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Beneath a Steel Sky

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
...
...
Windows
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4.3
iPhone
75
5.0
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Description

In futuristic Australia, there are giant cities owned solely by corporations, separated by a giant wasteland known as The Gap. When Robert Foster's Gap-dwelling tribe is killed by soldiers from Union City who capture him, everything changes for him. After a narrow escape from the helicopter bringing him there as it inexplicably crashes, Robert and his droid Joey must search the decaying city, attempting to befriend both the snobby rich and the frustrated poor as the two attempt to get out of the city, but in the middle of everything they uncover the dark truth about LINC, the bizarre computer which makes the city tick.

The game uses the Virtual Theatre engine from Lure of the Temptress, which allows its characters to move freely independent of the player's input, making the game world more dynamic than it is usually the case in comparable games. Otherwise, the engine provides traditional point-and-click adventure gameplay.

The iPhone version introduces a touch-based interface, new animated movies by Dave Gibbons, a context-sensitive hint system and a remastered audio track.

Screenshots

Beneath a Steel Sky Windows Inside Reich's apartment.
Beneath a Steel Sky iPhone They named you after a lager!?
Beneath a Steel Sky iPhone Featuring new animated cut scenes for the Iphone platform.
Beneath a Steel Sky iPhone Title Screen for Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered

Alternate Titles

  • "Beyond The Abyss" -- Working title
  • "Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered" -- iPhone title
  • "BASS" -- Common abbreviation

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

A point-and-click you shouldn't miss if you're a PC adventurer DOS BillyMaysFan59 (74)
An adventure most british. Dark yet witty and interesting. DOS Zovni (9384)
Sky of Steel DOS Christina Nordlander (26)
A lucasarts type adventure set in a futuristic world DOS devils102 (17)
Be vigilant DOS *Katakis* (37493)
Guybrush Threepwood would LOVE this game! DOS Indra was here (19196)
Much ado about nothing DOS jorgeabe (14)
EX-TER-MIN-ATE! EX-TER-MIN-ATE! DOS Icarus Lytton (23)
A neat and fun little adventure. Windows Fuzzyfireball (40)
Over-rated, but good at representing the Big Brother-Orwellian state theme. DOS Depth Lord (945)

The Press Says

CU Amiga Amiga Jan, 1994 95 out of 100 95
Amiga Format Amiga Mar, 1994 94 out of 100 94
Amiga CD32 Gamer Amiga CD32 Dec, 1994 90 out of 100 90
AppSafari iPhone Apr 25, 2010 4.5 out of 5 90
Amiga Games Amiga May, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Adventure Gamers iPhone Nov 20, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) DOS Oct, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Jan 29, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone DOS Aug, 1998 59 out of 100 59
GameCola.net iPhone Jul 17, 2012 2 out of 10 20

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Trivia

Amiga version

Programmers of the Amiga version left the following information in the main "exe" file. The information describes big problems the programmers had with deficient Amiga hardware when developing the game:

At the beginning the programmers were happy and did rejoice at their task, for the Amiga before them did shineth and was full of promise. But then they did look closer and did see'th the awful truth; it's floppies were tiny and sloweth (rareth was its hard drive). And so small was it's memory that did at first appear large; queereth also was its configuration(s). Then they did findeth another Amiga, and this was slightly different from the first. Then a third, and this was different again. All different, but not really better, for all were pseudo backward compatible. But, eventually, it did come to pass that Steel Sky was implemented on a 1meg os-legal CBM Amiga. And the programmers looked and saw that it was indeed a miracle. But they were not joyous and instead did weep for nobody knew just what had been done.

CD-ROM release

Beneath a Steel Sky was also released on CDROM featuring full speech.

Comic

A comic book drawn by Dave Gibbons was included in the box in the original release version of the game and served as an introduction to the game. As of 2000, the comic book can be read online at Revolution's website.

Development and release

Beneath a Steel Sky was originally started for Mirrorsoft, back in 1991. When the game was entering its final stages, Robert Maxwell, Mirrorsoft's owner died in a yachting accident, and the powerhouse publisher went bottom-up in December of that year. The result was that the game was put on the back burner for a while.
In March 1992, Revolution approached Virgin and asked the publishers if they wanted to take Underworld, as it was called then, as well as Lure of the Temptress. This was agreed on the proviso that Revolution used the Virtual Theatre 2 system - an update of the original Virtual Theatre engine used in Lure of the Temptress. Underworld became Beneath a Steel Sky after the launch of Ultima Underworld.
It took about £40,000 to make the game, a huge amount for the company at that time, but the game sold extremely well at retail, managing between 3-400,000 copies, almost all of which were from Europe.

Freeware release

As for Aug 02, 2003, Beneath a Steel Sky became officially freeware. The creators of ScummVM, a gaming interface written to make old adventure games playable on modern operating systems (only when you own the original software) asked developer Revolution if they were allowed to take a look at the source code to be able to fully support the game in their interface. They got more than they expected when Revolution made the full game (CD version with music and speech) available to everyone.

GOG.com release

The GOG.com release uses the cross-platform virtual machine ScummVM to make the game available for Windows users.

Swears and nudity

The little robot Joey during the game say Bull S**t which was a very big deal at the time. It also has pictures of women's breasts in the plastic surgery room.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – #2 Best Adventure in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 06/2005 - #1 Likeable Secondary Character (for Joey)
    Information also contributed by B.L. Stryker, game nostalgia, Matthew Bailey, Roger Wilco, Sciere, Swordmaster and Xoleras

    Related Web Sites

    • Beneath a Steel Sky - FAQs and Guides (Various files including walkthroughs and strategies posted on GameFaqs.com)
    • dcevolution.net (Since this game has been released as freeware, and ScummVM has been ported to the Dreamcast. You can download a Dreamcast version at www.dcevo.com for free!)
    • Freeloader.com (You can now download Beneath a Steel Sky for free.)
    • Game Nostalgia (Provides extensive background info for Beneath a Steel Sky, pictures of the cast and examples of voice-overs, full credits with shots and info about the design team, a demo of the game, specific details about the game, various goodies, all musical themes, shots of every location in the game, saved games, a list of reviews, including a "nostalgic "review and tech specs.)
    • Hints for Beneath a Steel Sky (Hints by Jason Strautman will nudge you along so you can solve the game yourself. Final solutions are included.)
    • ScummVM Homepage (ScummVM 100% supports Beneath a Steel Sky in all windows and linux versions.)
    • Steel Sky Walkthrough (Full solution posted on Revolution's web site)
    • Wikipedia: Beneath a Steel Sky (article on the open encyclopedia site)
    Contributed to by Picard (29302), Sciere (234193), Baxter (38), Kabushi (116365) and Syed GJ (1547)