Developer:   The Learning Channel

Publisher:   The Discovery Channel

Released:   1995

PC Requirements:    DOS 3.1/win95/98, 486DX/33, 8 MB RAM, 5 MB free disk space, 2x CD-ROM, mouse.




by syd

Discovery Multimedia / 1995
First person point and click adventure
Recommended - All ages

This game is based on the television show of the same name and even features James Burke. As the game opens you are standing in front of a castle - thus your first task is figuring out what the heck you're supposed to be doing.

Once you find Mr. Burke all is clear. Seems that chaos has entered the web and it's up to you to set it right. This is done by finding items throughout history that connect together to form a chain. There are eight such items in each area of the game you visit. Once you find all eight you are automatically transported to the next game sequence.

The game uses full motion video for the "connected" items - but otherwise the game is static slideshow movement. Very little inventory is used and what there is does not carry from one area of the game to the other - you start fresh each time. Extremely easy interface to use and the game has a built in hint system that can be turned on or off at the start of the game. I chose to turn it off and there were a few puzzles that I wished I'd have left it on for. But the clues to solving everything are in the game - you pretty much know what you are supposed to do.

All in all I enjoyed the game very much. It's a nice diversion from some of the hair pulling games I've been attempting the past little while. And besides, what other game are you going to play where you learn that a tea cup led to the discovery of the big bang theory and have it make perfect sense?

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