Kate Walker, a young ambitious lawyer from New York, is handed what seems a fairly straight forward assignment - a quick stopover to handle the sal of an old automaton factory hidden in the alpine valleys, then straight back home to the US. Little did she imagine when embarking on this task that her life would be turned upside down. On her exedition across Europe, travelling from Western Europe to the far reaches of Eastern Russia, she encounters a host of incredible characters and locations in her attempt to track down Hans, the genius invento - the final key to unlock the secret of Syberia. Her voyage across land and time throws all she values into question, while the deal she sets out to sign turns into a pact with destiny.
A gripping script that goes beyond your imagination
Rich and intriguing characters with detailed and realistic 3D environments.
Film-like camera angles, movements and framing
Original and creative puzzles (completely integrated in the scenario)
Take control of Kate Walker and her environment only with the mouse
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Played for a while but there is a spot in the game the game locks up. I tried compatibility settings and everything I can think of. It is disappointing since now I can't finish the game. The problem is in Anna's office at the music box, it will not allow me to insert the voice cylinder from the gravesite. Because of this I can't pick up the figurines that are needed later in the game so I must call this a bust. I'm not going to keep playing and get stopped later. Fortunately it was only 2.50. The problem is with Windows 7 Pro 64bit on a laptop.
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2015
Decent game. Good graphics, music, speech, etc. This was a short game compared to the Secret Files: Tunguska etc. Took about 3 hours to download. The game wasn't glitchy or anything, even during the movie cutscenes and I played this on my Windows 7 computer (not laptop). To me, the game got better towards the end, but overall it's a decent game. I do agree though that there is a lot of walking around to get to places and to go back and forth, you can make her run though so it's not too tedious.
Since there is no "try before you buy" option, thought folks would like to know this downloadable version of Syberia apparently has been remastered. The cd issued some years ago did not run well on Vista, but this version runs flawlessly with no compatibility issues. It is a long game, taking many hours to complete. If you get stuck, there are many walkthroughs and hints available online. Done in muted tones, the artwork is stellar. It is so worth the money.
Wanted something like Nancy Drew to play with my kid sister. Blasphemy and cursing in both English and an assortment of other languages put us off of it. Didn't even bother to finish gameplay, even with audio muted. On top of that, the gamer's time is mostly spent waiting for the character to move across the screen, or for some dialogue to finish.
This is an "older title" but the setting and artwork is spectacular, The story line is rich. The play action is a bit slow (real time walking between buildings and scenes) But as you move from building to building you can't help admire the artwork, design and feel of the environment. I was amazed that this still worked on my Windows 8 computer.
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2013
I loved playing this game even though it's an older game because the scenery was gorgeous! The game concept was very original and I found myself wishing someone had written a book based on it. I am not an experienced gamer so I needed the walkthrough sometimes but it wasn't to the point where it wasn't fun. I also appreciated that it was more family friendly than most games.
I did enjoy this game which I downloaded from Amazon. It was very interesting and the only complaint I have is one that covers alot of games. All the walking back and forth is boring. Some games put in a map which you can use to move to other areas quickly. Otherwise it is a really good game.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2013
I've been wanting to play Syberia ever since I was a kid- I'm so so glad I finally can now with Amazon Download! Let me just say that getting this game to run on Windows 7 the way that it does considering it's an 'old' game is miraculous.
Plot- When you play this game it's more like 80% game and 20% movie. The overall point is to move forward in the storyline. If you like a good story with twists at every turn this is one for you! Plus how can you go wrong with automatons?!
Stages - There are different stages to the game - this I like personally because you don't have to go back and forth between scenes you can't really do anything in anymore.
Graphics - Okay so it's not avatar - but considering this game came out in 2002 the graphics are remarkable. Everything is extremely detailed and there are quite a few places to go.
No Grinding- I really HATE it when you have to spend hours collecting things, especially if it's just one thing. Or doing meaningless errands all the time. There's a point to everything you do in the game and if you pick something up? It's because you're definitely going to need it.
Walking - there's a lot...A LOT of walking around, it made the game that much longer. Though the scenes are beautiful a lot of it is wasted space.
Depending on Who You Are:
So-Called 'Puzzles'- Everything is pretty straight forward there's no real mind boggling puzzles like piecing together ripped up notes or figuring out if the blue wire should go with the red wire instead of the purple wire. You can pretty much figure out what to do based on what people say and 'missing pieces' are always somewhere nearby. However there were a couple of time when I went ".....how was I supposed to figure that out?!"- some hints are TOO subliminal or too obvious. So Strategy isn't needed much but Logic & Creative Thinking sure is. However, sometimes there are no hints at all.
Main Character: this is bittersweet. I like the fact the main character has a personal life that the player is included in and you also get a sense of how the character 'grows'. At the same time...let's just say I have issues with the main character making a 'simple' kid do things she can very well do on her own as well as her lack of normal upper body strength.
Side Characters: pretty decent characters. I liked some, and I didn't like some others (in a good way). Each character truly had their own personality.
Conclusion: Buy it if your into good stories and steampunk-ish scenerios. If you're looking for FPS or a game where you're jumping off buildings into the next this isn't the game for you.