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->''"It ainít easy beiní a two-bit thug in an eight-bit town."''

A first-person {{Cyberpunk}} AdventureGame which incorporates puzzles and FullMotionVideo, similar to that of ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest''. Regarded by retro gamers as a CultClassic and one of the [[DamnedByFaintPraise best games]] on the {{Philips CD-i}}.

You play [[LukeNounverber Sol Cutter]], a small-time thief who ferries stolen data [[NeuralImplanting inside of his brain]] (ŗ la ''JohnnyMnemonic''). While he's robbing Softech Industries, a deadly ComputerVirus known as [[TitleDrop Burn:Cycle]] is downloaded into Sol's mind. It's dormant now, but if Sol doesn't get that virus out of his head within [[TimeBomb two hours]], his brain is yogurt. This countdown occurs in real time, essentially boiling down the game to one big TimedMission, but there are enough [[SavePoint save]] opportunities to see gamers through.

Despite having decent graphics for the time and comparably-good acting, ''Burn:Cycle'' is infamous for both its kitschy aesthetic and nutty (yet oddly straight-faced) storyline. Sol's [[PrivateEyeMonologue hard-boiled narration]] riffs on ''Film/BladeRunner'', and the colorful characters he meets along the way are arguably the game's biggest strength.

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!!Burn:Cycle contains examples of:

