Snooper Troops is a series of two 1982 adventure/educational video games developed by Spinnaker Software and published by Computer Learning Connection. They were released on Apple II, Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, and MS-DOS. The first case was entitled Snooper Troops: Case #1: The Granite Point Ghost and the second case entitled Snooper Troops: Case #2 - The Case of the Disappearing Dolphin was released later that year.
|Publisher(s)||Computer Learning Connection|
|Platform(s)||Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, MS-DOS|
Snooper Troops was developed by Computer Learning Connection (later renamed Spinnaker Software), at that point a two year old company. The company was based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Around this time, Computer Learning Connection created the edutainment classics Snooper Troops and Agent USA, The Search Series and The Other Side. The game is based on the best-selling Snooper Troops detective stories by Tom Snyder. The series was originally meant to have more than two entries, but only two games were made.
The game was written for the home market, and targeted schools due to the application of school-taught skills such as case-solving. It intended to develop vocabulary and reasoning skills. Snooper Troops was marketed nationally on a major scale by Computer Learning Connection; the campaign involved the design and production of packaging intended to maximise the protection of the discs over a long time period. In 1985, Gessler Education Software published The Case of the Disappearing Dolphin in French (on the Apple II), and The Granite Point Ghost in Spanish and German on the Commodore 64.
In this "mystery simulation", players use the SnoopNet computer to search for clues along the streets, and search in people's houses while they're not at home. If you are caught snooping too many times, the game is over. After gaining enough information, they can convict the criminal.
According to the book Beyond Edutainment, the game became "one of the first examples of a successful educational adventure", and that along with Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego and The Oregon Trail helped bring legitimacy to the edutainment genre. The book Disney Stories explained that it is an "early adventure game". Learning How To Learn: Technology, the Seven Multiple Intelligences and Learning asserted the title was an example of "the ways in which computers can enhance student learning". InfoWorld felt that some bugs let down the gaming experience. PC Magazine felt the title was the standard that other educational games would be measured up against. Antic felt the game was not as responsive or creative as Infocom's Deadline (1982).
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