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The Experiment (Windows)

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Description

The Experiment (eXperience112) is a third-person adventure game played from an unusual angle. The game is set aboard a grounded ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The player is inside an operations room, but unable to move about. Instead, he has to guide an ill woman by the name of Lea Nichols using surveillance monitors and various complex control systems. No direct control can be exercised over Lea, instead the player uses a point-and-click interface to examine the different rooms from various angles and help her overcome obstacles by opening doors, turning valves, distracting enemies, flipping switches or taking direct control over systems governing temperature, water or electricity.

The advanced camera systems allow the player to rotate the 3D environments and zoom in. There is no way to verbally communicate with Lea and players need to use sophisticated tools including heat detection, light intensifiers, audio analysis and thermal vision to preview the environment for her and make sure she gets a safe passage. Lea is not a puppet however, and she will not blindly follow every decision. It takes time to earn her trust, depending on factors of respecting her privacy and not leading her into situations where she becomes wounded or unconscious.

There is a strong emphasis on the narration as the player does not know himself or his relationship to Lea. Fragments are introduced through flashbacks, scenes during actual gameplay and by looking through documents, files, e-mails and video logs on the ship's intranet. Some of the discoveries lead to secondary missions, providing more insight into the history, but entirely optional.

Screenshots

The Experiment Windows Painful flashback
The Experiment Windows Cameras system - total mess
The Experiment Windows Stranger....
The Experiment Windows Main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "eXperience112" -- European title

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User Reviews

A unique game, a truly experiment Alaedrain (3261) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars

The Press Says

Adventure Europe Oct 17, 2007 91 out of 100 91
Gamezoom Apr 09, 2008 80 out of 100 80
4Players.de Mar 04, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Adventure-Treff Apr 01, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Adventures - Kompakt Mar 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Captain Mar 01, 2008 70 out of 100 70
Factornews Nov 02, 2007 7 out of 10 70
IGN Mar 03, 2008 6.8 out of 10 68
Adventure Classic Gaming Mar 19, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Just Adventure May 20, 2008 D 25

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Calling all brainy Mobygamers... 4 merrick79 (7)
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Sciere (286450) added The Experiment (Windows) on Jan 04, 2008