The merchants who live on the three planets of the Caldorre star system have been recently assaulted and robbed by groups of mysterious space rangers. Giant battleships were set to eliminate the threat; however, the raiders proved to be too agile, dodging them easily. A smaller, interceptor-class vessel is now dispatched to Caldorre to deal with the problem.Sentinel Worlds I: Future Magic
is a hybrid game with elements of strategy and RPG. It has a combination of role-playing character building, team combat strategy, customizable spaceship combat, and exploration. The player will guide his team, flying through space and exploring the surfaces and bases of a few planets to unravel the mystery that's disturbing the known universe.
Most of the travelling is 2D, but the indoor corridors are 3D. The game opens with a mission to protect a merchant shipment, which involves space combat against enemy ships. Afterwards, the player is free to explore the planets, mining them for resources, talking to characters to receive clues, trading, acquiring better weapons and armor for the crew, and upgrading the space ship.
The game features "paragraph books", where characters mention a paragraph number to read from the booklet, instead of getting the text in-game. This functions as copy protection, making the game require guesswork to complete without the manual.
The Press Says
The initial ship that drops you into the quadrant looks suspiciously like a Star Trek
ship. And one of the team members looks a lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger from Terminator
Many consider Hard Nova
to be the sequel of Sentinel Worlds
Information also contributed by
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – Least Rewarding Ending of All Time