“[A] murder mystery courtroom drama set aboard the USS Endowment, an interplanetary Spacecraft that has lost communication with Earth. Utilising your camera and demonstrating your keen detective skills, you must document your findings, and piece together the crew’s final hours from the aftermath. This photographic evidence is then applied in a cross-examination of the crime’s prime suspect; MAL, the ship’s on-board AI system.”
Not only fans of Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus “2001: A Space Odyssey” will love “2000:1: A Space Felony”, but also anyone who is fond of atmospheric crime-solving games. A couple of astronauts lost their life on a spaceship, and only one true suspect is remaining: The A.I. called MAL. It already behaved suspicious when it got a call from the headquarters that the mission should be aborted, and now the whole crew is dead.
You in your role as the detective have to find proof of MAL’s proposed evil deeds, and therefore you have to investigate inside and outside the ship everything that feels helpful or simply off. Each scene can be documented with the help of a camera, and each photograph can be used later while interrogating MAL. Of course, the system is very intelligent, so it is not enough to show off the consequences of the violent actions, but also it is vital to find proof that contradicts their arguments.
The combination of pop-cultural references, a pinch of dark humour as well as the explorative nature of the game design make “2000:1: A Space Felony” a very entertaining title for me. Of course, the good voice acting also plays a vital role in that matter, as every malicious A.I. character in a video game needs a suiting tune. Or wait… Maybe MAL is not lying? That is now for you to find out.