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Game review: ‘Observation’, a space puzzle with promise

Marcel Thee

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, October 22, 2019  /  02:14 pm
Game review: ‘Observation’, a space puzzle with promise

Alone in space: 'Observation' captures a sense of containment, isolation and paranoia through its retro-futuristic visuals. (Courtesy of Devolver Digital/-)

By putting players in control of an artificial intelligence (AI), Observation provides a very different perspective than is usual for sci-fi games, which typically have an AI as the sidekick or the villain. In Observation, players control SAM, aka System Administration Maintenance, an AI tasked with monitoring a space station called – you guessed it! – Observation, and are essentially handed the ability to play god of the space station, seeing, hearing, and knowing everything that goes on there. Along with astronaut Emma Fisher, SAM must figure out why Observation isn't working like it should as it leads the two to the darkest corners of the station. The question is how much of what's happened is in your hands as SAM, and this sense of mystery is one of the game's strengths. The game's mood is retro-fu...