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Syberia (Windows)

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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 30's architecture in the "Barrockstadt Universität" library. Nitpickers should look at the leaded window dome - the cardinal points are wrong!  The inscription says "Nature doesn't make jumps".
Syberia Windows the train at the beautiful Barrockstadt train station
Syberia Windows Kate's Arrival at Valadilène
Syberia Windows Frosting automatons

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

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User Reviews

Symptoms of decay אולג 小奥 (171284) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
Beautiful. And lousy. plumifrons (95) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars
A wonder, a marvel, and yet I do not quite understand why Jacques Guy (55) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A beautiful, well-written but ultimately flawed game. Tomer Gabel (4380) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A very, very long movie. Or, an extremely short game. Dave Schenet (130) unrated
Another otherwise creative game flawed by ridiculous and unlikely "adventuring". kbmb (399) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
Well, that's it! I just have to say.. Afex Tween (164) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars
Awesome storyline... the adventure genre isn't dead yet! Gothicgene (83) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Good, yet short adventure tomimt (339) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
Realism and emotion - an uncommon combination Jeanne (75620) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

ComputerGames.ro Jul 02, 2002 94 out of 100 94
Quandary Jul, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Retrogaming.it Mar 06, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GamersHell.com Aug 09, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Jul 31, 2002 8.9 out of 10 89
CanadianGamer Oct 24, 2002 85 out of 100 85
PC Zone Benelux Aug, 2002 81 out of 100 81
PC Gamer Sep, 2002 80 out of 100 80
Withingames Aug 06, 2002 4 out of 5 80
4Players.de Aug 08, 2002 73 out of 100 73

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Who Was the Model for Kate Walker? 4 St. Martyne (3540)
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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Isdaron (681) added Syberia (Windows) on Jun 28, 2002
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