DescriptionThe plot of this Myst-influenced 5CD adventure game involves issues such as nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. Fortunately, the bundled strategy guide explains the basics of these subjects. Gameplay is linear and largely based around puzzles.
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|The game that should have been as popular and acclaimed as Myst, but didn't.||Windows||Brandon R (4)|
The Press Says
|Gamesmania||Windows||1997||80 out of 100||80|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Windows||May, 1997||80|
|Computer Games Magazine||Windows||1997||80|
|PC Joker||Windows||Dec, 1997||76 out of 100||76|
|Game.EXE||Windows||May, 1997||73 out of 100||73|
|PC Action||Windows||Dec 17, 1997||69 out of 100||69|
|PC Games (Germany)||Windows||Dec 03, 1997||51 out of 100||51|
|Power Play||Windows||Feb, 1997||48 out of 100||48|
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TriviaObsidian's only true call to fame (and a pretty rare one among videogames) came courtesy of it's imaginative advertizement campaign. Combining both printed ads as well as tv spots, the campaign was reeeeally weird and portrayed several common situations twisted in a way that defied all laws of physics, nature and logic followed by the tagline "Your rules do not apply here". Ie: a printed ad showing an empy room lit by an overhead lamp, only the lamp produces darkness instead of light... Cooky, innit? Yet the most impressive ad was the famed "egg" TV spot, which became a particular object of cult among publicity buffs and won 3 Gold Clio awards and became a permanent feature on the New York Museum of Modern Art (as well as being a regular on TV commercial specials and a runner-up to Cannes Golden Lion award if I remember correctly).
The spot featured a guy dropping an egg to the floor with unexpected results, and is one truly amazing commercial. Check it out on http://helpllc.com/HTML/broadcast.html
Related Web Sites
- Interview with Matthew Fassberg, Obsidian Producer (on Gamezilla.com (1997))
- Obsidian (computer game) (Wikipedia entry about Obsidian)
- Obsidian Universal Hint System File (Solution to the game arranged in question and answer format so you are encouraged to solve the puzzles yourself.)
- Obsidian Walkthrough (Complete step-by-step guide for solving this game)
- Playing in Windows XP (Set up instructions by Inferno)
- Zarf's Review (A Mac review of Obsidian by Andrew Plotkin (April, 1997).)
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