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You are sent to investigate an outbreak of radiation sickness aboard the space station Icarus, but once aboard, you realize your primary objective is the least of your worries. The captain has been murdered, an assassin threatens a visiting senior Senator, and a power struggle arises as the station careens toward the sun. Save yourself, or save the ship?

Sentient's main feature is the artificial intelligence controlling multiple individual crew members aboard the station, each with their own assignments and behaviors. You interact with the AI characters through an elaborate parser interface, which allows you to ask them everything from the location of a vital piece of equipment, to their opinion of another member of the crew. To succeed, you must take advantage of the crew's help through this social system.


Sentient Windows Space Station Icarus
Sentient PlayStation Controls
Sentient PlayStation Dying man
Sentient Windows Cumbersome, but extremely deep, conversation system - the heart of Sentient

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Critic Reviews

Play Magazine PlayStation 1997 84 out of 100 84
Mega Fun PlayStation Mar, 1997 72 out of 100 72
Game Players PlayStation Jun, 1997 6.5 out of 10 65
Edge PlayStation Apr, 1997 6 out of 10 60
IGN PlayStation May 01, 1997 5 out of 10 50
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb, 1998 49 out of 100 49
Game.EXE Windows Jul, 1997 30 out of 100 30
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun, 1997 28 out of 100 28
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 1997 28 out of 100 28
PC Joker DOS Feb, 1998 13 out of 100 13


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Limited Edition

In Germany, Sentient was available as a Limited Edition which came with an audio CD containing the game's soundtrack.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1999 – Worst Game in 1998

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