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Rama (Windows)

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Description

Nobody has expected it - but one day, something entered the solar system from outside. The mysterious object appeared to be a gigantic cylinder with unknown properties. The International Space Agency (ISA) sent the special Newton Team onto the object, which they dubbed "Rama". The scientists soon discovered that Rama was, in fact, a huge biomechanical collector of alien species and their cities. One of the explorers, Valeriy Borzov, dies under mysterious circumstances. Another astronaut is sent to replace him, investigate the circumstanced that led to his death, and perhaps uncover the mystery of Rama.

Rama is a puzzle-solving adventure game based on Arthur C. Clarke's series of science fiction novels. Visually and gameplay-wise, it mostly follows the template of Myst, consisting of pre-rendered backgrounds and live action scenes, and focusing almost entirely on complex logic puzzles. The player character has a special device called "wristcomp", which includes communicative, automapping, and teleporting abilities. A personal android provides descriptions of objects and comments on the events of the game.

Screenshots

Rama Windows Viewing objects
Rama Windows Title screen
Rama Windows In-game shot
Rama Windows Introduction

Alternate Titles

  • "Rendezvous im Weltraum" -- German title
  • "Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee Present Rama" -- Full title

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User Reviews

The ultimate logic adventure Greg Wells (5) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Well written adventure. Terrence Bosky (5234) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Space Myst-clone Boston Low (92) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Entertainment Weekly Dec 06, 1996 A- 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamezilla Dec 13, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Coming Soon Magazine Feb, 1997 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1996 77 out of 100 77
GameBoomers 2003 B 75
PC Joker Dec, 1996 73 out of 100 73
GameSpot Dec 17, 1996 6.9 out of 10 69
Power Play Nov, 1996 55 out of 100 55

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Trivia

The game follows quite closely the plot of the book "Rama II" by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee (a copy is included with the game).

There were two sequels planned (the book is the first part of a trilogy) but they were never made.

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Andrew Jenner (68) added Rama (Windows) on Apr 01, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Terok Nor (18760), Andrew Jenner (68) and Jewelcase (1192)