Beyond a Steel Sky is the long, long awaited sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky — the critically acclaimed 1994 point-and-click adventure game. This return to Union City — a towering metropolis surrounded by wasteland in a distant future — manages to recapture the wit and charm of its predecessor, but its move to 3D environments and exploration dilutes the solution-finding gameplay to a disappointing degree.
Once again, you play as Robert Foster — a tech-savvy guy who's found a peaceful life alongside nomads of the aforementioned wasteland. Foster's dream existence is shattered, however, when his village is attacked by a mysterious organisation, and a child is stolen away. Our unlikely hero tracks the kid back to — you guessed it — Union City, and from there, it's a case of unravelling the city's darkest secrets.
The writing and voice acting ranges from decent to great, but as alluded, Beyond a Steel Sky is let down by its puzzle-solving. Foster is given a hacking device early on, but the actual process of manipulating technology is barebones at best, and it doesn't help that the vast majority of conundrums fall back on the same hack-based logic time and time again.
As a result, scenarios can start to feel quite samey. The process of slowly exploring your surroundings, piecing together a theory, and then whipping out your hacking device for yet another tinker gets old by the end, and so Beyond a Steel Sky never reaches the rewarding highs of classic point-and-click titles. That said, there are still clever moments here — sudden realisations that'll have you feeling proud of your brain's processing power — but they're largely fleeting.
The 3D environments just don't have the same magic, either. Beyond a Steel Sky's visuals are basic, and its locations are all a bit sterile. And that's a shame, because at its core, this is a heartfelt and often charming video game. If you're an adventure fan, Foster's second foray into Union City is fun enough while it lasts — but it struggles to be anywhere near as memorable as the classic titles that it draws from.
If anyone's got any questions about the game I can try to answer them. Just let me know.
I’ll play this on Apple Arcade
I'm sure that guy from GamePitt is going to claim ya'll didn't play the game just because you didn't give it as high a score as he did. Guy is constantly hating on this site
The original beneath a steel sky is one of my favourite games, along with Monkey Island. Played it on the Amiga 500. Would have loved for this to be good but sadly it looks a bit like trash which is a shame!
@Ward_ting It still might be worth a look if you're such a big fan of the first game. A lot of references and it's respectful to its predecessor.
But it is a bit of a shame that this sequel's a bit janky and the puzzles are a bit boring. Could have been great!
Could you play this without playing the original?
@ShogunRok hmm thanks for the heads up! I may give it a try if it goes on sale. I feel like the magic of these adventure games gets lost when they go 3D. Same thing happened with Broken Sword, and then when it returned to its roots it was fantastic again.
@Tsushima Yes, but you'll be missing out on quite a lot of references and previous story beats that tie into this games.
@Ward_ting Totally agree, it's very hard to replicate the intricacy of a great 2D adventure game using a 3D engine without a sizeable budget.
the art style just looks off, do-not-like
Looking forward to playing this, even if it is a bit janky (i dont particularly like the art style either).
I've managed to order this for around 33 pounds so worth a try, if only for something different. Would have been nice if they had packaged in the original game
When is this out? Pretty sure I read 30th November somewhere.
I think this will be worth it for me, Just the trip down memory lane. I recall my wife giving me hard time about being to old to still be playing games.. 25 years ago when I was playing the first one.
@Rob_230 "Would have been nice if they had packaged in the original game"
Now that for me would have been a game changer. If they added it as an unlockable or easter egg. Please send this to the developer. 😁
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