriented. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of home/personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation as an advanced home entertainment and productivity machine. ... The Atari 520ST Atari 1040STF with SC1224 color monitor The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ...


Police Quest III: The Kindred

Inside the station
Inside the station

Sonny and Marie married following Bains' death. Promoted once more, Sonny now has to deal with rampant crime as a drug cartel begins operating in Lytton and evidence of a satanic cult starts to appear. When Marie is stabbed in a mall parking lot, Sonny's police work becomes personal. Image File history File links Police_quest_3. ... Image File history File links Police_quest_3. ... Retail selling Street selling is the bottom of the chain and can be accomplished through purchasing from prostitutes, through cloaked retail stores or refuse houses for users in the act located in red-light districts which often also deal in paraphernalia, dealers marketing merriment at night clubs and other events...


Sonny must deal with a partner with questionable ethics as well as find patterns in crime to find his next lead. The Bains family also plays a role in this game.


Many people have complained that the driving part of the game is too fast and too hard to control. Getting programs such as Turbo Interface can help slow your processor down if you are having trouble. Processor can mean: A central processing unit of a computer. ...


Released in 1991 for SCI version 1, PQ3 is completely mouse-driven. It was only released for the IBM PC and the Amiga. After this game, Jim Walls left Sierra for reasons that have still not been publicly explained, and SWAT founder Darryl F. Gates was named to take over of the Police Quest series. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sierras Creative Interpreter (SCI) refers to the scripting language created by Jeff Stephenson of Sierra On-Line for its adventure games after the older AGI. While AGI was a procedural language, SCI is completely object-oriented. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of home/personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation as an advanced home entertainment and productivity machine. ... Jim Walls is a student in Milford, Delaware. ... Members of the 60th Security Police Squadrons Base Swat Team, Travis Air Force Base, wearing black uniforms stand with M9 pistols ready behind concealing foliage. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Darryl F. Gates. ...


Police Quest IV: Open Season

Main article: Police Quest IV: Open Season
Visiting Hickman's Widow
Visiting Hickman's Widow

Darryl F. Gates' first game for Sierra broke completely with the previous games. The player was no longer cast as Sonny Bonds, but as John Carey; the action was no longer in fictional Lytton, but in Los Angeles, California. Carey, a LAPD homicide detective whose best friend was killed in the line of duty, has to investigate a series of murders with no apparent connection. Image File history File links PoliceQuest_OpenSeason. ... Image File history File links PoliceQuest_OpenSeason. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type mayor-council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... The Los Angeles Police Department (usually known as the LAPD) is the police department of the City of Los Angeles, California. ...


Numerous mature themes are depicted in the game, including hate crimes, Neo Nazis, and African American celebrities and youth involved in crime. Graphic imagery within the game also includes the body of a child murdered by gang violence and a severed head in a refrigerator. A hate crime (bias crime), loosely defined, is a crime committed because of the perpetrators prejudices. ... The term Neo-Nazism is used to refer to any social or political movement seeking to revive Nazism or a racist form of Fascism, and which postdates the Second World War. ...


Using the final SCI32 version, the biggest difference visually is the use of scanned photos as backgrounds (unlike the hand-drawn scenery used before) and character sprites of higher quality. It was released in 1993, for both IBM PC and Macintosh. The game is generally incompatible with Windows 95, and later editions; the game may crash at certain points in the game, e.g. the shooting gallery. In computer graphics, a sprite (also known by other names; see Synonyms below) is a two-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... Windows 95 is a consumer-oriented graphical user interface-based operating system. ...

Spoilers end here.

References to the game

  • Although the Police Quest series lived in name for two more games, these releases were actually part of the SWAT series and in a different genre altogether. In the most recent incarnation of the SWAT games, SWAT 4, the instructor of the tutorial introduces himself as Sonny Bonds.

The SWAT series are the follow up of Sierras classic adventure game series Police Quest. ... Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... SWAT 4 is a tactical first-person shooter computer game developed by Irrational Games and released by Vivendi Universal on April 5, 2005. ... // Academia In British academic parlance, a tutorial is a small class of one, or only a few, students, in which the tutor (a professor or other academic staff member) gives individual attention to the students. ...

See also

Blue Force is a computer game released in 1993 by former Police Quest designer Jim Walls. ... The SWAT series are the follow up of Sierras classic adventure game series Police Quest. ...

External links

  • A brief history of Police Quest
  • Synopsis and hints for the Police Quest Series
  • Police Quest series at MobyGames
  • The Music of Police Quest
  • More Police Quest music
  • Review and Screenshots of Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel
  • Review and Screenshots of Police Quest II: The Vengeance
  • Review and Screenshots of Police Quest III: The Kindred
  • Review and Screenshots of the VGA Remake of Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel
  • Review and Screenshots of Police Quest IV: Open Season

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