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Viqor played Beneath a Steel Sky

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Played through much of this cool little adventure game in one sitting. This is an old adventure game made by a British developer in 1994 using Lucasart's SCUMM engine. I think given my current interest in European-developed games, it is quite appropriate. The best part of Beneath a Steel Sky is probably its setting and story, which to me are the most important of an adventure title. The game's rendition of a post-apocalyptic Australia manages to have a pretty unique feel visually and the game also fills in a lot of the details about how the society functions, effectively fleshing out the world. The story is also quite intriguing, giving you minimal detail at the beginning of the game, and effectively revealing the larger plot further into the story, which was very effective at keeping me interested in playing through the more frustrating puzzles. On the subject of puzzles: they are actually quite mild for an adventure game of this time: most are logical and you don't have a massive cache of items to sift through trying to find the answer. On the down side, I have encounter a number of occasions where I would miss a very small, interactive object, and would be unable to figure out what to do next without consulting a guide (which I try to utilize only minimally). The game is actually available free on a number of websites including GOG.com and scummvm.org and because it is a SCUMM game, it runs perfectly through the SCUMM VM. It's not the best adventure game I've ever played, but it is definitely worth checking out and you really can't beat the price.
Beneath a Steel Sky

Beneath a Steel Sky (PC)

Genre/Style: Adventure/Third-Person Graphic Adventure
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