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Adventure games are infamous for their [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant deaths]] and [[TrialAndErrorGameplay dead-ends]], but none are quite so merciless as ''KGB''. The murder mystery is realky a [=MacGuffin=]: The real goal of the game is to survive the Red Bureaucracy. Don't mess up and get reassigned to a desk job, don't get killed, don't get beaten up, don't get sent to a gulag, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs don't get beaten up and sent to a gulag, donít get beaten up and killed, etc]]. Your investigation is being closely monitored, and at various points you're quizzed on what you've discovered. Answer incorrectly... well, you can probably guess what happens there, too. Make no mistake, you'll lose and lose and lose, eventually falling into the habit of [[ParanoiaFuel lying to everybody, all the time]]--except on occasion where lying will get you killed or sent to a gulag.

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Adventure games are infamous for their [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant deaths]] and [[TrialAndErrorGameplay dead-ends]], but none are quite so merciless as ''KGB''. The murder mystery is realky actually a [=MacGuffin=]: The real goal of the game is to survive the Red Bureaucracy. Don't mess up and get reassigned to a desk job, don't get killed, don't get beaten up, don't get sent to a gulag, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs don't get beaten up and sent to a gulag, donít get beaten up and killed, etc]]. Your investigation is being closely monitored, and at various points you're quizzed on what you've discovered. Answer incorrectly... well, you can probably guess what happens there, too. Make no mistake, you'll lose and lose and lose, eventually falling into the habit of [[ParanoiaFuel lying to everybody, all the time]]--except on occasion where lying will get you killed or sent to a gulag.


[[caption-width-right:318:In Soviet Russia, the game plays '''[[RussianReversal you]]'''.]]
Set during the dying throes of the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], '''''KGB''''' puts you in the unenviable shoes of Captain Maksim Rukov, recently transferred to [[SecretPolice Department P]] from GRU, whose job is to ferret out corruption. (Good luck.) Your first case is to investigate the petty murder of a [[PrivateDetective private eye]]; naturally, there's more to it, and you become further entangled in a conspiracy involving the CIA, mind-control experiments, and a possible military coup.

Adventure games are infamous for their [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant deaths]] and [[TrialAndErrorGameplay dead-ends]], but none are quite so merciless as ''KGB''. Like [[Series/TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], the murder mystery is a [=MacGuffin=]; the real goal of the game is to survive the Red Bureaucracy. Don't mess up and get reassigned to a desk job, don't get killed, don't get beaten up, don't get sent to a gulag, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs don't get beaten up and sent to a gulag, donít get beaten up and killed, etc]]. Your investigation is being closely monitored, and at various points you're quizzed on what you've discovered. Answer incorrectly... well, you can probably guess what happens there, too. Make no mistake, you'll lose and lose and lose, eventually falling into the habit of [[ParanoiaFuel lying to everybody, all the time]]--except on occasion where lying will get you killed or sent to a gulag.

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[[caption-width-right:318:In Soviet Russia, the game plays '''[[RussianReversal you]]'''.]]
Set during the dying throes of the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], '''''KGB''''' ''KGB'' puts you in the unenviable shoes of Captain Maksim Rukov, recently transferred to [[SecretPolice Department P]] from GRU, whose job is to ferret out corruption. (Good luck.) Your first case is to investigate the petty murder of a [[PrivateDetective private eye]]; naturally, there's more to it, it than that, and you become further entangled in a conspiracy involving the CIA, mind-control experiments, and a possible military coup.

Adventure games are infamous for their [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant deaths]] and [[TrialAndErrorGameplay dead-ends]], but none are quite so merciless as ''KGB''. Like [[Series/TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], the The murder mystery is realky a [=MacGuffin=]; the [=MacGuffin=]: The real goal of the game is to survive the Red Bureaucracy. Don't mess up and get reassigned to a desk job, don't get killed, don't get beaten up, don't get sent to a gulag, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs don't get beaten up and sent to a gulag, donít get beaten up and killed, etc]]. Your investigation is being closely monitored, and at various points you're quizzed on what you've discovered. Answer incorrectly... well, you can probably guess what happens there, too. Make no mistake, you'll lose and lose and lose, eventually falling into the habit of [[ParanoiaFuel lying to everybody, all the time]]--except on occasion where lying will get you killed or sent to a gulag.

