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After Cinemaware bankrupted, a few employees formed a new company by the name of Cineplay Interactive. This was their first game and it was a huge disappointment. No wonder they never tried to make another adventure after Free DC.
In this game you, as Avery Zedd, one of the remaining humans on Earth which is now a huge Zoo controlled by robots. Something is wrong in this huge zoo as someone is killing the other specimen. You have to find out who it is...
The game is pretty bad, no matter how good it may sound.
In one of the most disappointing execution of a good game concept, Free D.C.! tries to be too many things at once but falls flat on its face with banal plot, frustrating and out-of-place combat sequences, and poor writing. The game starts out well enough with a cliche, but not an overused one: you're a "specimen" in the "Human Zoo" around Capitol Hill in DC, where all the remaining humans reside after robots took over the world. You have to talk to various people to find out who or what is killing the remaining specimens.
The first impression when you watch the intro is quite positive-- the game has a unique "claymation" style that results from teaming with Will Vinton's famous claymation team who created creatures for the game. Unfortunately, it all goes downhill from there as everything that could go wrong with this game eventually DID go wrong. After putting up with insipid jokes from your robot sidekicks, awful digitized voices and bad writing, and innumerable fighting sequences that don't add any value except to lengthen the short gametime, you'd be wondering if the designers played their own game, and how they dared to call it an "adventure" when puzzle-solving is virtually nil. Overall, a very marginal old game that might deserve to lie forgotten after all. If you want a good game in the same style, play Manhunter: New York or hunt down a copy of Dreamworks' Neverhood CD-ROM instead. A very disappointing, nail-in-the-coffin end to Cinemaware's stellar career.
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