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Space Job (DOS)

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Description

In an unique and interesting experiment, German department store giant Karstadt created a game that was advertisement and job recruitment in one box, and used its retail power to push it in the market at mid-price level.

Space Job is in essence a scifi life simulation; a 2350 adolescent strives for the fastest spaceship, the most beautiful girlfriend and the best career, but strictly within the confines of Karstadt's interplanetary empire. Starting as a trainee in one of four department store sections, you earn job reputation through stoic repetition of menial tasks - learning product prices by heart, sorting items in shelves, tidying up the storeroom in a Sokoban-style crate pushing subgame.

The quicker you do your daily chores, the more time remains for entertainment and private development - fitness training, gambling, movies, flirting, night school. An energy system balances your daily activities with periods of rest. Show endurance and personal progress, and promotion will unlock the full glory of department store management.

Despite its advertising character and indecent product placement, Space Job mediates commercialism with lots of tongue-in-cheek humor and light-hearted wordplay.

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Space Job DOS "Sort the trash" mini-game. Press the correct button as two types of packaging zip past on the conveyor belt.
Space Job DOS A visit to the aptly named Torture Garden gym.
Space Job DOS The Karstadt store planet with its four departments.
Space Job DOS Space travel mini-game. Avoid the asteroids.

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PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1994 65 out of 100 65

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Trivia

Big business marketing companies sure know how to play their connections. Space Job features more or less obvious product placement by Coca Cola, Fuji, Casio, Mustek, FactorX and QT. The six companies appear in-game and on the back of the box. The advertising tie-ins may have been one reason for the game's moderate price.
-Chris (7355) added Space Job (DOS) on Dec 21, 2003
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