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A strategic game of espionage and undercover operations with a lot of political undertones. You play a CIA chief sent to the island of Sao Madrigal, which is currently under a dictatorship. This dictatorship is supported by the Chinese government and it seriously jeopardizes the U.S.A.'s interests on the region, thus it is your mission to organize the recuperation of democracy, by any means necessary.

You have at your disposal a series of CIA agents divided in three branches: Political, Propaganda and Military. But the object of the game is not to organize a military uprising, but instead to support and organize the island's many opposing factions (like angry students, guerrillas, political parties,etc.) against the dictatorship (with or without their knowledge of your interventions) via propaganda, bribes, subterfuge, assassinations, blackmails, etc.

The main interface consists of a top-down satelite image of the island from where you can zoom in on any building, and from where you dispatch your agents and access the relevant information on each and every building on the island (provided you spy them).

The game runs against a real-time clock as you have a time limit to depose the dictator, but you can select the speed at which the game counts the hours and days, as well as the overall difficulty of the game, by selecting among a set of options that regulate the population's overall loyalty towards El Dictador.


Central Intelligence DOS Map 1
Central Intelligence DOS The menu for easily managing your agents, if your specialist for a respective group(I.e. political, propaganda or military) is killed, you can not use this menu.
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Central Intelligence DOS Some information from the opposition leader, notice the icons that lead you to context-sensitive information

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Great concept, flawed execution. AtomicHorse (23) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

MikroBitti Nov, 1994 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1994 8 out of 12 67
High Score Nov, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Play Time Oct, 1994 60 out of 100 60
PC Gamer Jun, 1995 53 out of 100 53
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1995 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1994 49 out of 100 49
PC Joker Oct, 1994 41 out of 100 41
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1994 38 out of 100 38
Power Play Oct, 1994 18 out of 100 18


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Zovni (10648) added Central Intelligence (DOS) on Jul 31, 2001
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