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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 PlayStation Main menu
Sentient Windows Switching to a cursor mode highlights and allows interactions with objects around you.
Sentient Windows Escaping in time acts as a "crash course" to the game interface and mechanics.
Sentient PlayStation Difficulty settings

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Critic Reviews

Play Magazine PlayStation 1997 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot PlayStation Apr 17, 1997 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Windows May 20, 1997 5.1 out of 10 51
IGN PlayStation May 01, 1997 5 out of 10 50
Just Games Retro DOS Aug 12, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Just Games Retro Windows Aug 12, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Player (Germany) DOS Mar, 1998 37 out of 100 37
Game.EXE Windows Jul, 1997 30 out of 100 30
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun, 1997 28 out of 100 28
Power Play Windows Mar, 1998 9 out of 100 9


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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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