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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.


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Critic Reviews

Game Players PlayStation Jun, 1997 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN PlayStation May 01, 1997 5 out of 10 50
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 04, 1998 47 out of 100 47
PC Games (Germany) DOS Feb 04, 1998 47 out of 100 47
PC Player (Germany) DOS Mar, 1998 37 out of 100 37
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 1997 28 out of 100 28
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun, 1997 28 out of 100 28
PC Joker Windows Feb, 1998 13 out of 100 13
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.


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    • Issue 02/1999 – Worst Game in 1998

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