Join Kate Walker as she travels to remote locations and time periods in this timeless voyage to discover her true destiny.
Release Date: Sep 1, 2002

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Recommended By Curators

"Combining a haunting story with amazing visuals / sounds, aside from a few rough spots, Syberia is a go to adventure-puzzle game. "

Reviews

“Provides a huge dose of what adventure gamers are hungry for: a rich story, complicated characters, tons of puzzles and exploration of a series of beautiful and intriguing environments.”
100% – JustAdventure

“Syberia is an adventure-game tour de force, with an engrossing story, a truly imaginative gameworld, and stunning visuals.”
91% – Gamespot

“It will delight those of you who are hungry for something different than your average adventure title”
90% – Gamezone

About This Game

Kate Walker, a young ambitious lawyer from New York, is handed what seems a fairly straight forward assignment - a quick stopover to handle the sale of an old automaton factory hidden in the alpine valleys, then straight back home to the US.

Little did she imagine when embarking on this task that her life would be turned upside down. On her expedition across Europe, traveling from Western Europe to the far reaches of Eastern Russia, she encounters a host of incredible characters and locations in her attempt to track down Hans, the genius inventor - the final key to unlock the mystery of Syberia. Her voyage across land and time throws all she values into question, while the deal she sets out to sign turns into a pact with destiny.

Key Features

  • A gripping script that goes beyond your imagination
  • Rich and intriguing characters with detailed and realistic 3D environments
  • Film-like camera angles, movements and framing
  • Original and creative puzzles (completely integrated into the scenario)

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1GHz CPU
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.2GB
    • Video Card: DirectX compatible graphics card with 128 MB memory
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Sound card with DirectX 9.0c support
    • OS: 10.6 or later
    • CPU: 600 Mhz (INTEL ONLY)
    • RAM: 128 MB
    • Hard Drive: 1,5 GB
Helpful customer reviews
40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Are you annoyed by Kate's slow pace?
Do you want to smash your face against your monitor every time you have to go through a long distance twice, or thrice, because of some minor mistake?
Are you interested in being able to admire the beautiful scenery without losing five minutes for no reason?
Rejoice, there is a way to avoid all that!
We are proud to present you the "double click"!
Double-clicking is for you!
Double click the sh!t out of everything, make Kate run and enjoy this beautiful game.

Brought to you by someone who discovered far too late in the game that Kate can run!


-I love this game. It stood the test of time. I think I enjoyed it more than when I first played it back in 2005, but it might be because of that double-click thingie.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I give a great recommendations to both Syberia games (as one story), for people looking for good and original videogame stories.

I played the games just recently, and was impressed by their original and well made settings. Good mixture of steampunk, naive fantasy and dream, and old fashioned road movie-adventure.
The story in the games are about characters and their dreams, not about some complicated twists, violence, or conspiracies. Very touching stuff. Great example of a videogame story, that can be catchy and compelling, while having no violence whatsoever!

Yet, there is some rather big technical annoyances in the games. The biggest being the movement animations of the main character...she is just so damn slow! For that reason, I recommend the games just to be played with a walkthrough next to you, to be used whenever you are uncertain what to do next. The puzzles arent that hard, but the walking speed of the char is really that irritating, that you dont want to waste your time watching her crawl from area and back while solving the puzzles. ^^
All bad things said; story, characters, atmosphere and music make these 2 games a memorable experience, even 10+ years after their initial release.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Syberia has a great story and atmosphere which will capture your attention. What will detract your attention is the poor voice acting from Americans attempting to be Eastern Europeans. Never in my life have I heard such distinct New York accents pass off as what I presume to be Russian, but the accents weren't Russian at all, just American.

Anyway, you play as Kate Walker, a lawyer sent in from NYC to some European town to secure a buy-out from a toy factory. Problem is, one of the heirs of the owning family is still alive so Kate Walker has to journey in this strange land of robot-like manufacturing (Automatons) and find Hans Voralburg. There's a mystery surrounding this man as he was presumed dead many years ago. And on your way to meet Hans, you discover secrets, make friends with a robot (Automaton) named Oscar and ride an awesome train.

The game is a point and click adventure, so don't expect any difficulty besides using logic and common sense when grabbing clues to progress and make machines work; I guess they could be called puzzles. I have to say that the graphics are mostly impressive; I wish the resolution could be changed from....I think it was 800x600. The only other thing that bothered me with the graphics was Kate Walker's running animation. It's obviosly a cycle, but her head bobs extensively from side to side instead of bobbing up and down slightly; being an animator myself I found that was just a bit annoying. I also didn't like the subplot of getting cell phone calls every now and then from Kate's. The dialog from them was frustratingly bad and the whole thing with them felt unnecessary.

