Codex Gamicus
Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller
Developer(s) Take‑Two Interactive Software
Publisher(s) GameTek
status Status Missing
Release date PC
1994 (EU)
1994 (NA)
Genre point-and-click adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Age rating(s) ELSPA:18+
3DO: 17
Platform(s) PC (MS-DOS)
Arcade system Arcade System Missing
Media CD (1)
Input keyboard and mouse
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller is a point-and-click adventure game released in 1994 by GameTek and developed by Take‑Two Interactive Software. It was available both for DOS and 3DO. The game was notable for being one of the first CD-ROM only games to use speech with hi-res graphics, and has been described as very similar to BloodNet. Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones and Stephanie Seymour were among the voice actors who lend their voices to characters in the game. Seymour herself also appears on screen at one point, while Hopper and Jones appear via computer animated representations.

The story is told through a variety of partial screen FMV movies. The game is set in a dystopian 2095, and the United States of America is under the control of a brutal fascist-theocratic dictatorship called the "Hand of God". Unlike the religious dictatorships of the past, this government not only has the ability to send sinners to hell - they can prove they have done it.

In this third person perspective, dystopia environment, you pick between Gideon Eshanti, or Rachel Braque, two loyal police officers (and lovers), agents of a new law enforcement agency created by the theocracy - Artificial Reality Containment, or ARC, a Cultural Revolution-like organization that enforces a ban on cybernetic technology in general and virtual reality in particular.

The story begins one night when they find they have been declared enemies of the state and on the run from the very government they worked for. Thus begins a quest to uncover the secrets behind the theocracy's reign of terror, one that will lead them from the corridors of power in 2095 Washington D.C. to the very depths of Hell. Along they way they recruit allies from the criminal underworld and run errands for the demons that now populate it.


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