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Beneath a Steel Sky

MobyRank MobyScore
iPhone
75
5.0
Macintosh
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Windows
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4.3

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 (9367)
Sky of Steel DOS Christina Nordlander (26)
A lucasarts type adventure set in a futuristic world DOS devils102 (17)
Be vigilant DOS *Katakis* (37691)
Guybrush Threepwood would LOVE this game! DOS Indra is here (19673)
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 (943)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 26 3.5
Amiga CD32 10 2.9
DOS 131 3.9
iPhone 2 5.0
Macintosh Awaiting 1 votes...
Windows 19 4.3
Combined MobyScore 188 3.9


The Press Says

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100
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Oppsummert gav Revolution Software oss i 1994 et voksent eventyrmysterium med grobunn for mer enn hva først møtte øyet. I Robert Fosters skikkelse får vi her en opplevelse av å være konstant på flukt, fange opp biter av hva som foregår underveis, og finne en måte å komme seg vekk fra byen på. Det hele presentert i en gaveinnramming av de sjeldne, som tilogmed er 100% gratis! Det er ikke hver dag man får i både pose og sekk. Med en interessant historie og detaljerte grafiske omgivelser er dette ikke et spørsmål om hvorfor du sette deg ned med spillet, men når. Beneath A Steel Sky er et eventyr for de voksne, selv om yngre også kan ha glede av det. Vi finner frem medaljen vår, og klistrer vår "Golden DOS Spirit" på frakken til Mr. Robert Foster.
100
WindowsGameHippo.com
Beneath a Steel Sky is a good adventure game, which, although not perfect, is fully deserving of it's 10/10 score. Point-and-click fans would do well to check it out, especially now that it's FREE.
100
DOSGameHippo.com
Beneath a Steel Sky is a good adventure game, which, although not perfect, is fully deserving of it's 10/10 score. Point-and-click fans would do well to check it out, especially now that it's FREE.
100
iPhoneSlide to Play
These are traits that have, until now, seemed out of reach for many iPhone adventures. Beneath a Steel Sky somehow feels bigger and bolder than its rivals, raising the bar and highlighting what others have so far failed to achieve. Perfectly suited to its new home, Revolution's remastering of an already established gem serves up point-and-click play nearly unmatched on the App Store. This is a story rich and layered throughout, gifting iPhone gamers with a trip back in time that feels like a grand step forward.
100
DOSHigh Score
Det är inte ofta det kommer ut spel på svenska. Oc hdet är sannerligen inte ofta det kommer ut spel av samma kaliber som Beneath a Steel Sky. Så det finns egentligen ingen anledning att inte genast rusa ut och inhandla ett eget exemplar av det. Jag är fullt övertygad om att detta kommer att bli en storsäljare.
100
DOSThe Freehare
All in all the gameplay is not really complicated, the puzzles are challenging, but mostly logical (so you won’t have to look for the craziest possible solution) and you don’t have to fear that every single mistake will end up in a frustrating death. So the gaming experience is superb and this game is defiantly a gem in its own right, capable of standing shoulder to shoulder with the best of adventured Sierra or LucasArts ever put on the market!
95
Amiga CD32CU Amiga
BASK is a beautifully crafted and animated adventure. The graphics are totally superb. The minor niggle I had with the game was that there was a slight delay in loading between each location and the music occasionally tends to be a bit boppy - perhaps some moody atmospheric stuff might have been better.
95
AmigaCU Amiga
Nowhere is as much energy and excitement being thrown about as the graphic adventure market. It's hard to guess what makes them so playable and so popular: the graphics? The complexity of the puzzles? The number of icons you have to play with? Whatever it is, no-one can deny that there's nothing like a good graphic adventure to stop you from actually interacting with the rest of the human race for a week or two. Possibly one of the most important advances for the graphic adventure was Revolution's Lure of the Temptress. A challenging and involving game, it's strongest feature was the implementation of the (then) new Virtual Theatre system.A virtual play tries to create a realistic backdrop to a game, where locations connect sensibly and everything is believable. That is not its strong point, though.
94
AmigaAmiga Format
T Beneath a steel sky here is a brief moment in Terry Gilliam’s weird an nightmarish film Brazil when you think the hero has finally defeated the forces of darkness that threaten to surround him. Beneath A Steel Sky is a lot like that. Ostensibly a follow up to the acclaimed Lure of the Temptress , Beneath A Steel Sky places you firmly in the shoes of hero Robert Foster who is abruptly abducted from his wasteland home and set down in a strange and violently unfriendly city. Only by uncovering a series of mysterious events can Foster piece together the missing parts of his life and defeat the evil which surrounds him.
92
DOSJoystick (French)
Rares sont les jeux à proposer des scénarios aussi bien ficelés, et un monde aussi vivant et cohérent. Les décors et les personnages sont vraiment visuellement superbes, ce qui ne gâte vraiment rien ! De plus, l'interface est maîtrisée en environ une minute, et s'avère par la suite d'une souplesse totale. Si vous aimez la SF, l'humour et l'aventure, foncez, vous ne le regretterez pas !
92
AmigaAmiga Dream
Le portage de la version Pc 256 couleurs sur Amiga (en 32 couleurs) est impressionant de beauté. Les graphismes sont déjà fins et détaillés, et les dégradés plutôt réussis; on se demande comment sera la version 1200, qui devrait arriver prochainement. Dans la plupart des écrans, de petites animations de fond agrémentent le décor (ventilateur, personnage, machine...). L'aventure est plaine d'humour, et le prouve tout au long du jeu. J'aurais aimé plus de musiques et de bruitages, ainsi que des énigmes un peu plus difficiles. En effet, la seule différence entre un jeu comme Simon the sorcerer et Beneath, c'est que Beneath se révèle bien plus facile à terminer que son concurrent. Les novices découvriront les joies du genre aventure, et les joueurs confirmés se plairont à terminer un scénario très fourni. On croyait que Sierra et Lucas produisaient les meilleurs softs d'aventure, Beneath nous donne la preuve du contraire. Il se place parmi les meilleurs jeux de ce type sur Amiga.
91
DOSGénération 4
Malgré une durée de vie trop courte, les graphismes et le scénario de Beneath a Steel Sky le hissent au niveau des meilleurs jeux d'aventure. Quel plaisir d'évoluer dans un environnement graphique aussi travaillé ! Chaque écran renouvelle notre émerveillement et on se surprend à s'attarder sur des détails graphiques et non sur les énigmes proposées.
91
DOSPC Gamer
Some of the funniest dialog ever; simple interface; runs entirely off the CD. The difficulty of the puzzles in the final third of the game is disproportionately high. A slick, funny, and absorbing adventure that will appeal to a wide variety of gamers--two thumbs up!
90
Amiga CD32Amiga CD32 Gamer
BASS doesn't quite match the charm and laff factor if the Monkey Island games. Despite their age, they're still the yardstick by which all other shall be measured. Unfortunately neither has yet appeared on the CD32. In their absence, this must go down as the best CD adventure about.
90
Amiga CD32Amiga Power
Fabulous speech (loads of different accents) and reduced accessing time show that maybe CDs aren't such a bad idea after all. You'll love this.
90
iPhoneAppSafari
Since the iPhone itself would have been a ridiculously futuristic device 16-years ago, some of the future looks a little, er, dated, but the general themes of urban corruption and totalitarian governance still feel all too relevant. Despite its age, this is a really solid and classic piece of adventure gaming, and if you enjoy well-written, deeply immersive games like Monkey Island or Broken Sword, you will almost certainly enjoy Beneath A Steel Sky.
90
AmigaJoystick (French)
Côté son, c'est la portion congrue, et mis à part quelques rares bruitages de bonne qualité, le jeu est on ne peut plus silencieux. Rajoutez à cela une super ambiance, un scénario qui semble tenir le coup, et voilà un bon jeu comme on espère en trouver encore longtemps sur Amiga.
90
DOSFreegame.cz
Rovněž potěší i skvělá atmosféra, která jen podtrhuje umění, jež Revolution Software řadu dlouhých let předávají do svých produktů. Vraťme se ale ke spouštění. Hra je distribuovaná ve formě několika souborů, mezi nimiž ovšem není žádný standardně spustitelný. Budete tedy potřeba stáhnout prográmek nazvaný ScummVM, jenž jako jediný dokáže tyto soubory přečíst a spustit je. Kliknutím na download se vám zpřístupní stahovaní kompletní CD verze. Pokud se vám zdá velikost převeliká, máme pro vás připravenou ořezanou verzi bez dabingu a několika dalších prvků. Stahovat můžete zde [7.4 MB]! Ať už se rozhodnete pro jakoukoliv verzi, určitě nebudete litovat. Jedná se o skutečný skvost, který by neměl chybět ve sbírce žádného příznivce jak adventur, tak i kvalitních her celkově.
90
iPhoneGameSpot
These are traits that have, until now, seemed out of reach for many iPhone adventure games. Beneath a Steel Sky somehow feels bigger and bolder than its rivals, raising the bar and highlighting what others have so far failed to achieve. Perfectly suited to its new home, this remastering of a classic game serves up point-and-click play nearly unmatched on the App Store.
