The Dagger of Amon Ra (also known as Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon Ra or Roberta Williams' Laura Bow in The Dagger of Amon Ra) is a computer game published by Sierra On-Line in 1992. The game is the second and final installment in the Laura Bow Mystery series of adventure games, the first of which was The Colonel's Bequest. The sequel, unlike the first game, was not written or created by Roberta Williams. It uses 8-bit color and a point-and-click interface. It contains voice acting, though this is only available on the CD-ROM version. The Dagger of Amon Ra was developed using Sierra's Creative Interpreter (SCI1.1).
Overall, this sequel owes little to the original game and is a much more traditional point-and-click game.
This game was released under the 1997 Kings quest Collection Series.
The game is set primarily in a museum circa the 1920s, and reflects the Egyptology craze of the period. The protagonist is Laura Bow (a pun on Clara Bow), a Southern belle who has just graduated from Tulane University and moved to New York City, where she has landed a job at a prestigious newspaper. For her first assignment, she is asked to write a straightforward, lightweight story on a benefit held at a local museum to celebrate their new Egyptian exhibit. When a murder occurs during the party, however, she is locked inside with all of the other suspects. As other guests begin dying one by one, Laura must solve the numerous crimes occurring before the culprits escape or kill her.
The Laura Bow games were distinctive in that they required some actual logical detective work on the part of the player; for the most part, though, the puzzles were of the typical variety of inventory and environment interaction (and frequent, often unexpected, player character death) found in most Sierra adventures.
The identity of the murderer is not automatically revealed at the end of the game. Instead, the player is asked a series of a questions, ostensibly by the police, to prove that Laura had solved the crimes and discovered the secrets of the other suspects. If the questions are answered incorrectly, the coroner will give a hint to point the player towards the path that would have revealed the correct answer in subsequent playing of the games. The ending of the game can change depending on the answers given to the questions, most notably in that Laura can be killed if the player doesn't know the identity of the main murderer. Some fans[who?] have complained about this approach, since it can require replaying the game from nearly the beginning to reach the optimal ending.
- The Dagger of Amon Ra
- Laura Bow II
- Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon Ra
- Roberta Williams' Laura Bow in The Dagger of Amon Ra
- Laura Bow in The Dagger of Amon Ra
- The Dagger of Amon Ra: A Laura Bow Mystery
Cast of CharactersEdit
Laura Bow- The main heroine of the game. She is a Super Sleuth Detective who solved the murder mystery in Laura Bow 1: A Colonel's Bequest. She travels in a train to New York to work at a new job in the New York Daily Register News Tribune as a reporter and detective. She goes to the Leyendecker Museum to look for the missing Dagger of Amon Ra and to find out who is murdering the people in the museum. Later on she falls in love with Steve Dorian.
John Bow- Laura Bow’s father, who gave his daughter advice on how to be a good detective. He has retired from being a police officer.
Sam Augustini- A New York Newspaper editor who gives Laura Bow a job to do on the missing Dagger of Amon Ra. He warns Laura to do well or get fired from her job.
Steve Dorian- A nice polite gentleman who works at the 12th street docks. He falls in love with Laura Bow, he is amateur artist who paints and sculptues with plaster.
Dr. Archibald Carrington III- A current president at the Leyendecker Museum who is from England. It is later revealed that Watney Little murdered him and also stole his identity in order to steal the Dagger of Amon Ra.
Dr. Pippin Carter- A rude, selfish man who is an archaeologist who found the Dagger of Amon Ra. He fights, feuds, and argues with Dr. Ptahsheptut "Tut" Smith over the dagger and tells him "It's none of your bloody business." He is one of several people to fall victim to the killer.
Dr. Ptahsheptut "Tut" Smith- A polite man from Egypt who is a representative of Cairo Museum. He is doing everything he can to get the Dagger of Amon Ra back from Dr. Pippin Carter who he thinks stole the dagger.
Crodfoller T. "Rhub" Rhubarb- An employer who helps Laura Bow with her news story and gives advice to Laura Bow.
