Rama

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Critic Score User Score
DOS
70
3.4
Windows
76
3.5
PlayStation
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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 messages on Hub Camp computer
Rama Windows Unexpected visit
Rama Windows Dr. des Jardins welcomes you on board Rama

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 (5227)
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
Gamezilla Windows Dec 13, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Feb, 1997 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
macHOME Macintosh 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot Windows Dec 17, 1996 6.9 out of 10 69
High Score DOS Jan, 1997 3 out of 5 60
Power Play Windows Nov, 1996 55 out of 100 55

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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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