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ZOOM The Daedalus Encounter
$9.95 (Win95/98) (Retail) (DAEDALUSPR)

Virgin Interactive

Ages: 13+/Realistic violence

3 CDS

Ratings:

4 ½ stars from Electronic Entertainment

3 ½ stars from CD-ROM Today

Sci-Fi Adventure

This high-profile science-fiction action adventure game partners the player (Casey) with actors Tia Carrere (Ari) and Christian Bocher (Zack) as spaceship salvagers after the last battle of the first intergalactic war. During their first mission, they become entangled with a massive, crippled biological space organism/ship. Casey must explore the ship to discover how to prevent it from flying into a blazing sun.

To succeed, you must solve a mind-boggling variety of geometric door puzzles, blow away savage Piranha-like aliens, navigate through complex mazes, and discover how to communicate with your Seti hosts. And - not to give everything away - the exciting endgame will challenge both your wits and your conscience.

Requirements:

48633 MHZ DX (Pentium Processor recommended), 8MB RAM, double speed (300Kbs transfer rate) CD-ROM drive with 4MB free hard drive (minimum installation), accelerated VLB or PCI SVGA card with 256 colors (Thousands of colors recommended), 8-bit Windows compatible sound card, PC or MS-DOS 5.0 or later with Windows 3.1/95/98, QuickTime for Windows provided.

Note: QuickTime for Windows is compatible with most popular Sound Blaster or Windows compatible sound cards. At press time, compatible cards include: Sound Blaster Pro, Pro 16 and Thunderboard; Media Vision ProAudio Spectrum Plus, Spectrum 16 and Audio Port; Microsoft Sound System; Cardinal Technologies Sound Studio, Orchid Sound Producer Pro, Turtle Beach Multisound, ATI Sterio F/X.

Reviews:

Electronic Entertainment, July 1995

"Despite the presence of the lovely Tia Carrere, The Daedalus Encounter has a lot more than a pretty face. The game also features some incredible art, but that's not the whole story either. Rest assured that Daedalus' well-written tale and exciting game play are not just an excuse to cash in on adolescent male fantasies."

"This three-CD game features a complex plot, three levels of difficulty, and three separate game segments: scripted exploration with Ari and Zack, free exploration on your own, and a startling final sequence. Each segment elegantly combines hard-core puzzle solving, Myst-like exploration, and even a bit of finger-twitching action - all within a sophisticated and often humorous interactive movie. Also, unlike Critical Path, you're not stuck in a control room. Daedalus cleverly puts your eyes and ears in a probe that can move, act, communicate, and get damaged. This game actually makes you feel like you're part of the action."

"Mixing these types of game play works because Mechadeus ingeniously weaves game action into the cinematics. Daedalus the movie and Daedalus the game coexist without a conflict. Each strengthens the other. In The Daedalus Encounter, you're not just watching an interactive movie; you're immersing yourself in a sophisticated, high-quality game."

Videogame Advisor, May 1995

"Sometimes the right mixture of a big-budget production and quality gaming can come together with the right idea and produce something extraordinary. Daedalus Encounter is a science-fiction, action adventure CD ROM that mixes a unique blend of puzzle-solving, arcade style shooting, and over two hours of interactive full motion video. Daedalus Encounter combines bits and pieces from a few different genres, but relies mainly on the 7th Guest-style of gameplay. The story is well written, with quality acting by both Tia Carrere and Christian Bocher, and is captivating enough to keep you interested and on your toes in-between the action or puzzle scenes."

CD-ROM Today, July 1995

"In case you haven't heard. The Daedalus Encounter stars Tia Carrere in a tight leather flight suit. Distributor Virgin Interactive is hoping that the sultry star of Wayne's World and True Lies will earn the game a warm reception from hordes of adolescent male gamers. Unfortunately, despite Tia's prodigious talents, the game itself is a bit of a yawner, with few options and a modest amount of interactivity."

"The Encounter begins with a non-interactive clip in which Casey, a space pilot, is wounded in battle. To save him, doctors separate his brain from his body and place it in a life-support device."

"All of this may have led to a dull and lackluster existence were it not for friends Ari (Carrere) and Zack (Christian Bocher), who brain-nap Casey and take him on an adventure. You play this game from within Casey's grey matter, viewing the action on a screen implanted in his neural tissue."

"You spend most of the game obeying orders and flying scouting missions. Occasionally you run into puzzles that are too complex for Ari and Zack, but a snap for Casey. Many of these puzzles are based on simple engineering or math models and can be deciphered using a little logic."

Video Game Advisor, May 1995

"Daedalus Encounter combines bits and pieces from a few different genres, but relies mainly on the 7th Guest-style of gameplay. The story is well written, with quality acting by both Tia Carrere and Christian Bocher, and is captivating enough to keep you interested and on your toes in-between the action or puzzle scenes.



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