Ive been meaning to start a new thread in the new forums for a while-so here we go.
For those that dont know what STASIS is…
“Daddy, please help us…”
Disoriented, drowsy and in pain, John Maracheck opens his eyes. There is nothing to greet him but the static of a nearby monitor and a cold steel floor. Thick, green liquid covers the floor and then his body, leading to trail to a nearby, steaming stasis-pod. He slowly gets to his feet, trying to take in his surroundings. Where is his wife? His daughter? What the hell is going on…?
Stasis is an adventure game that puts you in control of John Maracheck, a man searching for his family in a seemingly abandoned research facility. Going back to classic adventure game mechanics, you are required to solve puzzles and use objects around you to progress and to find Maracheck’s family.
Graphically, Stasis is fairly unique in the adventure game genre, opting for highly detailed isometric graphics, as opposed to the more classic ‘side on’ views of other adventure games. Richly detailed rooms and fluid animations create an immersive environment for the player to explore, with danger lurking in every shadow.
The stasis-plug suit gives you direct access to an Emergency Medical Kit. This is a piece of equipment that has the ability to break down any object of a certain weight and size into its base elements and store it for future use. While normally used to store small medical supplies, Maracheck uses it as an easy way to keep and transport object he has found. Objects can be stored, accessed, combined and brought back into the ‘real’ world at any moment.
At its core, Stasis is a story about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.
Trapped in a place where humanity’s horrors come out to play, how far would you go to protect your family?
Heres a new screenshot I put on the blog the other day.
I like the use of lighting, very atmospheric. Looks like one to play in complete darkness with the sound turned up.
Quick question - how does the cursor work? Do you click on a spot and then move the mouse to one of the “move…scan..etc” options or is the keyboard involved?
Adventure Game Masochist
Its a context sensitive cursor. Essentially, when you move it to a place where you can walk, the cursor changes to ‘MOVE’. When you move the cursor over an object you can look at, the cursor changes to ‘SCAN/LOOK’. Its all operated with a LEFT CLICK, with the exception of when there is an object you can interact with, when a LEFT CLICK will scan it, and give you a description, and a RIGHT CLICK will let you interact with it.
Its a pretty easy interface to get used to. I’ve tried to keep the interface in the game as completely ‘invisible’ as possible, to allow for more immersion. Well, that’s the theory at least! Thats also the reason behind the INVENTORY folding away, and opening without a click, but just moving your mouse over the bottom left part of the screen.
The ‘pie cursor’ may be replaced with a pointy cursor…its a point of contention between some of my testers and me. I will more than likely end up with a hybrid of ‘pie’ cursor, and pointy cursor, but the way it works will remain unchanged.
Welcome back Pyke, so glad to see you put a new thread up. I’ve been following your progress and can’t exclaim enough how excited I am! Looks fantastic!
I love the way the environment looks. Reminds me of the 90’s in a great way :-)
I like the use of lighting, very atmospheric. Looks like one to play in complete darkness with
the sound turned upheadphones on.
Glad to see the thread reborn here. This is one of the titles I’m most anticipating…
Now playing: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, A Vampyre Story (community playthrough), Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
Next in line: The Last Express, Tex Murphy: Mean Streets, Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within, James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes
Recently finished: Tennis Elbow 2013 (revisit) (4.5/5), Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (4/5), Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon (community playthrough) (4.5/5), King’s Quest VII: The Princeless Bride (partial replay) (3.5/5), 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (replay) (4.5/5), Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (replay) (5/5), Escape from Monkey Island (replay) (4/5)
Anticipating: STASIS, Dreamfall: Chapters, Zero Escape 3, Ace Attorney 5
Yay it’s back! Not that I ever read the earlier thread too intensively, I decided a long ago I’m interested and I don’t want to be spoiled too much. Just checking the status now and then.
Now playing: Testament of Sherlock Holmes
Next: A Vampyre Story, Primordia
Recently finished: Cognition: ep3.
Now reading: Mikhail Bulkagov: Мастер и Маргарита
Recently finished: Alber Camus: L’étranger (again), William Gibson: Neuromancer, Herman Hesse: Steppenwolf
one of the tops in my hypo-meter. I’ve been dying for a sci-fi with an atmosphere like this.
I think STASIS is that type of game that could make a big splash on Steam Greenlight.
Looks very exciting. I’m impressed by how professional it looks to be. Will definitely be on my ‘to watch’ list!
SO Looking forward to this!
I wouldn’t doubt STATIS will be ushered in on Steam. It’s gotten enough hype, and a couple of friends over at valve are really looking forward to the game.
Thats very cool. Tell them Chris says hi.
Yeah-I think that STASIS would do well on Green light. Right now I’m just focusing on getting out the best game possible-the portals and such are far down my list of ‘shit to worry about!’.
Thanks for the words of encouragement guys-it keeps me going!
Are you doing all of this solo? If so mad probs, that’s insane! :-D