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* UnwinnableByDesign: Being an adventure game in the '90s, it was inevitable. In fact, this is considered to be one of the very hardest of the genre, if not ''the'' hardest.


* ArtisticLicense: A character's possession of [[ItsCuban Cuban cigars]] is presented as evidence that he's corrupt. The USSR considered Cuba an ally and never imposed a trade embargo against them, so Cuban cigars are the type a Soviet bigwig would have been ''most'' likely to possess.

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* ArtisticLicense: A character's possession of [[ItsCuban Cuban cigars]] is presented as evidence that he's corrupt. The USSR considered Cuba an ally and never imposed a trade embargo against them, so Cuban cigars are the type of luxury item a Soviet bigwig would have been ''most'' likely to possess.

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* ArtisticLicense: A character's possession of [[ItsCuban Cuban cigars]] is presented as evidence that he's corrupt. The USSR considered Cuba an ally and never imposed a trade embargo against them, so Cuban cigars are the type a Soviet bigwig would have been ''most'' likely to possess.


* ButThouMust: {{Defied|Trope}} in the game's climax. [[spoiler:Volvov]] keeps pestering you to NeckSnap the [[spoiler:Gorbechev double]], but if you do so [[spoiler:Vovlov kills you]].

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* ButThouMust: {{Defied|Trope}} in the game's climax. [[spoiler:Volvov]] keeps pestering you to NeckSnap the [[spoiler:Gorbechev [[spoiler:Gorbachev double]], but if you do so [[spoiler:Vovlov kills you]].


Set during the dying throes of the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], '''''KGB''''' puts you in the unenviable shoes of Captain Maksim Rukov, recently transferred to [[SecretPolice Department P]] from GRU, whose job is to ferret out corruption. (Good luck.) Your first case is to investigate the petty murder of a [[PrivateDetective private eye]]; naturally, there's more to it, and you become further entangled in a conspiracy involving the CIA, mind-control experiments, and a possible military coup.

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Set during the dying throes of the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], '''''KGB''''' puts you in the unenviable shoes of Captain Maksim Rukov, recently transferred to [[SecretPolice Department P]] from GRU, whose job is to ferret out corruption. (Good luck.) Your first case is to investigate the petty murder of a [[PrivateDetective private eye]]; naturally, there's more to it, and you become further entangled in a conspiracy involving the CIA, mind-control experiments, and a possible military coup.


* BowtiesAreCool: Savinkov.


Adventure games are infamous for their [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant deaths]] and [[TrialAndErrorGameplay dead-ends]], but none are quite so merciless as ''KGB''. Like [[TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], the murder mystery is a [=MacGuffin=]; the real goal of the game is to survive the Red Bureaucracy. Don't mess up and get reassigned to a desk job, don't get killed, don't get beaten up, don't get sent to a gulag, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs don't get beaten up and sent to a gulag, donít get beaten up and killed, etc]]. Your investigation is being closely monitored, and at various points you're quizzed on what you've discovered. Answer incorrectly... well, you can probably guess what happens there, too. Make no mistake, you'll lose and lose and lose, eventually falling into the habit of [[ParanoiaFuel lying to everybody, all the time]]--except on occasion where lying will get you killed or sent to a gulag.

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Adventure games are infamous for their [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant deaths]] and [[TrialAndErrorGameplay dead-ends]], but none are quite so merciless as ''KGB''. Like [[TwinPeaks [[Series/TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], the murder mystery is a [=MacGuffin=]; the real goal of the game is to survive the Red Bureaucracy. Don't mess up and get reassigned to a desk job, don't get killed, don't get beaten up, don't get sent to a gulag, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs don't get beaten up and sent to a gulag, donít get beaten up and killed, etc]]. Your investigation is being closely monitored, and at various points you're quizzed on what you've discovered. Answer incorrectly... well, you can probably guess what happens there, too. Make no mistake, you'll lose and lose and lose, eventually falling into the habit of [[ParanoiaFuel lying to everybody, all the time]]--except on occasion where lying will get you killed or sent to a gulag.



