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Spycraft: The Great Game

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MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
77
3.8
Macintosh
...
5.0
Windows
73
3.7
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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 Image enhancement puzzle -- zoom in and sharpen the image to find the license plate on the brown sedan
Spycraft: The Great Game DOS CIA newsletter
Spycraft: The Great Game DOS Sending an e-mail.
Spycraft: The Great Game Windows Enhancing the image on the brown sedan

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User Reviews

A serious spy game with some serious problems Windows Jeanne (75584)
A truly great spy game... Windows Chris Martin (1097)

The Press Says

Mac Gamer Macintosh 1996 93 out of 100 93
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91
PC Player (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Brazil) DOS May, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Joker Windows Jun, 1996 79 out of 100 79
PC Joker DOS Jun, 1996 79 out of 100 79
Just Games Retro DOS Jan 28, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adventure Gamers Windows Mar 06, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Just Games Retro Windows Jan 28, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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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 (69689) and Chris Martin (1097)