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Universe (DOS)

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Written by  :  chromax (20)
Written on  :  Oct 27, 2003
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Great graphics but puzzles with no mercy

The Good

The graphics! They're really great. You can see that they painted them in real and scanned them into the game.

It looks really great and it creates a good atmosphere.

The Bad

The puzzles are a little annoying, because you can act too much in the game. You can not only "use" a smartcard with a terminal, you can "put it in". Also you would normally "use" 2 things with each other but thats wrong! You must "combine" them. So when you have the right idea to use 2 things with each other, you must try with some options till it works. That's annoying.

In some cases I had the right idea to use 2 things, but when I saw in a walkthrough my idea was right, but I tried with the wrong action.

The objects are sometimes so small that you canĀ“t see them. There are no tooltips or any help to find objects in the screen. The only way to find them is simply to click the entire screen down and hope to find something. The Interface is really awful.

Also the story of the game is not very original. It's a normal story without new impulses. A boy who gets into a "strange" dimension (aliens look really human!), a beautiful girl and a real bad Dictator. Nothing new.

The Bottom Line

A good game with great graphics and a lame story.

The puzzles are really frustrating because of the awful interface and the gameplay without mercy.

A game for real adventure fans, but nothing for beginners!