The Dame Was Loaded for DOS

Australia, 1996


A hardboiled detective, femme fatales, missing people and money. The Dame was Loaded has all the hardboiled elements of film noir and is just as cinematic.

Created using innovative Full Motion Video (FMV) technology, which was developed in-house at Beam Software, this point-and-click adventure incorporated real footage of actors that players interact with to solve the mystery. At the time when computer graphics were limited, PMV games tried to generate empathy in players by putting them in the protagonist’s point of view and presenting other characters as real people in a fully realised game world.

When it was made it was the largest multimedia production in Australia, with game developers collaborating closely with actors and film crews, who used iconic Melbourne landmarks as settings like the art-deco former police headquarters on Russell Street.


In ACMI's collection



Philips Interactive Media, Inc.


Beam Software

Production places
Production dates

Appears in

Group of items

Play It Again II: Games Collection


Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier


Subject category


Object Types

Computer game optical disc/Computer game/Game


CD-ROM videogame. Two CD-ROM, CD case insert and manual in 2 CD capacity jewel case

Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. Sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are progressively filling these in with further research.

Cite this work on Wikipedia

If you would like to cite this item, please use the following template: {{cite web |url= |title=The Dame Was Loaded for DOS |author=Australian Centre for the Moving Image |access-date=3 December 2022 |publisher=Australian Centre for the Moving Image}}