Fun space exploration (with llamas!)
If the idea of talking space llamas appeals to you, then Project Nomad might just be the science fiction adventure game you've been looking for. It's a pretty decent mix of exploring, trading, combat, and of course space llamas, which packs a fair amount of depth and narrative into a fun retro experience. The story has the player controlling humanity's last hope for survival and it's your goal to protect the Earth from the vicious Korok, a machine race led by the twisted Master Computer robot. You start out with little in the way of gear and must venture out into the stars, trading for useful goods while seeking out the Maka Bola, a haven for anti-Korok rebels. As you explore, you'll piece together more of the Korok history and discover how to defeat them, while also engaging in more trade and combat. For the most part, Project Nomad is a lot of fun. The story is quite engaging and should keep you hooked, as long as you can put up with the fairly extensive reams of text you have to wade through every time you meet someone. Combat is simple but enjoyable, while there are plenty of weird and wonderful objects to discover and salvage. The visuals fare better than the sound, with the latter being quite simple but with the former being full of character, with some particularly nice alien designs to enjoy. The game should also be commended for its open-ended nature, with several potential ways of completing it and which adds in plenty of replay value. While not exactly Elite or Privateer quality, Project Nomad is fun, light-hearted entry in the sci-fi adventure genre and is thoroughly deserving of investigation.