Wiki Headlines
We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here.

main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Video Game: Burn:Cycle
"It ainít easy beiní a two-bit thug in an eight-bit town."

A first-person Cyberpunk Adventure Game which incorporates puzzles and Full Motion Video, similar to that of The 7th Guest. Regarded by retro gamers as a Cult Classic and one of the best games on the Philips CD-i.

You play Sol Cutter, a small-time thief who ferries stolen data inside of his brain (ŗ la Johnny Mnemonic). While he's robbing Softech Industries, a deadly Computer Virus known as 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 two hours, his brain is yogurt. This countdown occurs in real time, essentially boiling down the game to one big Timed Mission, but there are enough 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 hard-boiled narration riffs on Blade Runner, and the colorful characters he meets along the way are arguably the game's biggest strength.

Burn:Cycle contains examples of:

Beneath a Steel SkyAdventure GameDragonsphere
Bug!Video Games of the 1990sBuzzy the Knowledge Bug
Brain Dead 13Full Motion VideoCritical Path
Buichi Terasawas Takeru Letter Of The LawUsefulNotes/Apple MacintoshCaesar

alternative title(s): Burn Cycle
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy