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It's the year [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2047]] and some fifteen years following the [[WorldWarIII Great Economic War]]. Most of the countries of Western Europe and North America have joined to form the [[OneWorldOrder World Union]] and society is at its [[MarySuetopia most perfect]]. [[FreeLoveFuture Sex is entertainment]], children are viewed as investments [[ParentalAbandonment raised in institutions]] (called Child Development Centres) by teachers, [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture disease]] and crime have been eliminated and [[{{Greed}} greed is good]].

You play Phoenix Wallis, a Peace Officer (read: cop) in [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas Adrianopolis]], a city on the border of [[WretchedHive Russia]] and the World Union. [[DaChief Captain Dagmar Morrison]] has assigned Phoenix and another Peace Officer named [[ProfessionalButtKisser Julio Rodriguez]] to investigate the murder Vassyly Bogdanov, a crime that has not occurred for fifteen years. While investigating this Phoenix comes across [[LinkedListClueMethodology some rather strange clues involving butterflies]] that lead to [[spoiler:an ElaborateUndergroundBase where a supposed LaResistance known as the Renovators is run by an [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Omniscient Council of Vagueness]].]]

The political and economic system of the World Union is based on UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} and ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''.

''Culpa Innata'' was made by the Turkish company Momentum AS in 2007 and is more like a VisualNovel than an AdventureGame. [[{{Vaporware}} A sequel]] has been made, and was supposed to be released in 2008, but the financial crisis meant that the [[ScrewedByTheNetwork publisher didn't pay Momentum AS for the game]].
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'''This game contains the following tropes:'''

