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5.0 out of 5 stars Master The Confusion
This is a very french game.
I say that in a good way, it has you learning to master a CCTV system to progress and aid the female main character. It can be a bit confusing at times but if you persevere you get that good feeling of achievement. The graphics and sound are ok,and an unclear storyline keeps your interest, it`s all in the gameplay.
I wouldn`t a few...
Published on 16 Aug 2010 by A. Kilgariff

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3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating - but entertaining
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...
Published on 20 May 2010 by K. Steel


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating - but entertaining, 20 May 2010
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K. Steel (UK) - See all my reviews
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= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Experiment: Secrets, Surveillance, Survival (CD-ROM)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master The Confusion, 16 Aug 2010
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A. Kilgariff "top of the world" (manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Experiment: Secrets, Surveillance, Survival (CD-ROM)
This is a very french game.
I say that in a good way, it has you learning to master a CCTV system to progress and aid the female main character. It can be a bit confusing at times but if you persevere you get that good feeling of achievement. The graphics and sound are ok,and an unclear storyline keeps your interest, it`s all in the gameplay.
I wouldn`t a few more games like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique - Enough Said, 4 Sep 2011
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C. Mac (Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Experiment: Secrets, Surveillance, Survival (CD-ROM)
I've played the demo for this game so many times, always inching closer to purchasing the full copy, and now that I have...I have not been let down. It takes the formula of point-and-click and adds its own flavour and puts it into a setting that is unique and engaging.

It is still point-and-click in that you are directing a character, in this instance by the name of Lea Nichols, around an evironment while an highly engaging and stunningly intricate story is discovered by the progression of finding clues and objects. However, what makes The Experiment different is the presentation of the standard formula. Upon your computer screen you are presented with a graphical user interface akin to a sci-fied CCTV user interface, through which a nameless character - you - control the various cameras positioned around the ship. Other things, such as lights and computer terminals are also controlled this way - the lights used to control Lea directly, turning them on and off to guide her down corridors and across rooms. You really feel like you are sitting there at your computer and ACTUALLY controlling this character's fate throught the cameras.

There is, of course, no such thing as a perfect game. There are a few issues, such as the fact that it is quite a system hog, even for it's rather aged graphics and lighting. The voice acting is a little on the dull side, Lea's especially of note due to her pondering, leisurely outlook on her situation trapped onboard a derelict research ship. These may be due to the translation from the original French, of which too can be seen evidently in the text files that you uncover to flesh out the backstory. One big thing that is of note, however, is the pace. Of course, each gamer is different and each gamer sees things differently in games, but the pace for every gamer is probably on the slow side. Again, Lea's walking pace is glacial as she takes her strolls through the corridors.

Despite these foibles, The Experiment is a great game that is worth getting through. The story is deep and engrossing, the flashbacks are well presented and shed light slowly on the more intricate past plot points. The atmosphere combined with the minimalistic soundtrack - and the occasional broken camera - really add to the fact that the ship is a derelict wreck. All these things come together to create a well-rounded point-and-click adventure that, if anything, is worth playing just because it is different from the flooded point-and-click adventure titles for the PC.
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