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Obsidian (Windows)

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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.

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Obsidian Windows Game options
Obsidian Windows Atlas statue
Obsidian Windows A crooked view from the lift
Obsidian Windows Drawing

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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

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Jun, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just Adventure 2003 A 100
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
GameSpot Jan 23, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Mar 01, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania 1997 80 out of 100 80
Game.EXE May, 1997 73 out of 100 73
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 (75603)