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The Experiment - PC

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Windows Vista / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews) 68 / 100

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  • Explore every corner of the eerie dilapidated ship scouting the path.
  • Unlock a powerful story revealed through vivid flashbacks and shocking plot twists.
  • Guide Lea's actions while confined in the locked operations room, to determine the fate of both characters.
  • Characters possess independent attitudes, notions and fears -- build trust with them to overcome human and environmental challenges.
  • Employ high-tech surveillance equipment to solve ingenious puzzles - Ship intranets, 3D rotation cameras, light intensifiers, heat detectors, thermal vision and more

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000NKNB4Y
  • Item Weight: 15 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,625 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

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PC gamers, get ready for the next great Experience in Action and Adventure with The Experiment.

Over sweeping cliffs and across scenic coastlines, this innovative shared adventure begins in the bowels of an old, dilapidated ship grounded ashore. Mysteriously, you find yourself in the ship’s operations room faced with a highly advanced panel of controls, surveillance monitors, and a wide array of sophisticated technology. As you scan the monitors frantically searching for answers to what this place is and why you are there, the only signs of life you have come across are a series of strange, curiously hard to identify animals, but then you see her; a woman.

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Help Yourself by Helping Her
Professor Lea Nichols is a research scientist in her thirties and could be described as beautiful if the strain of her situation wasn’t so etched into her features. As hard as you try you are unable to communicate with her, but it is clear she is being held captive by someone or something and wants help. The problem is, apparently you too are being held prisoner by an unseen captor. Soon you come to realize that the only way to escape is to help one another. But how and why is it that control over both your fates seems has been placed into your hands?

Use the Tools You Have
If you can discover a way to use the few tools tools you’ve been given (the surveillance system, an Intranet and other technologies) to Watch, Communicate, Search and eventually Take Control, you may both have a chance at escape. But remember that things are not always as they appear, even in the most controlled of experiments.

Full Features:

  • Unlock a powerful story revealed through vivid flashbacks and shocking plot twists.
  • Each character has independent attitudes, notions, and fears requiring you to build trust with the other character and overcome human and environmental challenges.
  • As Lea’s extended eyes and ears, explore every corner of the eerie ship scouting the path ahead for unseen dangers and enemies.
  • Strategically employ high-tech surveillance equipment to solve ingenious puzzles including: the ship’s Intranet, full 3D rotation cameras, light intensifiers, heat detectors, thermal vision, and even cameras on remote control vehicles.
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System Requirements:

Minimum Requirements:
OS:Windows® Vista™/XP
Processor Speed:1.5 GHz Pentium® 4, AMD® Athlon® or equivalent
RAM:512 MB (1 GB for Vista) or more
Video:MB Graphics Card, Supporting Vertex and Pixel Shader 1.1, Compatible with DirectX® 9.0c
Hard Disk Space:1.4 GB of Free Space

Product Description

Ready for an experiment? In Experiment 112, you'll experience innovative-shared adventure across dilapidated ships, sweeping cliffs and across scenic coastlines. Mysteriously, you find yourself in the ship's operations room faced with a highly advanced panel of controls, surveillance monitors, and a wide array of sophisticated technology. As you watch the monitors for other signs of life, you discover a woman, Professor Lea Nichols, in a cabin connected to intravenous tubes. Unable to find a way to communicate with her directly, you realize that you are her only hope. She needs your help to escape her prison and get the medical help she desperately needs. The problem is, an unseen captor too is holding you prisoner. The only way to escape is to help one another. But who are you? Who is she? Why do you control both your fates? Is escape from this floating prison your only goal?

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good games... after two fists full of hair pulled out February 26, 2008
By 666
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is definitely different than your typical collect your items, point and click adventure game. It tries to bring something new to the table. However, whether that "new" makes a good game or not, it's probably going to depend your patience level.

The game is somewhat original, has good writing, and its story is definitely mysterious enough to give you an urge of continue playing; so you can find out what this is all about (since, you don't even have a clue who the protagonist is at the beginning). There's also a lot of details to the game, I don't mean graphically (although they are pretty good), but about its characters and the technical enviroment the game takes place in; making it believable and interesting.

With all the good things said, there is one BIG problem. Which is the "new" I mentioned initially. "The Experiment" plays very differently than anything else we are use to; not just adventure games, but games in general.

First of all, Lea, the main charater you see in the game is not you (the protagonist). Your character commands her behind video cameras by utilising the enviroment around Lea. Confused? Or maybe even more interested? Yeah, that's pretty much going to decide whether you are going to like this game or not.

If you are interested behind the idea of playing almost like a voyeur, then you'll probably overlook the painful control scheme. The basic idea is that you look at Lea through the video cameras, and you tell her where to go, or what to do, by start operating on something around her; for example, the lights. As you progress in the game, you will learn more system functions in the compound that the game takes place in, therefore giving you greater control of the mechanical environment. Sounds fun? Right.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Different Adventure Game February 17, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Now, this what I call a different adventure game. You control the main character using cameras. Very different from what you usually do. Because it is different, I really enjoyed this game. I liked the 3rd person view from the various cameras.

