Could a signal from another world have been kept secret for 40 years? Navigate a strange 3D database and work with other players to piece together what happened. Discuss your way through fragments of found footage films, journals and documentary clips about space.
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Mixed (138 reviews) - 65% of the 138 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 7, 2014

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“A complex story about murder, particles and electronic music.”
Polygon

“It’s approach to multiplayer gaming feels like a slice of the future.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“One of the first ever online multiplayer story games, where the main gameplay mechanic is not combat -- it's discussion”
Gamasutra

About This Game

Cloud Chamber is a Massively Multiplayer story game.

Explore a mysterious 3D database.

Investigate and discuss story fragments with other players.

Piece together what happened from fragments of found footage, secret journals and astrophysics documentary.

In Cloud Chamber, the science is real; the story is fiction, and the truth about Space unknown.

Starring Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones) and Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale).

The story

Players collaborate with each other to explore, investigate and discuss the fragments of information they collect on their journey through the dataworld, writing the story themselves of a young scientist, Kathleen Petersen, who risks her sanity and betrays her father to save humanity from itself.

Kathleen is forced to choose between loyalty to her father or to betray him and everything she has believed to be true. Her decision will not only determine the Petersen Institute's future, it will impact all of humanity itself.

Was Kathleen's mother Murdered?

Is Kathleen Going Mad?

What Is the Signal?

Features

  • Experience a unique ”found footage” story that combines emails, photographs, maps, diagrams, fiction film, electronic music and documentary films from the European Space Agency into one coherent story.
  • Navigate surreal 3D levels between the parts of the story.
  • Piece together a fragmented story with more 150 story fragments spread over 10 unique levels.
  • Cooperative multiplayer: analyse & discuss the content with other players to understand what happened.
  • Gains access to locked parts of the story by evaluating other players’ theories.
  • Evaluate other players’ explanations; upvote the good, downvote the bad.
  • Make up your own mind: present your theories to other players and get their feedback.
  • Internationally acclaimed actors – Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon from Game of Thrones) and Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace).
  • Film fragments filmed by the team behind the original The Killing.
  • More then 30+ movies from the European Space Agency integrated in the storyline.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Window 7
    • Processor: 1.8Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compliant video card with Shader model 3.0 support. Radeon R7 240 2GB or NVIDIA GT 630 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • Additional Notes: Cloud Chamber uses QT Lite, which should auto install with the game.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.4 Gz Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compliant video card with Shader model 3.0 support. Radeon HD6850 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • Additional Notes: Cloud Chamber uses QT Lite, which should auto install with the game.
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Mixed (138 reviews)
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meagunn
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
As of February 2016, this game appears abandoned and dead. Accounts don't connect on startup and devs offer no support to the numbers of people who seem to have the same problem. Sounds like an interesting concept, but sadly unplayable.
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Umitencho
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
A very interesting game. You get a female and her future reverse harem investigating her mother's research and reproducing it in order to move on to the next step. You watch videos, look at draws and scribbles to give clues about the big picture and for character building. Bewar on ltting your kids play this science mystery game as it has a sex scene in it.

However, a lot of the content is locked behind the social features of the game, where in order to get the juicy stuff you need to partcipate in the comments section and get either a response or like from other users, seeing as the community is dead, play this with a friend at the same time so you can get the good stuff.

This game has made me think about the universe at large. For what you get, the game should be much cheaper though. Recomend picking up during a steam sale or humble bundle.
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( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2015
Interesting idea, but it doesn't work.
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isaac_teng
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 28, 2015
This game looks very fancy.
The only problem is you can not start the game!!!
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stargater
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 4, 2015
Only downfall is the lack of player base. That and sometime a bit cheesy acting, but what do you expect... :) But other than that, it is unique experience and you can also learn a thing or two from it. Highly recommended for geeks and music enthusiasts. If you believe that there is more to it, then just simple melodies, then this game is just for you.. :) Also, there is Renly Baratheon.. :D
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Pandatrooper
( 44.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 15, 2015
I premise that I have finished the games and I have put 30+ hours into it. Secondly, my advice is to stay away from this game. Let me explain why in this review.