* AlwaysNight: Actually, twilight.
* AntiVillain: Vielli.
* ArtificialIntelligence
* BackAlleyDoctor: Doc.
* BadassLongcoat: Gala.
* BadassNative: Gala belongs to an ''[[GangOfHats entire gang]]'' of these. Take Sol's word for it; Native Americans don't fuck around in the future.
* BareYourMidriff: Kris's outfit in the Televerse.
** After Sol's brain gets transferred into a woman, he wakes up in a spandex outfit with a navel-baring window.
* BatmanGambit: Everything Sol does in the game is according to Vielli's design -- even his failures!
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: The RailShooter segment versus Sol's Rage.
* BondVillainStupidity: Dealey [[InTheBack turning his back]] on Sol. This mere moments after gloating over how he killed Sol's partner. True, Dealey's men were just about to burst in, but Sol had literally nothing to lose in shooting him.
* BrainUploading
* CallReceptionArea
* CameraAbuse: Dealey shoots out the camera after delivering his final ultimatum to Sol.
* CasualKink: When Gala and Sol arrive at his old hotel room, she peeks into the minibar to look for drinks. Instead, she finds a chainmail harness. Sol's nonchalant response is priceless.
-->"Don't touch those! I get charged for what I use."
* CityOfAdventure
* CoincidentalBroadcast: The announcement of NAMO's hacker attack.
* ComputerVoice
* CoolestClubEver: Sum Zero.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Dealey.
* TheCracker: Sol himself.
* {{Cyberspace}}: Referred to as the "Televerse".
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Sol Cutter.
* [[GenreMotif/EasyListening Easy Listening]]: The obnoxious hotel theme.
* EnemyWithout: While exploring the depths of his mind, Sol is confronted by a personification of his own rage.
* HairDecorations: Gala wears red feathers in her hair. If it's not cute, it certainly looks badass.
* EvilLaugh: Dealey's distinctive snicker. "Eheh heh heh heh!"
* FakingTheDead: Vielli is believed to be dead in the live world. Actually, he downloaded his consciousness into the Televerse.
* FemmeFatale / WomanInBlack: Gala.
* FlyingCar
* TheFuture: Circa 2043.
* GenderBender: Under duress, Sol agrees to be downloaded into one of Vielli's spare bodies: a "pleasure model". [[{{Squick}} Ick]].
** Cutter's nemesis mentions he [[AttractiveBentGender looks better now]].
** FirstLawOfGenderBending: Sol Cutter's original body is pretty much unusable now, so he's [[CursedWithAwesome stuck with the good-looking, athletic body]].
* GenericEthnicCrimeGang: Puerto-Rican pharmaceutical smugglers.
* GunpointBanter: "When God was crapping stupidity, he dropped a ''shitload'' on you!"
* HeelFaceMole: Doc.
* HistoryRepeats: Sol and Dealey find themselves in a pistol standoff twice during the game -- once in a flashback, and again at the end of the game.
* {{Hologram}}
* ImmortalityImmorality: Vielli's aim is to preserve the minds of Earth's greatest thinkers by downloading their brains into the televerse, whereupon they can BodySurf between artificial bodies in perpetuity. Softech seeks to sell his technology to the highest bidder.
* InsideAComputerSystem
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Sol remarks on this after gaining entry to his hotel room.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: See "Master of Disguise".
* KavorkaMan: Sol is an average-looking bloke with a thinning hairline. Judging by the contents of his hotel room, though, he's been busy. Gala also comments on his "cute ass".
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Only Sol and Vielli survive the game... and technically speaking, Vielli's already dead!]]
* KnowledgeBroker: An AI (probably) called ASCII buys and sells information. Cutter asks for an "open line of credit" early on but since he hasn't gotten to the bottom of the mystery yet, halfway through ASCII cuts him off and withdraws support.
* KissOfDeath: Gala plants one on Sol before holding him at gunpoint.
* JokeItem: A porno mag. (''Wet When Slippery'')
* LogicBomb: The "Burn:Cycle" virus acts as one of these to a ''human brain''.
* LosingYourHead: Sol's last task is to smuggle away Vielli's severed head, which contains the information Softech is seeking.
* MagicPlasticSurgery: Sol makes an off-hand comment about having "a different face" when he crossed paths with Gala previously.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: Sol adjusts to his new body briskly; he's already [[SkewedPriorities thinking along those lines]] in the epilogue.
* ManInWhite: Vielli.
* MasterOfDisguise: [[spoiler:Virtual Kris turns out to be the elusive Vielli in disguise]].
* MegaCorp: Softech.
* MexicanStandoff: Sol and Dealey.
* MutilationInterrogation: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Dealey, who threatens to keep chopping away at Sol's (unconscious) body until he delivers the software. Sol gets around this impediment by switching bodies altogether.
* NeckLift: "Sol's Rage" throttles Sol while rattling off his past failures.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in NAMO's backstory: Whenever an undercover agent is found within their ranks, they give him a pistol and [[MercyLead an hour's lead]] to run away. Once it's elapsed, a cadre of ladies with short-bladed knives are sent out after him. According to Sol, not ''one'' of those agents survived with their [[FlayingAlive scalp attached]].
* NightVisionGoggles: The hotel level.
* NothingPersonal
* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: Epitomized by the characters' clothes and hair styles, which more resemble late-[[TheEighties 80s]] punk fashions.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the New Age Movement.
* PlayfulHacker: Zip.
* SafeCracking
* ShesGotLegs: When we first meet Gala.
* ShowSomeLeg: Sol arranges for Gala to use this trick on a guard patrolling outside his hotel.
* SlowDoors: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the prologue; Sol doesn't make it, and Kris is shot dead on the helipad.
* TapOnTheHead: One karate chop from Gala is enough to lay a mook flat.
* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: "Those who rush, and those who don't."
* ThresholdGuardians: The gold Buddha.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: The scattered flashbacks to Sol's days as a corporate "[[ProfessionalKiller adjuster]]".
* TwoDecadesBehind
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Nobody inside the nightclub seems to bat an eyelash when a gunfight erupts.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Kris in the intro. [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig zagged]] when Sol rediscovers her in the Televerse -- [[spoiler:only for Kris to morph into her true form, Vielli]].
* WeWillSpendCreditsInTheFuture
* WelcomeToMyWorld: Vielli in the Televerse.
* WhiteCollarCrime
* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: Dealey's mocking reference to Kris' death, revealing it was he who shot her.
* YetAnotherStupidDeath

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