J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars (pc game)
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Out in the stars...
Point-and-click fans will probably enjoy this science fiction take on the genre and although it's not as good as things like Beneath a Steel Sky and Technobabylon, it still makes for an entertaining romp. It's got a fairly standard sci-fi plot but still manages to kick up a few surprises while the meat of the game, the puzzles, are actually well done and provide perhaps the best part of the experience. The story here revolves around that classic staple of a lone person waking up in a deserted space station (see Stasis for one example) and who must then explore their surroundings in order to find out the mystery behind their presence. Here, you're accompanied by a droid and the ship AI who will help you make you way around the ship and to the six planets which also hold clues. The gameplay is standard point-and-click stuff, with items that need to be collected and used in order to open up new areas and clues to discover which will lead you to the answers you seek. It's these puzzles which are probably the game's biggest attraction as they are for the most well done and challenging. Some of them are perhaps a bit too illogical at times while they aren't implemented into the story all that well. Speaking of which, the story isn't great, with some poor writing and unconvincing characters that just aren't believable. The visuals are good for an indie crowdsourced game, with some nice environments which are well detailed and immersive. Like many such games, this is quite short, clocking in around 6 or 7 hours, but if you can get it at a good price, it's worth adding to your collection.