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Byzantine: The Betrayal is a first-person adventure game in which the player takes the role of an American journalist, summoned to the city of Istanbul by an old college friend with the promise of a once in a lifetime story. By the time the player arrives police are already on the scene, his old friend, Emre, has run away. Players must use their investigative skills in order to uncover the secret he struggled, but failed, to reveal. Failure could mean death.

The game plays in a typical first-person adventure fashion, providing 360º of freedom of movement around the player, as well as the ability to look up and down. Locations are presented as static images and talking is handled similar to that in the Tex Murphy series, with live cast and photo realistic surroundings. The game incorporates details of Turkey's history, as well as that of Southeastern Europe and so the player will have to make use of an abnormal piece of technology to investigate through the past and save yourself in the present, uncovering the secrets that lie behind Emre's disappearance.


Byzantine: The Betrayal Windows Inside mosque
Byzantine: The Betrayal Windows Outside mosque 1
Byzantine: The Betrayal Windows View from mosque
Byzantine: The Betrayal Windows Emre's friend Nuray

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Alternate Titles

  • "Planet Explorer: Byzantine: The Betrayal" -- Series Title
  • "La pesadilla turca" -- Spanish Title
  • "Byzantine: Tod in Istanbul" -- German Title
  • "Byzantine: O Império da Traição" -- Brazilian Title

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User Reviews

Not nearly as good as it might've been MAT (184687) 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure Dec, 1999 A 100
Adventure Classic Gaming Feb 23, 2006 5 out of 5 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Quandary Jul, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Joker Sep, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B- 67
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1998 61 out of 100 61
GameSpot Nov 17, 1997 6.1 out of 10 61
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1998 60 out of 100 60
Power Play Dec, 1998 52 out of 100 52


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MAT (184687) added Byzantine: The Betrayal (Windows) on Apr 13, 2001