The Abyss: Incident at Europa (Windows)

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Back of Jewel Case - Windows (United States):
    A mysterious power. A terrifying disease. A mutating galaxy.
    The hunt for the cure begins...

    In the midst of a massive terraforming project on Europa, the enigmatic NTI life form has uncovered something deadly, a fast-moving viral disease left by an ancient alien race to mutate life into its own image. Your mission is to search for a cure for the terrible disease. Equipped with nothing but your wits you venture into strange and dangerous alien worlds and fight for a way to survive.

    • Real-time, immersive first-person adventure
    • Over 50 engaging puzzles and hundreds of rooms to explore
    • Four unique worlds provide hours of fascinating gameplay
    • Classic animated look and feel
    • Beautiful cinematic sequences and a CD quality soundtrack intensify the immersive experience
    • Minimal violence and a heroic theme-ideal for the whole family

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (134493) on Mar 03, 2010.

Press Release:

    Sound Source Interactive Now Shipping "The Abyss:Incident at Europa" Game CD-ROM.

    CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 6, 1998-- Company's Premiere Real-Time, First-Person Adventure Game Features Offer for Free Video of James Cameron's Sci-Fi Classic Film, "The Abyss"

    Sound Source Interactive Inc. (Nasdaq:SSII) Tuesday announced that its first adventure game CD-ROM, "The Abyss: Incident at Europa," is now shipping.

    The game is based on the film "The Abyss," directed by James Cameron. A national promotion with this game release offers the opportunity to obtain a free videocassette of "The Abyss."

    "The Abyss: Incident at Europa" (SRP $29.99) provides several immersive, sometimes very alien environments in which players must explore and solve puzzles.

    Starting in Deepcore, the undersea research vessel from the movie "The Abyss," players set out on an adventure to an alien research facility and the caverns located in the farthest reaches of Jupiter's moon, Europa. Mutated alien and human life forms provide further challenges as players explore each world. The adventure experience is enhanced by the beautiful cinematic sequences, lush aural soundscapes and a CD-quality soundtrack.

    "`The Abyss: Incident at Europa' breaks new ground by taking a first-person adventure game like `Myst' and adding a real-time component, like `Doom,' so you actually feel like you are a character in the world -- not just looking at pictures," noted Vincent J. Bitetti, chairman and CEO of Sound Source Interactive.

    "Yet we purposely developed this new CD-ROM to be enjoyed by the entire family on everyday computer systems, not just expensive, high-tech computer game platforms."

    Based on a continuation of the original story from James Cameron's sci-fi classic, "The Abyss," the game takes place six years later, when a mysterious mutating disease strikes the crew of the submerged vessel, Deepcore, and the Non-Terrestrial Intelligence residing in the Cayman Trench.

    As the main character, Bud Brigman or Lindsay Brigman, you must find out how to control this spreading mutagenic viral disease and save the galaxy. Fail, and the entire race of humans -- and countless other intelligent beings -- fall to bizarre genetic alterations of a strange, predatory alien species.

    "The Abyss: Incident at Europa" transcends all genres, providing a challenging, immersive adventure gaming experience. Enjoyable by the entire family, the game contains minimal violence and carries the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) "E -- Everyone" rating. The system requirements and value pricing make the product accessible to a large installed base of computer users, not just hard-core gamers.

    A special coupon on the box cover provides details of the free home video offer that will run to Feb. 28, 1999. A $4.99 fee is required for shipping and handling.

    "The Abyss: Incident at Europa" requires Windows 95/98, a Pentium 90 or higher system, 24 MB of RAM and a 2X CD-ROM drive. Recommended is a Pentium 133 or higher, 16MB RAM, Sound Blaster compatible audio card and PCI Video card. A 3-D video card or hardware acceleration card is not required.

    Sound Source Interactive, ranked by PC Data as the sixth-largest publisher of educational software, develops and publishes licensed, award-winning children's software products. Sound Source Interactive produces a line of interactive games, including "Star Trek: The Game Show" and "Olympus: War of the Gods," scheduled for release in spring 1999.

    The company licenses from Universal Studios (NYSE:VO), Viacom (AMEX:VIA.B) (Paramount Pictures Corp.), Warner Bros. (NYSE:TWX), CBS Entertainment (NYSE:CBS), MGM/UA, Harvey Entertainment Co. (Nasdaq:HRVY), 20th Century Fox (NYSE:NOP-A), New Line Cinema and Carolco Pictures.

    35mm color slides, TIFF files of the packaging, as well as review copies of "The Abyss: Incident at Europa," are available upon request.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75491) on Nov 25, 2008.

Back of Box:
    A mysterious power. A terrifying disease. A mutating galaxy.
    The hunt for the cure begins...

    In the midst of a massive terraforming project, the enigmatic NTI life form has uncovered something deadly, a fast-moving viral disease left by an ancient alien race to mutate life into its own image. The virus is intelligent. Adaptable. Predatory. If it isn't contained, all native life in the galaxy will perish.

    As Bud or Lindsey Brigman - the "Finders" - your mission is to return to Deepcore and the NTI Ark in search of some answers. Travel to the alien research lab at Europa Station and meet the NTI Caretaker and all of the endangered children. Hunt through the twisting passageways of Europa's core for the cure to the disease. Equipped with nothing but your wits, you venture into dangerous alien worlds to search for the cure - and fight to survive!

    Contributed by Jeanne (75491) on May 19, 2002.