Zarya - 1: Mystery on the Moon

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In this game you will be able to alter the story by making choices, creating your very own adventure.





Zarya - 1 is a survival text based quest with elements of science fiction, horror, and occasional humor. In this game you will be able to alter the story by making choices, creating your very own adventure.

If you liked Alien, Dead Space and Lifeline - you'll love this.

THE STORY. In 2021 humankind received a distress signal from the far side of the Moon, and immediately sent four brave people to investigate its source. You will be monitoring the astronauts and make decisions that will directly impact the story and the characters. Each choice may lead you closer to - or farther from - the truth.

  • Mind-shattering atmosphere, a mix of sci-fi and horror in the veins of Alien and Prometheus, spiced up with the occasional joke
  • Communicate with the astronauts in real time
  • Influence the story by making your own decisions
  • There are multiple endings, including happy ones :)
  • You can rewind the story and make another choice if the mission ends in a disaster
  • What separates this game from other text quests like Lifeline, are the awesome photos that the team sends your way while exploring the source of the signal


Mac Requirements Minimum Supported Will It Run?
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64bit SupportUnknown
CPU TypeIntel Mac Only
CPU Cores2
CPU SpeedAny
System RAM2 GB
Drive Space2 GB
Video RAM256 MB
Video CardAny
Important Notes:
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play.

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  1. Well written, but barely any gameplay
    by Psyringe, Germany - Sep 23rd 2017

    Zarya-1 plays like reading the script of am audio dra,a in "Choose your own adventure" style. You are guiding a team of four astronauts who have been sent to the moon to investigate strange radio signal. The game is presented through dialog between the astronauts and about a dozen still images. Occasionally you get to make a choice between 2-3 different things to say.

    The writing is really good, the characters are distinct, and there is well-designed sense of mystery that keeps the player going. The physical conditions of an airless low-gravity environment are described in an interesting and illuminating way. Occasional scary or humorous moments provide suspense and comical relief in well-paced alternation. The game really makes you feel like a mission commander whose decisions will determine the fate of your team. It could have benefited a lot from voice acting, but at this price point, that can hardly be expected.

    On the flip side, there is barely any gameplay. Most of your decisions are just fluff and don't affect the story at all. The game tries to create a sense of urgency by giving you the impression that time and air are limited, but it cannot actually keep track of these resources, and your decisions do not really affect them. Also, paradoxically, the "perfect ending" is hidden in a side track behind pretty arbitrary decisions.

    I enjoyed the story and atmosphere, but wouldn't recommend approaching it like a puzzle or simulation, it simply doesn't have the mechanics for that.

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