88
AmigaAmiga Games
Das tut gut! Ein Spiel ohne phantastischen Touch und Zauberei, sondern die knallharte Realität einer nicht erstrebenswerten Zukunft. Beneath a Steel Sky zeigt, daß der "kleine" Amiga doch noch nicht zu alt für großartige Spiele ist, solange er mit einer Festplatte ausgestattet ist.
88
DOSSvenska Hemdatornytt
Överhuvudtaget måste det här vara ett av det främsta äventyrsspel som någonsin har kommit från England, och ger allt jänkarna lite konkurens. Om jag har några reservationer så är det att jag tycker att storyn kan vara lite väl intuitiv, men det kan bero på att jag är en gamal äventyrsräv och fick lite hjälp av spelmakarna själva.
87
DOSAdventure-Treff
Zugegeben, Beneath a Steel Sky hatte im Jahre 1993 hochkarätige Konkurrenten, aber dass das Spiel dermaßen unbeachtet geblieben ist, ist mir dennoch unverständlich. Das Spiel hat nämlich durchaus die Qualitäten, um mit den "ganz großen" wie Day of the Tentacle mitzuhalten. Fans von Blade Runner (Film oder Spiel) werden dieses Spiel sicherlich lieben, und auch die mit Humor verwöhnten LucasArts-Fans kommen hier auf ihre Rechnung. Eine Rundum-Entfehlung für alle, denen simple Musik und grauenhaft pixelige Grafik nichts ausmachen!
87
DOSAdventurearchiv
Beneath a Steel Sky already brings along all positive characteristics and stylistic elements, which then should be continued in the first two parts of Broken Sword and which have made the series legendary: An exciting, thought out story is told and the interesting puzzles are well integrated into the game. It's a downright pleasure, to follow the subliminal, slightly uncouth humour and quirky word joke, which are abundant, if e.g. our protagonist and his robot friend are bantering.
87
AmigaAmiga Joker
Vor zwei Jahren legte das Revolution_Team sein Erstlingsabenteuer "Lure of the Temptress" vor – mit dem Nachfolger beweisen die Enländer, daß ihr hochgelobtes Virtual Theatre-System durchaus noch steigerungsfähig ist! Abgesehen von der Weiterentwicklung des Spielsystems hat sich beim zweiten Revolution-Adventure auch sonst noch einiges getan. So mußte das alte Fantasyszenario einer düsteren Endzeitwelt weichen, für deren Cyberpunk-Design mit Dave Gibsons ("Wactchmen", "Give me Liberty") ein bekannter Comic Künstler verpflichtet wurde: Dave hat nicht nur die stimmungsvollen Hintergrundgrafiken gezeichnet, sondern auch den der Packung beiliegenden Comic mit der Vorgeschichte: Dank der Mega-Konzerne hat sich die Erde in eine Betonwüste verwandelt, auf der krebsartig gigantische Stadtgebilde wuchern.
86
DOSPC Games (Germany)
(CD-ROM version)
Wäre da nicht der vergleichsweise hohe Preis für diesen Silberling, könnte man auch als Besitzer der Diskettenversion glatt noch einmal schwach werden. Fans dieses Genres sollten nicht nur wegen des momentan grassierenden Adventure-Mangels einen intensiven Blick riskieren.
86
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Sie müssen auch nicht sämtliche Science-Fiction-Klassiker von A wie Auen bis Z wie Zweitausendzehn gesehen haben, um ja keinen versteckten Insider-Gag zu verpassen. Die englische Sprache dürfte niemanden vor ernsthafte Probleme stellen und die denkbar simple Benutzeroberfläche (für meinen Geschmack eine Spur zu einfach geraten) macht besonders dem Anfänger das Rätselknacken leicht. Da bleibt kein Winzig-Gegenstand unentdeckt, da nervt kein überladenes und unübersichtliches Inventory - kurzum: eine durch und durch gelungene Mischung. Daß die Mitbewerber schönere Grafiken und besseren Sound zu bieten haben, fällt bei Beneath a Steel Sky kaum noch ins Gewicht; die über jeden Zweifel erhabene Story und die treffsicheren Pointen rechtfertigen das Prädikat “Spiel des Monats“ zu jeder Zeit.
86
Amiga CD32Defunct Games
The overall enjoyment of Steel Sky also suffers from the resurrection fallacy (having to die before figuring out a solution) and this would not be a big deal if the game allowed for random saving. Rather, it is broken up into stages that reward a player with a code at the end of each level. But this and the game's other shortcomings do little to diminish its overall quality, and they probably won't stop you from wanting to persist and finish it.
