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Syberia (PC)

by Sierra
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Syberia is a third-person-perspective adventure with highly detailed 3D real-time characters
  • More than 30 amazing characters, dozens of automated toys
  • Logical problems and puzzles mixed with an engrossing storyline
  • The different environments in the game propel the player into the strange settings
  • A symphonic musical score and a very detailed sound environment.
  • A state-of-the-art 3D graphical adventure
  • Evolution of the Kate's personality
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 11
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00006GJ76
  • Release Date: 21 Mar 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,597 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Point-and-click adventures are a bit of a dying breed, dominated by such adventuring monoliths as Monkey Island but Syberia might just change all that. It's a new adventure based on an idea by French graphic novelist Benoit Sokal set in a surrealistic European world where nothing is what it seems.

You play Kate Walker, a New York lawyer sent on a routine job to Valadilene to arrange for the purchase of the Voralberg Toy Factory. However, things quickly take a turn for the worse when our heroine arrives just in time for the funeral of Anna Voralberg, the person she is supposed to be meeting. It transpires that Anna’s elder brother Hans, long believed dead, is actually very much alive (albeit missing) and is now the sole heir. The main meat of the game becomes Kate’s search for Hans Voralberg.

The game play is fresh and absorbing, with Kate travelling through Europe to the futuristic Russian city of Komkolzgrad in search of the elusive Hans. The toy theme really adds to the strangeness of the setting: you spend most of the game feeling out of kilter with reality, and you quickly find that not everything is as it appears, including the inhabitants of Valadilene.

The puzzles are difficult enough to be challenging, but not so fiendish that you give up. The interface is clean and simple and you will find that the action is seamless, allowing you to sit back and gape in awe at the beautiful backgrounds and stunning graphics. There are various 3-D elements such as animated birds and weather that really bring the game to life. This is definitely firmly rooted in traditional adventuring gaming territory; there is nothing particularly new here but despite that Syberia is a very well executed game that will delight fans of the genre. --Hannah Toller

Manufacturer's Description

A journey of discovery and understanding, inspired from a bygone era...

Kate Walker, a young and brilliant lawyer from New York, has come to Europe to negotiate the purchase a famous Robot/Toy factory, but will soon have her future completely turned upside down...

