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Obsidian (Windows)

76
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
MobyScore
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Description

The plot of this Myst-influenced 5CD adventure game involves issues such as nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. Fortunately, the bundled strategy guide explains the basics of these subjects. Gameplay is linear and largely based around puzzles.

Screenshots

Obsidian Windows Computer main menu
Obsidian Windows Tent
Obsidian Windows A crooked view from the lift
Obsidian Windows Nano-robots

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User Reviews

The game that should have been as popular and acclaimed as Myst, but didn't. Brandon R (4) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

Gamezilla Dec 02, 2000 96 out of 100 96
GameBoomers Nov, 2004 A- 91
GameSpot Jan 23, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary Apr, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania 1997 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game.EXE May, 1997 73 out of 100 73
PC Action Dec 17, 1997 69 out of 100 69
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Obsidian's only true call to fame (and a pretty rare one among videogames) came courtesy of it's imaginative advertizement campaign. Combining both printed ads as well as tv spots, the campaign was reeeeally weird and portrayed several common situations twisted in a way that defied all laws of physics, nature and logic followed by the tagline "Your rules do not apply here". Ie: a printed ad showing an empy room lit by an overhead lamp, only the lamp produces darkness instead of light... Cooky, innit? Yet the most impressive ad was the famed "egg" TV spot, which became a particular object of cult among publicity buffs and won 3 Gold Clio awards and became a permanent feature on the New York Museum of Modern Art (as well as being a regular on TV commercial specials and a runner-up to Cannes Golden Lion award if I remember correctly).

The spot featured a guy dropping an egg to the floor with unexpected results, and is one truly amazing commercial. Check it out on http://helpllc.com/HTML/broadcast.html

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Null McNull (29) added Obsidian (Windows) on Jun 08, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Jeanne (75620)