Obsidian

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Description

The 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.

Screenshots

Obsidian Macintosh In game menu
Obsidian Windows Hints booth
Obsidian Macintosh Looking at the library index in the distance
Obsidian Windows Information desk

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User Reviews

The game that should have been as popular and acclaimed as Myst, but didn't. Windows Brandon R (4)

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure Windows 2003 A 100
GameBoomers Windows Nov, 2004 A- 91
GameSpot Windows Jan 23, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows May, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Joker Windows Dec, 1997 76 out of 100 76
PC Action Windows Dec 17, 1997 69 out of 100 69
Power Play Windows Feb, 1997 48 out of 100 48
PC Player (Germany) Windows Feb, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Jul 28, 1999 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

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Obsidian'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.

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