''KGB'' was ported to CD with some rather odd additions. Rather than adding voices or redbook music, they instead cast Donald Sutherland, [[FakeRussian dressed him up as a Russkie]], and inserted him as the [[FullMotionVideo FMV]] ghost of your father. They even changed the title to ''Conspiяacy: [[CelebrityStar Starring Donald Sutherland]]''.

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''KGB'' was ported to CD with some rather odd additions. Rather than adding voices or redbook music, they instead cast Donald Sutherland, [[FakeRussian dressed him up as a Russkie]], and inserted him as the [[FullMotionVideo FMV]] {{F|ullMotionVideo}}MV ghost of your father. They even changed the title to ''Conspiяacy: [[CelebrityStar Starring Donald Sutherland]]''.



* BlackAndGreyMorality: Rukov and his allies commit numerous shady deeds during the game, but their enemies are drug dealers, snuff film producers, corrupt officials and neo-Nazis.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: BlackAndGrayMorality: Rukov and his allies commit numerous shady deeds during the game, but their enemies are drug dealers, snuff film producers, corrupt officials and neo-Nazis.



* ButThouMust: {{Defied|Trope}} in the game's climax. [[spoiler:Volvov]] keeps pestering you to NeckSnap the [[spoiler:Gorbechev double]], but if you do so [[spoiler:Vovlov kills you.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Yegor, Uncle Vanya's manservant]].

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* ButThouMust: {{Defied|Trope}} in the game's climax. [[spoiler:Volvov]] keeps pestering you to NeckSnap the [[spoiler:Gorbechev double]], but if you do so [[spoiler:Vovlov kills you.]]
you]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Yegor, Uncle Vanya's manservant]]. manservant.]]



* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler:Vovlov]] ostensibly answers to [[spoiler:Uncle Vanya]], but is really a triple agent: he pretends to have [[spoiler:infiltrated the New Birth project as a double agent to inform on them, but he actually supports the coup against Gorbachev]]. When [[spoiler:Protopopov is kidnapped and Rukov shows up, Vovlov realizes that the whole plan has gone to shit; he thus makes a last-minute attempt to switch sides, and probably claim that ''he'' prevented the conspiracy and receive all the credit.]]

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* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler:Vovlov]] ostensibly answers to [[spoiler:Uncle Vanya]], but is really a triple agent: he pretends to have [[spoiler:infiltrated the New Birth project as a double agent to inform on them, but he actually supports the coup against Gorbachev]]. Gorbachev. When [[spoiler:Protopopov Protopopov is kidnapped and Rukov shows up, Vovlov realizes that the whole plan has gone to shit; he thus makes a last-minute attempt to switch sides, and probably claim that ''he'' prevented the conspiracy and receive all the credit.]]



* EvilVsEvil: [[spoiler:The steadfastly communist New Birthers are opposed by the neo-nazi organisation Pamyat, an equally-crazy faction within the same Soviet power structure.]]

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* EvilVsEvil: EvilVersusEvil: [[spoiler:The steadfastly communist New Birthers are opposed by the neo-nazi organisation Pamyat, an equally-crazy faction within the same Soviet power structure.]]



* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: [[spoiler:Savinkov]] offers Cuban cigars to people he is close to, notably [[spoiler:Agabekov, his minion.]]

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: [[spoiler:Savinkov]] offers Cuban cigars to people he is close to, notably [[spoiler:Agabekov, his minion.]]minion]].


Adventure games are infamous for their [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant deaths]] and [[TrialAndErrorGameplay dead-ends]], but none are so merciless as ''KGB''. Like [[TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], the murder mystery is a [=MacGuffin=]; the real goal of the game is to survive the Red Bureaucracy. Don't mess up and get reassigned to a desk job, don't get killed, don't get beaten up, don't get sent to a gulag, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs don't get beaten up and sent to a gulag, donít get beaten up and killed, etc]]. Your investigation is being closely monitored, and at various points you're quizzed on what you've discovered. Answer incorrectly... well, you can probably guess what happens there, too. Make no mistake, you'll lose and lose and lose, eventually falling into the habit of [[ParanoiaFuel lying to everybody, all the time]]--except on occasion where lying will get you killed or sent to a gulag.

