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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 There's a balance between procedurally generated interaction and scripted events.
Sentient Windows Panels like this one actually allow you to tinker with the station's systems.
Sentient Windows Your character, medic Garrett Sherova
Sentient PlayStation Panel switch

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Sentient Screenshot
Sentient Screenshot
Sentient Render
Sentient Render

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Critic Reviews

GameSpot PlayStation Apr 17, 1997 7.5 out of 10 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Apr, 1997 7.4 out of 10 74
Official UK PlayStation Magazine PlayStation 1997 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) DOS Feb, 1998 49 out of 100 49
Just Games Retro DOS Aug 12, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Player (Germany) Windows Mar, 1998 37 out of 100 37
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun 02, 1997 28 out of 100 28
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Aug, 1997 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Power Play Windows Mar, 1998 9 out of 100 9
Power Play DOS 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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