Circuit's Edge

aka: Gravity Edge
Moby ID: 247

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Marid Audran is a private investigator who has been out of luck (and money) for quite a while, being forced to do petty delivery jobs to earn his living. During one of these errands, Marid finds his client dead. The authorities assume that he is the murderer; however, a powerful mafia boss pulls some strings and gets Marid off the hook. In exchange for this favor, Marid has to find out who really killed that man, who turned out to be the mafia ruler's assistant and whose death may be but a part of a larger scheme.

Circuit's Edge is based on George Alec Effinger's When Gravity Fails novel. It is set in a dark version of the future, in which the Islamic world has become the sole dominant power on the planet. The events of the game take place in the Budayeen, the criminal and entertainment district of an unspecified city in the Middle East. Mature themes such as violence, drug usage and sex are liberally used to paint the game's grim setting.

Though it contains a few adventure game elements, the game is primarily an RPG. The player navigates Marid through the maze-like city, which resembles a pseudo-3D first-person dungeon area. Marid has to eat and rest from time to time in order to stay alive. Cybernetic modifications can be purchased to increase the protagonist's combat and hacking abilities. Money is gained by defeating enemies on the streets in simple turn-based battles, or by gambling. The game's interface is somewhat similar to that of Mars Saga.

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Budayeen city map Frank Lomba Sep 23rd, 2009
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Cancelled Port

The game was going to be released for Amiga computers but finally got cancelled.


The game is based on the books When Gravity Fails, Fire in the Sun and Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger. The hero, Marid Audran, and many of the other characters are the same.

References to the Game

This game is name-checked in the introduction to author George Alec Effinger's introduction to his 1990 Infocom tie-in novel The Zork Chronicles, both celebrating the Infocom brand while the company was being gradually dismantled by its new owners at Activision:

To Rob Sears of Infocom, and Brett Sperry, Mike Legg, and the rest of the gang at Westwood Associates, who have made my own Infocom game, Circuit's Edge, a reality.

Information also contributed by John Traveller and Pseudo_Intellectual.

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Game added by Justin Hall.

Additional contributors: Shoddyan, Patrick Bregger.

Game added August 26th, 1999. Last modified August 14th, 2023.