Intelligent sci-fi stories aren’t necessarily told in movies anymore, as buying Fullbright‘s recently released exploration game Tacoma on GOG gives players the opportunity to try Ocelot Society‘s Event for free.
Being alone on a spaceship with only an A.I. computer as a companion isn’t the best way of spending a lifetime, but Event takes the 2001: A Space Odyssey or Darkstar movie inspirations and turns it into a first-person adventure game where interacting with the computer Kaizen works through a text interface, i.e. one talks with it via typed-in questions and answers as well as other ways of communication. Navigating 3D environments inside the ship and outside in space, gathering information and solving hacking puzzles is just as important as trying to understand the A.I.’s feelings, like gratitude, disappointment, or jealousy. This immersive storytelling experience was released in 2016, but it will be added to the GOG library for free with Tacoma.
It’s been four years since Gone Home started the first-person adventure exploration game revolution, and the developer who did it is now back with Tacoma which is set on a high-tech space station in 2088 where the lives of six crew members were recorded and have to be analyzed now in order to find out what happened to them and the ship. Classic point-and-click adventure fans will be disappointed, as there are no standard puzzles. While this doesn’t sound intriguing at first, focusing entirely on the characters and story might be much more interesting than solving object-based puzzles. Looking for meaningful objects, notes, and physical artifacts, while listening to extensive records of the crew’s digital communications and personal thoughts is simply a different approach to adventure game design, and as the recordings can be played from different angles, forwards and backwards, and one has to decide which parallel story to follow, this could very well be the unique experience the genre needs for innovation and storytelling progress.
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