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Syberia - Part 1
Point and click, whirr and clunk
By Chris Schilling 12 June 2013
Game Name: Syberia - Part 1 | Developer: Microids | Format: Android, iPhone, iPad | Genre: Adventure | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
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Syberia is a relic, in both senses of the word. Benoit Sokal's 2002 adventure is a game that offers a tantalising glimpse at a bygone era, while simultaneously seeming rather outdated.

Under the guardianship of Big Fish Games this first part has all the strengths of the original and the majority of its weaknesses. It's been sensitively updated in some regards, but not in others, and the result is a game that feels even more inconsistent than it once did.

At least the story is intact. Syberia spins a genuinely original, atmospheric yarn that begins with lawyer Kate Walker visiting the remote French hamlet of Valadiléne (don't Google it, it doesn't exist) in order to dot the i's and cross the t's on the takeover of a toy factory.
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Summary
It's an entertainingly enigmatic tale, but even in curtailed form, Syberia's problems remain
RATING
6/10
 
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