* AllMenArePerverts: One of the few aversions. Bogdanov's willingness to have sex with AnythingThatMoves is actually seen as strange by most of the characters.
* AllThereInTheManual: The [[http://www.culpainnata.com/ website]].
* AllWomenAreLustful: Morrisen says at one point that it is women who sexually harass men. Even Phoenix, who is reserved by Union standards, sleeps with two different men and oogles the bouncer at the Stardust Club.
* AllWomenLoveShoes
* AntiVillain: Is [[spoiler:Supreme Commander Mr. Hamilton]] one of these?
* ApocalypseHow: The game opens with a prediction of a Planetary Total Extinction event by way of the sun entering its red giant phase. Scientists have rather overestimated its remaining lifetime and it is set to occur by the year 3000. However, it is posited that the sun might be refueled by way of wormhole. [[spoiler:It's only later that you learn this isn't public knowledge.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Over the course of the game, you have to interview three potential citizens, each with a character flaw that will disqualify them if you ask the right questions to expose it. One is a murderer, one is a hacker, and one is... a GoldDigger. That last one actually gets the option to reapply, provided they shape up.
* AsYouKnow: There are a lot of these to explain the history of the world the game is set in and the social philosophies.
* BareYourMidriff: Phoenix's Peace Officer uniform.
* BrokenBird:
* CasanovaWannabe: Pierre [=DeVille=]; Bogdanov could be seen as this. as well.
* CatapultNightmare: Three times. First time when Phoenix was remembering her [[StreetUrchin time on the streets]], second was after she discovers the [[spoiler:Renovators control room in the tunnels]] and the third time was when [[spoiler:she escaped from the [[ElevatorFailure crashing elevator]] in the mining camp that she was transported to by the Renovators.]]
* CharacterNameAlias: An NPC masquerading as a police officer goes by the moniker [[DirtyHarry Harry Callahan]]. Phoenix spots the connection immediately.
* CommLinks: The Personal Assistant or PA, which is a video phone, a diary, a scanner and a map. There's also the hint that BigBrotherIsWatching. The PA is also where you save the game.
* CosmeticCatastrophe: Phoenix is twice offered a free makeover by Roger Arnet's assistant. Both times she's just using Phoenix as an easy mark to test some experimental beauty programs. For added nerve, when she inevitably botches the job, she claims it's Phoenix's fault for not having the right face for it.
* {{Cutscene}}: In addition to conversations, there's rendered cinematics that show nightmares and other non-interactive sections.
* DaChief: Dagmar Morrisen
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Phoenix's parents were killed in riots during the Great Economic War, and she had to [[StreetUrchin survive on the streets]] until the [[RedshirtArmy Union Army]] arrived to save the city from rebels and she was found by Amnesty International.
* DeathBySex: Spencer is said to have died in coitus. [[spoiler:He was actually killed by a LotusEaterMachine which creates scenarios so intense he died of a brain hemorrhage while running a sex simulation.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Bogdanov is said to be this, and Michalov is this to Phoenix.
* TheDitz: Alicia/Aleethia from The Thing Store.
* DoesntLikeGuns: The World Union as a whole, with the exception of their armed forces, has no firearms of any kind. Peace Officers are expected to talk things out, and force is reserved for when suspects won't cooperate. Phoenix is disgusted with Pierre [=DeVille=]'s gun collection.
* DoubleThink: Conversation with Lupin reveals that students in the immigration academy took the selfish/greed portion too literally, and avoided cooperation and sharing as was required by some academy assignments; hence less experienced people not understanding how things work. Overall, the Union is based around greed and capitalism, yet it's the duty of individuals to contribute to an NGO (technically a limited form of altruism that is otherwise stigmatized).
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Shown in the FakeOutOpening.
* EmotionsVsStoicism
* EroticDream
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Women in the World Union are expected to have multiple partners and (at least according to Sandra) it's fashionable to be promiscuous. Phoenix is seen to be rather prudish and old-fashioned as she says she wants to be with the right man.
* FakeOutOpening: The game begins with children listening to a lecture in a starry room, it's not until later you find out [[spoiler:that these people are actually the Renovators and are in hiding]].
* FreeLoveFuture
* GossipyHens: Phoenix and Sandra; it's pretty much all Sandra does.
* KissMeIAmVirtual: [[spoiler:Bogdanov's virtual reality device can run many scenarios, but the sex simulation is the most popular.]]
* HairpinLockpick: Phoenix [[SawItInAMovieOnce saw it once in an old age 2D movie]].
* InUniverseGameClock: This game uses event-based time advancement. As long as you don't travel between major locations, the time remains the same, and it only changes once you speak with someone or go to a certain place. However, it's sometimes inconsistent - if you arrive at the child care center at 12:01, speak with the receptionist to learn that prep-period is in 90 minutes, and make a short discussion with a teacher, the result is that the time jumps to 4:30 after the interrogation (not enough time to reach another location).
* LeftHanging: Since the sequel is {{Vaporware}}, quite a few plot threads get lost to the scramble. Only the murder plot gets wrapped up.
* LinkedListClueMethodology
* MacGyvering: A lot of the puzzles Phoenix solves are done by this, there's even a ShoutOut.
* TheMafiya: The Gambino crime family comes up in connection to the case. [[spoiler:Bogdanov was doing a trial run of the virtual reality device for them, but stiffed them when he started making profit from a side business. They somehow extradited him from the Union and murdered him.]]
* MeaningfulName: Subverted. Phoenix is aware that her name is a city in the US and a mythical bird but doesn't know what they mean. She is also told later about the constellation that shares her name.
* NGOSuperpower: {{NGO}}s were responsible for getting rid of the UN and all Union citizens have to belong to one.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness
* OrWasItADream: Phoenix's time with [[spoiler:the Renovators]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Enforced. Seeing the family unit as a detriment to development, the Union educates children at a special facility. In what is probably an intentional critique of such thinking, the one child you meet at such a facility is a ''massive'' brat that refuses to recognize Phoenix's authority and has to be bribed into cooperation.
* PerpSweating: Phoenix does this when she interviews the novices before they can become World Union citizens. The trick is, unless you are calm in the interrogation room you are unlikely to pass due to the whole Union stoicism thing.
* PowerTattoo: The forehead tattoo of the Arrivee.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Julio Roderigez
* PyramidPower: The Pyramid is the center of the city. It's apparently a big part of Union design, and even more impressive ones are alluded to.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Was the case for Vassyly Bogdanov when he was young. In addition to this being a clue to where to find something, Phoenix later discusses in gossip about how she doesn't understand why those biological grandparents were altruistic towards Bogdanov.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dr Patel gives one of these if you follow the right dialogue options to fail his security interview, and Phoenix follows this up with a great ShutUpHannibal.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Pierre [=DeVille=]; his gun collection really is just for show.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: WIMA has a special arrangement with the government exempting it from any police scrutiny. Even when Phoenix believes Roger Arnet to be violating the Constitution, her chief notes that they couldn't prosecute the man even if she could adequately explain the manner in which he's doing it (in reality, Phoenix is just too idealistic to get his hints about how the system really works).
* SequelHook
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Phoenix's nightclub outfit, which can best be described as a backless and topless dress (the main strap runs between her breasts) with a colorful bra.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Set in 2047.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: This is Sandra's constant advice to Phoenix. Phoenix does take it, just not to the extent Sandra would recommend.
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