Rameses Najeer- An Egyptian accountant who is a nice man. He holds a secret meeting in the museum involing the worship of Amon Ra.
Detective Ryan Hanrahan O'Riley- An Irish American detective that works at the Police station. He is a rude, selfish detective who isn't very helpful to Laura Bow and complains about the crime in New York giving him a headache. He is also the game’s hidden main antagonist, having been the true mastermind behind the theft of the titular dagger; Ryan hired Watney to commit the theft in exchange for the latter receiving Scotland Yard’s police file about him. He will do anything to prevent Laura Bow from figuring out who was involved in the theft of the Dagger of Amon Ra, even if it means killing her.
Lawrence "Ziggy" Ziegfeld- A nervous man and a shady lowlife creep who owns the Speakeasy at the Flower shop. As an underworld character he has connections everywere. He isn't trusted by anyone. He can give Laura Bow valuable information if she tells him Crodfoller T. Rhubarb sent her. Moreover, he is murdered by the culprit.
Lo Fat- A nice Chinese man who owns the Laundry shop and who is rich. He gives Laura Bow a dress to wear at the Fundraising party after she gives him a laundry ticket.
Countess Lavinia Waldorf-Carlton- A rich high society duchess who is a widow. She wants to be admired by everyone and has an interest for paintings and is very protective over the Stopwatch. She is trying to inherit the money her dead husband left behind, and later dies at the hands of the killer.
Dr. Olympia Myklos- A Greek Anthropologist and Paleontologist who is interested in dead bodies and enjoys being shocked and surprised by the unexpected. She has pets including snakes, a ferret and rodents. Later on she falls in love with Wolf Heimlich.
Wolf Heimlich- A strict German security guard who works at the Leyedecker museum. He obeys orders without question and keeps his eyes on intruders especially Laura Bow. Later on he falls in love with Dr. Olympia Myklos.
Ernie Leach- An African American worker who works at the Leyedecker museum as a janitor to pay off his gambling debts. He falls in love with a young woman named Yvette Delacroix, and eventually becomes one of the murderer’s numerous victims.
Yvette Delacroix- A sexy young woman who falls in love with many men including Detective O'Riley, Steve Dorian, Rameses Najeer and Ernie Leach. She tells her secret problems with Dr. Olympia Myklos. She is fond of many people. Eventually, the culprit murders her.
Watney Little- A dangerous criminal who strangled a man at the ship cabin and is involved with stealing artifacts. Watney is known for impersonating people, and is also the game’s hidden secondary antagonist.
Henri Le Mort- A police expert who will ask Laura Bow questions about the murders commited and the robbery at the Leyedecker museum.
New York LocationsEdit
Train Station- A place where Laura Bow gets off the Train to New York City.
The Newspaper Tribune- A place where Laura Bow works at to write a News story and Sam Augustini is the chief editor, Also Crodfoller T. "Rhub" Rhubarb helps out Laura Bow.
Police Station- A New York Police Station where Detective O'Riley works at and is the place to find information on the theft of the Dagger of Amon Ra.
Lo Fat Laundrys A Chinese Laundry shop where Lo Fat works at.
12th street docks- An area where ships come to load and unload cargo and passengers. It is a place infested with rats and criminals. Dr. Smith and Dr. Carter first argue about the dagger of Amon Ra when they get off the ship. Steve Dorian works at the docks.
Leyendecker Museum- A museum for artifacts like paintings, suit of armors, Egypt artifacts and dinosaur bones. It is a place Laura Bow goes to solve the crime of theft and murder.
Speakeasy- A dancing party place that secretly sells alcohol. Disguised as a flower shop during the Prohibition period. Ziggy owns the place and it is a place that Laura Bow goes into if she says the secret password. And is a place Laura goes in the restroom to change her clothes.
Dartmoor Prison- A prison for criminals that Watney Little escaped from.
Behind the scenesEdit
- This is the first game by Roberta Williams to feature blood and violence in the Leyendecker Museum including showing peoples bodies being murdered which was unusual during the time she made family friendly PC games including Kings Quest series and Mixed-up Mother Goose. Later on in 3 years Roberta Williams would go on to make a rated M horror mystery game "Phantasmagoria" and "Phantasmagoria" 2.
