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Zoom Platform adds Syberia and Syberia II powered by ScummVM

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It's now easier than ever to play the classic adventures Syberia and Syberia II from Microids, as the Zoom Platform has added them with cross-platform support. For those who don't know, Zoom Platform is a DRM-free store dedicated to keeping classics and modern games alive and they support Linux too.

Now you can grab Syberia and Syberia II, with Linux support, thanks to their team up with ScummVM to play them with modern game engines. Nice to see another store working to ensure older games are preserved like this, especially since ScummVM do some really impressive work - so why not use it.

About Syberia:

Kate Walker, a young ambitious lawyer from New York, is handed what seems a fairly straight forward assignment - a quick stopover to handle the sale of an old automaton factory hidden in the alpine valleys, then straight back home to the US. Little did she imagine when embarking on this task that her life would be turned upside down. On her expedition across Europe, traveling from Western Europe to the far reaches of Eastern Russia, she encounters a host of incredible characters and locations in her attempt to track down Hans, the genius inventor - the final key to unlock the mystery of Syberia. Her voyage across land and time throws all she values into question, while the deal she sets out to sign turns into a pact with destiny. 

Features:

  • A gripping script that goes beyond your imagination
  • Rich and intriguing characters with detailed and realistic 3D environments
  • Film-like camera angles, movements and framing
  • Original and creative puzzles (completely integrated into the scenario)


Pictured - Syberia II

About Syberia II:

Having searched Eastern and Western Europe for a missing heir, Kate Walker finally completed her long and arduous journey, obtaining the signature of Hans Voralberg and closing the automaton factory buyout. Mission accomplished? Not for this sophisticated New York lawyer… An unlikely pair, young Kate Walker and old, eccentric Hans Voralberg now set off on a journey together: in search of the last of the fabled Syberian mammoths at the heart of a long and forgotten universe. The surreal quest Hans began alone several years ago will come to a final close as he and Kate face obstacles far more dangerous than ever before, testing their courage and determination. Far and beyond, a mystical Syberia awaits their arrival… 

Features:

  • Original and captivating storyline
  • Rich and intriguing new characters with new, realistically detailed 3D environments
  • Completely integrated, original puzzles that test the players skill throughout the game 
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8 comments

That's excellent news. Syberia 1 requires an old Proton version to work properly. ScummVM will be much more efficient.
whizse Sep 5
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Interesting. These are the Mac versions of Syberia, because "ScummVM currently supports only the Macintosh versions of these games. These versions were produced by Tetraedge and are built on a completely different engine than the original Windows versions; basically, they are reimplementations, not ports."

From https://www.scummvm.org/news/20230905/
Bumadar Sep 5
Both lovely games if you like adventures, going to search for my old cdroms
artixbtw Sep 5
...oh, that Zoom.

I don't know if Zoom is any good, but with GOG slowly becoming a bigger and bigger disappointment, perhaps it will have to do.
whizse Sep 5
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If you already have the game on Steam or GOG here's how to get the Mac version to play with ScummVM (the upcoming release or from git):
https://wiki.scummvm.org/index.php?title=Syberia#Installation

Interestingly that same wiki page mentions that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game used a different engine again, meaning the ScummVM version is now the fourth one used!
I'm not a huge point and click fan but I applaud the effort.
Eike Sep 6
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Quoting: BumadarBoth lovely games if you like adventures, going to search for my old cdroms

I do love adventures, from Infocom and Level 9 over Lucasarts and Sierra, over Daedalic to Wadjet Eye and beyond...

... but not having played Syberia back in the times, I wasn't able to get into it nowadays.
while waiting for support from Scummvm for GOG PC version, you can play "Syberia 1" game with Wine on Lutris:
https://lutris.net/games/syberia


Last edited by legluondunet on 7 September 2023 at 10:41 am UTC
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