From the art and stories of famed graphic novelist and filmmaker Enki Bilal, and the studio created by adventure game legend Benoit Sokal comes Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals. Set in France in the year 2023, the country is governed by a dictator who rules by religious absolute power.
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Mixed (233 reviews) - 57% of the 233 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 7, 2008

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"A challenge worth taking on. One of the best looking 3D adventure games I’ve seen. It's fun to look at and fun to play"

IGN — 82%

"This is an adventure game that rises above the crowd in terms of great story and immersive gameplay elements. There is just the right mix of puzzles and dialogue, plus lots of action."

GameZone — 80%

"It is professionally done with good graphics, good voice acting and challenging puzzles."

JustAdventure — 80%

"Nikopol is a concise, smoothly flowing sci-fi adventure that offers plenty of challenge. It’s a visually impressive experience, and a worthy addition to your adventure game collection."

CheatCodeCentral — 82%

About This Game

From the art and stories of famed graphic novelist and filmmaker Enki Bilal, and the studio created by adventure game legend Benoit Sokal comes Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals.
Set in France in the year 2023, the country is governed by a dictator who rules by religious absolute power. A mysterious ship shaped like a pyramid has just appeared in the sky and sent representatives to speak with the French government.
As Nikopol, you will find yourself in a suspenseful adventure to find your father and thwart a dangerous conspiracy. Entangled in political intrigue you're caught between two worlds, one of anarchy and one of immortality.
  • A thrilling mental challenge in a rich futuristic universe inspired by famed graphic novelist Enki Bilal
  • As Nikopol, you must use cunning and logic to protect yourself from the Immortals' plans and thwart a dark conspiracy
  • Interaction with 8 characters in 6 different environments, each made of several settings
  • Visually stunning graphics
  • Immersive gameplay
  • Classic point and click interface

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB graphics card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2.5 GB
    • Sound: DirectX compatible audio card
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Overall:
Mixed (233 reviews)
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KraK Atau
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Beautiful art and atmosphere, but it's mostly pictures, and not even avilable in wide screen.
Puzzles were hit and miss.
Game play was too short.
Decent voice acting.
Not much of gameplay and that is sad, as the source material had a great potential to launch a video game franchise but was completely missed.
Stick to the graphic novels, they are brilliant.


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PtrRaver
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
its not a 3d game, its like a bunch of pictures.
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711green
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Most things you have to find are hided from view with darkness and that's imo lame.
Some decisions are time based so if you r looking for a chill out adventure - this is not the one.
I haven't read book thus plot appeared really boring to me and I couldn't find the strength to continue with this game.
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Mr.Fishy
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Does not support 1920 by 1080 even though it's in the options. The aspect ration is not 16:9.
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crowe
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
horus takes his shirt off to show off his sculpted bird pecs and says HELLO ALCIDE NIKPOL and its very uncomfortable for everyone involved
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Lemon World
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2015
This is a wonderful game! It is full of art. It has very difficult puzzles and sometimes I had to go and read some walkthrough, but that is what makes this game a masterpiece. The plot is briliant. But have to be acquainted to this world. Watch film or read comics. I had such a good experience playing this game, so two thumbs up!
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Through the Vain
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 21, 2015
Story just didn't wow me.
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RedWormCharlie
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 12, 2015
I feel ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, I made it 21 minutes in and got stuck and so frustrated I said ♥♥♥♥ it, I'm deleting it.
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TrevimusPrime
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 5, 2015
Sometimes you really want to give a game the benefit of the doubt. Created by the same company behind Syberia, this game is certainly style over substance, The presentation is certainly pleasing, with nice visuals, voice acting and music but the core of the game is lacklustre. Some puzzles lack any hint on how to complete them, and your left randomly trying things untill you eventually get the right answer.

The main gripe however, must be directed at the story. If you have read the orignal Nikopol graphic novel, or have seen the movie based on it, then youll probably be ok here. If you havnt however, then you will be lost pretty fast in whats going on. There was something going on with your father, Egyptian gods, a floating pyramid and giant jellyfish.

Answers on a postcard, avoid.
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boelthor
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 22, 2015
The story just makes no sense, because there is not really a story. You have to do some things and have to go somewhere, but even without really knowing why. The puzzles are seomtimes really hard, because there is no logic, or maybe it is the wrong translation. For example the puzzle with the stones on the ground and the pictures on the wall. The hint says, the serpent has to be on the far away left wall. But it has to be on the nearest left wall.
Some puzzles are just some "random-and-wild-klick" - puzzles and I really don't like them. I am glad, that I bought that game in a package with Syberia and Nostradamus for about 8 bugs, because the other games are very good and really worth the money.
But Nikopol: SOTI is just crap. I don't want to get this for a gift. I am glad, that I just need about 4 hours to play through this.
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73 of 97 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2014
Beautiful graphics, and interesting premise but the game itself is extremely frustrating. The puzzles themselves are pretty simple, but in addition to the old pixel hunt style, the game doesn't enable the hotspots for items or usable scenery until specific times. Then, just to ramp up the frustration, there are timed puzzles, with the same constraints. Suddenly scenery and items become arbitrarily active or inactive, with little time to experiment and search. Feels like a serving of frustration with a side of screw you from the author. Having a walkthrough helps, but it'll just ♥♥♥♥ you off when you see that your solution was correct -- you just weren't doing it the way the designer wanted you to, and at the right time that the designer wanted you to.
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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Disclaimer: I haven't read the book or watched the movie. This is a review based solely on my game experience.

