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Spycraft: The Great Game

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MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
77
3.8
Macintosh
...
5.0
Windows
72
3.7

User Reviews

A serious spy game with some serious problems Windows Jeanne (75619)
A truly great spy game... Windows Chris Martin (1098)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
DOS 27 3.8
Macintosh 1 5.0
Windows 33 3.7
Combined MobyScore 61 3.8


The Press Says

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100
DOSEntertainment Weekly
But the real allure of this game is its emphasis on brainy Beltway analysis, as typified by the creepy sequence in which you use a ''Kennedy Assassination Tool'' to chart the path of the Red Square assassin's bullet; process a grainy photograph of the assailant in a suspect-identification program; and, in a gruesome touch, deduce the weapon used to blow off half the candidate's head. The apparent realism of the game seems almost beside the point; the only measure of a great game is whether it keeps you glued to your PC, and in this respect, Spycraft faithfully fulfills its mission.
97
DOSComing Soon Magazine
"Spycraft", the new-world Espionage thriller set at the end of the Cold War looks to redefine gaming standards set by Software Houses to date. With the best user interface I've seen in a long time and with the assistance of William Colby, former director of the CIA, and Oleg Kalugin, former major general of the KGB, "Spycraft" could well be the beginning of a roaring comeback by Activision.
93
MacintoshMac Gamer
With its incredible depth, realism, detail, and high-quality production, Spycraft is an amazing achievement for Macintosh gamers. Anyone who complains that games are becoming too short and low on replay value should take a look at Spycraft. I guarantee you will you finish this game within a couple of hours, days, or possibly weeks. The acting is realistic, and the special effects and soundtrack truly offer substantial portions to the game. Once the Open Transport problem between PCI Macs and Spycraft is solved, there will be no weakness in a game that seamlessly blends fact and fiction, and takes adventure gaming to an entirely new level.
91
WindowsPC Zone
The presentation throughout is slick and assured, the video sequences are well-made (and actually feature some credible acting for once), the sound effects and music are superb, and the amount of background information is quite flabbergasting. If this one doesn't suck you in, you're unsuckable. Anyone who's ever been remotely interested in sneaking about should invest in a copy as soon as possible. And that's that.
90
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
SPYCRAFT does suffer a few interface warts. First, you must read all the text – and there's a lot of it – yourself, rather than hearing it read aloud, and you can't change the text's typeface or size. Worse, on one of my machines, the text was improperly aligned, so that sentences ran off the right side of the window. You must always start the game from CD #1, saving your game is a minor pain, and Activision's funky sound drivers play far too softly. Still, there's nothing here that should keep you away. SPYCRAFT is an excellent, groundbreaking adventure game, setting a new standard for plot depth and realism. When you're finished, you'll be eager to head to Arlingron and put those sleuthing skills to work.
87
WindowsGamezilla
Spycraft is, as the name says, a great game. It gives what may be the real jobs of a real CIA case officer working on a case like the one in the game. Those jobs are made somewhat easier in the game, I’m sure. The game presented enough difficulty to last about a week playing at least an hour each day. Spycraft’s development was very detailed and was put together very well.
81
MacintoshMacworld
Perhaps because of the famous consultants, there's a degree of complexity that keeps you going past some of the inevitable boring patches in this three-CD marathon. Also, unlike in many other products of its ilk, Spycraft's live-action segments do not produce the impulse to spacebar ahead to the actions--you really have to listen to what's going on so you can play on. Finally, Spycraft breaks some important ground in linking players to a special site on the World Wide Web.
80
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Einzige echte Grummelpunkte sind der lineare Story-Verlauf und das Fehlen von verschiedenen Schwierigkeitsgraden. Hat man Spycraft einmal durch, gibt es herzlich wenig Gründe, das Programm nochmal zu starten. Erwarten Sie also nicht Spielspaß ohne Ende, aber gepflegte Mainstream-Unterhaltung für ein paar äußerst kurzweilige Abende.
80
MacintoshHigh Score
Spycraft - The Great Game är ett förbaskat bra spel med en mycket bra verklighetskänsla för de som kan ta god tid på sig och som dessutom har ett gott tålamod.
80
WindowsHigh Score
Helhetsintrycket är bra. Betyget fyra ger jag för att de flesta inte har tillgång till Internet. Spelar man med internetanslutning blir betyget ännu högre. Spycraft är helt enkelt ett förbaskat bra detektivspel med en mycket bra verklighetskänsla. Det känns som om mn hamnat mitt i en Tom Clancybok.
80
DOSHigh Score
Helhetsintrycket är bra. Betyget fyra ger jag för att de flesta inte har tillgång till Internet. Spelar man med internetanslutning blir betyget ännu högre. Spycraft är helt enkelt ett förbaskat bra detektivspel med en mycket bra verklighetskänsla. Det känns som om mn hamnat mitt i en Tom Clancybok.
80
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
Overall, it's a virtual guarantee that Spycraft is like nothing else you have ever tried. That alone is enough to whole-heartedly recommend it to adventurers, but it's those players who are interested in government and espionage that should check this out. If you're not already paranoid, Spycraft will guarantee sleepless nights.
80
