Added to the lair: 2/13/18

Genre: Point-And-Click Adventure / 1st person

Developer: Sierra On-Line

Year: 1996

Platform: DOS

Emulator: DOSBox 0.74

Wikipedia: Rama

Rama

Explore the limits of adventure... and beyond

Rama is based on a combination of Rendevous with Rama and Rama II by Arthur C Clark (mostly from Rama II) - and was actually co-written by Clark and Gentry Lee who he co-wrote Rama II with.

 

The premise is that a giant alien cylinder just appeared above earth for unknown reasons and you're a researcher sent in to explore it and discover its origins, purpose, etc. You're actually a replacement member for one of the researchers that died mysteriously. I think the setup here is awesome. When the game's building on that premise, it's great. Exploring, talking (well, more like periodically listening) to the other members of the team, taking in the sights... it's all thoroughly absorbing. When it gets into Myst-style puzzle solving, it can be hit and miss.

I love Myst and Myst-likes, and I love sci fi, so this probably appeals to me more than some, but this style of game isn't for everyone. That said, I've played many games in this particular style, and I think it's one of the better ones, at least from this time period. The production values are quite high too, and it has a fantastic soundtrack.