Picks and Pans Review: In the 1st Degree

updated 10/02/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/02/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

You are the prosecutor in a sensational murder case, and you are grilling the key witness. But she's stonewalling you at every turn. Finally, in your most intimidating voice, you confront her: "Are you aware of the consequences of perjury?" Such courtroom theatrics are among the delights awaiting users of the new CD-ROM In the 1st Degree. Like many titles in the emerging interactive-movie genre, 1st Degree tapes live actors emoting through a range of alternative scenarios. Here the defendant, an up-and-coming artist, is accused of slaying a gallery owner. To convict him the player (as prosecuting attorney) begins by sifting through police evidence. Be careful: the accused is not the only one on trial, and local news analysts will judge your every move. Push one witness too far, and you'll hear the TV reporter declare, "The prosecution has really made a mess of things!" (Two CD-ROM set for PC, $50, Broderbund Software)

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