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Einzige echte Grummelpunkte sind der lineare Story-Verlauf und das Fehlen von verschiedenen Schwierigkeitsgraden. Hat man Spycraft einmal durch, gibt es herzlich wenig Gründe, das Programm nochmal zu starten. Erwarten Sie also nicht Spielspaß ohne Ende, aber gepflegte Mainstream-Unterhaltung für ein paar äußerst kurzweilige Abende.
80
DOSPC Player (Brazil)
Nem tudo está perdido nos games de espionagem - saiu Spycraft: The Great Game! Com a ajuda de consultores como William Colby, ex-CIA e Oleg Kalugin, ex-KGB, a Activision criou uma história de suspense situada no período pós-Guerra Fria que reúne narrativa à la John Le Carré e o melhor da última geração de jogos em CD.
71
DOSGameSpot
Spycraft is a classy piece of work; it's entertaining but at the same time manages never to insult the player's intelligence, unless it's on purpose (“Absolute crap!” is one of the charming evaluations your handiwork may receive over the course of your training.) A caveat: Realism, acting and game quality aside, Spycraft is essentially a mystery, and hence has as much replay value as finding your car in a mall parking lot.
71
WindowsGameSpot
Spycraft is a classy piece of work; it's entertaining but at the same time manages never to insult the player's intelligence, unless it's on purpose (“Absolute crap!” is one of the charming evaluations your handiwork may receive over the course of your training.) A caveat: Realism, acting and game quality aside, Spycraft is essentially a mystery, and hence has as much replay value as finding your car in a mall parking lot.
70
DOSJust Games Retro
It would have been interesting to see how this game would have been if it came out after 24, or if the show made a game in this fashion. With a little grit and a more intense execution (time limits, anyone?), this game could have been a serious winner. Instead, you're mostly jockeying a desk; lazily unraveling a plot that never seems all that dangerous (this is the only game you'll play where capturing a nuclear bomb is a little pit stop from the actual plot). It's a fine choice at a bargain price, but not much of a thriller.
70
WindowsAdventure Gamers
Spycraft. Spycraft, Spycraft, Spycraft. Hmm. How shall I review this game? I am genuinely confused about my feelings about it. So... I'll start from the beginning.
65
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Einen Spionagethriller in ein Computerspiel zu verwandeln, ist sicher kein unmögliches Unterfangen. Trotz der Beteiligung zweier Ex-Spione will sich das erwartete James-Bond-Feeling in Spycraft nicht so recht einstellen. Dies mag daran liegen, daß unsere Vorstellung vom Agentenleben durch zu viele Filme etwas verzerrt wurde, oder aber daran, daß Spionage so aufregend nicht ist.
60
MacintoshmacHOME
As a CIA operative from a government training facility, you must use intelligence records and authentic spy techniques to root out renegade secret agents.
60
DOSGamesmania
Wenn Du zu den Leuten gehörst, die Informationen und Details mögen, würde Dir Spycraft wahrscheinlich ganz gut gefallen. Wenn Du aber wirklich etwas selbst tun willst, solltest Du ein anderes Spiel wählen.
60
WindowsGamesmania
Wenn Du zu den Leuten gehörst, die Informationen und Details mögen, würde Dir Spycraft wahrscheinlich ganz gut gefallen. Wenn Du aber wirklich etwas selbst tun willst, solltest Du ein anderes Spiel wählen.
60
WindowsJust Games Retro
It would have been interesting to see how this game would have been if it came out after 24, or if the show made a game in this fashion. With a little grit and a more intense execution (time limits, anyone?), this game could have been a serious winner. Instead, you're mostly jockeying a desk; lazily unraveling a plot that never seems all that dangerous (this is the only game you'll play where capturing a nuclear bomb is a little pit stop from the actual plot). It's a fine choice at a bargain price, but not much of a thriller.
60
WindowsQuandary
The 'great game' of this title is, of course, espionage and, specifically, the Cold War variety with its double dealing and twisted morality. However, times have changed, the Cold War is over, old enemies are now allies and the game is not the same -- or is it? Only one thing is certain, only one rule remains unchanged; trust no one.
59
WindowsPower Play
Activision hat sich mit Spycraft sichtlich Mühe gegeben: Tadellose Präsentation, professionelle Filme und akkurat recherchierte Informationen. Trotzdem bricht bei mir nicht die große Begeisterung aus. Neben Ungereimtheiten in der Bedienung vor allem wegen der Rätsel am CIA-Computer. Sie sind zwar logisch, durchdacht und weit entfernt von den Denksportaufgaben anderer Interactive Movies, aber offensichtlich wollte man sich nicht zu sehr auf die Intelligenz des Spielers verlassen und hat viele der Rätsel idiotensicher gemacht. Ich fühle mich veralbert, wenn ich an einem hochspezialisierten Analysegerät dank massivster Hilfestellung innerhalb von Minuten die schwierigsten Probleme löse und dann gelobt werde, als hätte ich soeben den Nobelpreis verdient. Daß Spycraft wie die meisten Interactive Movies viel zu schnell durchgespielt ist, überrascht kaum.
59
DOSPower Play
Activision hat sich mit Spycraft sichtlich Mühe gegeben: Tadellose Präsentation, professionelle Filme und akkurat recherchierte Informationen. Trotzdem bricht bei mir nicht die große Begeisterung aus. Neben Ungereimtheiten in der Bedienung vor allem wegen der Rätsel am CIA-Computer. Sie sind zwar logisch, durchdacht und weit entfernt von den Denksportaufgaben anderer Interactive Movies, aber offensichtlich wollte man sich nicht zu sehr auf die Intelligenz des Spielers verlassen und hat viele der Rätsel idiotensicher gemacht. Ich fühle mich veralbert, wenn ich an einem hochspezialisierten Analysegerät dank massivster Hilfestellung innerhalb von Minuten die schwierigsten Probleme löse und dann gelobt werde, als hätte ich soeben den Nobelpreis verdient. Daß Spycraft wie die meisten Interactive Movies viel zu schnell durchgespielt ist, überrascht kaum.