Short Verdict: A nice, short adventure game with a decent story going on. While it was a fun experience, it's too short and not that awesome to be worth its full price, which is low, by the way--US$ 4.36 (R$ 10,49) on Steam. If you have it already and you wanna play a quick adventure game, by all means, go for it. If you don't have it, I wouldn't spend much money on it. It's good, but nothing special. But don't play it for the story--do it only for the puzzles.

Pros:
  • The story is decent enough for the length of the game
  • Good graphics if you consider when it was released (but nothing special, either)
  • I enjoyed how the first-person view was implemented and how it makes you interact with the environment in this game
  • The timed scenes are really thrilling
  • Most puzzles were nice and set to a decent level of difficulty
  • The world is fairly well-developed and so are the characters

Cons:
  • Way too short--beat it in less than 4 hours
  • The story is a bit all over the place for those don't know anything about Nikopol
  • Some puzzles are frustrating, especially the first timed ones, when you're still getting used to the game
  • There are some illogical things in the game, like a barred door being magically opened minutes later (close to the end of the game)
  • Some plot holes and weird things, like why would a dictator hold elections? Why is everyone doing what they're doing? Nothing makes much sense

Bought on / for: Arctic Bundle by Bundle Stars for an average of US$ 0.36 (R$ 0,89). For this price, yeah, I'd probably buy it as a single game.
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Well, Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals is a short adventure game based on The Carnival of Immortals - or La Foire aux immortels, the first book of Enki Bilal's Nikopol Trilogy, a series of graphics novels that illustrates 2023 Paris as an incredibly dark political dystopia with science fiction elements. Aside Enki Bilal's genius in depicting the surreal and the grotesque in Nikopol series, this game is a heavily watered down version of the first book, from Nikopol Jr.'s perspective.

It's year 2023. After two nuclear wars, countless political confrontations and casual genetic mutations, the world has become disease-ridden and post-apocalyptic. We take the silent, oblivious artist Nikopol Jr.'s perspective as puppeteered elections for the nation of Paris approaches. He is a silent romantic in a degenerate era. With the appearance of an odd spaceship in the form of an Egyptian pyramid on Paris astroport, Alcide Nikopol's life is about to change drastically.

Before continuing with my review, I have to warn you: if you are to only play this game, without reading comics first, I suspect that you would be capable of understanding anything. As a stand-alone game, story presentation is mismatched and rushed. It is more than likely to complete the whole game without understanding anything about the affairs going around. The setting is not well-presented enough to capture the grotesque genius of the series and a great amount of characters, events, explanations are completely skipped in this bland interpretation. So if you've found the concept to your liking and got curious, drop the game and get yourself Nikopol Trilogy to enjoy an A+ quality creepy dystopia.

Okay, now we've established the quality difference between graphic novels and the game, I'll focus on the game. Graphics might be considered beautiful in their own displays, and character animations are quite elegant. I especially liked the character designs for Egyptian characters - Horus and Anubis. Voice acting isn't marvelous, and the subtitles being nonexistent doesn't stand in the favor of the game either though.

Well, when we talk about the gameplay, Nikopol has its list of downsides. Without the usage of a walkthrough, it is possible to miss an item and keep playing only to find that you cannot progress anymore due to the item not being available for you to grab anymore. On that department, I suggest saving a lot - which is another issue, with only 10 save slots given. Also, you are capable of dying in a handful of imaginative ways, considering that you are treated as a terrorist by the government from the start of your game. In that sense, no, this is not your casual point and click adventure. Puzzles are usually interesting and imaginative, and they demand prior attention to the storyline, so you have to keep certain facts at mind before trying to handle a puzzle. With the slightest mistake, you are prone to alarming security and getting shot down. Luckily, game restores your position before being shut down every time.

As an adventure game, Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals isn't anything unique or even interesting, with its grander equivalents around. As an Enki Bilal interpretation, it could present you a brief smile if you are already familiar with his work. If not, go fetch the comic book. Only after reading the original work, if you could say that you are still curious, yeah, go ahead. Otherwise, the game won't mean anything to you.

