Developed by Phantomery Interactive, 1953 – KGB Unleashed is a tense and atmospheric First Person Adventure set deep within the bowels of a Soviet bunker during the Cold War. Players must uncover the dark and horrifc secrets buried within, fighting their own paranoia along the way as well as the possibility of all-too-real terrors within...
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Mixed (392 reviews) - 60% of the 392 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 20, 2013

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“Quite absorbing, very atmospheric, interesting puzzles.”
4/5 – http://www.bigredbarrel.com/blog/2012/07/review-1953-kgb-unleashed/

“...definitely recommended to anyone that enjoys Point and Click Adventure games and anyone that's looking for a new atmospheric game to play.”
8/10 – http://calmdowntom.com/2012/07/1953-kgb-unleashed-review/

“I've rarely played an adventure with such an oppressive atmosphere.”
80% – http://www.nextgengamers.net/index.php/tests/845-1953-im-netz-des-kgb

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Developed by Phantomery Interactive, 1953 – KGB Unleashed is a tense and atmospheric First Person Adventure set deep within the bowels of a Soviet bunker during the Cold War. Players must uncover the dark and horrifc secrets buried within, fighting their own paranoia along the way as well as the possibility of all-too-real terrors within the bunker. Are the voices emanating from all around you real, or just an hallucination resulting from your isolation? Will you manage to escape into the warm embrace of daylight, or will you be trapped within the foreboding menace of the bunker?

Only in 1953 – KGB Unleashed can the answers be found!

“1953 – KGB Unleashed” is based on real projects conducted by the Ministry of State Security of the USSR (the former KGB). During that time they pushed the limits of human endurance, testing for the possibility of telepathy, as well as researching the psychological impact of fear on the human brain. The photo-realistic visual style of “1953 – KGB Unleashed” recreates the USSR of the fifties: the underground shelter’s interior is constructed using real Soviet military plans, and the materials found there are based on historically valid documents.

Explore a hidden laboratory where such experiments were conducted in order to learn the truth behind the terrifying events that led to the closure of the project and the liquidation of its staff. An atmosphere of isolation and suspense pervades throughout, bringing you face to face with your own fears, while the voice of invisible “observer” broadcasts over the internal communications system. Is this observer a friend, or an enemy? Your exploration of this perfectly-preserved complex may uncover what these experiments unlocked deep within the human psyche — but will you survive these revelations intact?

Features

  • Secret underground areas with special KGB objects
  • Staggering puzzles and many challenging mind game
  • Realistically created 1950’s atmosphere

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows: XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2,0 Ghz - Pentium® or AMD®
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce® 6800 / ATI® X1650 (min. MB 256 VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible soundcard
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
Many people say this russian masterpiece is crap, because its too cryptic.

I crypt their mothers! bunch of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ don't want to face real challenge.

GRab your vodka, and your notebook, and sit your ♥♥♥ down for some quality, and chilling experience in the point 'n click genre, mixed with a horrifying enviorment.

Oh, did I mention notebook?

Step up comerads, this game is a real +1!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
While I know about the problem around who should receive the money now, I wasn't aware of it when I activated the game. Anyway, the story is about a Soviet waking up in a strange place, just at the moment when Staline dies. Your goal is to solve puzzles to escape this weird bunker.

I don't know why KGB Unleashed but it's clear that the game wants to show secret experiments and that as you lost your memories, you don't even remember how come you've arrived. Besides, you will have many many questions, that will be still unanswered at the end of the game.

Anyway, it's a point-&-click game, where you're solving puzzles thanks to clues around - some are easy, others are harder to understand. You're travelling from a room to another room and several times. You're also guided by a mysterious voice.

The graphics are correct, though you're into a bunker or an underground facility, meaning that the ambiance is kinda cold as you're alone. Everything is set to make you feel like anything can happen, as if there was a mysterious entity. Anyway, as you're stuck into a KGB secret location, you bet that you'll find an ambiance of "WTF happened there?".

The voice acting was correct too, like was the soundtrack.

1953 is an average adventure game, one that will not mark your memories so much, yet still enjoyable - though some puzzles will require some work. Anyway, while I recommend it, don't forget the controversy surrounding it before making a choice: buying it on Steam or try to find a key elsewhere for a little price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
The most grabbing and atmospheric static scenes I've ever scene in a game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
I'm generally not a big fan of point-and-click type games, and this experience won't change that. However, I did have a thoroughly enjoyable experience thanks to this game immersing me into a largely suspenseful and paranoia-ridden environment.
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Setting the scene: I wake up in a small room with no memory of how I came to be where I am or any clues as to what my purpose ever was. The only objective being, to escape and find out what happened along the way.
Immediately you'll have to dust off your thinking caps and slam those bad boys on, because puzzle-solving is key here. Observe your surroundings, be perceptive, and try to build up the story behind the place. I honestly went in with no expectations and got a fun 4-5 hours out of it. It might seem a little dull at first, but it gets far more interesting in the second half of the game.

Some puzzles are easy while others require a little more thought put into how they are solved. A couple times I almost gave up because it didn't seem at all logical. But persevere and you'll get your money's worth. I admit, this game could have been made better in regards to finding certain objects that require you to progress further. It just shouldn't be that hard at some points. But it is and can get quite frustrating finding some small object or knowing how to use it. Another thing that I found this game lacked is a little more closure once you neared the end. Some questions were left unanswered and I really wish they hadn't done that, seeing as how I was so drawn in by the atmosphere and dark story-telling.

Overall, I would recommend this to people who enjoy adventure games in general, and to those who love a bit of 1950s Soviet-themed (fake) history with legit themes thrown in. I especially enjoyed reading the patient files and information files on the poisonous gases (they turned out to play a part in the game). The radio puzzle was a nice touch, though I'm not sure if the speeches/songs featured on the device are actual recordings or just created specifically for this game.

Now, for some inexplicable reason, I seem to have a craving for some creepypasta...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Not a great game, not a bad game. Finished it in about 1,5 hours and has no replay value as you don't have any choices in the game, just a linear story with one outcome. Graphics are decent enough and the puzzles are moderately entertaining. I would however not recommend paying the full price, if you can get it in a sale for 50% off it's worth it but not really at full price
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