86
AmigaAmiga Power
The first thing you notice when you look at Beneath A Steel Sky is that it is a bit of a multi-media experience. If you load up the game straight away, you are not going to have a clue what is going on, and if you read the little comic that comes with it, then it leaves a lot to be desired as far as character and plot progressions are concerned. However, if you go the whole hog and read the comic before loading the game, then you are getting somewhere. The comic is drawn by David Gibbons (of Watchmen fame) and charts Foster’s last day in the Gap, a sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland. He is wrenched from his adopted family and the only life he has ever know by a group of armed men from the city. They immediately show that they are bad boys by shooting his pet robot Joey, hustiling Foster into a chopper, and then killing everyone else with a huge bomb.
85
AmigaRetrogaming History
Revolution Software ci invita ad entrare in un mondo di puro cyberpunk, cibandoci di tutti quegli aspetti che hanno reso famosi film come Blade Runner. Un’interfaccia leggera e piacevole ci accompagnerà in un “teatro virtuale”di gran qualità, dove la logica si fonde con la meccanica di enigmi ben strutturati e coerenti con lo scenario. Paga lo scotto di una brevità marcata, ripiegando su narrazione serrata e tematiche forti. Semplicemente da giocare e rigiocare per meglio assorbirne ogni piccola sfumatura, poiché una volta fuori da Union City lo sporco di questa vile città resterà ugualmente sotto le nostre dita, per tanto e tanto tempo ancora.
82
DOSPelit
Kokonaisuutena Beneath The Steel Sky jättää itsestään sekavan kuvan. Toimiva toteutus antaa mahdollisuudet erinomaiseen seikkailuun, mutta monet lapsukset laskevat kiinnostuskäyrää huippulukemista. Tekemistä kyllä riittää ja ongelmat ovat sopivia, mutta tunnelma on aukollinen kuin rikkinäinen säkkikangas. Viihdyttävä kokemus tällaisenakin, mutta parempaan olisi pystytty.
80
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
This stripped-down, bare bones control scheme has the advantage of utter transparency and the obvious disadvantage of reducing the scope of the player's options in any given situation. The game's puzzles aren't all easy, but heaven knows that limiting the number of possible actions a player can perform makes them considerably easier than they would otherwise be. A good gamer will plow through the game in something like four of five hours, an expert gamer in two or three. Normally this would bother me; but normally we would be talking about a game that was much less fun than STEEL SKY is. Good writing can make up for almost any other shortcoming, and it certainly does here, where even the simple puzzles are deliciously eccentric and even the least interactive dialogues are extremely funny.
80
iPhonePocket Gamer UK
Fortunately, there are enough laughs to cut through these complaints. Beneath a Steel Sky remains as entertaining as it was 15 years ago, even if these laughs could have been showcased in a better overall package.
80
iPhoneAdventure Gamers
While it’s one of the more expensive apps on the market at $4.99, Beneath a Steel Sky – Remastered makes a solid showing on its new platform and justifies its price admirably. Adventure enthusiasts who have never played the game have no excuse not to download this classic, and existing fans of the game will likely enjoy the new format. However, since the game is legally free to download for PC, it all depends on how important the mobile aspect is to you. One thing is for sure, at least. This enhanced port shows that the iPhone and iPod Touch can easily handle adventure games along with the more casual games they’re currently known for. Technology may have been the bane of the city denizens in this game, but it has sure made my subway rides more entertaining for the last few days.
80
iPhoneGamereactor (Sweden)
Tyvärr andas spelet inte speciellt mycket nyversion. Det känns mer som en rak portning. Förutom de animerade filmsekvenserna, hjälpfunktionen och en spelkontroll anpassad till Iphone och Ipod Touch, så är det inte mycket som gör att spelet förtjänar "Remastered" i sin titel. Grafiken har sin tydliga charm, men har inte förändrats ett dugg. Ibland ser den mer än lovligt grötig och lågupplöst ut. Jag saknar en funktion där jag kan växla mellan gammal och nygjord grafik. Men Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered är trots allt ett klassiskt sci-fi-epos ingen bör se förbi. Ett stycke tokrolig äventyrshistoria för både färskingar och nostalgiker.
80
DOSJoystick (French)
Parfois drôle mais toujours intéressant, voilà un jeu d'aventure bien dosé, à conseiller aux débutants comme aux spécialistes.
