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The Orion Conspiracy (DOS)

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The Orion Conspiracy is a futuristic adventure game set in the year 2160, when space travel is a common thing. The player controls the Irish man Devlin McCormack as he arrives at the deep space station Cerberus following the death of his son Danny. Initially he only intends to stay for a short time, but when it is discovered he was murdered, he decides to stay and investigate the circumstances of the death. The game starts immediately after McCormack's arrival on the ship and the funeral. As the story progresses he has deal with his son's homosexuality, but there is also another major plotline that involves the Kobayashi Corporation, a secret research project, a black hole, an aliens that are trained to be slaves, which leads to an invasion. He also has his own skeletons however, shell-shocked from a war and accused of having driven his wife to suicide.

Gameplay is typical for graphical adventures of that time, with a third-person view and a point-and-click interface. When browsing an environment the cursor can be moved over objects. Objects that can be used are highlighted. After clicking them, a number of actions becomes available through icons at the bottom of the screen, such as examining them, or picking them up. There are conversation trees when talking to other characters and both subtitles and voiced speech are supported. The game contains a large amount of profanity, with words that are generally censored or avoided in other games.


The Orion Conspiracy DOS Shooting at the escape pod with xenomorphs...
The Orion Conspiracy DOS Your son on his way into the black hole (from intro)
The Orion Conspiracy DOS Xenomorph as one of your crew-mates eats the dog's kidney...
The Orion Conspiracy DOS Grenade made effect here...

User Reviews

Promising but unsophisticated Boston Low (93) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

Pelit Jun, 1995 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 1995 63 out of 100 63
Aventura y Cía Dec 18, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventure's Planet Aug 07, 2012 59 out of 100 59
Power Play Jul, 1995 54 out of 100 54
PC Gamer Sep, 1995 50 out of 100 50
PC Joker Aug, 1995 45 out of 100 45
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1995 43 out of 100 43
Quandary Aug, 1995 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Just Adventure 1996 F 0


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The Orion Conspiracy was billed as one of the first adventure games to contain adult language as a theme. It was also one of the first games to subtly deal with homosexuality as a theme in a game. Previously the subject was taboo altogether or was only featured in Japan's yaoi (boys love) titles in the 1980s.
tbuteler (3025) added The Orion Conspiracy (DOS) on Sep 30, 2003