STASIS – Sci-fi Horror

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STASIS is a science fiction horror themed isometric point and click adventure game which takes place aboard the Groomlake, a deep space research vessel that belongs to Cayne Corporation. The game has a very gloomy and dark atmosphere to it and it seems to be inspired by various popular sci-fi horror games and movies such as Alien and Dead Space.

In STASIS, you take control of John Maracheck, a school teacher which awakes from cryogenic stasis and finds himself on an unknown ship, the Groomlake. Soon enough, John finds that something has gone terribly wrong aboard the ship and he is surrounded by nothing but death, blood and destruction all around him and he is driven by the fear for his family safety.

The main gameplay element of STASIS, as with any other point and click adventure type of games, is of course, puzzle solving. I can’t remember exactly how many puzzles are in the game but most of them are solvable by finding out certain items and combining them or using them on some background object or something on the environment around you in some way and surprisingly enough, even though I got stuck on some of these sections, afterwards I felt like it all made sense in a way and it wasn’t just some way to stall the player progress.

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Besides this, you’ll also come across some some other puzzles that involve some actual investigation and sometimes I even had to take notes so I couldn’t forget certain things. That said, STASIS puzzles are not just there for the sake of solving puzzles, they fit in the world and the story and they have a purpose.

For a indie development team, STASIS features a huge amount of high production quality material such as high fidelity cinematics, amazing writing, some of the best rendered backgrounds I’ve seen in recent years and superb sound design. From these aspects I think the ones that contribute most to the game’s amazing atmosphere are the writing and the overall sound design. The dialogue is voice acted but in this case I don’t feel like it’s that much of a strong point, the voice acting isn’t exactly terrible but it isn’t exactly great either in my opinion. The writing however is really neat, and I don’t mean the character’s dialogue, I’m refering to several crew logs you find scattered throughout the levels and to the grotesque and gruesome descriptions of piles of filth that you come across.

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These provide with you a backstory and fill you in on the history background of the ship, its crew, the company and what happened in previous years creating a believable and credible game world and timeline. I don’t know how they managed it but the sound is quite a big deal in STASIS, no matter where you are you’re constantly hearing things, sometimes you hear screams, sometimes some child’s creepy chanting, probably product of John’s sanity, or even scratches and noises echoing throughout the ship, in some situations, when John witnesses something rather gruesome you can hear his heavy and constant breathing.

Still, I do have a few gripes with the game such as the lack of resolution and V-Sync options on the options menu. One time I had to change my desktop refresh rate so that the game could progress further, it kept freezing at one section. The options menu only has two options, one for brightness and another one for volume and that is it.

STASIS is a science fiction horror themed isometric point and click adventure game which takes place aboard the Groomlake, a deep space research vessel that belongs to Cayne Corporation. The game has a very gloomy and dark atmosphere to it and it seems to be inspired by various popular sci-fi…

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Amazing Atmosphere - 9
Challenging Puzzles - 8
Game World and Lore - 8
Character Design - 7

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Overall STASIS is a great point and click adventure game, it’s very atmospheric, immersive and the puzzles are challenging. It offers around 10 hours worth of gameplay along with an amazing sountrack by Mark Morgan and by the end of it you might be facing some moral dilemmas.

User Rating: 4.35 ( 1 votes)

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