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The Experiment (Windows)

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Description

The Experiment (eXperience112) is a third-person adventure game played from an unusual angle. The game is set aboard a grounded ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The player is inside an operations room, but unable to move about. Instead, he has to guide an ill woman by the name of Lea Nichols using surveillance monitors and various complex control systems. No direct control can be exercised over Lea, instead the player uses a point-and-click interface to examine the different rooms from various angles and help her overcome obstacles by opening doors, turning valves, distracting enemies, flipping switches or taking direct control over systems governing temperature, water or electricity.

The advanced camera systems allow the player to rotate the 3D environments and zoom in. There is no way to verbally communicate with Lea and players need to use sophisticated tools including heat detection, light intensifiers, audio analysis and thermal vision to preview the environment for her and make sure she gets a safe passage. Lea is not a puppet however, and she will not blindly follow every decision. It takes time to earn her trust, depending on factors of respecting her privacy and not leading her into situations where she becomes wounded or unconscious.

There is a strong emphasis on the narration as the player does not know himself or his relationship to Lea. Fragments are introduced through flashbacks, scenes during actual gameplay and by looking through documents, files, e-mails and video logs on the ship's intranet. Some of the discoveries lead to secondary missions, providing more insight into the history, but entirely optional.

Screenshots

The Experiment Windows Info about heroine
The Experiment Windows Lea wakes up in a cell.
The Experiment Windows Intro
The Experiment Windows Cameras and map

Alternate Titles

  • "eXperience112" -- European title

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User Reviews

A unique game, a truly experiment Alaedrain (3261) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars

The Press Says

Jeuxvideo.com Oct 10, 2007 17 out of 20 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jan 17, 2008 82 out of 100 82
Gameswelt Mar 04, 2008 81 out of 100 81
Adventure-Treff Apr 01, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Gamer Lobby Apr 12, 2008 79 out of 100 79
GamingExcellence Mar 13, 2008 7.2 out of 10 72
Game Captain Mar 01, 2008 70 out of 100 70
IGN Mar 03, 2008 6.8 out of 10 68
GameStar (Germany) Feb 27, 2008 67 out of 100 67
Just Adventure May 20, 2008 D 25

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Calling all brainy Mobygamers... 4 merrick79 (7)
May 13, 2008

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Sciere (247918) added The Experiment (Windows) on Jan 04, 2008