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The Sinking Island Spoilers

Welcome to the new Computer Game Spoilers section of my gaming website. I added this section because I recently received questions about the plots of two different games which, to my surprise and embarrassment, I had totally forgotten the answers to. Then, to my further surprise, I was unable to find any existing website that would refresh my memory about the plots of computer games... lots of puzzle solutions, but no basic plot summaries.

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So I figured I'd better write some of them down while they're still fresh in my mind, just in case I or anybody else wants to refer to them at some point in the future (or in case anybody suffers a major game glitch and just wants to know what was supposed to happen in the end-- I get letters like this from time to time.) If you haven't finished The Sinking Island yet and you don't want the plot of this game to be revealed to you, then you don't want to read this page. Please go back to my main The Sinking Island page, where I give tips and reviews without giving away any of its plot.

But if you are looking for plot spoilers, just scroll further down the page to find them!

Plot Summary

You play a police detective named Jack Norm investigating the death of an 80-year-old tycoon, Walter Jones, whose wheelchair has fallen off a cliff. You quickly learn that a mentally disturbed island girl named Baina pushed him off the cliff... but also that this wasn't what killed him. Walter was shot with a high-powered rifle. After investigating all the family and friends Walter had invited to the island that weekend, it turns out that the old man had decided that he hated all of them and was planning to leave his entire estate to Baina, who he planned to marry. (He had her father's agreement to this, but apparently not Baina's, although with her inability to communicate, it's hard to tell exactly what she thinks.) It also turns out the the island is literally sinking into the ocean under the weight of all the development Walter built on it. Under time pressure to solve the murder before all the evidence is lost at sea, Jack manages to learn that the murderer was Walter's grandson Marco, who had just learned he was actually Walter's son (Walter had raped his mother.) His intention was to inherit Walter's fortune, and possibly also to take revenge on Walter, who he hated for raping his mother, beating up his girlfriend, and disinheriting him. He may also have been a little crazy (or at least badly written), because at the end he tried to leave everyone else (including his siblings and his girlfriend) to drown. But Jack thwarted this, and Marco fell to his death while the rest of the group flew to safety.

Character Subplots and Secrets

Walter Jones: A ruthless, unscrupulous, nasty old man-- it's understandable most of the NPC's would have wanted to kill him. Besides raping his son's wife (and fathering one of his own grandchildren), he was also abusive towards his son and may have been the one to kill him; he had goons beat up Marco's girlfriend because he didn't like her; and he repeatedly tried to force himself on Baina, 60 years his junior.

Marco Jones: One of Walter's grandchildren, he is an aspiring politician. As I mentioned earlier, he is secretly really Walter's son, and is the one who shot him to death.

Christina Bromski: Marco's fiance. Walter so strongly disapproved of her that he hired thugs to beat her up and threaten to kill her unless she left the country. Her face was scarred in this attack. Despite this, she and Marco have stayed together, even though it caused Marco to be disinherited. She is fiercely loyal to Marco (including lying to the police on his behalf) but not, apparently, faithful to him, as she evidently slept with his brother-in-law Martin later in the game, and seems to be trying to seduce Jack at one point also.

Sonia Abruzzi-Jones: One of Walter's grandchildren, a successful manager of an art gallery. She dislikes her grandfather for his shoddy treatment of her father, and even suspects him of being involved in her father's death.

Martin Abruzzi: Sonia's husband. His publishing business isn't doing well and he was counting on an inheritance from Walter to keep from declaring bankruptcy. He is unpleasant and jealous, becoming very angry that his wife is spending time talking to Lorenzo. He also is apparently a hypocrite, because he cheats on her with Christina.

Billy Jones: One of Walter's grandchildren, a compulsive gambler and probable alcoholic struggling with the many debts he has racked up. He is angry at Walter for not helping him out of the financial difficulty he is in, forcing him to rely on his father-in-law instead.

Clara Jones: Billy's wife and apparently a genuinely pleasant person. Nonetheless, she has no love lost for Walter, who has refused to help them financially and forced her father to sell his business.

Baina Jumhu: A native islander who caught the eye of the dirty old man Walter. She had a physical fight with him when he tried to force himself on her, causing them both to fall from a great height; Walter was confined to a wheelchair from then on, and Baina had some kind of brain damage that left her unable to speak or otherwise communicate. Oddly enough, despite this dramatic fight, Walter still wanted to marry Baina, and Baina seemed to tolerate this plan (it's not clear how well she understood that she was to be his wife-- she spent time taking him on walks in his wheelchair, but vigorously resisted his amorous advances.) This was how he fell off the cliff in the beginning of the game: he groped Baina, and she shoved his wheelchair.

Kolio Jumhu: Baina's father, a native fisherman. He is angry at Walter for sexually harassing his daughter and causing her injuries, but definitely in favor of their marriage, either because he thinks it will restore her honor, or because he wants to inherit Walter's money. He is also unhappy with the damage Jones' development has been doing to his island.

Hubert de Nolent: Walter's lawyer. Although he did Walter's dirty work for years, Walter also treated him badly as he did everyone else, so when he saw Baina push Walter over the cliff, he stole the key to his boss' safe instead of going to his assistance. Nolent finally told Jack that he knew who the murderer must be, but made the fatal murder-mystery mistake of offering to tell him in the morning, and was killed by Marco overnight.

Lorenzo Battaglieri: The architect who designed the tower. He is temperamental and doesn't like Walter, both because he has changed some of Lorenzo's plans and skimped on safety procedures, and also because he has a crush on Baina and is infuriated by the way Walter keeps sexually harassing her.

Simbi Laktar: He is a red herring. He was fired two weeks ago, and never returned to the tower. Marco has been using his passkey to get into locked areas, which is why he seems to have been present.

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