Imagine waking up in a cold and lonely room, with nothing to greet you but silence and the feel of a dirty steel floor beneath your cheek. Slowly coming to a realization of where you are, but not why or how you got there, you begin to explore; the place is seemingly abandoned, but you just can’t shake that uncomfortable feeling…

This is the story of John Marachek, who awakens from stasis on the seemingly derelict spacecraft, Groomlake, only to find himself with no recollection or leads as to what’s going on.

As soon as the opening video began -  a clear, empty space stretching out as far as the eye can see, with a ship slowly easing it’s way through the cold, black void – I was hooked, and filled with anticipation. The game offers absolutely gorgeous full motion cut scenes, and the environments that you’re able to explore are gorgeously rendered 2D isometric graphics, with great attention to detail. The craft may be derelict, but it feels far from barren.

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Stasis does a fantastic job of making you feel uneasy, which is what one would probably hope for coming from a dark futuristic sci-fi story in the vein of Alien, Event Horizon, or Pandorum.

The soundtrack for the game is easily described as unsettling, and works perfectly with the atmosphere of the game. Always there but never distracting, working in sync with the story and visuals to set your nerves on edge.

The style of game play is your classic point and click adventure, and the movement is fluid and effective, keeping the game moving at a steady pace and never feeling out of place or awkward. The environments are interactive and varied; as you explore the ship you venture through a good deal of unique and haunting sceneries.

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I don’t want to give too much away about the story, but it intensifies as you make progress, and offers a good dose of jumps and chills. And if you’re anything like me when it comes to horror themed games, it gets just a little bit harder to do the point and click part as you venture further into the unknown, never quite knowing what the next discovery might being your way. But that just makes the game all the more compelling.

Stasis has wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign,  take a look and maybe take some time to try out the free demo; but remember to keep a light on.. or better yet, turn them all off!

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