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Adventure games are infamous for their [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant deaths]] and [[TrialAndErrorGameplay dead-ends]], but none are quite so merciless as ''KGB''. Like [[TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], the murder mystery is a [=MacGuffin=]; the real goal of the game is to survive the Red Bureaucracy. Don't mess up and get reassigned to a desk job, don't get killed, don't get beaten up, don't get sent to a gulag, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs don't get beaten up and sent to a gulag, donít get beaten up and killed, etc]]. Your investigation is being closely monitored, and at various points you're quizzed on what you've discovered. Answer incorrectly... well, you can probably guess what happens there, too. Make no mistake, you'll lose and lose and lose, eventually falling into the habit of [[ParanoiaFuel lying to everybody, all the time]]--except on occasion where lying will get you killed or sent to a gulag.


Set during the dying throes of the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], ''KGB'' puts you in the unenviable shoes of Captain Maksim Rukov, recently transferred to [[SecretPolice Department P]] from GRU, whose job is to ferret out corruption. (Good luck.) Your first case is to investigate the petty murder of a [[PrivateDetective private eye]]; naturally, there's more to it, and you become further entangled in a conspiracy involving the CIA, mind-control experiments, and a possible military coup.

Adventure games are infamous for their [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant deaths]] and [[TrialAndErrorGameplay dead-ends]], but none are so merciless as ''KGB''. Like [[TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], the murder mystery is merely a [=MacGuffin=]; the real goal of the game is to survive the Red Bureaucracy. Don't mess up and get reassigned to a desk job, don't get killed, don't get beaten up, don't get sent to a gulag, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs don't get beaten up and sent to a gulag, donít get beaten up and killed, etc]]. Your investigation is being closely monitored, and at various points you're quizzed on what you've discovered. Answer incorrectly... well, you can probably guess what happens there, too. Make no mistake, you'll lose and lose and lose, eventually falling into the habit of [[ParanoiaFuel lying to everybody, all the time]]--except on occasion where lying will get you killed or sent to a gulag.

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Set during the dying throes of the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], ''KGB'' '''''KGB''''' puts you in the unenviable shoes of Captain Maksim Rukov, recently transferred to [[SecretPolice Department P]] from GRU, whose job is to ferret out corruption. (Good luck.) Your first case is to investigate the petty murder of a [[PrivateDetective private eye]]; naturally, there's more to it, and you become further entangled in a conspiracy involving the CIA, mind-control experiments, and a possible military coup.

Adventure games are infamous for their [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant deaths]] and [[TrialAndErrorGameplay dead-ends]], but none are so merciless as ''KGB''. Like [[TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]], the murder mystery is merely a [=MacGuffin=]; the real goal of the game is to survive the Red Bureaucracy. Don't mess up and get reassigned to a desk job, don't get killed, don't get beaten up, don't get sent to a gulag, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs don't get beaten up and sent to a gulag, donít get beaten up and killed, etc]]. Your investigation is being closely monitored, and at various points you're quizzed on what you've discovered. Answer incorrectly... well, you can probably guess what happens there, too. Make no mistake, you'll lose and lose and lose, eventually falling into the habit of [[ParanoiaFuel lying to everybody, all the time]]--except on occasion where lying will get you killed or sent to a gulag.


* BlondGuysAreEvil / VillainousWidowsPeak: [[spoiler:Savinkov]] repeatedly tries to set Rukov on the wrong track. He also swaps the crack with sea salt, presumably to cause problems within the Leningrad gang.
* BlondesAreEvil: [[spoiler:Agent Wallace]], as if the giant infomercial grin didn't tip you off.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: Rukov and his allies commit numerous shady deeds during the game, but their enemies are drug dealers, snuff film producers, corrupt officials and neo-Nazis.


* MysteriousInformant: "[[AllThePresidentsMen Cut-Throat]]", an anonymous informer sent to put Rukov on the track of [[spoiler:the New Birthers.]]

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* MysteriousInformant: "[[AllThePresidentsMen "[[Film/AllThePresidentsMen Cut-Throat]]", an anonymous informer sent to put Rukov on the track of [[spoiler:the New Birthers.]]

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* LetsPlay: There a fairly comprehensive one, complete with background information about the time period and the KGB IRL [[http://lparchive.org/KGB-aka-Conspiracy on the LP archive]].

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