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Beneath a Steel Sky

🗃️ Specifications

📰 Title: Beneath a Steel Sky 🕹️ / 🛠️ Type: Game
🗃️ Genre: Adventure & Action 🚦 Status: 06. Tested & Working
🏷️ Category: Adventure & Action ➤ Classical ➤ Sierra, LucasArts, ... 🌍️ Browser-based:
🔖 Tags: Adventure; Action; Choices Matter; Hacking; Puzzle; ScummVM engine; Dystopian; Cyberpunk; Sci-fi; Post-apocalyptic; Pixel Art; Cult Classic; Story Rich; Funny 📦️ Package Name: beneath-a-steel-sky
🐣️ Approx. start: 1994-03-01 📦️ Arch:
🐤️ Latest: 1994-03-01 🍥️ On Deb repo: ✓
📍️ Version: Latest : - 📦️ Deb: ✓
🏛️ License type: FOSS/Libre 📦️ RPM:
🏛️ License: Code : GPL-2 / Artwork : BSD-like 📦️ AppImage:
🏝️ Perspective: Third person 📦️ Snap:
👁️ Visual: 2D 📦️ Flatpak/Athenaeum:
⏱️ Pacing: Point and Click ⚙️ Generic bin.: ✓
👫️ Played: Single 📄️ Source: ✓
🎖️ This record: 5 stars 📱️ PDA support:
🎖️ Game design: 5 stars 👫️ Contrib.: Goupil & Louis
🎰️ ID: 7028 🐛️ Created: 2010-08-20
🐜️ Updated: 2021-11-07

📖️ Summary

[fr]: Un pointer-et-cliquer cyberpunk dystopique sorti en 1994 puis libéré. Dans le futur, les villes Australiennes - aux mains des entreprises, sont séparées par des terrains vagues (les "Gaps"). Un jour des soldats font irruption dans le Gap où vit Robert Foster, tuent ses habitants et le kidnappe. Cependant leur hélicoptère s'écrase dans Union City et il parvient à s'échapper avec son droïde Joey. Dans leur entreprise pour quitter la ville, ils découvrent une sombre vérité sur l'IA qui la régit... [en]: A dystopian cyberpunk point-and-click game released in 1994 and then freed. In the long future, Australian cities - in the hands of companies, are separated by wastelands (the "Gaps"). One day soldiers burst into the Gap where Robert Foster lives, kill its inhabitants and kidnap him. However their helicopter crashes in Union City and he manages to escape with his droid Joey. As they set out to leave the city, they discover a dark truth about the AI that governs it...

🎥️ Videos

🎥️ Trailer : (202xxx)


🕹️ Gameplay : (202xxx), (202xxx), (202xxx),

🕸️ Links

🏡️ Website & videos
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💵 Commercial : [Steam (Windows)] - Free [GOG] - Free

🍩️ Resources
• Scummvm entry : [Scummvm (Beneath a Steel Sky)] [Scummvm on SourceForge (Beneath a Steel Sky)]
• Demo / Abandonware, Windows, for contents extraction (not necessary, for information purpose) : [Abandonware France (Beneath a Steel Sky) [fr]] [Revolution Software (source code)]
• Don Allen's Timbres of Heaven Soundfont (Nice Soundfont for games) : [Don Allen's Timbres of Heaven Soundfont] [ToH with Beneath a Steel Sky on Youtube]
🛠️ Technical informations
[Open Hub] [PCGamingWiki] [MobyGames]

🐘 Social
Devs (Revolution Software [fr] [en]) : [Site 1 2] [MobyGames] [mastodon] [Discord] [twitter] [Facebook] [PeerTube] [YouTube] [Interview 1 2]
Game : [Blog] [Forums] [twitter] [YouTube]

🐝️ Related
[Wikipedia (Beneath a Steel Sky) [fr] [en] [de]]
[Wikipedia (New York 1997) [fr] (Escape from New York) [en] (Die Klapperschlange) [de]]
[jeuxlibres.net [fr]] [HOLaRSE [de]] [Debian] [Mod DB]

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🕵️ Reviews
[Utilidades Utiles [fr]] [Planete-aventure [fr]] [GOG]

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📕 Description [fr]

Un Pointer-et-cliquer cyberpunk dystopique, par le studio Revolution Software.
Il utilise le moteur ScummVM. Il utilisait à l'origine le moteur "Virtual Theatre".

