Ahh, Syberia. This was a good game to get to talk about. I remember getting a deal on Amazon for the “collector’s edition” of Syberia 1 and 2: two disk sleeves put into a cheap cardboard disk-sized holder. You could literally see the watermark for Recycled Material on it.
It was a terrible presentation but I was in college, it was cheap, and the games were both very worth it. They baffled me at the time and it took me replaying them to see how great they both were. While they don’t surpass The Longest Journey for me, personally, they are both amazing games I would recommend to any Point and Click Adventure fans.
1/24 – Syberia
Hello and welcome! My name is Katosepe and I’ll be your host for today’s video game of the day.
Today’s game is Syberia, a point-and-click adventure game originally released on Windows PCs in 2002. Made by Adventure Game developer Microids, Syberia follows Kate Walker, a lawyer who must finalize the takeover of a toy factory in France. In order to do that, however, Kate must find the eccentric brother of the former toy factory owner who hasn’t been seen in many years. The adventure spans locales across Europe and forces Kate to question her choices in life.
As with most point-and-click adventure titles, Syberia’s gameplay mostly consists of puzzles serving as obstacles to progressing with the story. The bulk of the game has Kate talking to the many strange and interesting characters as well as exploring the steampunk-inspired locales.
While it received positive reviews when it was released, it has since only increased in popularity and is now often regarded as one of the best adventure games ever made. This is an especially impressive feat considering the declining state of adventure games during the early 2000’s.
Syberia has been ported to many different platforms over the years including many consoles of the time but also Android, iOS, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and most recently, the Nintendo Switch. The game spawned two sequels, the first of which is also highly regarded although the long-awaited third game was not as well received. But more on those another time.
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