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BioForge

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DOS
85
4.1
Windows
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4.0
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Description

In the far future, a fanatical group of religious extremists known as the Mondites have begun a campaign of galactic conquest. They believe in the evolution of man through machine by cybernetic implants. You are one of the unlucky victims: a prisoner in a Mondite complex on a distant moon, with no memory of your former life. Your body has been turned into a hideous cybernetic nightmare by the evil Dr. Mastaba. It is up to you to explore the complex (abandoned and on the verge of nuclear meltdown), discover the secrets of the Mondites and the mysterious remnants of alien civilization they've discovered, and get out alive from this moon.

BioForge is an action game with puzzle-solving, technologically similar to Alone in the Dark, featuring polygonal (and textured) characters over pre-rendered backgrounds. The adventure elements involve the hero collecting items and figuring out puzzles in order to get to new places and discover the secrets of the complex. The action elements involve combat against foes robotic and alive, both with melee weaponry and with guns, though some enemies require trickery rather than force to defeat.

Numerous journals, documents and diaries are found throughout the game; these are all recorded and can be re-read at any time.

Screenshots

BioForge DOS There are plenty of puzzles like this.
BioForge DOS The freezing monsters
BioForge DOS The reactor.
BioForge DOS Guard robots aren't very smart but they make great bonfire.

Alternate Titles

  • "Interactive Movie 1" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Who are you and how did you get in here? DOS *Katakis* (37838)
So I broke into this guy's cell, then beat him to death with his own severed arm... DOS J. P. Gray (111)
A unique and absorbing adventure game DOS MojoHelperMonkey (39)
A truly magnificent and grand adventure. DOS Joakim Kihlman (270)
Fantastic sci-fi adventure in the survival horror vein. DOS Sycada (175)
Overlooked, under-rated and un-explored DOS Indra is here (19782)
A great game, similar as the description says to Alone in the Dark DOS EazyCheeze (25)

The Press Says

Datormagazin DOS Jul, 1995 5 out of 5 100
Joystick (French) DOS Apr, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Coming Soon Magazine DOS May, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Pelit DOS May 01, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Power Play DOS Apr, 1995 87 out of 100 87
CD Player DOS 1996 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Apr, 1995 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) DOS Apr, 1995 77 out of 100 77
GameStar (Germany) DOS Oct, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Just Games Retro DOS Sep 03, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

BioForge appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

BioForge Plus

Origin started work on a special edition of BioForge, entitled BioForge Plus. This new version of the game had extra sections, continuing on from where the original version left off. This is the description from the Origin catalog:

The work of research archaeologists has been interrupted by the machinations of the scheming scientist who plans to use the advanced alien technology for his own ends. Only your advanced skills give you hope of survival.

As the moon, Daedalus, explodes, you discover the Black Raven - a ship sent by the Ministry of Security to spy on the Mondite base. It's going to be that kind of day - it's a good thing you're still angry. The adventure is far from over.

Features:
  • Automatic Tracker - shows locations of most enemy lifeforms
  • Better Energy Source
  • More Powerful Weapons
  • Improved Combat
  • New, Superior Ship
  • Gauntlet Feature
Unfortunately, BioForge didn't sell as well as EA wanted, so BioForge Plus was cancelled.

Identity

The game's manual came with a dossier of several registered "patients" and the player is offered a chance near the end of the game to access the main medical computer to find out who they actually are. It is said that this depends on how the game was played.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #100 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1996 – Best Action-Adventure in 1995
Information also contributed by WildKard
Contributed to by Sciere (268682) and Alan Chan (3511)