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China: The Forbidden City (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.2
Effectiveness How effective the educational game is when it comes to teaching (does the player actually learn anything, etc.) 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 3.6

The Press Says

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Just Adventure
Overall, playing this game is a calm, languid, elegant, oriental pleasure. China casts a lovely spell that I was happy to fall under for a few hours. If you can find a copy, grab it. It could make you, like me, hungry for more Cryo titles.
Adventure Gamers
There is a game company out there who for some reason has not abandoned the pure adventure genre. It’s called Cryo. I know, I know, many people became irrationally violent while suffering through Atlantis: The Lost Tales, but I for one am extremely glad that these crazy Frenchman are still in love with the concept of an old fashioned adventure game.
GameStar (Germany)
Fehlt Ihnen was, Herr Eunuch? Der Mord am obersten Diener des chinesischen Kaiserpalasts ist der Vorwand für ein müdes Renderabenteuer. Lexikonartige Einsprengsel zur Geschichte der Stadt lockern etwas auf.
The Adventure game in China is a good introduction to what Adventure games are like but it is very simple and one-way, and won't test the metal of hardened adventure game players. Still it does give a good impression of courtly Chinese etiquette and ritual - also known as bureaucracy. As you play you keep needing mandates from the Emperor to go to new places to pursue your investigation, and the conversations are stilted and stylised as they would have been at the time.
PC Player (Germany)
Viele Rätsel bestehen nur darin, in der chinesischen Palast-Bürokratie an die richtigen Einlaßpapiere und Stempel zu gelangen. Zuweilen finden Sie noch "Benutze-mit"-Denksportaufgaben. Auch die 360° -Steuerung gibt Anlaß zur Klage, können Sie doch nicht an alle sichtbaren Punkte gelangen. Gleiches gilt für den Schnelltransport der Karte. Zumindest erfahren Sie hier ein paar interessante Dinge über das chinesische Reich.