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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
This game is based on a graphic novel, or a series of 3 graphic novels that later got compiled into one book called "The Nikopol Trilogy" written and illiustrated by a great French author named Enki Bilal. The art in the novel is what stands out the most and is a very dark, gritty, and , industrial, steam-punk(architectural not the lame club scene), and is set in an alternate dystopian future where religions are now all powerful government parties and the ancient Egyptian gods themselves have returned to earth from space in a hovering pyramid spaceship. Despite being gods, with powers seemingly limited only by the imagination, they are still quite flawed sentient beings, who aregue and bicker and play board games to pass the time. They also require fossil fuels to power their spaceship and are stuck hovering over Paris. That is a basic run down of the story line for all you haters out there who "don't get the story line."
Secondly, there is also a pretty popular Sci-Fi film based on the Nikopol story called "Immortal" that came out in 2004. I remember watching it on the Sci-Fi channel a couple times and you can currently watch the full movie on YouTube. I highly recommend it. The movie was directed by the author of the graphic novel Enki Bilal and is actually quite a ground breaking movie in its own right. It revolutionized the art of mixing computer animation with live action. In this dystopian future there is heavy polution, and many people have become sick and prosthetic artificial body parts are not only required for most people, but it is a huge fad like plastic surgery gone haywire, and has become all the rage. So you see these real actors with computer generated parts and they had to film every scene twice exactly the same way. There are also aliens, who are ironically enough, treated just like illegal aliens and have to go through customs and immigration lol.
OK, so , on to the game. This was the first "point and click adventure" game I've ever really played, so it took some getting used to. The fact that this game is pretty closley based on the book and not the movie kept me pretty interested the whole time as it is stuff that happens to Nikopol inbetween the books. Yes the game is hard as hell and I did need a walkthrough on certain puzzles, but honestly, in a world where half the modern games are designed so that a baboon could beat it on hard, it was a welcomed challenge. If you are used to point and click than you know what to expect. This game actually got me into more point and click adventure games such as Myst and a few others. If you are a fan of the movie Immortal(ad vitam) or the Nikopol Trilogy books than this game will blow your shorts off. If not and you kinda liked the crazy dark sci fi storyline, I highly recommend you check out all three.
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
The game was... interesting. The story wasn't exactly bad, but i think you need to read the trilogy to fully understand it. I personally haven't and the story didn't make any sense at the start. The game has quite a lot of action for a point & click adventure game. With action i mean that someone might be following you etc. and you need to do bunch of puzzles or move around really quickly so they won't catch you. Puzzles were quite easy and the game was pretty short (Around 4-5 hours, probably a bit longer if you're new to the genre).
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27 of 37 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
First of all, you need to understand; this is addition to novel or movie. So first of all go and read\watch 'em. Only then consider to play this game. Overall? it is a great adventure, not a best out there but decent.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
My score: 5/10
Playthrough time: 5 hours (main story)

Pros:
+A few fun puzzles
+Unique game world

Cons:
-The game requires a lot of pixel hunting, easy to get stuck
-Weak story that doesn't make all that sense

I had a bit of fun with Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals, but the game has too many shortcomings to be good enough for me to recommend anyone to buy it, even fans of adventure games.

It's a point and click game with a 3D interface, you are stationary in each room/view with the ability to look around freely, and you can click some door openings etc to change room/view. Finding the items needed for solving puzzles can get a bit frustrating, you'll have to pixel hunt to a certain extent, and it's frustrating not knowing what could be missing to progress, and pixel hunt all previous rooms/views to find the missing object.

Some of the puzzles are nice especially the early/mid game "coding" with symbols/items.

The game world/setting started out promising in a dystopian future Paris, but it wasn't explained as much as I would have liked, and fell short. Same thing goes for the plot. It would probably make more sense if you've read the graphic novel, which I haven't, so for me the story wasn't that strong, and left me with a feeling of playing through an unfinished game.

For me, the weak story and gameplay outweighed the few positives of this game. It's still enjoyable to a certain degree, but not a game I would recommend anyone to buy, even at a sale.
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
The first puzzle scene is fun, but it's all downhill from there. Plus, you can finish the game in a couple of hours. Don't know how much it sells for, but worth about 2 bucks, to stave off boredom for an afternoon. Played once, finished, and never opened it again.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
Recommended for fans of this genre, but not for the typical gamer.
It's a short, weird, artsy game with both easy and annyoingly hard puzzles. Play if for the atmosphere, the (weird) story and the rather varied and imaginative puzzles. If you are openminded you can experience a relly unique story and a very immersive game that keeps on giving you another surprise. The game and story is weird but I think it acutually makes sense within its own parameters.

NEGATIVE
- Short game (4 hours unless you get stuck)
- Possibility of getting stuck if you can't figure out one clue or if you miss a clickable pixel
- A little bit dated on the vide side (but still looks good)
- Too weird for most gamers

POSITIVE
- Very unique game and story
- Immersive and almost interfaceless
- Inventive and surprising tasks
- Some puzzles are unique and really makes you think
- Nice shifts between puzzles, storytelling and short action sequences
- Artistic visuals and sound
- You've never seen anything like this before
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2015
Interesting story based on "Immortel (ad vitam)" animation film that came out 2004.

Point and click game in FPS view. Some puzzles makes no sense, like it is hard to spot a piece of rock on the floor, while it is least obvious thing to look for to make progress.

Game is short. It only makes longer if the player stuck at some puzzle for long hours. Luckily there are walkthrough videos on the net. If every puzzle in the head, i doubt the game lasts longer than 1 hour.

Graphics are nice, music is awesome.

Overall, buying it on discount makes worth playing it.
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