Overall, pretty good game. 8/10
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Excellent point and click puzzel solver. Beautiful story well crafted plot. Non violent if you're looking for that. A classic in the best sense.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
One of the best adventures I've ever played! Even though the game has a somewhat slow progression, it has an interesting story that can hold your attention and makes you wonder what will happen next.

The characters are very interesting and have a great dubbing. The game is very well done with beautiful pre-rendered scenarios, although at low resolution due to being an old game. Although they are very detailed, there is little interactivity, limited to objects and places related to puzzles. The soundtrack is also great.

The puzzles (simple and sometimes makes little sense), can be a bit difficult to solve for some people as there are no direct explanation or tips on how to solve them (feature that hardcore players will love!).

If you are a fan of adventures, this game is a must-have in your collection (including its sequence Syberia 2)!

9,5/10


Análise em português:

Um dos melhores 'adventures' que já joguei! Possui uma história interessante que consegue prender sua atenção e o faz querer saber o que irá acontecer a seguir, mesmo o game tendo uma progressão um pouco lenta.

Os personagens são bem interessantes e possuem uma ótima dublagem. O game possui belíssimos cenários pré-renderizados, que, apesar de serem em baixa resolução, devido a ser um game antigo, são muito bem feitos. Apesar de serem detalhados, há pouca interatividade, se limitando a objetos e pontos relacionados com os puzzles. A trilha sonora é também muito boa.

Os puzzles, apesar de simples e algumas vezes fazerem pouco sentido, podem ser um pouco difíceis de resolver para alguns, por não haver uma explicação direta ou dicas de como resolvê-los (característica que jogadores mais hardcore vão adorar!).

Se for fã de 'adventures' este é um game que não pode faltar na sua coleção (inclusive sua sequência Syberia 2)!

9,5/10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
A surprisingly good point and click adventure game. The puzzles are clever but I was never stuck with any of them. Which is a big plus because I always feel defeated when having to use a walkthrough.

The pre-rendered backgrounds are beautiful and have a very nice style to them. The atmosphere of the entire game was always very "mysterious" to me.

Voice acting is pretty good as well! With skippable dialog in case you are in a hurry.

To get the game running in 4:3 aspect ratio
I first had trouble getting the game to launch with the old school 4:3 aspect ratio. Back in 2002 widescreens weren't mainstream.

I have an Nvidia card.

1)Set your resolution to 1920x1080 if you have a 2560x1440 or higher monitor.
2)Go to the Nvidia control panel
3)Click on Adjust desktop size and position
4)The scaling tab --> scaling mode --> select "Aspect ratio"
5)Perform scaling on --> Select GPU
6)Resolution --> 1024x768

This worked for me getting it to run full screen but in proper 4:3 aspect ratio

Pros
-Great story
-Very immersive. Found myself not wanting to stop playing.
-Great scenery and pre-rendered backgrounds
-Puzzles are clever but not crazy hard
-Dialog and voice acting are great
-Skippable dialog if needed

Cons
-Minor complaint of fiddling with video card settings in order to actually launch the game
-Animations of walking up stairs, etc can be painfully slow at times. But that's a minor gripe.
-Game ends somewhat abruptly. It caught me off guard.

Syberia is a really great game and I would recommend it to anyone. I would grab it if it's on sale. $10 regular price is a little steep.

8.5/10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Well, the game is extraordinary with what it was supposed to be.

You see back then in 2002 that the game published , things were different.
All the adventures were pretty tough and their graphics indie.
Syberia and The Longest Journey changed that rule, with the latest to
have stronger riddles.

The game is fully 3D designed and full cinematic. Only the resolution is
low because of the graphics and computer design of 2002. Even if you had
a good or normal graphic card you would run the game great but still there
you listened many cases to have Riva TNT or Voodoo and such graphic cards.
Benoit Sokal wanted to distribute a game that everyone could run without
caring for hardware and so even you had a better graphic card you didn't
have the option for better graphics. Anyway...
The voices and sounds are great. As I said the game is full cinematic.

And now for the second part, a game for the people and NOT the hard core
gamers.The riddles are not just easy. They are obvious. The game totally
wants you to follow the story through interaction to say. Still, it's an adventure.
And the triumph of Sokal can show that. Syberia is a game that every new gamer
should play. Like a guide to adventures games. In case that something is obvious
to happen and doesn't change scene and come back or save,quit and reload the
game. Bugs happen in every adventure game preventing you from continue.
Here you have to do with an older title so be calm.

The landscapes you'll see in the game and the way of their design is unique.
It's North Europe style but like real. ONLY if better resolutions were supported and
I 'll had screenshots for wallpapers.

