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Syberia

An adventure game designed by Benoit Sokal, the famous Belgian comic writer, in cooperation with studio Microids. Syberia is the first chapter of the adventures of Kate Walker, an American lawyer hired by the company that produces automatons – mechanical toys. She is tasked with finishing the formalities related to taking over a factory located in a small city in Europe. The game begins when the protagonist arrives at the factory and learns that its owner, Anna Voralberg, is dead. In order to complete her mission, Kate must find her heir. The task pushes her to embark on the greatest adventure of her life. During the journey she will visit various climatic and mysterious places located in the Eastern Europe and she will meet many interesting people. Since it's a typical point-and-click adventure game, the gameplay consists mostly of exploring locations, solving riddles and speaking with non-playable characters. Syberia is famous for its climatic graphics with pre-rendered, hand-drawn backgrounds.

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PC / Windows
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Syberia

Syberia | PC

Syberia release date for PC:

game language:
English

18 June 2002 | Worldwide

26 November 2002 | Europe

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 2598 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox
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Syberia

Syberia | XBOX

Syberia release date for XBOX:

game language:
English

23 July 2003 | Worldwide

23 July 2003 | Europe PAL

29 July 2003 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 119 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 2
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Syberia

Syberia | PS2

Syberia release date for PS2:

game language:
English

28 March 2003 | Worldwide

28 March 2003 | Europe PAL

28 March 2003 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 141 players' votes.  

Nintendo DS
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Syberia

Syberia | DS

Syberia release date for DS:

game language:
English

13 November 2008 | Worldwide

13 November 2008 | Europe

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.5 / 10 calculated out of 19 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox 360
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Syberia

Syberia | XBOX 360

Syberia release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

03 December 2014 | Worldwide

03 December 2014 | Europe PAL

03 December 2014 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

Apple iOS
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Syberia

Syberia | iOS

Syberia release date for iOS:

game language:
English

04 June 2013 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size:

Android OS
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Syberia

Syberia | Android

Syberia release date for Android:

game language:
English

23 December 2013 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size:

Sony PlayStation 3
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Syberia

Syberia | PS3

Syberia release date for PS3:

game language:
English

02 December 2014 | Worldwide

03 December 2014 | Europe PAL

02 December 2014 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

Nintendo Switch
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Syberia

Syberia | Switch

Syberia release date for Switch:

game language:
English

20 October 2017 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player

Syberia is a classic point-and-click adventure game released on PC / Windows. The title was developed by the experienced French studio Microids and the main designer of the title was the renowned Belgium artist and comic author Benoît Sokal, the creator of the valuable adventure game Amerzone: The Explorer’s Legacy. The title was released at first in 2002 on PC and one year later on the sixth generation’s consoles. A few years later the title was also released on Nintendo DS handheld console and after more than ten years since its debut, it was released in a slightly refreshed version on the seventh generation’s consoles and on popular mobile devices.

Plot

In PC / Windows version of Syberia the player assumes the role of the female lawyer from New York named Kate Walker. She is hired by an American toy-producing corporation to finalize the formalities related to buying a mechanical toys factory in a small European city. Once Kate arrives there, she learns that Anna Voralberg, the owner of the factory, is dead. Hans Voralberg, her only heir, is currently in Russia, where he is searching for an island on which it is said that mammoths are still living. In order to complete her task, Kate will have to follow the trail of Hans.

Mechanics

Syberia for PC / Windows has mechanics that are typical for point-and-click adventure games. The gameplay consists of exploring the locations, talking to the encountered characters, finding needed items and solving various riddles. During her adventure, Kate Walker visits four fictional locations: Valadilene in Switzerland, German University City Barrockstadt, abandoned industrial complex Komkolzgrad in Russia and a healing resort in Russian Aralbad. Similarly as in most other games in the genre, the key to success is the ability to observe the surroundings, connect facts and correctly use gathered items. The option to select one of a few difficulty levels is an interesting addition – it allows adapting the gameplay to the individual skills of the player.

Technical aspects

The PC / Windows version of Syberia has high quality graphics created in a style that is characteristic for Sokal. The professional use of steampunk style is worth mentioning – since one of the main plots of the game revolves around the automatons, the player will encounter many winded robots and clock mechanisms. The game uses two-dimensional locations through which three-dimensional characters are moving. In most cases the camera is set in such position so that is shows as big area as possible, but it is possible to take a closer look at specific items. The game has climatic soundtrack consisting of four intertwining themes.

System requirements

Recommended: Pentium III 350 MHz, 64 MB RAM, graphic card 16 MB (Riva TNT2 or better), 400 MB HDD, Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

Syberia 3 on a 8-minute long gameplay video

News 17 June 2016 14:05

8-minute gameplay footage of Syberia 3 was demonstrated during a 17-minute presentation of the game at E3 2016 in Los Angeles.