Beneath a Steel Sky

Genre(s): Adventure/Point and Click

Metacritic Rating: 82 (out of 100)

Price: Free




Beneath a Steel Sky is a FREE cyberpunk science-fiction point-and-click adventure game. Set in a dystopian future, the player assumes the role of Robert Foster. As a child, he was stranded in a wasteland known as “the Gap” and adopted by a group of local Indigenous Australians, 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. Robert escapes and soon uncovers the corruption which lies in the city.

Beneath a Steel Sky is set at an unknown point in the 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. Notably ASIO is Australia’s national intelligence agency.

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.

Beneath a Steel Sky was critically acclaimed. PC Gamer awarded it the “Best Dialogue” award, and it won the “Best Adventure” award at the Golden Joystick Awards in 1995. It was also a commercial success, reaching the number one place on the British GALLUP charts. It is often referred to as one of the best adventure games of all-time.

Publisher: Virgin Interactive

Developer: Revolution Software; Charles Cecil, Daniel Marchant, Dave Cummins, Dave Gibbons, Tony Warriner

Release Date: March 1994

Players: Single Player


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