Hibernated 1 – This Place is Death

Have you ever dreamed about a journey far beyond the known regions of the universe? Hibernated 1: This Place is Death is a Science-Fiction text adventure for C64/C128, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Atari ST and MS-DOS. It is the first interactive story in an epic trilogy centered around Olivia Lund, who has been sent on an interplanetary exploration mission by the Terran Alliance.

Screen taken from the Commodore 64 version
Screen taken from the Sinclair ZX Spectrum version

After being in hypersleep for more than 200 years and with more than 800 light-years being travelled, her ship, the Polaris-7, crosses paths with a gigantic alien vessel and is captured by a tractor beam. Olivia soon finds out that this may not be her only problem. There is no communication and there are no signs of life. The extraterrestrial spacecraft just continues to drift through the cosmic void, something it seems to be doing for thousands of years now. This is a tomb in-between the stars, which Olivia has to enter to extricate herself from this interstellar trap. Io, the navigation robot of the Polaris-7, is probably her only friend now. Far away from home and surrounded by death and decay, she found the answer to one of the greatest questions of mankind. Are we alone? The answer is: yes, out here, we are more alone than ever.

Screen taken from the Amiga version
Feature in “The Classic Adventurer: Issue 2”

The feedback for Hibernated 1 has been overwhelming. It is featured in both the Zzap!64 and Crash annuals of 2019, a great honor. It can also be found in numerous other publications, such as the Classic Adventurer, a lovely bookazine dedicated to the forgotten art of classic text adventures. The game is available for seven legacy computer systems, including the most important European home computers of the 80s and early 90s. Most likely no other release in the wave of new retro games supports so many platforms. Some versions have unique features, the Amstrad CPC and C128 ports for example support 80 columns.

Hibernated 1 is published by Pond Software and will also be available as a physical release with extra goodies and a bonus adventure later this year. The bonus adventure “Eight Feet Under” will tell an untold part of the Hibernated story. Hibernated 1 downloads are available from itch.io. The preorders for the pyhsical editions will be available via the Pond forums, hit the logo at the bottom to get there.

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