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Secret Files: Tunguska Spoilers

Welcome to the new Adventure Game Spoilers section of my gaming website. I added this section because I recently received questions about the plots of two different games which, to my surprise and embarrassment, I had totally forgotten the answers to. Then, to my further surprise, I was unable to find any existing website that would refresh my memory about the plots of computer games... lots of puzzle solutions, but no basic plot summaries.

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So I figured I'd better write some of them down while they're still fresh in my mind, just in case I or anybody else wants to refer to them at some point in the future (or in case anybody suffers a major game glitch and just wants to know what was supposed to happen in the end-- I get letters like this from time to time.) If you haven't finished Secret Files: Tunguska yet and you don't want the plot of this game to be revealed to you, then you don't want to read this page. Please go back to my main Secret Files: Tunguska page, where I give tips and reviews without giving away any of its plot.

But if you are looking for plot spoilers, just scroll further down the page to find them!

Plot Summary

The plot of this game was rather poorly written, but here's what I was able to glean from it: Vladimir Kalenkov, a scientist, is apparently kidnapped by strange black-robed beings. His daughter Nina and a guy named Max go on an adventure to investigate what has happened to him. After many red herrings and a betrayal by Vladimir's old friend Oleg, Max and Nina learn that the black-robed beings were actually telepathic aliens who had spirited Vladimir away for his own protection. Vladimir had been the leader of a scientific expedition to Tunguska that discovered proof of extraterrestrial life, including mind-controlling alien technology. An evil business tycoon named Massimo Gartuso is eager to develop this mind-controlling technology for his own nefarious purposes, and the aliens hid Vladimir so that Gartuso's people couldn't get to him. In the end, Nina and Max destroy the mind control station and escape together.

Character Subplots and Secrets

Nina Kalenkov: The main protagonist. She is sometimes identified as "Nina Kalenkova" (which is how her name would appear in Russian.) At the end of the game she begins a romantic relationship with Max.

Max Gruber: Though at one point Nina begins suspecting that Max is somehow related to the kidnapping, he is not-- his reason for going on this adventure really is just because he thinks Nina is cute. He has no other subplot or personality in this game.

Oleg Kambursky: He was a friend and colleague of Vladimir's and acts helpful towards Nina (even rescuing her from Detective Kanski at one point and the Russian authorities at another), but in fact he is a villain working for Gartuso, and he betrays Nina near the end of the game.

Detective Kanski: I was unable to figure out what was supposed to be going on with this guy. He must have been intended to be in league with the black-robed beings, since he is wearing one of their amulets, but he is human, and for some unknown reason he was threatening Nina with a gun. It is never clear who killed him-- one of Gartuso's hitmen, maybe, or possibly the FSB retaliating for the Black Robes' sabotage of their train?

Nina's mother: She died in a car crash when Nina was little. Vladimir believes she died because of his Tunguska investigations, and Oleg suggests that the FSB (Russian secret service) may have been behind it, as a warning to Vladimir to stop investigating the alien technology.

Ken Morangie: The Irish biologist, one of Vladimir's old colleagues. It's never clear who imprisoned him in the well or why. He completely drops the subject once Max gets him out.

Manuel Perez and the asylum: It's really unclear what happened to Manuel in Siberia. The alien technology must have brain-damaged him somehow. The mental institution in Cuba that he ended up in is performing cruel experiments on him, and when he disappears it turns out to be because the caretaker, Ramon, had compassion for him and helped him to escape. It's implied that Gartuso has been killing off troublesome inmates, but this cannot be proven and Nina cannot do anything about it.

Massimo Gartuso: The evil business tycoon, his plan is apparently to monopolize cell phone networks worldwide and then use them to transmit mind-controlling advertising messages. You've got to admit, that's pretty darn evil. Gartuso and Oleg are apparently clueless about the black-robed aliens, instead mistakenly thinking that it is the Russian secret service that has been trying to thwart them.

Tunguska itself: According to the game, the crash was not actually a meteor but a space ship.

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