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The story is set in the Rollicking '30s and someone has killed the popular singer Johnny Rock beside a telephone booth. His girlfriend hires the player to find out the culprit in this action-packed gangster "whodunit". The player reaches his goal when: he survives shoot-out gunfire at one of four key game locations (pool hall, casino, warehouse and garage); and obtains a clue (a picture of a work of art for example) to the combination of the safe on location. Clues are provided by a "Gal Friday" on the telephone, as well as by various shady characters in each scene.
Once the player finds all the clues to the combination, a trip to the house of the heartthrob will reveal the identity of the killer. At the house, players must shoot at the works of art in a room to obtain the combination to open the safe and see a final object related to one of the four suspects. For example, if the player opens the safe revealing dice, he will know that the suspect is the owner of the casino. A final visit to the suspect's location and survival of another scene completes the game with the suspect's confession.
Unlike "Mad Dog McCree", "Johnny Rock" has a random nature that makes it completely replayable even after someone finishes the game and solves the mystery. The game play in "Johnny Rock" is very simple: just aim the machine gun cursor at the screen and shoot the criminals that pop up from time to time before they manage to squeeze off a shot themselves. The game is forgiving and allows a few trips to the hospital or to the morgue after a hood's successful shot, but after too many "deaths", the game is over. Obviously the player can save his game or continue by returning to the main menu.
There should be enough ammunition for the machine gun to make it through an entire game. If necessary, players can use the game dollars they have earned from successful shootings to buy bullets at the ammo shop.
All the scenes are first person perspectives from the eyes of the player/private detective hired to solve the case. The video is a bit choppy on a single speed CD-ROM drive, so we recommend a double speed drive for a better gaming experience.
American Laser Games GRAPHICS 74% 4801 Lincoln Road NE, SOUND 75% Albuquerque, NM 87109 MUSIC 70% Tel: 505-880-1718 GAMEPLAY 80% Toll free: 1-800-880-1718 INTEREST 79% OVERALL 77%
American Laser Games GRAPHICS 86% 4801 Lincoln Road NE, SOUND 85% Albuquerque, NM 87109 MUSIC 84% Tel: 505-880-1718 GAMEPLAY 85% Toll free: 1-800-880-1718 INTEREST 86% OVERALL 85%