The graphics used in the game are excellent and very pretty - especially the intro cut scene. The puzzles used in the game were not overly hard and matched the story line.

The best adventure released from TAC in quite a while and I hope TAC releases more games of this quality in the future.

Well worth playing by anyone looking for a good adventure game that is a little different.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool sophisticated but with a few minor flaws March 23, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Cool and so clever in many ways, but with a few flaws.
The Good. - Very clever interface, deeply immersive interesting interactive world. Nice realistic feel. Quite good deep puzzles. The science ship makes a cool interesting environment.
The Bad. Can be frustrating. Still mostly not that difficult. Puzzles could be deeper still. A few minor bugs - get caught in doors, one or two crashes (in same place). Puzzles can be somewhat rigid in order structure forcing you to wonder back and forth etc - but this is a very minor problem.
Overall I like this game a lot - very good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better for real puzzle-oriented folk May 3, 2008
By Clint
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I LOVE the concept -- that your PC is really part of the game. But for my taste there's too much moving windows around, and waiting for wots-her-name to move about. And the voice acting is pretty bad. I'm probably too much action-oriented -- more puzzle-loving players might love it. I'd put it somewhere between Tomb Raider 1 and Rhem for action.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea August 17, 2008
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
No, this is definitely not the typical point and click adventure games. You aren't actually even moving a character...you basically control a ship and the main character moves through the ship as you turn on lights and open doors for her. The interface is strange, with an overabundance of separate windows that exist on your screen, including the cameras you are controlling. I found this game to be frustrating and cumbersome, with none of the actual interesting aspects of adventure games, such as exploring an area, solving puzzles, interacting with characters, and beautiful scenery/graphics.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most immersive games ever made. September 7, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Experiment is one of the most unique and immersive games ever made. Any other stand-alone product pales in comparison to this game's ability make you feel like part of the story.

Coming from Lexis Numerique, a veteran developer of alternate-reality games (the sort of game that calls your real-life computer or IM account ala' murder-mystery role-playing), The Experiment puts you in the role of yourself, using the security interface of a mysterious ship-borne laboratory, guiding a survivor through the ruins to find out what the hell happened to everybody.

All you can do is operate the ship's computers, using security cameras to keep up with Lea, your companion, reading files and personal emails to find passwords and puzzle solutions, and flashing nearby lights or objects to draw Lea's attention. Unable to speak or communicate directly to your charge, you have to "nod" a camera to answer yes-or-no questions.

Unfortunately, the lenses are smudged a little. The interface takes a while to get used to, and the translation has a few potentially puzzle-breaking mistakes. Keep a walkthrough bookmarked in case you get stuck. It's also a challenging adventure game, so it might not appeal to some Halo-trained run-and-gun enthusiasts. Still, if you've ever loved adventure games, good writing, or unique gameplay concepts, you owe this game a try. Demos are available at the website.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Different...
This isn't a bad game. Basically it's a point and click game with a difference. Instead of acting on the main character yourself, you have the additional problem of giving clues... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars love this game!
its one of the only games that run fast on my pc! and its a good game, it is awesome!
Published 2 months ago by mary sphatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Not at all bad, but a bit tedious at times.
The game is real atmospheric and has a strange concept involving some sort of intelligent species who are at the center of the mystery. Read more
Published 8 months ago by GiG
4.0 out of 5 stars Very difficult game.
But it's well written, atmospheric, moody, scary, and everything a good horror/thriller game should be. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Flizbap
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept
I really like how this game differs from many other adventure games I play. Instead of the typical firs-person perspective or overhead view, I get to direct the main character... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Daniel J. Biel
1.0 out of 5 stars game needs help
It really sucks when you buy a game loaded with bugs. What sucks worse is when you go and look for patches or fixes and can'tfind any.
Published 19 months ago by James T. Slawinski
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
It might just be my computer but this game ran very slow. The screens took a little getting use to as well.
Published 20 months ago by Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars FUN but not fun too?
This game is full of hunting and searching, with little to no clues! Searching for codes or just simply, searching for which location to find/go to, was constant. Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by Tlmsrr
1.0 out of 5 stars Unplayably Buggy.
Yes, the interface it kind of bad. Yes, it is an intriguing style of game play. Unfortunatly for me, it is too damn buggy to actually play. It doesn't play well with Windows 7 x64. Read more
Published on May 20, 2011 by Jc
3.0 out of 5 stars Very different
This game is different from everything else out there. You are not the main character - but you have to try to lead her around by manipulating her environment. Read more
Published on February 13, 2011 by S. Clark
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