- The visual style of the game is based on on the artwork of J. C. Leyendecker. In addition, the cover for the game is based on Leyendecker's cover for the 18 March 1905 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.
- Pippin Carter, one of the characters of the game, is a parody of a real archaeologist named Howard Carter. Pippin, in the midst of dialogue, even references Howard's discovery as the Tutankhamen exhibit and noting that he would "hate to embarrass [his] relative by putting his Tutankhamen artifacts on display here."
- The exterior of the 'Leyendecker Museum' of the game is based on the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
- Roberta Williams, creator of Laura Bow, served as creative consultant, while Bruce Balfour wrote and designed the game.
- The last reference to the series was in a nod in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (1993), where an octogenarian Laura Dorian is scheduled to speak at a New Orleans university.
- The game incorrectly portrays 20th-century Egyptians believing in ancient Egyptian gods, being sensitive about their "ancestors" and bearing names of gods ands pharaohs (like Rameses Najeer). In reality, modern Egyptians are not culturally or emotionally connected to ancient Egyptians but are part of the arabic culture. Revivals of ancient Egyptian religion are much more recent.
Narrator: "You pick it up and place it in your purse."
Director and Producer Edit
- Bruce Balford
- Ken Williams
Script Writers Edit
- Josh Mandel
- Lorelei Shannon
Voice Actors and Actress Edit
- Leslie Wilson- Laura Bow / Yvette Delacroix / Narrator (voice)
- Bruce Balfour- Dr. Pippin Carter / Wolf Heimlich / Lawrence 'Ziggy' Ziegfeld (voice) (as Bruce J. Balfour)
- Kelli Spurgeon- Dr. Olympia Myklos (voice)
- John Smoot -Detective Ryan O'Riley (voice)
- Richard Aronson- Rameses Najeer / John Bow (voice)
- Cynthia L. Swafford- Countess Lavinia Waldorf- Carlton↵(voice)
- Dennis Lewis- Ernie Leech (voice)
- Josh Mandel- Steve Dorian / Crodfoller T. Rhubarb / Henri Le Mort / Rocco The Taxi Driver / Rex The Talking Dinosaur (voice)
- Dan Carver- Sam Augustini (voice) (as Daniel Carver)
- Neal Grandstaf- Sam Augustini (voice)
- Robert W. Lindsley- Lo Fat (voice)
- Brian Hughes- Bartender / Bouncer (voice)
- Barry T. Smith- Biff / Desk Sergeant (voice)
- Stuart Moulder- Blue Person (voice)
- J. Mark Hood- Drunkard (voice)
- Jane Jensen- Speakeasy Flapper (voice)
- James O'Keefe- Luigi (voice)
- Robert Holmes- Writing Man (voice)
- Lorelei Shannon- Stinky (voice)
- Scott Murphy- Additional Voices (voice)
- Pat Murphy- Screams and moans (voice)
- Michael Eppley- Dr. Ptahsheptut 'Tut' Smith (voice)
Music Credits Edit
- Mark Seibert- Music Director
- Chris Braymen- composer
- "The Archeologist Song" Music and lyrics by Bruce Balfour
- Performed by Susan Kehler
Art Department Edit
- Bill Davis
- Cheryl Sweeney
- Jane Cardinal- original artwork / storyboard artist
- Terrence C. Falls- background artist
- Bob Gleason- art designer
- Dennis Lewis- background artist
- Suzi Livengood- background artist
- Cheryl Loyd- additional art
Animation Department Edit
- Dana Dean- animator
- Terrence C. Falls- animator
- Gloria Garland- animator
- Jerry Jesserun- animator
- Eric Kasner- animator
- Deena Krutak- animator
- Dennis Lewis- animator
- Suzi Livengood - animator
- Barry T. Smith- animator
- Teresa D. Tidd- animator
- Kimberly L. Bowdish- programmer
- Steve Conrad- programmer
- Cynthia L. Goff- programmer
- John Wentworth- programmer
- Roberta Williams- creative consultant