The game KGB is yet another that helps add to the vast number of point-and-click adventure games available for the pc. It is set, unsurprisingly, in Russia in 1991 (before the collapse of the Soviet Union), where you control middle-ranking kgb officer by the name of Rukov. Your aim appears to be to get promoted to a higher authority by fulfilling various tasks and missions during the game. Mess these up, and you'll be duly assigned to a mission of lesser importance, such as a five-year Tour of Duty in Siberia. When this happens, it's game over time.
Unfortunately, these demotions are likely to happen a lot, and I don't think that this is solely due to my ineptitude at adventure games but more to do with the game itself. As with a lot of the games in this genre you can't do half the things you'd like to, and the only way to progress seems to be to click at everything in sight and eventually you'll come up with something useful. Or not, as the case usually is. The most infuriating aspect of KGB is that generally the only way to get anywhere in the game seems to be through talking to other people, which may eventually lead to something, such as a clue or an object. However, to obtain these clues is less a test of how clever your interviewing technique is, but more a case of trying it over and over again until the interviewee finally gives you - for no apparent reason - what you need.
Although KGB is moderately enjoyable on the first couple of goes, I have a feeling that, after prolonged gameplay, its repetitive nature will drive you up the wall. Also, it's hard enough remembering "ordinary" names in games, but when most of the characters are Russians, with about a billion "something-cov" and "name-ski's", you've got about as much chance of recalling these at the appropriate moments as your average Russian punter has at getting a melon from "Moscow Grocers" without a week-long queue.
The music in this game is horrible, and Graphic wise the game is pretty standard, although the majority of the characters faces look as if they were all affected by Chernobyl. There are far better games of this genre available on budget, such as Monkey Island, and you'd be better off spending your pennies on those games rather than on this rather boring adventure.
PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode