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 Windows Mediation booth with two arguing mouths
Obsidian Macintosh The Info desk
Obsidian Macintosh Game save
Obsidian Windows Nano-robots

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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
Game Revolution Windows Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
GameSpot Windows Jan 23, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
World Village (Gamer's Zone) Windows 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Macworld Macintosh Sep, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Adventure Gamers Windows Feb 12, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 03, 1997 51 out of 100 51
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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