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The interstellar war is over, leaving you, a casualty, as a disembodied brain inside a life support system. Your buddies rescue you from the lab so that you can go exploring - scavenging the galaxy for wreckage and artifacts left over from the war. In due course you stumble literally into an alien craft. With your own craft disabled, and the alien ship on a collision course, you must explore it to find out what has gone wrong and to make a course correction.

Gameplay consists of conversations with your colleagues (displayed as live action video), animated exploration sequences, as well as puzzle-solving that mostly involves figuring out how to operate alien mechanisms. There is also a maze sequence and sporadic action-based tasks. There is no inventory to speak of, because, being a brain in a box, you have no pockets.

All the action takes place in an in-game window that is your view of the world. It takes up only a small part of the screen and the rest of the screen is taken up with a kind of fleshy 'inside of your head' background that is there to remind you that you are inside a machine. Three difficulty settings, in-game instruction and assistance, as well as a few extras (such as high-resolution pictures) are included.


The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Attempting to open the hatch.
The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Performing an analysis scan of the junked ship.
The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Intro exposition
The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x After it's game over, the game allows you to jump back to the point you left off, or to earlier points.

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You start by dying, almost, and end up saving the day Windows 3.x piltdown_man (112101)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Windows 3.x Jun, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Entertainment Weekly Windows 3.x Apr 21, 1995 B+ 83
High Score Windows 3.x Jun, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Datormagazin Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Nov, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Freak Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) 3DO Nov, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows 3.x Jun, 1995 64 out of 100 64
The Video Game Critic 3DO Mar 16, 2005 C- 42
Super Power (Sweden) 3DO Feb, 1996 29 out of 100 29


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In the beginning of the game when exploring the ship, you come across a dead alien. On their back is a post-it note saying "Kick Me".


  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1996 - CD-ROM Babe of the Year 1995 (for actress Tia Carrere)
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