Countdown (video game)

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Developer(s) Access Software
Publisher(s) Access Software
Designer(s) Brent Erickson
Chris Jones
Platform(s) MS-DOS
Release 1990
Genre(s) Adventure game
Mode(s) Single-player

Countdown is a point-and-click adventure game released by Access Software for MS-DOS in 1990. The player plays as Mason Powers, a CIA agent who wakes up in a Turkish mental hospital, suffering from partial amnesia and accused of murdering his supervisor. Powers must escape the hospital, find out who framed him, piece together his memory, and prevent terrorists from blowing up a peace conference.


Computer Gaming World's Charles Ardai stated that "Countdown is as close to perfect as any game can be. It also comes closer to earning its self-appointed identification as an 'Interactive Movie' than any of its predecessors or competitors". The magazine wrote that excellent VGA graphics, sound, and controls made the game a "feature film" compared to the "mere cartoons" from Sierra On-Line, and compensated for the stock plot devices of amnesia and a protagonist falsely accused of murder.[1]


  1. ^ Ardai, Charles (January 1991). "Popcorn Not Included III: Access Software's Countdown". Computer Gaming World. p. 30. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 

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