In 'The Experiment' opening scenes you find youself on an old run down ship stuck on rocks on a distant island. How you happened to be there is a mystery which unfolds as the game progresses.
Your role in the game is as a cctv operator and you are the one who finds the main character on a bed hooked up to an IV tube. You control 'Lea', the female character who appears to be alone on this ship, by clicking on lights and doors to get her to move. Although this did at times seem to be very frustrating as clicking on the lights did not get her to move, at one point I had to load a previous game and do the sequence all over again, then she moved!
For most of the game you need to get her to investigate all the rooms on the ship and finding objects which will be needed later in the game. You will also find the corpses of the rest of the personnel and later will find out exactly what happened to them.
The graphics are pretty good although you are only actually looking at camera images which can be realistically fuzzy and some of them don't work properly at all. The story is a complex one but it sort of becomes clear throughout the game with 'Lea' having flashbacks every now and then.
There are a few puzzles within the game, some of which were annoyingly awkward. In one part you have to line up some images with a background image and you have to get them spot on, this took a bit of fiddling.
Towards the end, the story was very engrossing, I found myself playing it for a good 3 hours because I wanted to see what happened at the end. However, I was disappointed as there was no real ending to the story as hoped. You never get to find out who the 'subject' is that 'Lea' is looking for. It just - ends. I felt, almost cheated when the expected ending did not happen. But aside from that, it was an enjoyable game, but not one that I would have purchased had I known from the start that the main goal would never be reached.