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Conspiracies (Windows)

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Description

Time has not been kind to our Earth. The world is comprised of six city-states, each governed by their own laws, but subject to the Supreme Federal Government. Now it is over-populated, riddled with disease, poverty, organized crime and a depleted environment.

In the futuristic city of Greece, life was good for Nick Delios. He was engaged to be married to a beautiful girl, and his career as a researcher and programmer in the highly competitive field of bio-electronic medical transplants was really taking off. Just when it looks like there's no where to go but up, everything goes haywire! Nick's boss, his fiance's brother, takes credit for his research, he is fired and the wedding is cancelled! Angry and depressed, he tries to drown his sorrows in booze, borrows some money and hits the gambling tables hoping for a break. His situation worsens when "Lady Luck" shows her ugly side and Nick has no choice but to accept "an offer he can't refuse". Things get more interesting when Thanos Pekas, Police Inspector and an old friend, asks him unofficially to help solve the murder case of a small time crook. But, of course, the case is not as simple as it sounds ...

You play Nick in first person perspective in a story that is mostly non-linear. Although the theme of the story is serious, the atmosphere is lightened by Nick's personality and sense of humor. Overall, the game has been compared to some of the later Tex Murphy games because of the science fiction mystery elements combined with sarcastic humor, full-motion video and live actors. Released initially for the PC on DVD-Rom only, it contains a standard point and click interface with inventory objects, conversations and a multitude of varied puzzles to be solved.

Screenshots

Conspiracies Windows The future of Greece as seen on the title page.
Conspiracies Windows 27 may seem like a lot of inventory spaces but consider that each of the six pieces of gum you need take up a full space.
Conspiracies Windows Nick Delios, our hero.  What charisma.
Conspiracies Windows Using the "Interactive Console"

Alternate Titles

  • "Synomosies" -- Greek Title
  • "Nick Delios: Conspiracies" -- Original English Title

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User Reviews

Like a "B" movie that should've been released in the 90s Jeanne (75620) 1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars

The Press Says

Just Adventure Aug 07, 2003 A 100
Quandary Jul, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventurearchiv Aug 15, 2003 78 out of 100 78
GameBoomers 2004 B 75
UHS (Universal Hint System) Oct 24, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adventure Classic Gaming Oct 20, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameZone Dec 15, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Game Over Online Oct 23, 2003 44 out of 100 44
Worth Playing Dec 04, 2003 3.5 out of 10 35
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 2004 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

PC Gamer controversy

Following a savage review of Conspiracies (23% rating) in the January 2004 issue of PC Gamer, the CEO of Anima PPD-Interactive wrote a critical letter accusing the magazine of promoting style over substance. PCG took the rather unusual step of printing the letter and responding to it in their March 2004 issue.

We at Anima PPD-Interactive are new developers. Conspiracies is our first game, and it took us five years of development and our own funding. Do you believe that judging the game that hard is leaving us anything? The most likely thing that may occur is that we sell nothing in the U.S. and stop our efforts here. Is that what your magazine wants? Fewer independent developers?

Also, did you play the game till the end? You think there’s nothing worthwhile? Not even the story or the Puzzles? I think that you’re on the slope that Hollywood is on – lots of effects and explosions, but boring stories or no stories at all. Just kill, kill, kill. Of course I don’t say that our game is at the edge of technology , but all of the gamers that played our game up to now had a lot of fun. FMV games are very expensive to develop, and there aren’t many of this kind on the market anymore.

We’re very frustrated that you don’t count the story factor or human factor but only graphics and effects. As adventure gamers we feel that a game with a boring story and great graphics is worse than a game with a good story and poorer graphics.

We feel sorry that you’re not supporting us independent developers at all.

- Anestis Kokkinidis, Anima PPD-Interactive
Conspiracies’ reviewer Chuck “Meanie” Osborne, replies:
I’m not sure which is more surprising: That we’re supposed to award brownie points to independent developers, or that Conspiracies took five years to make. As I said in my review, I’d gladly play an all-text adventure game (and have!) if it had a great story and compelling puzzles. Sadly, Conspiracies received a 23% because of its confounding plot and pathetic gameplay. To answer your question: Yes, we enthusiastically support small developers – we just don’t support bad games.



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Jeanne (75620) added Conspiracies (Windows) on Aug 09, 2003