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Have You Played... Spycraft: The Great Game?

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Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Before In Memorium, before ARGs, before even a workable internet in most people’s homes, came the multimedia thriller Spycraft.

Released on something like 37 CDROMs, Spycraft: The Great Game was an incredibly brave venture from Activision – a complex, totally unique spy simulation that replaced sneaking and shooting with research and forensics. Someone’s assassinated a Russian presidential candidate, and as a new recruit for the CIA you’re tasked with digging into a deep conspiracy, all from the comfort of your spy-chair.

The game recreated a Windows 3.1-ish desktop, letting you search through archives, view video footage, use special super-spy techniques for calculating angles of fire, searching through audio recordings for vital clues… all that good stuff that games still fail to offer today.

Amazingly, for a game that looks as though it should require a virtual machine running DOSBOX through a time machine, you can absolutely buy it right now via GOG.

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