China: The Forbidden City is a Cryo title, and if you live in the U.S. you know how notoriously difficult Cryo titles are to get your mitts on. China is one of a series of mild, beautiful, and educational games by Cryo, including games set in Egypt, Versailles, and the upcoming Aztec. It does a remarkable, almost eerie job, of recreating The Forbidden City in Peking as it existed in the 18th Century AD. As you play the game you get a real sense of the city's vastness, its complexity, and its unity of design. Additionally, the game gives you a vivid sense of the way the royal court worked, politically, socially and ritualistically. The conversations are full of the rich formality of Chinese court speech of the period, and its authentic feel adds greatly to the immersive quality of this game. In this first-person point and click game, you play a newly-promoted royal investigator who's assigned by the emperor himself to solve the mysterious death of a highly-ranking eunuch. The emperor gives you until sundown to solve the mystery - no pressure! The storyline is actually quite intriguing, involving forgery, theft, blackmail and treason. The game is extremely linear, as your character follows a ribbon of clues left in various parts of the City. China includes an entertaining series of puzzles, many of which are solved by using an in-game encyclopedia. In this sense the game is quite similar to another game about China, Qin. This sort of fact-finding to solve game puzzles infuriates some players, but I don't mind it at all. This encyclopedia also allows you to learn more about characters and buildings that you come across. The year is 1775. A murder has been just committed. The Emperor Qianlong wants you to find the assassin. During your investigation, you'll meet typical Chinese characters of the epoch, and uncover a net of intrigues.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #69643 in Software
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Platform: Windows 95
- Format: CD
- Intrigue and Adventure in Ancient China.
- Educational And Entertaining With Exceptional Visuals And Renderings.
- Solve A Mystery And Learn Of Ancient China In the Process!
- EXTREMELY Rare Title!
- Windows 95/98/ME (Works w/ XP Tested)