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China

Beijing

1775 A.C.

cover

released in

 1998

     characteristics     

 render-adventure
 360° view
 perspektive: ego
 mouse controlled
 encyclopedia

system requirements

 Windows (95/98)
 DirectX 5
 16MB RAM
 133 MHz
 also for MAC available

released on

 CD-ROM (1 CD)
 DVD
 Playstation2

developer

 Cryo Interactive

packaging

 eurobox





China - intrigue in the Forbidden City

Original-Name: "Chine - intrigue dans la Cit? Interdite"

China gives you the chance to explore the famous Forbidden City in Beijing as it was in 1775. The Forbidden City was a city inside a city from which the Chinese emperor ruled. The developers have gone to some lengths to make this game historically correct.
If you wish you can just wander round this virtual 1775 Forbidden City, clicking on hot spots to learn about the palaces and the eunuchs and concubines and mandarins who inhabited them. In 1775 China was ruled by the Qin dynasty The hundred reference pages with colour pictures can also be accessed from an index, or by subject. There is quite a bit of information here.
You play Superintendent Han Jing who gets assigned by the Emperor himself to investigate the murder of a eunuch. The investigation becomes more and more serious as you proceed. As adventure games go China is straightforward ? as you find each new clue or corpse you will report back and learn what you have to do next. A map helps you move around quickly during the few hours of your investigation and during play you can consult a report of your progress so far.
It does give a good impression of courtly Chinese etiquette and ritual ? also known as bureaucracy. As you play you keep needing mandates from the Emperor to go to new places to pursue your investigation, and the conversations are stilted and stylised as they would have been at the time.


Most of the views are full-screen photo-realistic with 360 degree movement.
The game does capture the look of the real life Forbidden City
There is authentic Chinese music playing in the background of many locations.





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