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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 PlayStation Introduction
Sentient PlayStation Difficulty settings
Sentient Windows Cumbersome, but extremely deep, conversation system - the heart of Sentient
Sentient PlayStation Bay on fire

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Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited PlayStation Apr, 1997 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot PlayStation Apr 17, 1997 7.5 out of 10 75
Video Games PlayStation Mar, 1997 62 out of 100 62
Edge PlayStation Apr, 1997 6 out of 10 60
IGN PlayStation May 01, 1997 5 out of 10 50
Just Games Retro DOS Aug 12, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun 02, 1997 28 out of 100 28
PC Action Windows Feb 18, 1998 26 out of 100 26
PC Action DOS Feb 18, 1998 26 out of 100 26
Power Play Windows 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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