C.I.T.Y. 2000 Paris (lost PC adventure game; existence unconfirmed; 1990s)
|Excerpt from the back cover of C.I.T.Y. 2000, mentioning a sequel.|
C.I.T.Y. 2000, also known as City in Trouble Year 2000, is a point-and-click adventure game with puzzles, developed by Rollogame Ltd. and released in 1993 by Aditus, Inc. You play as Jon Daring, an American secret agent on a mission to stop the evil drug lord S. Rooter from taking control over London. The game uses a classic inventory system and live-action cutscenes.
C.I.T.Y. 2000 itself is not particularly rare, as copies can be bought on eBay and Amazon, and a digital version can easily be found online. However, the same cannot be said for the sequel made the following year, entitled C.I.T.Y. 2000 Paris (or City in Trouble Year 2000: Paris). There are no copies available on any abandonware site, nor on trading or selling websites. There are currently not even any websites that clearly document this sequel either; the primary proof of the game's existence is the back of the C.I.T.Y. 2000 box mentioning the sequel as "coming soon".
The game was also mentioned in the CD-ROMs in Print catalog published by Gale Group, as the 1996 to 2003 issues all indicate that Aditus published this game in March 1994, with Jon Daring as the main character again. Another notable detail is that, according to the Gale Group catalog, the sequel would have been entirely FMV (Full Motion Video), just like the original game.
Due to its obscurity, it was likely released in very limited numbers, or never actually released at all. Rumors circulate that 30 pre-release copies were sent to a Canadian store with minimal packaging, but these have not been confirmed. The game may have never even been completed, as nobody knows how far along it got into development.
Very little can be found about the two companies Rollogame and Aditus, leaving virtually no leads for tracking the game down. Rollogame has been involved in the making of at least 3 games (C.I.T.Y. 2000 for PC, Castelian for NES and Dream TV for SNES) and Aditus was a Montreal-based publisher. As C.I.T.Y. 2000 Paris is the sequel to an already obscure game, the efforts of several collectors have never come to fruition, and so this mysterious game remains elusive.