LAST November history was made when the East Germans destroyed part of the Beril Wall which had separated the city since 1961. I only mention this because the wall (as in Berlin, not Pink Floyd) plays quite a part in this new game from Accolade. In their version it's still there.
The briefing is this: Three couriers were on route to a secret meeting in Brussels. Each had a vital component relating to NATO's nuclear defence plans. Two have been assassinated, one remains. He was last seen in West Berlin.
As a CIA agent you make selections as to your cover and past history. These directly effect the playing characteristics of your agent as he moves through the rather violent backstreets of the erstwhile German capital.
You are not completely on your own. A computer in your apartment building will keep you up to date on the latest developments. An answering machine will play silly messages to anyone who rings while you were out and a fax machine is always handy for relaying photos of suspects back to HQ for an identity check.
There is also a mission support centre in the middle of the city to provide you with weapons, money and useful items of equipment such as bomb-
The streets tend to get a bit monotonous what with all the trudging up and down and what have you. Not every shop front has a shop behind it, though there are plenty of locations. Most of them are one of four things, an office block - a hotel - ditto, a bar - difficult to get out of - or a shop which never seems to have anything you might want to buy.
The game is very realistic in that there is an awful lot of boring, humdrum legwork to be done before you uncover anything. The streets are slightly more dangerous than you might believe, with well armed muggers and drunks everywhere. Good job there's a doctor at mission support.
Money isn't much of a problem. You get a daily allowance of 1000 DM plus whatever you can get out of your cashpoint account. Some things are expensive, like a false set of East German papers, but the commodity you are most short of is time. You have only a few days before the info will inevitably fall into the hands of the Russians.
Another completely menu-driven adventure, the front end feels a bit constricting at times but plays OK. The sense of paranoia in the old city is wonderful. Good luck. Oh, and watch your back...