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Syndicate

DOS - 1993

Also available on: Amiga

Alt names
הסינדיקט, Higher Functions, Cyber Assault, BOB, シンジケート
Year
1993
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Action, Strategy
Theme
Cyberpunk / Dark Sci-Fi, Real-Time
Publisher
Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer
Bullfrog Productions, Ltd.
Perspectives
Isometric, Bird's-eye view
Dosbox support
Supported on current version
4.42 / 5 - 127 votes

Description of Syndicate

Syndicate is an outstanding, incredibly atmospheric action-strategy game by Bullfrog, one of the best of its kind.

The game is set in a bleak future where "Syndicates" control the world. You're a young executive in a small European based syndicate, you must perform a series of tasks to subdue the major population centres one by one until you have driven the forces of the rival corporations out of their final strongholds. What makes Syndicate stand out from other real-time strategy games is the combination great gameplay and unmatched immersion that never gets boring. The game mixes elements of business management, strategy and action into one very addicting package. Missions are carried out by up to four agents, any or all of whom can be controlled by you through use of the "CHIP" technology. Each agent has his or her own stats, which can be improved via implementing cybernetic attachments, which in turn must be researched using funds you collect from winning a mission. One of the game's best feature is the ability to adjust the stats of your agents. Since they are not real humans but cyborgs, the agents' Intelligence, Perception, and Adrenalin levels can be artificially boosted by drugs at any time to suit your tactics. You will often boost an agent's attribute to the level you prefer, and then leave him to fend for himself - the agent will then react with pinpoint accuracy to any threats, and run away if necessary. Of course, as with real-life drugs, there is a downside. After a sustained period of exposure to the drug, the body's tolerance increases, and the net effect of the drug increases - more is needed to achieve the same effects as before (diminishing marginal utility, one might say). This simulation of drug addiction is very well implemented, and adds a great dimension to gameplay.Although most of the missions are of the "kill all enemies" type, there are many different objectives that keep the game afresh: you will subdue the local resistance, capture VIPs, or even use a persuadertron on someone. Speaking of persuadertron: this is a good example of how unique and deep Syndicate is. Not quite a weapon, the persuadertron allows you to persuade others to your side-- anyone falling under the influence of the persuadertron will follow the agent who carries it, powerless to resist. Normal citizens can be "persuaded" instantly, while guards, police and members of opposing syndicates require that a number of civilians are persuaded first before the persuadertron will work on them. Played from a excellent isometric pseudo 3D perspective, Syndicate was a graphic tour de force for its time. Busy streets are filled pedestrians, vehicles and enemy agents. Digital street signs advertise the latest products as your agents battle it out with the forces of the enemy beneath. Buildings can be entered, cars driven around (and used to splatter enemies), and occasional parts of the environment can be ignited. With incredible atmosphere, solid gameplay, and high replayability, Syndicate is Peter Molyneux' masterpiece and one of the best games ever made. A must-have, especially for all cyberpunk fans. Two thumbs up, way up!

Note: the buy link below leads to the compilation, which includes the game plus American Revolt add-on.

Review By HOTUD

How to play Syndicate

You have to run the setup "insthd.exe" first to install the game.

Syndicate has an addon available: Syndicate: American Revolt, don't miss it!

Comments and reviews

EvilBetty 2017-03-25 0 point DOS version

Awesome ! great game, it's so cool to retrieve it !

morpheus 2016-04-10 2 points

thanx!!!I1ts my favourite!!

longDADDYlegy2k 2016-01-29 1 point DOS version

the original syndicate, a masterpiece from
back in the day...very easy to play and highly
addictive, I bought *syndicate wars* years later
but gave up on it, it just was too hard to control
my agents..it was like bullfrog re-invented the wheel
when they DIDN'T have to, there was nothing wrong
with the goddamn wheel....what a shame.
love the original.

Ashley 2015-05-20 1 point DOS version

Awesome gameplay

CHEATMASTER 2014-07-08 0 point DOS version

CALL YOURSELF COOPERTEAM YOU GET BEST WEAPONS

cesc1 2014-04-24 1 point DOS version

CYBER PUNK AT ITS BEST!

Andronicus 2014-02-02 0 point DOS version

Ur GREAT !!!!!!

Leonida 2014-01-28 0 point DOS version

thanks

tony-gee 2014-01-19 2 points DOS version

Been a long time! Can't wait :D

vcorp 2013-11-15 0 point DOS version

use dosbox to get it working ^^

Niame 2013-10-18 1 point DOS version

@jay synd.exe

I haven't played this in over a decade and I remember typing that into dos so many times YIKES thats kinda scary.... (in a good way)

downloading now.... cant wait to play this game! nostalgia rocks!!

t-ganga 2013-09-30 -1 point DOS version

hanging to play this game for many years

DOSBox FTW 2013-09-24 -2 points DOS version

Use DOSBox to play under just about any OS (including Win7, Mac OS, Linux, etc)

Talos 2013-09-08 -2 points DOS version

I also can not get this amazing game to work on Windows 7 which is a shame as this is one of my faves from my youth.

honestfi 2013-08-18 -1 point DOS version

Couldn't get it to work on Windows 7

jay 2013-08-14 -3 points DOS version

I'm stuck! Please help, which file starts the game???

Ju 2013-06-28 1 point DOS version

Hi

Tobbe 2013-06-22 -1 point DOS version

I spent many nights playing Syndicate 1995 - 2000

DDA1975 2012-12-16 -1 point DOS version

Amazing old game

Tq 2012-08-27 1 point DOS version

This game is brilliant , i spent a lot of time playing it on amiga,

Huhn 2012-01-22 0 point DOS version

Huhuh

Computerdad 2011-04-17 0 point DOS version

This game is very good, you need to plan a strategy and complete the mission to pass levels, good game

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