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Circuit's Edge

DOS - 1990

Alt name Gravity Edge
Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure, Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Cyberpunk / Dark Sci-Fi, Detective / Mystery, Licensed Title, Turn-based
Publisher Infocom, Inc.
Developer Westwood Associates
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Supported on 0.61
Tested on Windows 10, Windows 11
4.91 / 5 - 56 votes

Description of Circuit's Edge

Circuit's Edge is an atmospheric, well-written game based on "When Gravity Fails," an excellent sci-fi series by George Effinger about the Budayeen-- a small corner of Morocco notorious for violence, sex, and drugs. The game's strength lies in the outstanding and rich depiction of the world that Effinger envisioned.

You play Marid, a down-on-his-luck two-bit courier looking for a job. The game play - walking city streets, visiting bars and talking to sexchanges, using a cellphone, taking drugs, fighting punks, putting chips in your head - it was like few games in terms of grit and well-realized gameworld.

The game also features an ingenious CHIP IN/OUT feature that is reminiscent of Interplay's Neuromancer: you can buy or obtain skill chips that can be activated to solve puzzles and increase your aptitude. Despite the seemlingly endless freedom in exploring the city and partaking its many vices, however, the gameplay is linear - one event after another, with lax time constraints, and endless wandering will be cut short by messages from your wristwatch reminding you of your current task.

The interface and encounters are exciting enough, but the characters you encounter, while gritty, are limited in their variance (but then again, few designers care about the sexual history of characters in computer games back in 1990, or even now). Though the game's story and prose are very violent, the story is very interesting, and ranks among the best-developed in adventure games. There are also fighting sequences in the game, most of which doesn't further the plotline but add action and atmosphere.

Overall, Circuit's Edge is a must-play for all cyberpunk fans- highly recommended.

Review By HOTUD

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How to play Circuit's Edge

Modern Systems Installer is a game packed with DOSBox, all in one setup. That installer may trigger some false positive warnings because file has no signature, here's the VirusTotal report. The game with that installer has been tested on Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 10 & 11, works with no problem

Comments and reviews

Flyboy 2023-10-09 1 point

Adventure gamers of old had map making tools of their own called "pen and paper" no compass needed

larry 2021-05-05 1 point

one of the games, that truly aims to make the player experience a whole new atmosphere and succeeds it. to be able to do is nothing about "realistic" graphics.

PureBlueOctopus 2019-12-16 5 points

Love this game, incredibly innovative for the time.

JAY DEE 2015-02-01 3 points DOS version

pretty good,could do with the map that came with it,as navigating the town can be confusing

Kmuzu 2014-10-31 6 points DOS version

The story is from George Alec Effinger's, When Gravity Fails. This is Mike Legg's game. He is now one of the owners of Petroglyph Games.

alx96 2013-12-23 5 points DOS version

this games in one of the first game I ever played. Definitely my first Adventure games before a string of adventure games like indoana jones, leisure suit larry series, monkey island and so on.

This game is awesome! Bring back a lot of elementary school memories, solving puzzle, getting epiphanies. I am 37 yo now mind you.

Thanks myabandonware!

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