Title Beneath A Steel Sky (Second Review) Game Type Adventure Players 1 HD Installable Yes Compatibility All Amigas Submission Marc Buhmann Courtesy of Sean Caszatt Review Beneath a Steel Sky was one of those games that just sits on the shelf, drawing you towards it. I remember when I first walked into that store in Edinburgh that had an entire wall covered with Amiga products. Boy was I in heaven. I saw many games sitting on the shelf I wanted to buy, but only Beneath a Steel Sky drew me towards it. I picked it off the shelf and flipped to the back side. The pictures I saw looked fabulous! The description of the game made me want to buy it even more! Before I knew what I was doing, I was walking out of the store with a brand new (bought) game. I felt pity for myself because I had to wait another week and a half before I could play it. When I finally got home and all the "fun" stuff about vacations was done (unpacking), I sat down at my computer. I opened the box and looked at those fifteen glorious disks just waiting to be installed on my hard drive. The first disk installed fine, but when I got to the second disk I began to worry. It had been installing the second disk for over eight minutes. I was tempted to boot the computer and start over, but decided to let it go. Another four minutes passed (twelve minutes all together) and it finally asked for the third disk. I sighed with relief and continued installing. After an hour and a half of work, the game was finally installed. I went and used Degrader(tm) to flip to PAL (remember I bought the PAL version). Then I went and started the game. I was amazed at how fast the loading time is. The first thing to the game is an intro animation which lasts about thirty seconds. It loaded the first part of the intro in less than ten seconds, and then the second part in under five. And the animation is SMOOTH! Not like the crap you used to see from Sierra. When I finally started the game, the graphics just pulled me in. It's amazing what a 32 colored computer can do. And Sierra says that the Amiga can't handle anything? I say bull*#%! to them. Anyways, the graphics are done with reds, blacks, and shades in between. It gives you a dark look to the game which I really enjoy. After many days of grueling play, I finally got stuck. Actually I'm still stuck. Well anyways. The game is difficult, and with a droid who talks back (Joey... your helpful, medal-brained, side-kick) it adds a touch of British humor. Some of the puzzles are complicated and are hard to figure out, others are just common sense. The music is your average computer music, but it does have a nice quality that doesn't disappoint you. The sound effects are good and are in synch with the actions. No complaints here. I've also heard rumors that this is a sequel to Lure of the Temptress. I haven't been able to get hard core proof of this, but I'm in the process of trying to find a copy of the game. I'll get the answer out on the nets sometime later this month. By far, this is one of the best 3-D adventure games I've played. The only other game that is as good that I've seen is Legend of Kyrandia(tm). If you liked that game, I really think you should check out this game. It is worth a look at. LIKES AND DISLIKES First the dislikes. I really didn't like waiting twelve minutes for one disk to load. The only other thing I dislike about the game is that you have to go through the entire intro animation before you can restore a game. I feel that they could have made it possible to reload right from the start. Sorry to say, but Sierra has 'em beat here. Now the likes. I liked everything about the game! The graphics, sound, music, animation, etc... all perfect! Some even beyond perfect! I hope Revolution Software and Virgin Entertainment are happy with their finished product. It's kick ass.