The story on the other hand is fantastic. It's between reality and uncertainty.
What if the original mechanical clockwork mechanisms were so sharp and so good
with views to construct and compete the today technology in such a way to make
the travel to moon reality. Don't forget that the older computer is supposed to be
greek and that it could compute sharp the thesis of all the stars for the navy(maybe
something else but nobody will say) and is the Antikythera Mechanism
made between 150 to 100 BC and it's clockwork mechanism too.

A true masterpiece game. Microids should really think of a remake in my opinion!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
A captivatingly heartwarming story about an autistic old man and his unhealthy obsession with automatons.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
A great game with a lovely story!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
This game has beautiful artwork, the story is great. It might be dated and some people might find it tedious, but really, I love it. Recommend to get Syberia II as well for one continuous story.
I just found out there are steam cards for this game so I have an (extra) incentve to play it again :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Excellent storyline defines this game's playability. Although the theme of the story doesn't seem special at all, but designers must be complimented for building a haunting gameplay upon it. Elements of longing, mysticism, fantasy, and mystery are well-blended, and make you want to play further and further. Dialogues are well-written and entertaining. Visuals are nothing special. While playing it on a 24" 1080p monitor wasn't a great experience--the blurry edges around all objects were quite visible, they didn't impede my enjoyment in any sense. Puzzles are quite straight-forward, and don't require any critical thinking skills on your part; you just have to be alert to your surroundings at all times. If there's an object or character that you can interact with, be assured it has some use in the game.

The only major irritant in the game is its tedious gameplay. Your character will need to walk around a lot in order to figure out the problems and proceed further in the game. All that could've been bypassed by making the character appear at the location of interest with a single click. But no, the designers make you watch the character walk all the way to the desired location, which will make you impatient; you might even turn-off the game in anger--only to return a few hours later :).

SCORE: 7/10 (3 points deducted for tedious gameplay, average visuals, and unintelligent game design)

PS: To finish the story, you will need to play this game along with Syberia II.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Syberia
9 / 10

A Point and Click Adventure in which you play as Lawyer Kate Walker travelling to oversee the final take-over of a toy factory in Valadilène, France. Travel with Kate and uncover the missing people and parts to the story, solve puzzles in this steampunk world and ride the train to finish up this Fantastic Adventure in Syberia.

I played this on Xbox in 2002 and again when it was released on Steam. then I replayed Syberia II. The Rumor is that Syberia III is coming out this year.... I will play entire trilogy in order if this be true.

Smile : )
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Summary: Syberia is a point-and-click adventure game with a good story and nice characters. The puzzles are logical, but also not challenging. The main flaw is the very slow pace of the game and the lack of any way to speed up the main characters movement. Only play if you have a lot of patience.

Long Story: This recommendation comes with a very big caveat. Syberia is an old-school point and click adventure with none of the modernizations that make those games easier to play. No fast-travel at all (not even dubble-clicking to immediately change scene), no way to see interactionable items except hovering over them or indicating which paths you can take. Steam says it took me about 10 hours to finish Syberia, but I would estimate that maybe 1½ hour was spent on puzzles, another 1½h on dialogue and the other 7 hours were spent on watching the main character run around or climb stairs. There are a lot of stairs in Syberia and you will climb them all. There are also a lot of travel frames that you have to get through to get to places with interactable items. They look very nice, but it is still a bit of wasted time.

This means that you should only play Syberia if you have a lot of patience for the incredibly slow pace of the game. If you have the patience, the game rewards you with very nice set-pieces, good dialogue and a nice story. You play as Kate Walker, american lawyer, sent to finalize the sale of a toy factory, only to find the owner dead of old age and the heir missing in the far north of Siberia. Walker starts off as a somewhat unlikable character (lowest point is probably asking a handicapped kid to pick up an oar for her because it is wet and icky), but has a chance to grow throughout the game by overcoming problems and meeting weird people.

The puzzles are mostly logical. The difficulty lies more in spotting items and finding all locations that are available. As soon as you have the items and know which locations are available, it is very easy to know what to do. So if you're looking for a challenge then Syberia is not the game for you.

