|J.B. Harold Murder Club|
|Release date(s)||NA 1991
J.B. Harold Murder Club is a murder mystery adventure game for the DOS and the TurboGrafx-16 CD-ROM (TurboDuo) by NEC. The CD-ROM version featured still photographs, text and audio voices and the option to select the language; (English or Japanese).
A horrible murder has taken place in the sleepy little town of Liberty. Bill Robbins, a wealthy man known for his wild womanizing ways is the victim and, list of possible suspects keeps growing. As J.B. Harold you must figure out the who, what, where and why of the case. To solve the mystery you will need to travel to various locations, interview people and search for clues. (Video Games and Computer Entertainment. July 1991. Pg. 44).
J.B Harold Murder Club is the fourth in a Japanese franchise of murder mystery adventure games, "Kiss of Murder", "Manhattan Requiem", and "D.C. Connection", but is the first to be released in the United States . Two sequels were also produced.
Video Games and Computer Entertainment critic, Donn Nausert, praised the game's sound, graphics, and playability. Giving it an overall score of 9 out of 10 (Video Games and Computer Entertainment. July 1991. Pg. 44).
Defunct Games said, "This is the type of game that will no doubt appeal to the gamers who love a good murder mystery, and while it's not perfect there's no denying that it's the best game of its kind. This is the type of game you don't see much anymore, which is a real shame because for what it is J.B Harold is a lot of fun." (Defunct Games http://www.defunctgames.com/shows.php?id=review-880).
The game generated some controversy for its reference to a fictional, unsolved rape. As Donn Nausert stated, "I don't think this is a subject that the American public is comfortable with in a video game, even though it's not dealt with graphically..." (Video Games and Computer Entertainment. July 1991. Pg. 44).