Beneath a Steel Sky (BASS) est un pointer-et-cliquer cyberpunk dystopique sorti en 1994 puis libéré. Dans le futur, les villes Australiennes - aux mains des entreprises, sont séparées par des terrains vagues (les "Gaps"). Un jour des soldats font irruption dans le Gap où vit Robert Foster, tuent ses habitants et le kidnappe. Cependant leur hélicoptère s'écrase dans Union City et il parvient à s'échapper avec son droïde Joey. Dans leur entreprise pour quitter la ville, ils découvrent une sombre vérité sur l'IA qui la régit...


Robert Foster est un étranger innocent échoué dans une vaste ville où des civils opprimés vivent et travaillent dans des tours d'habitation vertigineuses... tandis que les corrompus, les cupides et les riches reposent sous terre, à l'abri de toute pollution. Seul, à l'exception d'un circuit imprimé de robot, Foster doit se battre pour survivre... et découvrir la sinistre vérité qui se cache derrière son enlèvement...

Une population paranoïaque. Criminels psychotiques. Entreprise avide de pouvoir. Gouvernement Big Brother. Les nantis et les démunis.

Dans un avenir pas si impossible. Dans le melting-pot d'Union City. Tous les problèmes sociaux de l'homme sont en ébullition. Sous le couvercle claustrophobe d'un ciel d'acier.

De la fosse du niveau industriel au ventre du secteur commercial, aux sphères où jouent les riches et les puissants. C'est l'homme contre l'homme. L'Homme contre la Machine. L'Homme contre le Temps. Dans un enfer urbain, vous seul pouvez libérer... Peut-être.

Avec le système innovant "Virtual Theatre" de Revolution, Beneath a Steel Sky est un jeu d'aventure de science-fiction captivant en point and click dans le genre cyberpunk. Plus de 100 lieux ont été conçus et mis en scène par l'auteur de bandes dessinées primé Dave Gibbons (Watchmen fame). Sa bande dessinée, inspirée par le jeu lui-même, est incluse pour compléter le contenu.


Beneath a Steel Sky (ou BASS pour faire court) est sorti pour la première fois en 1994 pour MS-DOS, Amiga et Amiga CD32. En 2003, le jeu a été rendu freeware par ses créateurs ; le code source a été donné à l'équipe de ScummVM pour incorporer le moteur "Virtual Theatre" de BASS dans ScummVM. Aujourd'hui, Beneath a Steel Sky est jouable sous une large gamme de systèmes d'exploitation, tels que Windows, Linux, MacOS et BeOS, ce qui rend ce grand jeu vraiment immortel.

Beneath a Steel Sky est disponible en anglais, allemand, français, italien, portugais, espagnol et suédois.

Doté du système innovant "Virtual Theatre" de Revolution, Beneath a Steel Sky est un thriller de science-fiction captivant qui se déroule dans un avenir sombre.

Robert Foster est un étranger innocent échoué dans une vaste ville où des civils opprimés vivent et travaillent dans des tours d'habitation en plein essor... tandis que les riches, corrompus et cupides se cachent sous terre, à l'abri de toute pollution.

Seul, à l'exception d'un circuit imprimé de robot, Foster doit se battre pour survivre... et découvrir la sinistre vérité qui se cache derrière son enlèvement.


Beneath a Steel Sky est une aventure graphique en point and click ; dans ce type de jeu, le protagoniste se promène, regarde des objets et finit par les ramasser, parle aux gens et utilise les objets ramassés pour résoudre des énigmes.



🌍️ Wikipedia:

Beneath a Steel Sky est un jeu vidéo d'aventure qui se déroule dans un univers de science-fiction proche du cyberpunk. Il a été créé par le studio Revolution Software et publié par Virgin Interactive ; il utilise le moteur Virtual Theatre. Son design général a été conçu par l'auteur de comics Dave Gibbons.

Le jeu est sorti en 1994 sur les ordinateurs Amiga et PC, et la console Amiga CD32 ; il est disponible pour IPhone et iPod Touch depuis octobre 20091.

Le jeu connaîtra une suite en 2020 Beyond a Steel Sky sur MacOS, iOS, iPadOS, Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One et Nintendo Switch

Synopsis

La séquence d'introduction et la bande dessinée fournie avec le jeu racontent les évènements qui précèdent l'aventure : des aborigènes de l'arrière-pays australien recueillent un orphelin ayant survécu à un crash d'hélicoptère et l'appellent Robert Foster, en s'inspirant visiblement d'une étiquette de bière. L'enfant a atteint l'âge adulte quand de mystérieux soldats viennent le récupérer de force, puis annihilent sa tribu. Arrivé en ville, le héros survit à un nouvel accident d'hélicoptère et s'enfuit, déterminé à découvrir les responsables de son enlèvement et du massacre de sa tribu.