I am recommending Syberia because I liked the story, the settings and the characters. However, it would be a far superior game with the ability to quickly move from scene to scene and some indication of which paths are available. As it is, it is an incredibly slow game that you need a lot of patience to play.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
I remember playing it a long time ago. It was my first point&click adventure experience. A masterpiece indeed.
Seeing how Kate raced the wind and Sonic himself at the end of the game...all aboard the adventure train! I'm so proud of Kate. I didn't know she could run so fast, it's a nice surprise. Made me tear up a bit. Best ending. The adventure awaits in the second game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
My childhood :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
I was about to write a review then I remembered I alredy did. Back in 2002. So here it is, unedited:

Games such as this one bring smile to my face. Why? Because I was initially an adventure game player and the last few years have been quite bad for this genre. Ever since Sierra and LucasArts stopped their production of adventures and turned over to the more profitable games, a few developers have even tried to do something. The only true masterpiece that I can think of at the moment is Funcom’s The Longest Journey, while Dreamcatcher’s creations were far from what we really need (still, my congratulations to Dreamcatcher for even trying where others don’t bother at all!). I doubt the situation will get any better soon, but Syberia might prove that there’s a lot that adventures can provide, especially to young gamers.

In this 3rd person adventure you play a role of Kate Walker, a young lawyer from New York who was sent to Valadilene, a little town in France to complete the deal of purchasing a local toy factory for a huge multinational company. Unfortunately, the owner of the factory Anna Voralberg has just passed away and her only heir, her brother Hans is nowhere to be found. This is where your adventure begins.

The story might not sound like it’s anything special, but it’s actually amazing! As you do your research to find Hans, you will discover a lot about the Voralberg family, their toy factory and Hans’ maniacal obsession with automatons and mammoths. You will even meet a few automatons made by Hans, robots with their own character! Your journey will also take you to the weird university in Barrockstadt in Germany where you’ll meet more weird people, then to Russian mining city ruled by a lunatic and so on. Everywhere you go you will get into a bit abnormal situations but you’ll get used to it.

Unfortunately, most of the puzzles are rather easy and each problem can be solved in a real short time. Still, since there are many locations and a lot of puzzles you won’t notice this often. I got stuck in only two occasions and both times it really was my fault – once I had to use a cell phone and the other time I just didn’t see the closet that contained two important items. Also, there is no item combination at all, making everything a lot easier as well.

Now I must mention the visuals of Syberia. The graphics are simply amazing! It’s obvious that a lot of effort was put into the visual side of this great game. A few screens of the game exist only to show the beautiful scenery such as the side view of the Barrockstadt University or the resort hotel in Russia. The same applies to the sound as the game features some fine, classical tunes specific to the region in which you are at the moment. I especially liked the music in Russia, which sounded a lot like the old Soviet anthem. The complete game is voice covered and the voice acting is probably the best I’ve heard lately!

Overall, Syberia may be a bit easy for the experienced players but it’s a true masterpiece in the genre. I was delighted to see normal controls unlike in a lot of similar games that I had a chance to play in the last 15 months or so. It’s all point&click, like in good old times. Syberia is a well-made game, with an intriguing story and even a little soap opera that goes on over Kate’s cell phone. I can’t give it a score larger than 82% due to easy puzzles, but … good work by Microids, I am hoping to see more of their work soon!

Plus: Magnificent graphics and sound, intriguing story, easy controls.
Minus: Easy puzzles, some pixel hunting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
I am enjoying the game but here is a quick important gameplay difference between mac and windows versions:

The mac version has shiny indicators floating over all interactive (clickable) objects. This way you never miss something important.

On the other hand, in windows version, you need to explicitly move your mouse over items to find out if they are clickable or not. This makes the adventure process a bit tedious as it is a lot easier to miss objects.

I have no idea why this gameplay changing difference between the platforms exist.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
This game makes me cold just thinking about it. The scenery is lovely, the story is good, the controls are alright and your character actually moves unlike other point and click games. I love the sound of shoes on the pavement, there is something about that tapping that puts me in such a good mood. And man, can she carry a lot in her shirt or what? The cons to this game are the slow walking to get from here to there. And if she is so tired and couldn't carry her own 1 bag to her room, how is she doing all this walking?!


Oh, and it has trading cards, a nice little hidden gem that wasn't listed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
It was my very first adventure game ever. So it may contains a little bias,
Finished the game a long time ago, so don't mind my playtime.

PROS
● Great story.
● Beautiful graphics & backgrounds, especially at the time (2002).
● Beautiful world settings.
● Great cut-scene animation.
● Great and memorable music.
● Great voice acting.
● Fun puzzles.

CONS
● 800 x 600 is the only resolution available.
● The story is quite slow-paced.
● Lots of running around here and there. Some may find it's quite tedious.
● No double-click to skip running animation area.

FINAL SCORE
Gameplay: 8/10
Story: 9/10
Graphic: 8.5/10
Music: 9/10
Overall: 9/10

Syberia is what hooked me into adventure games, and still on the top list of best adventure games for me.
It needs patient to get into the game, tough, as it's quite slow-paced.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
This game was absolutely perfect. I can't wait to play the second game.
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