Neuromancer is a game I first encountered on C64 and found it so complex (being only 10 at the time) I never really got into it (boy, was I missing out on something great or what!). It’s a game that really is the very definition of Cyberpunk, because you actually get to play cyberpunk character!
You are living (if that’s what you can call it) in Chiba City, where you’re gliding through the matrix (yes, THE MATRIX – and this is older then the movie). Upon your searches you stumble upon a plan by the artificial intelligence to free it self of restrains the human designers of the matrix have placed upon it and to become the supreme ruler of the Earth. It is this AI that created “Black ICE” which is getting rid of hackers all over the place, hackers like yourself, who break into networks for profit (as cyber mercenaries). In order to fight this menace you need to build up yourself. You need to improve your hardware, software and even gather enough skill chips which will enhance your abilities (and odds) against the AI. That is right, you need to improve yourself by getting skill chips!
Now you need to get your face out of the spaghetti bowl you drunkenly mistook for a pillow and get your deck (you know you can’t operate without a full deck) back from the pawn shop. Don’t forget you’ll need money in order to do that (the easiest way to earn it is by selling off parts of your anatomy – naturally), for there are police droids all over the place just waiting to get you if you break any laws.
The real fun starts however only when you start surfing the net looking for usable pieces of software you could use. What can I say, it’s almost like surfing the internet, but imagine it being against you and you need to beat it. Did you ever get past the third level of internet? ;)
OK, the graphics are crappy, I have to admit it that already on C64 the graphics weren’t perfect, but they were better then what the PC port has to offer. For the best possible graphics for this game you should however check out the Amiga version.
The sounds are also of bad quality although the soundtrack is quite good. A very good thing about it is that it doesn’t simply repeat itself in the background. No, it plays out the tune and then goes quiet, so you can hear the sound effects. But at certain points of the game, the music score will start again creating tension.
If ever there was a game in desperate need of do-over Neuromancer is it! It is a true classic and a game well worth your time and attention, but unfortunately the low quality of graphics can make you not wanna play it. Also there are several walkthroughs of the game on the net and it’s really quite straight forward using them and completing the game, but more then half of the fun is finishing it on your own.
The game also includes the cracked file to start it up, which can not run in WinXP, so I recommend using DOSBox and starting with the NEUROCRK file.
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Posted on: 2015-09-16 by El
Pros: Interface is clear and mouse clicks work like a charm. Graphics are dated but clear. You are given clues throughout the unraveling of the story of the game that helps you to progress. Once you know the answer to something, in future playthroughs you don't need to work your way through the story to move forward. I didn't feel cheated when I couldn't figure out something as it always turned out that an NPC somewhere actually told me what I needed to know but I failed to write it down or ignored it. Cons: I had a problem near the beginning where I couldn't tell that a road turned and I could walk to a different section by moving down. Walking is slow, at the early areas it will feel like things are taking forever. There are a few tidbits of story you may have missed and an item that could be considered easter eggs but after beating the game there is little replayability.