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'1893: A World's Fair Mystery' Now Available

by Thomas on Feb. 3, 2003 @ 2:04 a.m. PST

1893: A World's Fair Mystery, an interactive CD-ROM game based upon Chicago's Columbian Exposition, has been released after four years in development. This work of interactive history celebrates an important event in Chicago's past and accurately represents the grandeur of what remains the largest tourist attraction America has ever known.

1893: A World's Fair Mystery features over 500 archival photos from the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, real historical and interactive characters, and well-written text to direct players around an accurate depiction of the fair grounds. Players take on the role of a detective exploring over three hundred unique exposition locations as they investigate a diamond theft and encounter other crimes and adventures along the way.

The design, content, research, and production of 1893: A World's Fair Mystery is solely the work of Chicago historian Peter Nepstad. "I want players to feel like they are actually there," says Nepstad. "To wander the streets and halls of the Columbian Exposition and see for a moment the World as it was imagined then, to see the energy, the excitement, the naivety, the hope, that was the Gilded Age."

The game comes with a replica ticket to the World's Fair, a visitor's guide to the Columbian Exposition, an instruction manual, and contains over 30 hours of game play. For more information, visit www.illuminatedlantern.com/1893.

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