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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 A sudden solar flare makes a mess of your landing.
Sentient Windows Escaping in time acts as a "crash course" to the game interface and mechanics.
Sentient Windows Your character, medic Garrett Sherova
Sentient PlayStation Dying man

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Critic Reviews

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
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
PC Player (Germany) Windows Mar, 1998 37 out of 100 37
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun, 1997 28 out of 100 28
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 1997 28 out of 100 28
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Aug, 1997 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
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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