The idea behind this game is very interesting: a game that challanges you to solve a mistery digging through pieces of documents, videos and pictures, cooperating with the other players.
Unfortunately, the realization of this concept is very disappointing and poor, and the gaming experience is not immersive at all.

The big fault of this game is that it is completely passive. You'll only have to read/watch the information presented to you and make your theory on the case. Unfortunately the truth is not revealed at the end, therefore you'll only be left just with a bunch of theories. Not rewarding at all.

The only bit of interaction in the game is due to the fact that not all the information is available. To unlock some documents/videos you have to write comments and hope that the other players upvote them or reply to them.
This mechanism is completely and utterly a poor idea, for multiple reasons:
1) It doesn't matter if the comment is useful or not, so what's the point of it?
2) There are ZERO active players, which means that there is no way to unlock that information. In other words, you'll pay for a game for which you can't access a good chunck of content (Pay not to play)!

It would have been much better if the developers had introduced enigmas to be solved in exchange of the locked information. This would have been more fun and it would have allowed players to 1) cooperate productively to solve the enigmas or 2) to be able to unlock the information even playing alone.

In the end, I wouldn't even call this a game.
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Vanni
( 22.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 6, 2015
This game is without a doubt one of the most fun experiences I've had. The community aspect of it is just phenominal.
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teh_444
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6, 2015
Don't play this game... it's a type of MMO that has 0 player base.
It also requires other people to work with you... cooperate with you.
Problem is, there is no one out there.
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🐾 Wolf-San
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2, 2015
It's a analysing, cliffhanger-talking plattform software. I am sure, that there are people, who would like this software, but I don't.
It was boring and felt like sitting next to a movie and talk directly with strangers on Facebook about it (watching a movie with a chat-function).
Maybe with another type of movie or even better actors it could amaze me a little. But let's be real...that is not a game at all.
I am really disappointed and will not recommend this software at all!
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Myrhial
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27, 2015
If you want a unique experience, this is it. Cloud chamber takes you on a journey of investigation where you can discuss your theories with other players. Thanks to the posting algorithm, these discussions decay over time so there is always a chance for new players to shine. You're actively encouraged to like and dislike what others write, and add a comment of your own. Through doing this you unlock the hidden content. So far by just spending a day on a node being social, I've found that the next day the content was unlocked for me. Even though this game is centered around science, no advanced knowledge is needed, though with some interest in the subject you might end up enjoying it more. It's a game to take your time with, do a little a day and just enjoy the journey.
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Zebber
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25, 2015
I really really want to love this game! But... I just sorta like it. The concept is awesome... but its problem is that it requires you to post lots of stuff... and (hopefully) others will like it. This game will let you get to the end... but in a clueless way. It requires that you post tons of stuff and that others *like* your posts. If you do not get enough posts (on each and every level of the game) then you cannot see the rest of the game... so you do not get to see it all, much less figure it out. It there was some way to see all of the content without all of the posts and necessary likes, then I sould love this game! As it is... don't bother at this point... all discussions have been done, most new players do not post and "like" comments. If the Devs fix this problem... then this game would be worth it!
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Renee
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8, 2015
I didn't care too much for this "game" personally..

I'll start by saying I spent well over an hour just trying to get this game to start. It was frozen on a loading screen for about 10 seconds before it'd crash. It took a full reinstall of steam to even get it to load the first video.

I was not impressed with the videos. The in game social network isn't really active either, so it's difficult to unlock new content.

I will say the soundtrack was great though!

Can't say I recommend this. I ended up requesting a refund.
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Ithaqua
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17, 2015
Good concept, but I just can't stand the execution.
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Hakke
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9, 2015
this game is something very different - its probably not really a game in the traditional sense ... its hard to describe. its more like a fragmented movie ....
unusual,mysterious,fascinating... if you like science and mysteries you will enjoy this.

it uses a revolutionary system - similar to a social network...and it works quite well ! its actually pretty awesome and can make for some brilliant guessing fun.

odd and brainy but recommended.
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Cyril
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15, 2015
I'm probably never going to get back to this one, honestly, best to just review it and drop it.

