We begin the game with seeing a robotic display parading through downtown somewhere and a woman with a suit case and umbrella watching. The woman enters a small house and we discover it is an inn. The woman's name is Kate Walker and she is an attorney from New York. She is in a small French village named Valadilene, to finalise the sale of toy factory known for their automatons.
Kate discovers that the automatons (don't call them robots!) march she saw earlier was actually a funeral march for the factory owner, Anna Voralberg. With the owner dead, the takeover is now up in the air! Kate's boss is not pleased with this but informs her to get it done. After completing some exploring and small puzzles, Kate meets with the notary. The notary informs Kate that despite the information given to her and her law firm, Anna has a brother and he is alive. This makes him the heir and she cannot complete her job unless he signs off on selling the factory.
Everyone in town believes that Hans Vorarlberg is dead. After some detective work and the help of a special boy named Mono, Kate learns that Hans had an accident when he was 7. This accident left the boy in a coma for 7 days and when he awoke he was different (brain damage due to oxygen deprivation). Hans and Anna's father faked Hans' death to save face. Hans is hidden away and becomes obsessed with mammoths. Hans decides to leave when he becomes 18, to the disappointment of Anna who loves and takes care of him. He must go to Syberia and see mammoths.
Kate, while exploring the Voralberg automaton factory, meets an automaton named Oscar. After a puzzle to help finish him, Oscar informs Kate that he is an engineer on a clock work train. Oscar will, eventually, tell Kate that he was designed the drive the train and take her to Hans and Syberia, a mysterious island where mammoths still exist. And here your adventure begins! You must go with Oscar on his clockwork train and find Hans. You will travel throughout Europe to do so. Are you ready?
This game is very atmospheric, the story is always central. Kate's back story and information are conveyed through personal calls she receives on her cellular telephone from her boss, good friend, boyfriend, and mother. Generally you can tell you are progressing along the right path in the game when you receive a phone call from one of them, giving a small glimpse into Kate's life before she began her journey to find Hans, and maybe even Syberia.
The graphics and voice acting are wonderful. The puzzles can be a little annoying but you are unable to die or miss an object and render the game unwinnable. The environments are beautiful and creative. The game is full of fun and eccentric characters.
I don't really have any gripes with this game serious. Except Oscar. His character is funny and weird. Also he can be neck-stranglingly annoying! He was totally programmed that way on purpose and it can be oddly charming, occasionally. If he were a real person, I'd have kicked him in the nuts multiple times by the end of the adventure.
In short, this game rocks. The story is immersive. The characters are fun, funny and charming. The music is memeroable. The voice actors cared! To me, Syberia is like a great book. I got to the end, I wanted more. And we're in luck! The story doesn't end here, Kate may have found Hans but what about Syberia and the mammoths?! Stay tuned for Part 2!
- Great story
- Memeroable characters
- Good music
- Fun puzzles
- You may want to punch Oscar in his robo-nuts