Robert Foster, c'est-à-dire le joueur, découvre rapidement que ces soldats étaient des membres du service de sécurité envoyé par LINC, l'intelligence artificielle qui contrôle la ville d'Union City. Il frôle encore la mort lorsqu'il croise une seconde fois l'officier Reich, ayant lui aussi survécu à l'accident, et chargé de le ramener coûte que coûte ; à l'issue de cette rencontre, il apprend que son vrai nom est « Overmann ».

Le reste de son passé se révélera progressivement pendant l'exploration de cette cité dangereuse où tout le monde est appelé à rester vigilant, et où beaucoup sont suspectés de dissidence ou de sabotage au profit d'ennemis de l'extérieur à la dystopie.

Système de jeu

La souris permet de déplacer le personnage, d'interagir avec les objets, ou de dialoguer avec les gens rencontrés ; les conversations s'effectuent en choisissant des répliques prédéfinies pouvant varier en fonction de ce qu'a déjà accompli le joueur. Un inventaire, accessible en haut de l'écran, contient les objets trouvés en cours de partie.

Robert Foster est accompagné d'un petit robot, Joey. Le joueur peut parfois lui demander des conseils ou d'effectuer des actions à sa place.

📕 Description [en]

"A dystopian cyberpunk point-and-click game released in 1994 and then freed" (Serge Le Tyrant, Le Bottin des Jeux Linux / The Linux Games Book).

Robert Foster is an innocent outsider stranded in a vast city where oppressed civilians live and work in soaring tower blocks... while the corrupt, covetous and rich lie underground, shielded from all pollution. Alone, save for a robot circuit board, Foster must fight for survival... and discover the sinister truth behind his abduction...

Paranoid population. Psychotic criminals. Power hungry corporation. Big Brother government. Haves and have nots.

In the not so impossible future. In the melting pot of Union City. All man's social problems are coming to a boil. Under the claustrophobic lid of a steel sky.

From the pit of the industrial level to the belly of commercial sector, to the spheres where the rich and powerful play. It's Man against Man. Man against Machine. Man against Time. In an urban hell only you can liberate... Maybe.

Featuring Revolution's innovative Virtual Theatre system, Beneath a Steel Sky is a gripping science fiction point and click adventure game in the cyberpunk genre. Over 100 locations designed and art directed by award-winning comic book author Dave Gibbons (Watchmen fame). His comic book, inspired by the game itself, is included to complete the content.


Beneath a Steel Sky (or BASS for short) was first released in 1994 for MS-DOS, Amiga and Amiga CD32. In 2003 the game was made freeware by its creators; the sourcecode was given to the ScummVM team to incorporate BASS' Virtual Theatre engine into ScummVM. Today, Beneath a Steel Sky is playable under a wide range of operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, MacOS and BeOS, thus making this great game truly immortal.

Beneath a Steel Sky is available in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

Featuring Revolution's innovative Virtual Theatre system, Beneath a Steel Sky is a gripping science fiction thriller set in a bleak future.

Robert Foster is an innocent outsider stranded in a vast city where oppressed civilians live and work in soaring tower blocks... while the corrupt, covetous and rich lie underground, shielded fromm all pollution.

Alone, save for a robot circuit board, Foster must fight for survival... and discover the sinister truth behind his abduction.


Beneath a Steel Sky is a point and click graphic adventure; in this type of game the protagonist walks around, looks at items and eventually picks them up, talks to people and uses the collected items to solve puzzles.


🌍️ Wikipedia:

Beneath a Steel Sky is a 1994 cyberpunk science fiction point-and-click adventure game developed by Revolution Software and published by Virgin Interactive Entertainment for MS-DOS and Amiga home computers. The game was made available as freeware for PC platforms in 2003. Set in a dystopian future, the player assumes the role of Robert Foster, who was stranded in a wasteland known as "the Gap" as a child and adopted by a group of local Aboriginals, gradually adjusting to his life in the wilderness. After many years, armed security officers arrive, killing the locals and taking Robert back to Union City. He escapes and soon uncovers the corruption which lies at the heart of society.

Originally titled Underworld, the game was a collaboration between game director Charles Cecil and comic book artist Dave Gibbons, and cost £40,000 to make. Cecil was a fan of Gibbons's work and approached with the idea of a video game. The game has a serious tone, but features humour-filled dialogue, which came as a result of Cecil's and writer Dave Cummins's goal to find a middle ground between the earnestness of Sierra's and the slapstick comedy of LucasArts' adventure games. It was built using Revolution's Virtual Theatre engine, first used in Revolution's previous and debut release, 1992's Lure of the Temptress.

