The Colonel’s Bequest (1989)

About This Game

It is the year 1925, and the roaring ’20s are well underway. As Laura Bow, young college student, you’ve been invited to visit the Colonel’s isolated estate. Watch as the Colonel announces his intention to bequeath his millions to all present!

Immediately, you sense greed and suspicion among the Colonel’s relatives and associates. The air becomes thick with anger and betrayal. As the drama unfolds you must evade the dangers that await you everywhere, and expose the killer before he or she strikes again!


Although some actions are recorded and scored at the end of the game, there is no discernible point system. In order to aid the player in achieving a higher score during their next attempt, upon completion of the game, it reveals hints and information about things that were missed.

The game’s characters make plans to be in certain places at certain times, which allows the player to follow them. Characters may get annoyed with the protagonist Laura Bow if they catch her snooping on them or asking too many questions, although this is obvious only in dialogue and the plot is not affected.

Death lurks around every corner, but Laura is almost never threatened by the mysterious villain because she is not related to the Dijon family.


  • Explore the gloomy estate in an attempt to discover who is murdering the Colonel’s guests, and why.
  • Discover hidden places where secrets may lie.
  • Overhear intriguing conversations.
  • Choose your friends wisely.
  • Avoid the swamp at all costs.


Game Details

Genre Adventure – Point-and-click – Detective-mystery
Works on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10)
Languages Text only: English
Released January 1, 1989
Size 35 MB
Company Sierra / Activision

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements – Windows:

XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
Processor: 1.8 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended)
Storage: 1GB available space
Mouse, Keyboard


The Colonel’s Bequest (1989)

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