Spycraft (also known by its full title, Spycraft: The Great Game) is an adventure CD-ROM game published by Activision in 1996. It details the attempted assassination of the President of the United States and the CIA and SVR attempts to save him. Although the game was not approved by either organization, it tends to favour realism due to its coordination with former CIA director William Colby and former KGB Major-General Oleg Kalugin.

A  CIA operative called to Washington. A Russian candidate for president was assassinated while giving a public speech. It’s a conspiracy and you are hurled into it .

Spycraft is a simulation that involves puzzle-solving. With input from ex-head of KGB and ex-head of CIA, the scenario is quite authentic. You choose your actions from what is available on screen. You will need to gain large amount of info, and pick out certain patterns that will lead you to what you need. You are helped along by your PDA which highlights the areas to be investigated and keeps track of most relevant facts.

There are two final options presented to the player:

  1. Shoot Yuri. Thorn gets a medal back at home and a vacation in Fiji. The Russian elections go smoothly and the new candidate seems intent on forging a good relationship with the U.S.
  2. Do not shoot Yuri. Although this is easier on the player’s conscience, Thorn is fired when he returns home for refusing to follow orders. Meanwhile, in Russia, chaos ensues and the old President declares martial law and seals himself off from the U.S.

If Thorn fails to recover the nuclear pit, the final scene is marred by a catastrophic nuclear explosion.



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