After the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy setting of Revolution's first game, Lure of the Temptress, Revolution decided to go down a completely different avenue with its second adventure game, Beneath a Steel Sky, that of Science Fiction. A bleak vision of the future was imagined, where mind control and medical science combined forces to repress the populace. Leading comic artist, Dave Gibbons, joined the design team to visualise this desperate landscape. The result, released in 1994, was the cult classic Beneath a Steel Sky.
Beneath a Steel Sky was produced for Amiga and PC but is no longer available for purchase.
In August 2003, BASS was made available for free download and is now classed as freeware. The sources and resource files are available from ScummVM. Using this new engine, BASS can be played on XP, MacOS, Linux, Amiga and pocketPC. Revolution extends its thanks to the ScummVM team for all their hard work in bringing the game back to life. Enjoy!
This is one of the great adventure games from the golden age of adventure games. It wasn't as epic as the LucasArts and Sierra games, but it was popular enough to become a cult classic. As such, it probably better compares to the Guilty-series of adventure games than the A-list.
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(...)Basically, give this game away, share it with your friends. Don't remove this Readme, or pretend you wrote it. You can include it in a software collection, like a linux distribution or coverdisk (which may be sold), but using it in things like commercial adventure game collections without asking is just playing dirty. This preamble is not legally binding, but is to clarify the intent of the following license.
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Anyway the series is till going strong. The fourth game will be released soon.
Yes, it's true. Broken Sword 4 is coming. To be exact, summer 2006. Developer of BS4 will of course be Revolution Software. The publisher will be THQ, who also published Broken Sword 3 - The Sleeping Dragon. The game is planned to be released summer 2006, which probably means Revolution have developed this game for a while.
Btw Beneath A Steel Sky is a great adventure game.. Bought it for my Amiga 1200 way back... 8 Floppy disks .
eMTe : Mmmm... Havent heard of this... Maybe there's some info in scumm forums...
Btw, here is the list of games compatible with ScummVM:
Looking at the list I dont see any game that could be released freeware soon... Lucasarts won't do it in next light year, maybe Simon The Sorcerer or Broken Sword? Revolution Soft officially supports scumm project and that's why their oldest games are free now, so Broken Sword is the next possible free release imo. But don't expect it any soon...
Chroelle : And btw: Isn't more of the "scumm-games" becoming freeware soon? I seem to recall something regarding this but not more specific than that...
eMTe : HOW TO RUN BENEATH A STEEL SKY USING SCUMMVM PROGRAM
1. Download latest ScummVM version for your operating system (choose from "0.8.2 Release binaries" list):
Actually there is no doubt that this game will be added when we have a working system. I don't really feel like adding it to a BETA-version just to add it again when the Downloadspage is up and running. But maybe I will get in the mood later and then it is a definite game for this place.
eMTe : Ok, since this game was officially released as freeware I add it here. If you know this game you know it's a true classic. If you dont know it - well, it's your problem . Download and try it! It's not my personal favourite (for me it was far too easy), but astounding graphics and atmosphere are enough to call it masterpiece.
Files you HAVE TO download to run the game (I recommend downloading full CD version with actors' voices):
-BaSS Freeware CD Version (67 Mb) or BASS Freeware Floppy Version (7.3 Mb)
-BaSS SKY.CPT file (416 Kb) - required to run the game with higher than 0.7 ScummVM version (don't download this file if you already have older scumm version installed)
-ScummVM installer for your OS (choose from "0.8.2 Release binaries" list) - from 1.1 to 3.4 Mb depending on your OS
Developer: Revolution Software
Release date: 1993
Tech notes: ScummVM program required to run the game (in next post I'll write brief summary of how to run the game under scumm, since it causes some problems for newbies)
Let me start with the developer's description:
The game has a very unique graphical style (using photos instead of drawn pictures), a fantastic soundtrack and professional russian voice acting (with english or german subtitles).
The story is very funny with lots of ironical hints about communism and the breakdown of the Soviet Union. There's a good chance that you'll laugh your head off while playing!