Description"In a world contaminated by the radiation of a nuclear power plant accident, you are a "Stalker." Much of the land is highly radioactive and mutated creatures roam in search of food. You look pretty tasty to them. As a Stalker, you wander from zone to zone, seeking nourishment and what treasure you can find. There are many hazards along the way."
A strange platform game in which you have to gain enough points to access the "exit zone." To do this you must destroy the creatures that come after you, avoid the "radiation zones", the radioactive pools, and try to keep going.
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InspirationThe game is loosely based on the popular Russian sci-fi novel Roadside Picnic by Strugatsky brothers. In the novel, stalkers are professionals who enter the so-called "zones" - areas that contain various anomalies due to extraterrestrial activity - to retrieve artifacts apparently left by aliens, for scientific study. One of the sought-after artifacts is the "Golden Sphere" (referenced in the game) that allegedly can grant wishes.
The term stalker was further popularized as a new type of adventure tourism, called stalking, emerged after the Chernobyl disaster.