Excerpt: If you know anything about Benoit Sokal's track record with adventure gaming, you know going in that Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals will be weird. But even prior experience with the French designer's surreal Syberia games doesn't prepare you for the strangeness of this adaptation of the work of graphic novelist Enki Bilal.
Pros: Very original story and setting, Detailed visuals and first-rate voice acting set a surreal, sci-fi mood
Cons: Story and setting are so original and surreal that is impossible to identify with the lead character or get immersed in the action, Many puzzles are timed, with failure resulting in instant death, Features too many action-oriented sequences for an adventure game
Excerpt: I have to say that I had never read any of Bilal’s graphic novels when I bought the game. But a moment after I installed it and started playing, I ran, found and read Nikopol Trilogy graphic novels and rent the movie Immortal, which is also based on the same trilogy… Nikopol is, of course, based on the scenario of the novel and to be more accurate on the plot of the first part of the trilogy, Carnival of Immortals.
Pros: Wonderful graphics, amazing music, variety of puzzles
Cons: The story doesn’t follow the original work, the magnetic card puzzle
Excerpt: Paris 2023. Alcide Nikopol maintains his existence in a dilapidated apartment by painting pictures for rent money. Fly spotted beams, peeling wall paper, a grime encrusted bathroom and a crumbling ceiling held up by unsteady poles – not much to speak of, but that apartment contains precious memories of Nikopol’s father too, now incarcerated for insubordination by the totalitarian regime.
Excerpt: Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals is a fusion of efforts of the creative minds between White Birds Productions, the studio founded by game designer Benoît Sokal of the famed Syberia series, and Enki Bilal, author of the popular French graphic novel trilogy also titled Nikopol. Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals is the first video game adaptation of Bilal's Nikopol universe, a futuristic facist version of France, and it follows the story of an artist living in poverty...
Excerpt: Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals is a point-and-click adventure from White Birds Productions. If you go to the game’s official web site, you’ll see that Got Game Entertainment is quick to describe White Birds Productions as “the studio created by adventure game legend Benoit Sokal.” That’s true, but from what I can tell Sokal didn’t have anything to do with this game, or at least he’s not listed anywhere in the game’s credits.
Conclusion: In the end, this game greatly disappointed me. When I first loaded it up, I was excited by the graphical style and dystopian detail. Unfortunately, that excitement all too rapidly turned to annoyance with the movement and puzzles, and by the time I finished I felt more a sense of relief than achievement. In active game time, it took about six hours, though difficulties with puzzles such as the metro station made actual play time much longer.