See, it's not a game. There's no real interactivity. You can discuss stuff with people, sure, but what is there to discuss? The game refuses to provide any answers, so it's not even a plot with compelling twists or revelations, it's just a lot of stuff being presented that pretends to have something to it. I wasn't interested in the story and the game's arbitrary decision to require participation in order to unlock all the content drove the game to a halt far too often, It sounds cool in theory, yes, but in execution... no, pass on this one.
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sake1001
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15, 2015
Facebook simulator 2015
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sforza
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5, 2015
A complete new experience to get into a mysterious story by discussing scenes via social media
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kijib
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21, 2015
needs email registration?

\fail/
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Caroline Middlebrook
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19, 2015
I put 16 hours into this game and I greatly enjoyed it. I'm going to give it a thumbs up because I think it's good, but I actually DON'T recommend it to new players...

First of all, what exactly is Cloud Chamber? Well it's really more of story than a game. The story is told over 10 chapters, each of which contain a series of story nodes. Each node could be a video clip (uses real actors - Renley Baratheon from Game of Thrones is one of the lead characters!), photographs, transcripts etc.

One of the things that is quite unique is in the way these nodes are delivered. In each chapter you traverse this odd sci-fi landscape going from node to node and it isn't linear. Two players are unlikely to take the same course through the game. Thus what gets delivered is little snippets of the story out of order and you find yourself trying to piece together the timeline and that's what makes it interesting and makes you want to keep going to find out what happened.

Also, another thing I have to mention is the soundtrack - it's superb. It's different in each chapter and it just merges in with the game so well really giving it a great atmosphere.

But here's the problem... in each chapter only around 2/3 of the story nodes are actually available at the start. In order to unlock the rest and thus get the full story you need to interact with other players. This works rather like a social network such as Facebook. Each story node has an attached discussion area where you comment on the node, rate up others comments, reply and so on. But in order to unlock the hidden nodes you need to get a certain number of likes / comments from other players per chapter.

This wouldn't be a problem if it was an active game but it isn't any longer. I got Cloud Chamber in a bundle around a month ago and at that time there were quite a few players and plenty of discussion. But I took my time and now, some weeks later, by the time I got to the final chapter there were just 2 active players on that chapter. We were messaging each other, replying to each others comments just so we could get through it and this felt somewhat artificial.

Having said that, yu can still get a large part of the story from the unlocked nodes. You could play through from chapter 1 -10 completely ignoring the social stuff in probably an hour or two and you wouldn't be missing that much. In a few of the later chapters the locked nodes were actually very disappointing; they used a lot of clips from science programs and it started to feel like I was back in school. This felt like low value filler content.

Finally, the ending. I won't spoil it of course but I finished the game feeling unsatisfied. As I went through the final nodes I was thinking "is this it?", and it didn't feel finished. Many questions were left unanswered which was quite frustrating.
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The IT Guy
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10, 2015
I'm sure the game is great except for NEEDING quicktime to run it. . . WHY? Was apples god awful video codec REALLY needed? because I'm not about to install the bloatware that is quicktime or the shady unsupported quicktime lite just to play a game. I can't comment on gameplay but gets a thumbs up because it's one of the only of it's kind I've seen. with that said all I saw of the game is "quicktime is required please download quicktime, quicktime LT or exit game".
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
As of February 2016, this game appears abandoned and dead. Accounts don't connect on startup and devs offer no support to the numbers of people who seem to have the same problem. Sounds like an interesting concept, but sadly unplayable.
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Not Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
This game looks very fancy.
The only problem is you can not start the game!!!
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Not Recommended
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
SUMMARY: This game is a carrot on a stick. You will not reach any satisfying conclusion to the story. A big deal for a completely story driven game.

I have played this for more than 30 hours, unlocked and viewed all content, was active on the discussions (more of lurker, but had 30+ posts as well). I did not want to review the game till I was sure I'm "qualified" to give an honest review.

I'll first describe how the game works. It's a "massively multiplayer story game" where you access a 3D database that is presented in the form of 10 chapters, each with a sequence of "nodes" for you to investigate, each node containing something to drive the story forward: a video (with human actors), text, portions of documentaries, letters, diary entries, photos, etc, The story revolves mostly around 4 individuals portrayed by human actors and is presented as a Sci-Fi mystery. The multiplayer aspect comes in play in these nodes. Once you're done checking the content of the node, you may choose to participate in discussion with other players. As in a forum, you may post a discussion or reply to an existing discussion of the node. You may also like/dislike individual posts. Liking a post rewards the post's author. In each chapter there are locked nodes accessible only after receiving a certain number of likes. This number increases the deeper you get into the game. This feature encourages players to participate in the discussions to piece together the story.

