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...
User reviews: Mixed (386 reviews) - 58% of the 386 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 20, 2013

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Reviews

“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
13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
I actually had high hopes for this one. I'm pretty forgiving of point-and-click games, and honestly more things should make use of the brutal, almost alien Soviet aesthetic. It started well enough, with my character waking up in the bowels of some Cold War bunker with only emergency lighting to guide him. The rooms are pre-rendered and you can pan your view around to examine them, but movement is solely clicking through different static scenes. There is shockingly little to interact with in each scene, and your character will only comment on things that block his progress, and infrequently at that. The atmosphere starts out plenty oppressive and mysterious, but the puzzles and the terrible voice acting quickly do away with that.

And my God, the puzzles. It took me over 10 minutes to solve the very first one in the game because you have to find a loose panel under your feet in the dark, and then solve a math problem based on a number you might not have paid any attention to. I quit in the area after that after finding a punch card, a pencil, a key that did not unlock any of the three locked doors nearby, and a radio that you could tune that might be a puzzle. I can't see anyone but the most meticulous puzzling grognards having fun with this.

If your dream game is boring, obtuse Soviet MYST, then you might like it. Otherwise don't bother.
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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 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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2 of 2 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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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
1953 - KGB Unleashed is a first person point & click game that takes place in Moscow at the end of the Stalin era.

You wake up in an underground shelter with amnesia, now you have to find a way out of there and discover what happened there while you're at it. The game features gorgeous art, but combined with bland voice acting, terrible game design decisions (like unavoidable cut-scenes after a dialogue ends, no hints at all and tons of papers to read) and not newbie friendly puzzles, you'll only be wandering a lot in circles without a guide, only to discover the game ends abruptly without any real accomplishment.

★★☆☆☆ | Disliked it
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