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Rama

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Platforms
Critic Score User Score
Macintosh
70
...
DOS
70
3.4
Windows
76
3.5
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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 Hub Camp computer
Rama Windows Viewing objects
Rama Windows Introduction
Rama Windows Wrist computer's Map option

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 (5231)
Space Myst-clone Windows Boston Low (93)

Critic Reviews

Entertainment Weekly Windows Dec 06, 1996 A- 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mac Ledge Macintosh Mar 03, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameBoomers Windows 2003 B 75
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1996 73 out of 100 73
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
High Score DOS Jan, 1997 3 out of 5 60
Mac Addict Macintosh May, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Windows Nov, 1996 55 out of 100 55

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Trivia

The game follows quite closely the plot of the book "Rama II" by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee (a copy is included with the game).

There were two sequels planned (the book is the first part of a trilogy) but they were never made.

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