"You wanna know what I believe?"
Some old guy is speaking into my ears about how rubbish being in the CIA is.
"You wanna win? Just remember one thing: everything you know could be a lie."
If he's as good at espionage as he is at making cakes, this advice is best heeded.
Strangely, I can't click on the newspaper to read the article. Hey, my half-computer is blinking!
I decided to leave the game on this screen for a bit to see if I'd lose by missing the message or something. I didn't.
"We've got a situation, WE'RE BUILDING THE TEAM."
Might as well poke around his office... He's got a rack full of rifles, CIA gun customisation manuals, an answering machine.
I listen to his messages, but there's nothing interesting here.
He's going to put me through my paces as an intelligence expert...
Puzzle 1: I have to get the license plate of the brown sedan. Which brown sedan?
Zoom in, click the O.C.E. button and the license plate is revealed, clear as day. At night.
Good job the answer submit box is multiple choice, because I can't read that.
I guess I got it right!
You can barely see the damned tanks! You're supposed to combine the infrared image with the normal image...
I guessed wrong.
"LET'S TRY ONE MORE TIME and see if we can do a little BETTER! If I show this to Bruce, he'll think you were guessing the whole time! Probably would have done better if you had."
But I did...
I get infinite goes and eventually guess the right answer. Ruddy tanks.
It's a firearms exercise. I've got to get from one side of a combat zone to the other without being dead.
I start at the bottom of the map and have to make my way to the top. If I cross paths with a dot on the radar, an FMV soldier pops out of the landscape and I have to shoot 'em. The arrows on the outside of the goggles are the movement arrows and Thorn only ever faces North.
I've got to do it again, only now I'm versus Bruce.
You're not gonna get away with this!
Worse still, Warhurst's bus STILL hasn't arrived.
Both the boss and the megaboss are very, very mad... the same source indicates the next target is the President of the United States himself!
On a side note, what the hell kind of camera angle is this? He's hunched over... or sitting down... or what?
She briefs me on the first piece of investigation stuff I need to do. I have to use some computer software to recreate the scene of the assassination and correlate the ballistic evidence from the scene with video footage taken during the candidate's speech in order to gather clues as to the identity of the assassin.
Meanwhile, she'll sit there and do the old Hollywood CLICKETY CLACKITY fake keyboard typing.
There's a video tutorial that explains how to do this, but it didn't make much sense to me.
Well, here are some bullet holes. What am I supposed to connect them to? Each other? I clicked on them a couple of times and this possible trajectory appeared. Let's see what's on the other side.
I can't see him very clearly, but I've put together a photo-fit as best I can. Does the CIA computer recognise him...?
No. Damn. Let's try again.
I've connected the bullet holes to the podium where the candidate was standing. If the bullets travelled in a perfectly straight line and passed through the candidate to hit the wall, then the other end of this line has to be lead to the sniper.
He... could be the guy in the window. Doesn't really look like him though. Looks like a completely wasted Niles Crane. I'll try him as the answer.
According to the text for this weapon, this gun makes no sound whatsoever and fires a tightly grouped pack of mercury shards! This sounds like it.
In the space of fifteen minutes, I've given him conclusive evidence that the best agent in the universe has gone rogue and somehow stolen a prototype untraceable, deadly accurate and perfectly silent sniper rifle. I've got to go to Moscow and meet up with our agents there, it looks like the Mafia are involved.
While I'm dodging bullets and saving the President, big Dave has to make sure those filing cabinets aren't escaping. Look behind you! THEY'RE GETTING AWAY!!
Let's get adventurous.
Nothing happens. Nothing at all. What a letdown.
"It's not my call, it's YOURS!"
When you're installing Spycraft, you're given the option of disabling 'extreme and illegal methods of gathering intelligence' such as 'scenes involving the use of torture'. This must be where the magic happens.
I carefully leave the room without pushing any buttons and head to my office to find...
Harmonica killed Parker... I should have been more careful. This isn't Game Over, but it certainly doesn't look good.
Spycraft is tense as hell. It's a good adventure game because there's not a lot of 'traipsing between locations' and there's tons of 'actually getting stuff DONE'. When you've got a puzzle to solve, you're given everything you need to solve it. Later on, the puzzles get more complicated but they've not yet been ridiculous. Even if you get it one thing wrong, you don't immediately lose, you get a small hint telling you to check everything again.
It works in XP or DOSBox! Play it now!
After writing this, I got right to the end of the game and then it crashed just before the penultimate puzzle! I was SO CLOSE! In an adventure game, of all things!