X-Files: The Game

(c) Fox Interactive




 P133, 50 Megs HD, 4X CD-ROM, Windows 95




H. C.

  In X-Files: The Game, Fox interactive attempts to delve into the X-Files mythology in this new cd adventure. As with all games of any type, this one has its pluses and it's minuses. On the plus side, Fox managed to include many of the main stars from the television series, including Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), David Duchovny (Fox Mulder), Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner), and The Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). There are also cameos by other people form the series, such as a member from the Lone Gunmen, and the mysterious informant known as X.

  The game play goes pretty much as follows: click around on everything and win. Now don't get me wrong, I actually did enjoy this game. However, if you are looking for a strong adventure game, you might want to look elsewhere. This is designed more for X-Files casual gamers than hard core gamers.

  The video is some of the best I have ever seen on non DVD, and really enhances the feeling and atmosphere. However, just like the rest of the game, you just click on all the choices to see all the videos. The game seemed to have a very small amout of ingenuity packaged into this title. X-Files the game only took fifteen hours to finish, and left me wanting more. For 7 cds, it seemed quite short.


  As for the sound, there is hardly any music or any ambiance through the game. This was one of the biggest letdowns for me, as the music is what helps set the atmosphere in the television show. Yet, the digital voiceovers done by the cast of the X-Files is top notch. You can hear the sea wind blowing by you when you are near the shore, you can hear the dripping of water in abandoned buildings, and other nice touches.

Rating: 61% - if you're an X-Files fan and like adventure games, you might be a little let down, but you will still find yourself enjoying the predictable, but still entertaining plot.