80
DOSAdventure Corner
Ein bisschen problematisch stellt sich die Frage dar, wie und nach welchen Vergleichssmaßstäben 'Beneath A Steel Sky' heute zu bewerten ist. Das Adventure ist mehr als nur handwerkliche Durchschnittskost. Es bietet Witz, eine spannende Handlung und eine sehr dichte Atmosphäre. Die Grafik ist veraltet, der Sound auch nicht mehr up-to-date. Aber die entscheidende Frage bleibt: Macht es Spaß? Ja es macht Spaß! Zu seiner Zeit hätte das Spiel ausgezeichnete 90 Bewertungspunkte verdient gehabt. Dennoch muss sicherlich auch der Tatsache Rechnung tragen, dass seit Erscheinen bereits 10 Jahre vergangen sind. Deshalb ist eine Bewertung im 80er-Bereich in meinen Augen durchaus angemessen
80
DOSAdventure Classic Gaming
Overall, Beneath a Steel Sky is an adventure game that stands alone among its peers. It is also a rare example of a commercial game in which the developer has since decided to freely release it to the community years later. While Revolution Software has repeatedly mentioned of a possible sequel to the game, there has not been any official announcement of it so far to date.
80
DOSAdventure Gamers
In 1948, George Orwell wrote his dystopian masterpiece, 1984, about a society whose citizens were under the constant surveillance of the Thought Police. Decades later, researchers have proved that our reliance on credit and store loyalty cards, mobile phones and computers could allow our day-to-day lives to be monitored in minute detail. The world has become increasingly dependent upon computer technology, but what if this dependency is abused? This is the premise at the heart of Revolution’s 1994 release, Beneath a Steel Sky. Set in a futuristic environment, BASS pushes our fears to their most chilling logical conclusion — a totalitarian society in which humans have become slaves to progress.
78
DOSPC Player (Germany)
PC-würdige Grafik, neue Bedienung, solide Story, spöttischer Humor, deutsche Texte - Beneath a Steel Sky wird Liebhaber von Grafik-Adventures nicht enttäuschen. Grafik und Story haben im Spielverlauf einige kleinere Durchhänger; das Puzzle-Design ist anständig, provoziert aber auch nicht gerade unbeschwerte Euphorie. Ärgerliche Stellen der Dämlichkeits-Klasse gibt es sehr selten, aber ganz ausgerottet wurden sie nicht. Diese Schwächen sind aber keine ernsthaften Spielspaßkiller.
70
DOSPower Play
Adventure-Freaks, die dank der Mitarbeit von Comicstar Dave Gibbons, innovative Story-Impulse erwarten, werden bald wieder unsanft auf den Boden der Tatsachen landen. Beneath a Steal Sky ist ein spielerisch zwar solider, aber keineswegs überragendes Programm.
70
DOSQuandary
As Rosemary will attest, I am not a huge fan of wise cracking inventory quests (think Gilbert and Monkey Island); but I did rather enjoy my time as Foster. More than that, there are many newer games with infinitely superior graphics and sound that are inferior experiences to this. It's also easy to see the debt that the Broken Sword games owe to Beneath a Steel Sky. On the strength of this game, there should definitely be more such re-releases, and I will certainly try a few more DOS experiences.
70
DOSAventura y Cía
Beneath a Steel Sky es una aventura que parte de un argumento de ciencia ficción de la buena y cuyo guión no supo estar a la altura. Tiene muchos fallos, achacables quizá a la poca experiencia de una Revolution recién creada. A pesar de todo y de que te deja con ganas de haberte sumergido más en su mundo, es un juego muy interesante que no se debe condenar al olvido. Y menos ahora que es freeware (también se puede jugar en Linux, por cierto, y la última distribución SUSE lo incluye en su paquete) gracias al buen ojo de sus propios creadores.
60
iPhoneTouchGen
I have a hard time pushing people to purchase a copy of a game when the version I enjoy more is free, but the game still has merit and even more so for those who don’t have access or time for the PC version. For those at all curious, you can find the full original version for free online at sites such as Good old Games. If you find that you really enjoy the PC version it likely will be worth your while to buy the iPhone version at $2.99, just note that it cannot quite replace the experience of playing it on a PC.
59
DOSPC Zone
The pace of the game can hardly be termed exciting, and this isn't helped by being a little bit too easy for most players. Say the right thing or use the right object, and progress can be quick without too much thought. It's okay while it lasts, but there's better stuff.
20
iPhoneGameCola.net
In conclusion, BS Remastered is a bad game. I feel kind of bad for it, because I can see the good adventure game inside it, just waiting to get out. For example, the graphics are really good, and the animation quality looks perfect! But all the goodness of the game is trapped by a plethora of humorless jokes which make the gameplay unenjoyable.