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You wake up face down, staring at the dirty floor of a seedy bar. Ratz, the bartender, demands that you pay for the synth spaghetti you ate the night before but you don't have enough money. You log in at a computer terminal to get some and, as you do, you peruse the news and your bulletin board messages. But, something seems odd.
News about a cyber cowboy's disappearance is circulating. There are other things of note, too. Someone's got your cyberdeck; you need to get it back. Another someone needs to tell you something and it seems fairly urgent — but he can't tell you on the bulletin board.
Welcome to Neuromancer, a futuristic cyberpunk game where you must uncover the reason behind why cyber cowboys are disappearing or being killed. It's an adventure game with RPG elements based on author William Gibson's novel of the same name. Your goal is to explore the environment, get money so you can buy programs for your cyberdeck and hack your way around the matrix to find out just what's going on.
The game's plot unfolds through bulletin board messages your character retrieves from a computer terminal. You then post your own messages by typing in the appropriate address and message text. Combat occurs in cyberspace and you must run programs to defeat the computer security measures encountered. Interaction is accomplished by choosing from a list of dialogue responses when talking to the characters in the game. ~ Kyle Knight, All Game Guide