Since this has been a very busy weekend chez moi, I haven't had a chance to update Meriel's Journal yet. I have, however, been taking a bit of time here and there, as time has allowed, to play around with the old DOS game Beneath a Steel Sky. BaSS was developed and published in 1994 by the British adventure game company Revolution Software with help from Watchmen's co-creator Dave Gibbons. Revolution Software is perhaps most well known for their popular Broken Sword series. Infused with sarcastic humor, pop culture references, and an irreverent robotic side-kick; BaSS is a real treat. Even if you, like me, do not typically enjoy point-and-click adventures you might want to give it a try. I haven't finished yet, but except for a couple of puzzles that left me scratching my head, the game's flow is rather intuitive. The graphics are quite good for their time, the dialogue is witty (often on the side of cheesy), the settings are industrial, and the overall story is rather dark in tone. Also in its favor, the game is quite easy to put down and pick up when time is limited since you can save at any time and the game runs well even on slow netbooks.
Beneath a Steel Sky can be found for free at GOG.com. The game comes already integrated with DOS-Box (no extra set-up needed on your part), and has been tooled so that it will work with XP, Vista, and Win 7 (32 & 64 bit). All GOG games are 100% DRM-free and do not require the instillation of a dedicated client in order to play. The game does, however, require that you create a GOG account, if you do not already have one, in order to download the .exe file When you pick up the game, don't forget to download its free manual, wallpapers, avatars, and comic book.