Beware the time sink of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s search engine

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate takes place during the Industrial Revolution in London. At the time, life was speeding along faster than people were used to. Newspapers and trains meant that information could travel within hours instead of days, but obviously that’s ridiculously slow for us. So, Ubisoft has created an Assassin’s Creed Syndicate search engine to help us find all the information we could possibly want, and it is highly addictive.

The search engine is purely for lore and historical purposes and won’t give anything away from the game. Just check out what happens when I try to search for the Frye twins:

ACS search frye

When searching for things like technology or school, it does give a better sense of the time as we can learn about all manner of life at the time. Remember, the idea of childhood only evolved around this period as children were no longer allowed to work in factories and people came to realize the value of education for children so that they could pursue better employment when they reached adulthood and engage in activities that required more advanced skill sets.

ACS search school

The website certainly sets the mood. Thanks to some lovely parallax scrolling, it looks like you end up down in the depths of a teamwork factory, complete with the clanking and cajoling one would expect. It feels a bit dark and there are references to ink not drying yet or horrific industrial accidents getting in the way of accessing your information.

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There are some unique entries hidden among the articles. I found some cool info about Queen Victoria and Albert, as well as some tidbits about Victorian era swingers clubs that was rather intriguing. Don’t ask me for my search terms, it’s much more fun to find it yourself.

ACS search wife swapping

I know that this is pure gimmick, but it’s sort of ridiculously fun and I could easily lose hours of my day just coming up with silly search terms and seeing what pops up. Seriously, search for things like “medicine” and “revolution” and see some of the bizarre articles that pop up.

Last Updated: October 5, 2015

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Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • RinceThat

    Ass Hat Creed. Ill buy it when its as smooth as MGSV and bug free. The fans can do the BETA at $60 for the next 2 years.

    HAS ANYBODY PLAYED UNTILL DAWN?

    MY MIND IS BLOWN. Its better than watching “IT” The most horrific 10 hours of my life. Alien Isolation was just hide and seek and very frustrating but Until Dawn? Man…

    Its like Scooby Doo had a baby with Alan Wake after a groop orgy with Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick. Its not ashamed of itself at all.

    • HairyEwok

      I thought it was a game about butterflies….. Worst mistake EVER!

      • RinceThat

        lol they do over advertise the butterfly effect. I can see why tho. Its not like The Walking Dead that gives you a false sense of decision making. This needs 4 playthroughs to try and save all 8 characters.

        and good actors like the dude from Mr Robot

    • Hammersteyn

      Want to get Until Dawn so bad. But it would sit and gather dust.

      • Rock789

        Destiny bug got ya again?

        • Rock789

          P.S. I am SO tempted to get back into Destiny at the moment… Must… Resist… Too many games to complete still…

        • Hammersteyn

          Managed to farm enough flakes to buy 20 Moldering Shards for the Raid yesterday

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