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Spycraft: The Great Game

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Platforms
Critic Score User Score
DOS
77
3.8
Macintosh
...
5.0
Windows
74
3.8
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Description

As a new CIA operative, you've been called to Washington. Apparently a Russian candidate for president was assassinated (read: shot) while giving a public speech. Can you uncover a conspiracy that reaches the highest level of government (both US and Russia)?

Spycraft is an adventure game with simulation elements that involves quite a bit of puzzle-solving. With input from ex-head of KGB and ex-head of CIA, the scenario is frighteningly authentic. You choose your actions from what is available on screen. You will need to collate large amount of information, and pick out certain patterns that will lead you to what you need. You are helped along by your trusty PDA which highlights the areas to be investigated (i.e. puzzles to be solved) and keeps track of relevant facts.

Screenshots

Spycraft: The Great Game Windows The title during the opening intro
Spycraft: The Great Game DOS Team member
Spycraft: The Great Game Windows Your email inbox on your PDA
Spycraft: The Great Game Windows Image enhancement puzzle -- zoom in and sharpen the image to find the license plate on the brown sedan

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User Reviews

The great game, indeed DOS *Katakis* (37871)
A serious spy game with some serious problems Windows Jeanne (75508)
A truly great spy game... Windows Chris Martin (1097)

Critic Reviews

Entertainment Weekly DOS Mar 22, 1996 A 100
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Apr 15, 1996 97 out of 100 97
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1996 93 out of 100 93
Gamezilla Windows Apr 19, 1999 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Brazil) DOS May, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania.de DOS 1996 60 out of 100 60
Power Play DOS Apr, 1996 59 out of 100 59

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Trivia

Development

Fomer CIA Director William Colby (died on April 28th, 1996 , two months after this game was released, in a canoe accident) and Former Major General of the KGB Oleg Kalugin lent their espionage expertise to Spycraft, and also portray themselves in the game's movies.

References

When you're at The Farm and in Jeffries's office, if you keep pressing the message button on his phone, you'll hear an interesting James Bond-ish message. When you're in the Washington, D.C. office, try dialing 976-SUCK.

Release

Activision originally planned to release Spycraft under the Infocom label. (Promotional posters showcasing their upcoming releases displayed an alternate cover with the Infocom logo.)

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • May 1997 (Issue #154) – Adventure Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
Information also contributed by Daniel Albu, Trixter, William Shawn McDonie and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe

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Contributed to by Corn Popper (69642) and Chris Martin (1097)