Isaac Asimov's Robots VCR Mystery Game [VHS]
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Blurb from the back of the box: Intrigue: Elijah Bailey, the greatest detective of the 23rd century, is faced with his toughest assignment ever... and he needs your help. For the first time in 100 years, someone has attempted a murder. With the advent of the Robot, crime has virtually disappeared. Yet a murder attempt has been made, and it may happen again. Who did it? Was it an Earthling, a Spacer, or the unthinkable... a Robot? Only you can put together the pieces and uncover the identity of the perpetrator. You'll have to move quickly though, and catch the criminal before another attempt is made. For Fun: Robots is easy to play. Just watch the video tape, and uncover each of the six photo clue cards as the story unfolds. You can play Robots hundreds of times and may never play exactly the same game twice. After the tape is over, review the clues and make your accusations. If you're right, the perpetrator goes to jail. If not... you've convicted an innocent person and Earth will be destroyed. This is the only video game based on Isaac Asimov's Robot novels. It features fast action, special effects, and a cast of some of the most ruthless characters you'll ever meet. "Robots adds a new dimension to my novels- it's great fun." -Isaac Asimov For 1 to 12 players, Ages 10 and up.
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It's a party game, where the players pause the tape at critical junctures in the plot and make choices based on a predetermined "outcome" chosen by random draw at the start of the game. Essentially, it's a video version of a "Clue" game, but based on Asimov's Elijah Bailey "plainclothesman" detective character from his series of "I, Robot" stories.
The story is based on Asimov's first Bailey novel, "Caves of Steel", and surprisingly adheres to the plot line of the book faithfully -- except that where Asimov created ambiguity in the story about the motives and opportunities of the suspect characters to be guilty of the crime of murder (like any good detective novel should) but leads to only one perpetrator in the end, the game allows any of the prime suspects from the novel to be the guilty party, depending on the draw at the start of the play.
The acting is surprisingly good, the production values are fairly high considering the budget was probably pretty limited (it even looks like it was shot on film, not video), and it's a lot more faithful to Asimov's vision than the "I, Robot" blockbuster starring Will Smith (which bore little resemblance to anything Asimov ever wrote.) Asimov's Elijah Bailey novels were not only good science fiction, but good detective stories as well. I wish that the "I, Robot" film had been more like this video game than what it turned out to be.
I'd say to keep an eye out for Debra Jo Rupp, who starred as Kitty Foreman in the series "That 70s Show", but you won't recognize her under the clunky robot costume she's wearing (although if you know her voice, you can tell it's her.)
The film is a fairly low budget production, but it's still quite believable and in the tone of Asimov's Elijah Bailey detective character. It can be played as a group game racing to solve the crime, or solo like those design a story novels. Recommended for some retro fun. :-)