The owner of the factory, Anna Voralberg, has just died. The Heir to the factory, Anna's brother, Hans, who is a genius inventor, has been missing for decades; lost somewhere between the Alps and Siberia... Kate must find this enigmatic man to finalise the deal. But, in her journey from the West to the East, she will progressively discover and understand the reasons, which have made Hans, leave his family and never return.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent adventure! 12 Aug 2002
Syberia...yet another adventure promising stunning graphics, strange worlds and creative puzzles. Being a fan of the genre, I bought it after seeing an ad in a magazine and playing the demo from the site.
I was pleased to discover that the promises were kept; lots of attention to detail in the graphics makes the world of automatons believeable and, unlike some other adventure games I've played, the puzzles are woven neatly into the story. Because there is always an 'immediate goal' to pursue I never felt stuck. People who wish to spend several months solving far-fetched puzzels will, however, be disappointed by this. Perhaps some will say the game is too easy?
About the story: American lawyer Kate Walker is sent to France to arrange that a factory be taken over by an American company. Upon arrival, she discovers that the owner, Anna Voralberg, has died and her brother, Hans, is the sole heir. Her quest to find him takes her to some strange locations and the puzzles consist mainly of finding a way to get from one location to the other.
Compared to other adventure games, I find several aspects rather positive about Syberia: there isn't an abundance of information to read or listen to and the different locations of the game are limited in size so you don't have to spend minutes clicking from screen to screen just to get to that one vital clue and then walk all the way back again.
You get to know the main characters through the cutscenes and the phonecalls that Kate Walker gets - her fiancé can be quite a nuisance - and you are accompanied on your journey by Oscar, an automaton programmed to drive the train that takes you to the different cities.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Syberia is an amazing expirience! 21 Jan 2005
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If you've never played Syberia, you absolutely MUST! This game is what you might call a point-and-click puzzle game. It is, but it is also a whole lot more. Syberia isn't just a streamless end of puzzles, its a whole world brought to life. As you play, progessing slowly but steadily through the game, the atmosphere is so life-like you feel you're almost there, with Kate Walker, the protagonist in the game. The storyline is amazing and it begins to engulf and encapsulate you with its beauty as you travel from location to location. It also has a real sense of frendliness. You get to know the characters and by the end, you get the sense that you have really come a long way. It's a fantastic adventure, it would make a brilliant novel, and its all brought to life by amazing voice-acting and breathtaking graphics by B. Sokal. Please buy it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
The first thing you need to know is that "Syberia" is only the first part of Kate Walker's European adventure, so if you are expecting to end up on the fabled lost island of Syberia by the end of this PC adventure, you are going to be disappointed. I saw a couple of reviews about "Syberia II" that got me interested in playing that particular game so of course I picked up "Syberia" first. I do not take the time to play a lot of these games, but when I do I like these sort of adventures where you go around and collect items, endure endless conversations, solve some tricky puzzles, and eventually uncover some sort of mystery.
The heroine here is Kate Walker, a sophisticated New York Attorney who is sent by her firm to Valadilene, a smal alpine village in France, to buy-out an old factory, the Voralberg Toy Company, which was once world famous for making automatons. Of course once she is there Kate is confronted with an unexpected twist the turns her business trip into a journey heading east in order to get a signature needed to complete the deal. Kate's journey consists of three additional locations after Valadilene: the university city of Barrockstadt, the forgotten city of Komkolzgrad, and the once lavish seaside resort of Aralbad. Her only companion, once she gets him up on his feet, is Oscar, one of the Voralberg automatons, who will be the engineer for the mechanical train that takes Kate on most of her journey.
Oscar is the most interesting of the supporting cast of characters, although he is a stickler for the rules, especially about having a ticket before you can proceed from one station to the next. Most of the other characters get a bit annoying, especially as you go through the unavoidable pointless conversations you have to endure in this sort of game.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unstoppable 31 Aug 2005
Being a lover of the Broken Sword series I adored this game. Once I started playing in the evening I found it harder and harder to stop leading to quite a few late nights. I was sad when I completed the game but happy that I could move onto Syberia 2.
An excellent game
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If you want to do an adventure, perhaps spend 12 hours doing it, and not too difficult, and really live yourself in in a strange story, and get everyhing as good as in best other adventures, you should get Syberia.
Comparisons, games of same quality relative to their times: Indy (early games like Atlantis, not the fake new 3D ones), Full Throttle, The Dig, and Blade Runner. Syberia is as good as these games, and uses graphics and sound and music even better. I haven't found any faults or errors in the game, it's high quality, from all perspectives. Your conclusion: Buy it.
The story is an old factory in France, to be sold to an international company. The owner, an old lady, dies the same day the adventurer arrives, a woman. Your job, as her, is to get a signature on the contract, to buy the factory. With the owner dead, you must find her heir, a brother, to get his accept. To find him, you must explore and solve problems in the town and in the factory, and then leave by train, a very strange one, to go to a city in Germany, and then to some places Russia, with an ultimal goal to go to Syberia. On the way the train stops at strange places, each with an even stranger story, worlds you surely want to learn, interesting as they are. You must not be told the game here, but I can tell you about the 'dramatical' peak, when an old russian singer (a woman) sings her song of her life in an underground russian factory, with church organ played by an old rusty robot. It cannot be done any better in movies or in theathers, with world class music and in such strange scenery and within such a strange story.
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Published on 21 July 2012 by mossyman
1.0 out of 5 stars It dont work
The software will not run on my system...I'm running windows xp..so to me this was a waste of money
Published on 15 Mar 2009 by Rs Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated classic
Every now and again a stunning adventure game comes along! this is one of them. I don't think it ever got the credit it deserved. Read more
Published on 10 July 2008 by Snowy3
2.0 out of 5 stars You'd be better off buying some other adventure game
Syberia really isn't that great. Firstly when I bought the game, the graphics were good but it kept making my computer crash. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2007 by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!!!
I really enjoyed this game, it has beautiful scenery and a charming story. There are plenty of puzzles along the way, in fact there are a lot and just when you think you have done... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2007 by M. laird
5.0 out of 5 stars Super adventure game!
Syberia really is an excellent game: fantastic graphics, with real attention to detail, a great game engine. The gameplay is superb and I anjoyed this game from beginning to end. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2007 by Orangeduck
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent gaming
this was a good game. graphics are excellent and the story line keeps you going to the end. lots of puzzles to puzzle over but not so taxing that you need to go to the cheats. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too Easy But Brilliant
All around a great adventure game that falls short of Longest Journey. But it's good enough to be a must-by in todays ADV game market. Read more
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