It received positive reviews at the time of its release and is retrospectively viewed as a cult classic and Revolution's greatest game besides Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars. A remastered edition was released for iOS in 2009 as Beneath a Steel Sky Remastered, which also received a positive reception from the gaming press. A sequel was greenlit during the Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse 2012 Kickstarter campaign, and was announced in March 2019. Entitled Beyond a Steel Sky, it was released on Apple Arcade in June 2020, with a Steam release in July 2020.

Gameplay

Beneath a Steel Sky is a 2D adventure game played from a third-person perspective. The player uses a point-and-click interface to interact with the environment and to guide protagonist Robert Foster through the game's world. To solve puzzles and progress in the game, the player collects items that may be combined with one another, used on the environment, or given to non-player characters (NPCs).The protagonist converses with NPCs via dialogue trees to learn about the game's puzzles and plot. Clues and other information are obtained by clicking on items in the inventory and on objects in the environment. Unlike in most adventure games at the time, the protagonist's death is possible, after which the player starts from the last save point. In the remastered iOS version, the point-and-click interface is replaced with a touch user interface, a hint system is added, and hotspots are highlighted.

Synopsis

Background

Beneath a Steel Sky is set at an unknown point in a dystopian future, when the Earth has been significantly damaged by pollution and/or nuclear fallout.

In Australia, the six states and two territories who have been consumed by their respective capital cities are described as "city states". Union City is the second largest of the six remaining city states after the acquisition of Asio-City. Within this socio-political milieu, the national intelligence agency ASIO wield a great deal of power.

After the "Euro-American War", all participants agreed upon a set of ideals described as the "neo democratic principles" which remove all labour representation and social benefits. Ironically, those that subscribe to these principles are called "Unions", contrasting the real world definition of what a trade union pushes for. Those that oppose the Unions' ideals are called "Corporations". All of the City States in Australia are either Corporations or Unions.

The larger political context of the game involves a conflict between Union City and the Hobart Corporation, whereby they are each trying to achieve market dominance by the use of sabotage. During the game, characters in Union City remark that Hobart Corporation is winning the "economic war" by flooding the market with "cheap, gimmicky garbage," although it is never clarified whether this is mere propaganda.

Plot

The immediate backstory is introduced via a comic book that tells the story of a young boy called Robert who is the sole survivor of a helicopter crash in "the Gap" (the name applied to the Outback at the time of the game). Too young to fend for himself, Robert is adopted by a group of locals, who teach him the skills he needs to survive in this harsh new environment; they name him Robert Foster, partly due to him being fostered by them, but also because of the discovery of an empty can of Foster's Lager found near the crash site. Over the years, Foster learns engineering and technology and builds a talking, sentient robot called Joey. Joey's personality is stored on a small circuit board, which can easily be inserted and removed from many types of robot. This allows him to change bodies as the situation requires, provided his circuit board is not damaged. His commentaries on the current "shell" he is in are a running gag throughout the game.

As the game starts, Foster is kidnapped and his tribe annihilated by security soldiers sent from Union City by its all-powerful computer, LINC (Logical Inter-Neural Connection). The abductors refuse to give Foster any explanation as to what is happening. Shortly upon arriving in the city, the helicopter malfunctions and crashes in the city's upper level. Foster survives and flees, making his way into a recycling plant, carrying Joey's circuit board with him.

Foster places Joey's circuit board into a robotic vacuum cleaner (something about which Joey is none too happy). He then attempts to escape the plant, but is cornered by a security officer who had also survived the accident. The officer, Reich, addresses Foster as "Overmann". Just as Reich is about to kill Foster, a nearby security camera shoots a laser, disarming him. Reich tells the camera, which he reveals is controlled by LINC, that Foster must be stopped. In answer the camera shoots him again, killing him. Foster takes the officer's access card and sunglasses before he continues his escape.

As he makes his way further down the city, Foster eventually arrives in the abandoned subway tunnels. There he discovers that LINC has grown exponentially, to the point where he is now half-machine, half-organic entity. However, in order to function, LINC needs a human host to share its brain. The current host is Foster's biological father, who is old and has become severely worn out from his symbiosis with LINC. It is revealed that LINC sent for Foster because, with the death of its current host inevitable, it needed a replacement, and only a blood relative would do. Foster ultimately defeats LINC by plugging Joey (who, at this point, could be optionally given the new name "Ken" by Foster) into the mainframe. Joey/Ken is able to take control of the system, and set about turning Union City into a utopia.

Development

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🚧️ Installation [fr]

Sous Debian le paquet ne contient que les données de jeu, il induit l'installation de ScummVM (son moteur).

🔍️ Test [fr]

🕵️ Test (Final) :
L'écran est petit mais le jeu est bien réalisé.