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You are sent to investigate an outbreak of radiation sickness aboard the space station Icarus, but once aboard, you realize your primary objective is the least of your worries. The captain has been murdered, an assassin threatens a visiting senior Senator, and a power struggle arises as the station careens toward the sun. Save yourself, or save the ship?

Sentient's main feature is the artificial intelligence controlling multiple individual crew members aboard the station, each with their own assignments and behaviors. You interact with the AI characters through an elaborate parser interface, which allows you to ask them everything from the location of a vital piece of equipment, to their opinion of another member of the crew. To succeed, you must take advantage of the crew's help through this social system.


Sentient Windows Main Menu
Sentient Windows You hallucinate throughout the story, often finding yourself in a peaceful hedge maze.
Sentient Windows Panels like this one actually allow you to tinker with the station's systems.
Sentient Windows There's a balance between procedurally generated interaction and scripted events.

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Sentient Render
Sentient Render
Sentient Screenshot
Sentient Screenshot

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Critic Reviews

GameSpot May 20, 1997 5.1 out of 10 51
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 1998 49 out of 100 49
PC Games (Germany) Feb 04, 1998 47 out of 100 47
Just Games Retro Aug 12, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1998 37 out of 100 37
Computer Games Magazine 1997 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 1997 28 out of 100 28
PC Action Feb 18, 1998 26 out of 100 26
PC Joker Feb, 1998 13 out of 100 13
Power Play Mar, 1998 9 out of 100 9


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Limited Edition

In Germany, Sentient was available as a Limited Edition which came with an audio CD containing the game's soundtrack.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1999 – Worst Game in 1998

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Trickster (57) added Sentient (Windows) on May 12, 2001
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