Andromeda Ascending

by Truthcraze

Episode 5 of the Andromeda Series
Science Fiction

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Another game that tried to expand upon the Andromeda storyline, December 10, 2015
by mjhayes (Somewhere east of Garinham)

No doubt players of Andromeda Awakening would know the bar was set very high. Andromeda Dreaming was by a different author and was short, but managed to capture the spirit of mixed wonder and helplessness as to why everything was coming apart. This is another derivative work by another author, but whereas Dreaming plays like Photopia, Ascending plays like Chicks Dig Jerks. The dialog, once again, is multiple-choice, and the story seems to be composed of two halves which are a bit sloppily joined together. The main character, who turns out to be a well-respected gang leader, also fits the CDJ mold.

As with the other derivative titles, there are multiple outcomes, which adds a little to the replay value. The game is mostly puzzle-less, save for one long maze which you may or may not have to navigate through, depending on the path you chose. The addition of this maze takes a lot away from the storyline and was entirely unnecessary. The story itself is a bit of a disappointment too. I was hoping since playing Awakening that I would have a chance to visit the old mechanostations and see what life was like there while they were still inhabited, but I had expected something different altogether. Instead, I had hoped to witness either the beginning or the end of civilization up there.

As with Tree And Star, play this game if you just can't get enough of the Andromeda saga. Just don't expect it to live up to the others.

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Andrew Schultz, May 3, 2016 - Reply
Thanks for this. As someone considering writing a game in the Andromeda world, it is interesting to see what works for people and what doesn't.
mjhayes, May 10, 2016 - Reply
No problem. Any game is better than no game, and I'm happy to see people expanding upon the Andromeda storyline in any way.
MathBrush, December 10, 2015 - Reply
These are great! Are you going to do Apocalypse? That's my favorite.
mjhayes, December 11, 2015 - Reply
Okay. I posted the review of Apocalypse.

There is one thing I should add about Ascending. I did like the references to Secret Of Monkey Island. (Spoiler - click to show)"LOOK BEHIND YOU! A THREE-HEADED MONKEY!" Since Awakening had a reference to Hitchhikers' Guide To The Galaxy and the infamous "maze of twisty little passages," that seemed appropriate.
mjhayes, December 11, 2015 - Reply
Yes. I knew I'd need a lot of time to write a review of Apocalypse, because I liked it even more than Awakening. I didn't have time to finish it yesterday.

On a couple of disrelated notes, I'll wait to do a review of 1983 since I haven't finished playing it yet. I also discovered yesterday that Dreaming has a sequel: Genesis. Also, I'm missing three of the achievements for Apocalypse. I had some ideas, but none of them are working.
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