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2 hours with Beyond a Steel Sky, a cyberpunk adventure from the creator of Broken Sword

Back in 1994, Broken Sword creator Revolution Software released Beneath a Steel Sky, a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure set in a dystopian metropolis called Union City. Now, 26 years later, the studio is developing a sequel. Union City is the setting once again, only this time our hero, Robert Foster, isn’t trying to escape—he’s trying to get in.

You’re introduced to Union City in the first act, and it’s an impressive sight. After trudging through a sandstorm in the Gap—a post-apocalyptic name for the Australian outback—Foster crests a sand dune and finds the city looming over him. A dense forest of skyscrapers and smokestacks stretches for miles into the sky, circled by an impenetrable wall, and the scene is well and truly set. A boy, Milo, has gone missing, and the trail has led Foster here.

(Image credit: Revolution)

Beyond a Steel Sky is, as you might expect from Revolution, a fairly typical adventure game in many ways. You talk to people, pick up items, and solve multi-stage puzzles to progress. The two hours I played had the slow, laid-back pace that I’ve come to associate with this developer. There’s no real urgency or time pressure, leaving you to explore at your own pace, getting a feel for the world and the people around you. It’s very pleasant.

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