Author Topic: Odyssey: The Story of Science – April 2017 [Score: 7.2]  (Read 300 times)

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Odyssey: The Story of Science – April 2017 [Score: 7.2]
« on: February 10, 2020, 10:11:55 AM »
Educational games generally have a spotty track record – either they are so simple that they are geared toward 3-year-olds, or they just can’t capture the attention of a teenager. Odyssey: The Story of Science does a better job than most to impart education as well as some gameplay elements, but it is still imperfect.

We start the game as we hear a distress signal from a small Caribbean island. As we tie up to the dock, we understand that the people in jeopardy developed a series of educational tests to keep ill-educated pirates out, but to allow “smarter” individuals in. And then we begin collecting the first batch of notes from a 13-year-old girl, which relates to their experience on the island, including the pirate attacks, but also details the different tests created.

To truly appreciate the game, you’ll really have to put your brain on a 2-part wavelength. First, the 250 pages of notes written by the 13-year-old are simplified for better ease of understanding, but you’ll eventually call BS on how the girl is able to create all these models used for the tests. Second, even though you’ve got all these notes, the key paragraphs of information to run the tests is highlighted. This was appreciated, although it is certainly worth reading the rest to get the full context of the story, which relates to the original scientific method that ancient philosophers and scientists used to determine whether the earth was round or flat, whether the sun revolved around the earth or vice versa, and how gravity affects bodies in motion. It’s all very intriguing and the notes generally helped solve the tests, although I did require a few YouTube breaks to solve several tests.

As a “game,” you get to explore the island chain and an underground cavern, but it isn't super fun from a gameplay perspective. It’s more about doing a test, getting more notes, doing the next test, getting more notes, etc. The ending itself is extremely dissatisfying, but the rest of Odyssey is certainly worth exploring. 7.2 out of 10