Last updated on September 18th, 2023 at 07:43 am
They Stole a Million is a strategy computer game released by Ariolasoft in 1986.
The objective of the game is to plan robberies and execute the crime. The player first purchases blueprints of the house where the soon-to-be-stolen object is kept. Then several specialists can be hired which disable alarms, open locks or drive the getaway car.
The planning stage allows the player to set waypoints, actions and the times at which the actions should take place. For example, the alarm specialist needs two minutes to disable the alarm for a certain display. After two minutes, the lock picking master opens the display and takes the loot.
The Clue! (known as Der Clou!) is a remake of the 1986 game They Stole a Million. In 2000 the source code was released to the public.The game was since then ported to modern platforms (Windows, Linux) and receives still updates by the game’s community (2015).
An adventure game, assuming the identity of Matt Stuvysant, a burglar who is looking beyond just the clothes on his back and a hotel room on Holland Street, the player is tasked with finding accomplices, scouting potential targets, and plotting plans of burglary, down to the finest detail. Featuring the archetypal point-and-click interface during investigations, engaging in planning a job would alter the controls to include keyboard, using it to control the planned movements of the personnel.