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Syberia

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows Mobile
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3.8
Windows
82
4.0
Xbox
73
3.3
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Description

Kate Walker is a lawyer who has been entrusted by the Universal Toy Company to negotiate the takeover of an old luxury toy and automaton factory. Over the centuries, the factory has been developing clockwork devices, specializing in perpetual mechanical movement. The factory's ambitions, however, are ill-suited to the contemporary economic climate, and the elderly Anna Voralberg, at the helm of the Valadilene factory for more than half a century, has decided to sell up.

It turns out that the takeover might not be as straightforward as expected. The day that Kate Walker arrives, Anna Voralberg is being buried. What is more is that she has left an heir – her brother Hans. But Hans had left the valley at the end of the thirties and never returned, and was actually believed to be dead. However, a letter written by Anna in the days leading up to her death reveals that Hans is well and truly alive and living somewhere in Siberia. Valadilene's elderly notary entrusted to take care of Anna's affairs suggests that Kate find Hans Voralberg as he is now the only person in a position to ratify the sale of the family business.

Syberia is a traditional puzzle-solving adventure. The player navigates a 3D model of the protagonist over pre-rendered backgrounds with fixed camera angles. Puzzles are mostly inventory-based, though some involve manipulating the environment (such as mechanical devices). The interface features a single cursor; only highlighted objects can be interacted with, and there are no verb choice commands.

Screenshots

Syberia Windows The Town of Valadilène
Syberia Windows Outside the hotel in Valadilène
Syberia Windows Main Menu
Syberia Nintendo DS Entering the hotel.

Alternate Titles

  • "赛伯利亚" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "西伯利亞" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Сибирь" -- Russian spelling
  • "Sibir" -- Russian title
  • "L'avventura di Kate Walker: Syberia Volume 1" -- Italian DVG title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Stylish, but overrated and unpleasant game Windows אולג 小奥 (168604)
Beautiful. And lousy. Windows plumifrons (95)
A wonder, a marvel, and yet I do not quite understand why Windows Jacques Guy (55)
A beautiful, well-written but ultimately flawed game. Windows Tomer Gabel (4388)
A very, very long movie. Or, an extremely short game. Windows Dave Schenet (130)
Another otherwise creative game flawed by ridiculous and unlikely "adventuring". Windows kbmb (399)
Well, that's it! I just have to say.. Windows Afex Tween (164)
Awesome storyline... the adventure genre isn't dead yet! Windows Gothicgene (83)
Good, yet short adventure Windows tomimt (339)
Realism and emotion - an uncommon combination Windows Jeanne (75624)

The Press Says

GameSpy Windows Sep 17, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adventure Gamers Windows Aug 11, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Armchair Empire, The Windows Jul 31, 2002 8.9 out of 10 89
Clubic Windows Jun 14, 2002 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Xbox Aug 05, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Super Play Windows Jul, 2002 7 out of 10 70
ActionTrip Windows Jul 02, 2002 63 out of 100 63
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Jun 13, 2003 58 out of 100 58
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Apr 16, 2003 5 out of 10 50
Game Shark Nintendo DS Dec 22, 2008 C- 42

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Who Was the Model for Kate Walker? 4 St. Martyne (3562)
Dec 01, 2007

Trivia

Language

The words written on the control panel of the airship in Kolmkozgrad are authentic Russian. However, the name of the hotel in Aralbad is written incorrectly.

Marketing

Some German games magazine editors received a postcard from New York with a handwritten text from someone called Kate who wrote in German, that she had an Austrian uncle, some problems and so on. There was no clue that this was a PR-event for the game Syberia, even the fake-handwriting was done with some smeared ink.

PlayStation 2 version

Contrary to the Xbox release, the PS2 version did not appear in North America, as SCEA did not approve the game there.

References

  • The rat from Road to India makes a cameo appearance in Syberia. It appears in the basement in Kolmkozgrad, makes exactly the same movements it did in Road to India, and disappears.
  • Syberia contains some references to another game by Microids, Amerzone . In Barockstadt you can read and hear a lot about different species of Amerzone's flora and fauna.

Awards

  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2003 (Issue #148) - #10 overall in the "10 Best Games of 2002" list
  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2003 (Issue #225) – Adventure Game of the Year
  • Gamespot
    • 2002 - PC Adventure Game of the Year
    • 2002 - Best Artistic Graphics
  • Gamespy
    • 2002 - PC Adventure Game of the Year
  • IGN
    • 2002 - Best Adventure Game (Readers' Choice)
Information also contributed by Felix Knoke, Jeanne, PCGamer77 and Sciere

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