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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 Loading screen
Obsidian Windows Puzzle
Obsidian Windows Office robot
Obsidian Windows Mediation booth with two arguing mouths

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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)

The Press Says

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Macintosh Jun, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just Adventure Macintosh 2003 A 100
GameSpot Windows Jan 23, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Revolution Windows Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Mar 01, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game.EXE Windows May, 1997 73 out of 100 73
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 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Jul 28, 1999 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

Obsidian'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

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