A Stroke of Fate: Operation Valkyrie

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Akella
Developer: SPLine
Release Date: Oct. 28, 2011

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'A Stroke of Fate' Reveals Minor Characters - Screens

by Rainier on June 3, 2010 @ 9:16 a.m. PDT

A Stroke of Fate is an interactive adventure/detective story framed in authentic surroundings of the fascist Germany in the 1940s. A gamer has a unique opportunity - to conduct a compelling investigation of the most mysterious secret veiled by the 20th century - Adolf Hitler's preterm death.

If you had the chance to change history would you? Could you?

In Germany hurtling towards the global catastrophe in the second world war, you step into the murky arena of international espionage as you try to alter the course of history and try and achieve what so many failed: the assassination of Adolf Hitler.

As a special agent trained in the latest sabotage techniques you have to infiltrate Hitler's inner circle and avoid the ever-watchful eyes of the ever-dangerous Gestapo. And they will be watching you, they always are...

A Stroke of Fate transports you into the world of the 1940s, mixing with the most hated figures in European history; Himmler, Goebbels, Muller and Hitler himself. While you are there though, do you have what it takes to achieve the impossible task that eluded so many others, the final solution to the Hitler problem?

A Stroke of Fate's minor characters are not as important to the storyline as the protagonist and the main cast, but they create the atmosphere of the game, they live in the ingame locations, they have emotions and feelings, and they live their own lives, often independent of the protagonist's actions. Play "A Stroke of Fate" and see what could the lives of common folk in the wartime look like.

The first hero of today's story is Shoss, airfield technician at the Eagle's Nest castle. He doesn't approve the Nazi's doctrine, moreover – he sympathizes with the Communists and he even has a copy of Marx's "Manifest" at his place, perfectly aware that he would have to answer to the Secret State Police for keeping forbidden literature. He used to have a son, but he was killed in action, fighting for Nazi's ideals? Who can tell what thoughts are now in his mind? Shoss is now disappointed not only in the national idea, but in the life itself. Where will it lead him?


This is Stobbe, another ordinary worker at the airfield at the Eagle's Nest castle. For the hell of it or due to the specifics of his character he is heavily drinking. He's quite drunk even now. But how did he find out that Shoss was hiding the forbidden "Manifest"? By the way, it is him who inspects the Führer's plane before departure. And what can Meier do with this information?

If you have time – stop for a chit-chat with a newsman, a 40-45 years old man. He lives his life and brings news to the people – both joyful and sad ones. For some reasons he's not conscripted, but even in the wartime there's need in peaceful labour. He is meeting many military men and must have access to a lot of information.

And, finally, make acquaintance of an old nice, kind and talkative lady. In her youth she was a great dancer; now she has a son, who is fighting at the front lines. She likes telling stories of him – and of her lodgers, too - she rents out apartments in a house opposite to general Beck's mansion.

Key features:

  • Compelling pseudo-historical plot;
  • Ingenious brainteasers and quests to reflect German peculiarities of the 1940s;
  • Realistic graphics;
  • Authentic places and historically derived personalities: Muller, Goebbels, and Hitler;
  • You can walk along the Secret Police building and Hitler’s private study

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