Police Quest II was released by Sierra in 1998, a year after the release of Police Quest. Police Quest II is produced by ex-policeman Jim Walls as well. The improvements if compared to Police Quest are higher resolution EGA graphics and the support of Adlib sound card.
Police Quest II: The Vengeance is based in the fictional town of Lytton California in 1988, as well as in the town of Steelton. We can visit various locations in the city of Lytton including the Detective Division of the police department (where Sonny Bonds is stationed), the Jail and Cotton Cove, a picnic area running along the Clear Water River.
We again play Sonny Bonds, a detective with the Lytton Police Department. The other main characters are Bonds' partner Keith, Bonds' girlfriend Marie Wilkans, and Jessie Bains, the one who was arrested by Bonds in Police Quest.
The story of Police Quest continues the events in Police Quest. After arresting Jessie Bains, Bonds is permanently promoted to the homicide division. He begins dating Marie Wilkans, who helped him in his undercover work in exchange for the dismissal of prostitution charges against her. Pretty soon, a dark shadow is cast over his happy life once more: When Bains is returned to Lytton for retrial, he manages to escape from prison, taking one of the guards as hostage using a makeshift knife.
Bonds and his partner Keith Robinson gather evidence at the jail house and locate the kidnapped jailer's car, when they are called to the riverside where Bains has apparently been spotted. Following a shootout with Bains, after which he escapes, Sonny finds evidence which leads him to believe the hostage has been murdered and dumped in the lake. Bonds dives in the river alongside a professional police diver to discover the jailer's body. Locating Bains' getaway vehicle near the Airport, Sonny investigates but cannot determine Bains' next move. After going off-duty that evening, Bonds dates with Marie, and they discuss the unfolding menace.
In the following day, the body of Woody Roberts, a witness in Bains' trial is discovered near the city's warehouse district. Evidence at the site directs Bonds and his partner to a motel in town, where the two storm Bains' room assisted by the local SWAT unit. While Bains himself is not present, Bonds finds several items which indicate that Bains intends to take revenge on all who testified against him, including Bonds, Marie Wilkans, the murdered Woody Roberts, and Don Colby, a small time drug dealer now under the witness protection program. Hurrying to Marie's house, Bonds finds signs of struggle and clear an indication that Marie has been abducted by Bains.
Bonds' detective work and the accumulated evidence lead him to believe that Bains has flown to Steelton where he intends to hit Don Colby. Alerting local police, Bonds and his partner take a flight there as well. On the way, they avert an attempted terrorist bombing of their plane. Arriving at Steelton, Bonds learns that Bains has already murdered Colby before the local police could react. A phonecall to Colby's office is traced to a local park, and Bonds heads there to investigate, quickly tracking Bains into the sewer system below the park. After navigating the dangerous sewers, Bonds finally confronts Bains in a shootout, during which Bains is shot dead.
Like Police Quest, Police Quest 2 is a very realistic adventure game where we need to follow the proper procedures in carry out task. As Bond has been promoted to homicide department, we now have to deal with collecting and handling evidence.
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