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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bland sci-fi horror gory; dull gameplay underwhelms.

Game Windows 2016
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It's OK for game makers to pay homage to sources of inspiration, so long as they eventually find their own strong voice. Unfortunately, this game's designers never find that voice. Phantaruk manages to competently craft a spooky and isolated setting in the form of a lonely spaceship. It also fills the ship with some scary images, including frightening creatures and scenes of carnage. But the story -- a tale of a cult, a corporation, and forced evolution, clumsily told through a series of voice logs and text messages -- offers us nothing new or particularly interesting. Fans of sci-fi horror have seen these themes and ideas presented many times in better games, books, and movies.

It's also at times not much fun to play. The decision to focus the action on enemy avoidance rather than fighting is praiseworthy. But the stealth is made frustrating by a number of poor design choices, including scenes that are too poorly lit to make out anything (even with your brightness setting cranked up to maximum), the lack of a map or any sort of visual navigational aid, and unreliable and indecipherable rules governing when enemies can and can't detect you. Most players will experience a lot of frustrating trial-and-error play, with each wrong decision resulting in instant death. Even for serious devotees of the genre, this is a sci-fi horror adventure that might not be worth the time or money.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Polyslash
  • Release date: August 16, 2016
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Topics: Space and Aliens
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: October 30, 2019

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