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DOS - 1989

Also available on: Amiga - Apple II - Apple IIgs - Commodore 64

Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Cyberpunk / Dark Sci-Fi, Hacking, Licensed Title
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc., Interplay Productions, Inc.
Developer Interplay Productions, Inc.
Perspectives Side view, Fixed / Flip-screen
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.63
4.26 / 5 - 50 votes

Description of Neuromancer

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Definitely the best cyberpunk game I've ever played, Neuromancer is an excellent adaptation of the classic book of the same name.

You play a hacker who is struggling to make ends meet at the beginning, only to discover that all is not well in cyberspace. Although initially there are not many locations for you to visit in the game, there is a great deal to find out and cyberspace locations ("WELLs") you can visit. For instance, you have a special connector attached to your head that allows you to insert silicon chips. These chips contain various "skills" which will enable you to achieve certain objectives that would otherwise remain beyond your grasp.

The skills, which include subjects like Psychanalysis, Sophistry, Evasion and even Cop talk, can also be upgraded, so while you might have the Cryptology skill chip, it may not decipher an encrypted code word until you find a way of upgrading it to version 2.0 or even 3.0. You will generally acquire skills and upgrades by talking to other characters within the game, and this brings us to the game's weakness: the specificity of its parser.

Neuromancer unfortunately falls into the guess- the-word category, particularly when you're presented with the option to ask a character, "WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ............". The word you type in may be one of several descriptions for a particular person or organization, and the parser will not accept anything less than the exact word the designer had in mind. It can be misleading because if your word isn't exactly what is required, you'll get a "I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT." type reply, which can throw you off track, when infact you need to keep hammering away with every variation of the name you can think of.

A notepad is absolutely essential for playing Neuromancer, as there is a lot of information and WELL addresses to keep track of. Neuromancer is undoubtedly the best "hacking" game in existence, as the thrill of hacking into forbidden sites, editing databases to further your cause, and generally finding things out is exhilarating (and harmless, as opposed to real life ).

Overall, no cyberpunk fan should pass up this overlooked classic. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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twofacetwo 2024-04-27 0 point

How are we meant to get past the PAX verification code?

Shake 2022-09-21 0 point

The PC version looks terrible though. The Amiga version is by far the best looking version and I highly recommend playing that version in WinUAE or on a real Amiga.

CrimsonBlade 2022-03-22 0 point

Would be a mind blower to see what could be done along the same lines with todays tech. Gawd the graphics alone would be out of this world. Not to mention what they could do with the speed, space, and so on. Just as long as they didn't get to in depth where you needed multiply PHD to simple tell it to send this virus :^D

Reyder 2021-10-16 -1 point DOS version

I still have this game kicking around somewhere in my house. No drive that'll load it, of course and the disk has probably derezzed by now.

I played this game exactly as it should be played; I hacked the save file.

I also ended up calling the developers after I found a possible bug. It was an interesting one. When I faced the AI that sounds like Dirty Harry, I fired Warrant 1 at him and he died instantly. He was the only AI that did so.

Theoretical Anomaly 2020-11-28 1 point Amiga version

This was the first game my brother and I ever binged together. In the days before cheat codes, websites and gaming magazines, you had to figure this one out all on your own. Being the younger brother, I was so proud when I figured out that laying a virus down first, then attacking was the key to defeating the earlier bases. This game is a happy memory of one of the few times he and I got along.

Porkchop666 2020-04-02 1 point Commodore 64 version

Being familiar with Gibson’s novel when this game came out, it was one of the best games of the time. It had such an in depth cyber future for a game at that time. It just inspired us to hack into more bbs systems at the time!

sss 2019-03-25 0 point

how do you actually save the game in this game? can someone teach me how on DOS version?

Caticorn 2019-03-21 2 points DOS version

One of the most unique Western RPG's ever made. The twist on the conventional RPG mechanics is refreshingly novel - instead of a wizard, you are a hacker. Instead of a dungeon, you are fighting in a virtual cyberspace. Instead of fighting dragons, you are fighting AI and other hackers. Instead of casting spells, you are sending viruses and performing malicious attacks. And so forth.

At first it feels like a tiny world, with only a few "real world" locations to go to. But then the game's virtual reality universe opens up and the game slowly reveals the plot's depth. I enjoyed exploring hacked email servers and piecing the plot together from the dialog it created.

This game was a huge pioneer thematically - how many games before 1989 dealt with cybernetic augmentation, AI, hacking, in-game virtual worlds, et cetera, in a corporatist dystopia setting? Not surprising if you're familiar with the book or the cyberpunk genre, but the game world never saw anything close to such a collection of these themes before Neuromancer came out 30 years ago, and arguably hasn't seen a better execution of them since.

Tron 2018-08-12 0 point

I guess there's plenty of references to neuromancer in the shadowrun franchise. In the SNES version, even the main protagonist's name is armitage..

dfortae 2018-01-12 -3 points DOS version

I review Neuromancer here:

TheSlimeGod 2016-01-26 5 points

Tron - Actually, this game is based on the novel of the same name by William Gibson - one of the great daddies of Cyberpunk. Shadowrun takes elements from a lot of things, particularly Gibson's Cyberpunk stuff.

Tron 2015-11-23 -2 points

So, this game is based on shadow run board game, and shadow run genesis is based on this game. Mind fcuk!!!!

Maetel la Metalle 2015-01-07 0 point DOS version

I memorized the 'cheat' manual when I originally purchased this (for my Commodore 128D)---going to be FUN playing it again! (...I still use 'Black ICE' security on my PC... )

Erik 2014-09-08 1 point DOS version

I'm pretty sure Uplink is a waaay better hacker game, but comparing the two would be like comparing apples and pears..

MegaGammaTron 2014-03-11 0 point DOS version

thank you peace

General H 2012-01-26 1 point DOS version

This game changed my life. Literally if you look at pictures before and after I turned from "Bobby Brown" to "Dennis Rodman" and everything that went along with that thinking.

wintermute 2010-02-05 0 point DOS version

this game is amazing. i wish more had been done with this franchise.

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