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Voyeur

Voyeur
Voyeur

SystemDOS
CD-ROM1

Interplay

DOS

0  40421  13298  0

Release Date: 1/1/1994
Manufacturer: Interplay
 
Voyeur and Voyeur II were full motion video games released in 1993 and 1996 respectively. The first game was originally released as the "flagship" product for the short lived Philips CD-i video game console. DOS and Macintosh computer ports of it were later released and the sequel was only available for those computers.

In the first game you are a private investigator hired by a member of the wealthy Hawke family in order to gain enough evidence to bring down the corrupt Reed Hawke who is the CEO of Hawke Industries and has gathered the Hawke family together for the weekend to prepare for his announcement that he will be running for President of the United States. You control various hidden cameras located through the Hawke family home in an effort to gather enough evidence to destroy Reed Hawke's career.

The format of the game was similar to that of the Digital Pictures full motion video games such as Night Trap and Double Switch, with two important differences. The first major difference was that Voyeur's full motion video included female nudity and simulated sex scenes giving the game a warning label on its box about its mature subject matter. This is in contrast to full motion video games such as Night Trap where everything was kept within the equivalence of a PG-13 rating.

The second major difference was that the playable character's client was different every game and thus the storyline would change slightly. While Night Trap and Double Switch did have multiple endings, most of them if you failed, the storyline did not change.

Voyeur was released when the American video game industry was under an investigation by the United States Congress for the level of violence and sexually suggestive themes in video games. The result of these investigations was the creation of the independent Entertainment Software Ratings Board to rate all video and computer games sold in the United States of America. However, Night Trap received more attention than Voyeur during these proceedings. It was also reviewed by the BBFC who attributed an 18 rating.

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