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The Daedalus Encounter (Windows 3.x)

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Description

The interstellar war is over, leaving you, a casualty, as a disembodied brain inside a life support system. Your buddies rescue you from the lab so that you can go exploring - scavenging the galaxy for wreckage and artifacts left over from the war. In due course you stumble literally into an alien craft. With your own craft disabled, and the alien ship on a collision course, you must explore it to find out what has gone wrong and to make a course correction.

Gameplay consists of conversations with your colleagues (displayed as live action video), animated exploration sequences, as well as puzzle-solving that mostly involves figuring out how to operate alien mechanisms. There is also a maze sequence and sporadic action-based tasks. There is no inventory to speak of, because, being a brain in a box, you have no pockets.

All the action takes place in an in-game window that is your view of the world. It takes up only a small part of the screen and the rest of the screen is taken up with a kind of fleshy 'inside of your head' background that is there to remind you that you are inside a machine. Three difficulty settings, in-game instruction and assistance, as well as a few extras (such as high-resolution pictures) are included.

Screenshots

The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Attempting to open the hatch.
The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x After it's game over, the game allows you to jump back to the point you left off, or to earlier points.
The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Deploying a probe on a salvage mission.
The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Your 2 shipmates during the great war

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User Reviews

You start by dying, almost, and end up saving the day piltdown_man (71419) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Joystick (French) Jun, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Entertainment Weekly Apr 21, 1995 B+ 83
Freak Jul, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Datormagazin Jul, 1995 4 out of 5 80
PC Gamer Jul, 1995 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Jun, 1995 71 out of 100 71
PC Player (Germany) May, 1995 64 out of 100 64
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1995 51 out of 100 51
Quandary Jun, 1995 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Just Adventure 1999 F 0

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Trivia

Gag

In the beginning of the game when exploring the ship, you come across a dead alien. On their back is a post-it note saying "Kick Me".

Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1996 - CD-ROM Babe of the Year 1995 (for actress Tia Carrere)
Information also contributed by piltdown man
TO (12) added The Daedalus Encounter (Windows 3.x) on Feb 20, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Terok Nor (18445) and Indra is here (19706)