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Rama

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DOS
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Description

Nobody has expected it - but one day, something entered the solar system from outside. The mysterious object appeared to be a gigantic cylinder with unknown properties. The International Space Agency (ISA) sent the special Newton Team onto the object, which they dubbed "Rama". The scientists soon discovered that Rama was, in fact, a huge biomechanical collector of alien species and their cities. One of the explorers, Valeriy Borzov, dies under mysterious circumstances. Another astronaut is sent to replace him, investigate the circumstanced that led to his death, and perhaps uncover the mystery of Rama.

Rama is a puzzle-solving adventure game based on Arthur C. Clarke's series of science fiction novels. Visually and gameplay-wise, it mostly follows the template of Myst, consisting of pre-rendered backgrounds and live action scenes, and focusing almost entirely on complex logic puzzles. The player character has a special device called "wristcomp", which includes communicative, automapping, and teleporting abilities. A personal android provides descriptions of objects and comments on the events of the game.

Screenshots

Rama Windows Title screen
Rama Windows Checking the vidmail on the wrist computer
Rama Windows Hub Camp computer
Rama Windows Viewing messages on Hub Camp computer

Alternate Titles

  • "Rendezvous im Weltraum" -- German title
  • "Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee Present Rama" -- Full title

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User Reviews

The ultimate logic adventure Windows Greg Wells (5)
Well written adventure. Windows Terrence Bosky (5232)
Space Myst-clone Windows Boston Low (93)

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamezilla Windows Dec 13, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Feb, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Mac Ledge Macintosh Mar 03, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) Macintosh Jun, 1997 75 out of 100 75
GameBoomers Windows 2003 B 75
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1996 73 out of 100 73
macHOME Macintosh 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gamesmania Windows 1997 50 out of 100 50

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Trivia

Both Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee appear on included interview movie files. And Clarke also appears in the game, he shows up whenever you die and gives you a small lecture pointing out what you did wrong.

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