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.
Part of the Following Group
|The game that should have been as popular and acclaimed as Myst, but didn't.||Windows||Brandon R (4)|
|Gamezilla||Windows||Dec 02, 2000||96 out of 100||96|
|Mac Gamer||Macintosh||1997||95 out of 100||95|
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||Windows||1997||80|
|Computer Games Magazine||Windows||1997||80|
|Macworld||Macintosh||Sep, 1997||7 out of 10||70|
|PC Action||Windows||Dec 17, 1997||69 out of 100||69|
|Adventure Gamers||Windows||Feb 12, 2004||60|
|PC Games (Germany)||Windows||Dec 03, 1997||51 out of 100||51|
|PC Player (Germany)||Windows||Feb, 1997||40|
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AdvertisementObsidian's had an imaginative advertisement campaign. Combining both printed ads as well as television spots, the campaign was unusual as it 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 empty room lit by an overhead lamp, only the lamp produces darkness instead of light. Yet the most impressive ad was the famed "egg" TV spot, which featured a guy dropping an egg to the floor with unexpected results. This commercial 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 for a Cannes Golden Lion award. Links to the commercial can be found here in the media section.
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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