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  • Summary: A World Union citizen is murdered in Russia, one of the few remaining Rogue States. This murder oddly coincides with the accidental death of a prominent professor in Adrianopolis, an important border town between the World Union and Russia. Peace Officer Phoenix Wallis is assigned to lead the investigation of the murder. Still young and inexperienced, she will soon make discoveries beyond her wildest imagination, as skilled hackers and subversive characters begin taking an inexplicable interest in Phoenix. Her investigation reveals enigmatic clues that lead her deeper and deeper into a mystery that challenges not only her case, but her very beliefs in the worldview she has sworn to protect. This story-driven, third person game uses a 3D engine with dynamic cameras and other technologies developed by Momentum AS. The game features a wide variety of organic obstacles ranging from logic puzzles to hi-tech gadget manipulation to dialogue and inventory challenges. [Strategy First] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. This is the saga we’ve been waiting for. Thank you Momentum.
  2. Culpa Innata is one of the finest adventure games of 2007. Although not without flaws (graphics, pathfinding, wordiness), it offers a solid police procedural within an engrossing futuristic setting.
  3. What Culpa Innata lacks in terms of innovative gameplay, it makes up for in depth – that is the key to this game.
  4. There are plenty of rough edges, but those who have the patience for the mountains of dialogue and can see past the ropey visuals and gut-wrenching voice acting will find a reasonably engrossing world to explore.
  5. If you can look past its graphic belmishes and gratuitously protracted conversation pieces, however, Culpa Innanta is a solid point-and-click adventure game with significant depth and replay value. [Feb 2008, p.85]
  6. Culpa Innata is certainly a playable title, and given the state of adventure gaming, gamers who generally like games of the mystery/adventure variety may find Culpa Innata to be at least on par with other games of its ilk and find it an enjoyable experience.
  7. 40
    There are some strong elements to Culpa Innata, but overall, the excessive amounts of bad dialogue drowns out nearly all of the stronger puzzles clamoring for attention.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    10
    This is my favourite of dozens of adventure games I have played going back to the very first days of Kings Quest. Why? Because every aspect of the game is first rate: the future society depicted is rich and convincing; the visuals are beautiful; the voices are excellent, the characters are lifelike; the speech scenes are long, complex and realistic; and the puzzles are varied, challenging and interesting.
    I have to take issue with some negative comments. The reviewer who complains Culpa Innata is only half a game is being unfair. Yes, the sequel is essential and I feel cheated that it is still not available. However, this game gives you a full game's worth of story, character and challenge. As for the comment that the dialogue is monotonous, this must have been written by someone who wants short shallow dialogue. This game has long dialogue which really opens up the characters and makes you feel part of their world, much closer than most games to the feeling you get from reading a good novel. There are some well crafted dialogue puzzles with complex trees which are genuinely difficult to navigate to a winning outcome though you don't lose the game overall if you fail.
    (Sorry for duplicating my previous review got truncated somehow)
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  2. JasonB.
    Feb 9, 2008
    10
    This is a terrific adventure game with a deep and absorbing storyline, strong characters and enjoyable gameplay. Highly recommended to fans of the genre. Expand
  3. May 22, 2011
    9
    An interesting game for fans of point and click adventures featuring an orwellian type futuristic society. It has an extremely engaging storyline and is one of those games you can't stop thinking about and puzzling over. The main character Phoenix is fairly likeable and the facial animations excellent. The areas are unique and interesting. The storyline really is good though. Even though this game is not technically perfect and has some minor gripes it is well easily overlooked by the atmosphere and level of immersion. I really enjoyed this game. There is uncertainty to a sequel being released....it has been mentioned but not for about a year and the game does leave a lot of questions....but that is good because it gives you a lot to mull over. Expand
  4. JasonC.
    Feb 7, 2008
    8
    An unusual and surprisingly compelling game, with creatively done and varied puzzles that fit well into the story line w/o feeling too contrived. Suffers from a little discontinuity in various ways, but well worth the trip. Expand
  5. Jan 22, 2012
    8
    Bought this game cheap on Steam, based on recommendations, and was equally not disappointed like so many other reviews. Although the ending is not great, the whole feel is excellent with clean simple graphics compared to today (but in many ways suiting the game), thought the music was just great (that made it for me), the lead character entertaining and a nice voice (supporting characters far less so, but forgiveable), and the puzzles fitted into the game really well. A very healthy score 8, recommended to those who enjoy point and click. Expand
  6. MustafaK
    Dec 31, 2009
    8
    Great adventure game. Nice storyline and characters. Graphics are a bit outdated but if you're really an adventure game player, you probably would not care for that. Expand
  7. ThunderClaw
    Apr 11, 2008
    2
    Culpa Innata is the first game that has actually managed to offend me while playing it. I have been playing for almost 20 years, and I greatly enjoy everything from Doom to Mortal Kombat to Grand Theft Auto, but Culpa Innata manages to combine a condescending and broken story world that is almost painfully ripped off Aldous Huxley's Brave New World with pathetically weak and one-dimensional characters. Then it throws on a happy topping of misandry as a bonus! Anyone who has played games for more than a couple years will recognize the calls of misogyny from many, many games that touch on sex in any form. In some games, like The Witcher, these complaints are very valid. However, all games I have seen thus far leave their overt woman-hating safely on the sidelines for the player to seek out or avoid at their leisure. Culpa Innata, by contrast, seems to enjoy throwing around man-hating as a matter of course. Misandry pours off this game almost from the get-go, as the first 3 male characters you are introduced to (in roughly the same time period you are introduced to 5 female characters) are, respectively, a sexually philandering murder victim (the main character seems more interested in his faults than figuring out who killed him, even though it's her job to solve the murder), a junior investigator who is a malicious guttersnipe and swears to the main character in the opening scene that he will 'ruin her' for no discernable reason, and an old janitor who is totally senile; his uselessness is the source of the first 'puzzle' in the game. The female characters really aren't any stronger, story-wise. They're just unrealistic, one-dimensional idiots that run the story around in circles for so long you'll feel your eyes rolling into the back of your head. The only good thing about Culpa Innata, and the only reason the rating is greater than 0, is that when the puzzles do come around, they're genuinely interesting and legitimately difficult, unlike the some other games where it is practically impossible to figure things out without a guide, like Myst. But, in the end, the crimes pile up: Terrible story world, awful characters, idiotic preachiness, and dripping misandry. Why on earth would you play a game like this? Expand

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