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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 You hallucinate throughout the story, often finding yourself in a peaceful hedge maze.
Sentient PlayStation Game start
Sentient PlayStation Controls
Sentient Windows A sudden solar flare makes a mess of your landing.

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The Press Says

Play Magazine PlayStation 1997 84 out of 100 84
NowGamer PlayStation Apr 01, 1997 7.4 out of 10 74
Official UK PlayStation Magazine PlayStation 1997 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Windows May 20, 1997 5.1 out of 10 51
PC Games (Germany) DOS Feb 04, 1998 47 out of 100 47
Just Games Retro Windows Aug 12, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Player (Germany) Windows Mar, 1998 37 out of 100 37
Just Games Retro DOS Aug 12, 2004 37 out of 100 37
Game.EXE Windows Jul, 1997 30 out of 100 30
PC Action DOS Feb 18, 1998 26 out of 100 26


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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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