As to why I cannot recommend the game, there are reasons pretaining to the story and there are technical reasons. In regards to the story, it starts pretty strong and you feel that you want to find out where it will all lead. Very positive first impression. Unfortunately, with every passing chapter, the story grew more cryptic, secrets were piled upon secrets and nothing was resolved with clarity. The biggest revelations usually come in the video clips with the human actors, however those are aren't very common and it's aggravating when you finally reach a video node and discover that it's the same video you saw in the last chapter, with a few more seconds added in that have no real bearing, nor provide any revelation.

You will spend hours agonizing over blurred photos, spliced video frames and cryptic doodles, all because you think that a revelation is just around the corner, but you only get buried deeper and deeper into the mystery. It just feels like the authors threw a bunch of cool ideas together and presented it to their audience, thinking their audience will be satisfied filling in the gaps. I don't mind a good open-ended story that stimulates discussion, but this is just a skeleton of a story and towards the end of the game major plot points are never resolved. You conclude the game with more questions than answers.

As to technical issues, the game prouds itself on its innovation and creating this new format of storytelling. I do commend them for it and I appreciate it when developers come up with new ideas in the increasingly saturated games market. However, the format is broken. It can be fixed, and I believe it can work, but in its current form it is broken:

1) Discussions are mandatory to unlock content. That's really cool, it makes people participate. However, by the time you'll probably play it, most of the nodes have been discussed to death. There is nothing useful you can add. You will struggle to find something of value to say, yet you do have to say something if you want to unlock content.

2) Liking AND disliking both unlock content! This is probably a bug, but IMO it is a major bug. It allows trolls to spout aggravating posts which people will dislike (helping the troll unlock content) while thoughtfull well-writted posts get buried.

3) There is an activity feed that gives you notifications when people like a post of yours, comment on a post you liked, reply to your discussion, etc. This feed is broken. It only allows you to see about 15 notifications, the rest won't load and thus you will not find out what people replied to you. This is in a game that focuses on discussion as a primary form of gameplay. I have reported this (and players) to the developers, but nothing was done about it.

EDIT: Point #3 was addressed (19.09.14)

I was honestly enjoying it up till around the middle. Towards the end I felt the excitement fizzle out of myself and fellow investigators (you will see familiar names as you progress). All the investigations we did never really got us to anything concrete and nobody can claim to know what the story is really about, it is just theories at this point.

My suggestion to the developers is to fix the technical issues and rethink some of the social aspects in this game and come back with a story that actually has a plot, climax and ending. They are on to something with this idea, they are just not there yet.
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197 of 254 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
Cloud Chamber is a strange beast, it’s an ARG (Alternate Reality Game, for those that don't know) that isn't an ad campaign about strange signals coming from someplace unknown. It focuses on a fictional laboratory in Denmark and the daughter of the institute director in her search about her mother's past and her research in strange phenomenon that ended with her death. Gameplay is watching videos and reading documents and discussing them with other players in the in-game message boards. There is an upvote system and helpful discussion is meant to be rewarded. The acting does its job, the actors are definitely not 90’s FMV tier, but it’s not exemplary. The story itself is interesting enough and any of the possible reasons behind everything are potentially interesting and not pants on head stupid.

There are flaws in the execution though. You're gated off of content due to the upvote system, you need certain amount of upvotes to access them and you're not guaranteed upvotes, especially because people tend to have already asked good enough questions. The other big potential flaw is that if you don't get into this game now, you will most likely miss out on everything. Seeing is that an ARG is all about the mystery once the community solves it, it’s essentially over. (It hasn't yet though) So I really don't see this game having real lasting appeal to make it to a Steam Sale, could be wrong though.

Overall I enjoyed the experience, though it’s definitely not for everyone and it’s not a mind-blowing must play game or anything. I do appreciate that the devs tried to do something different when it comes to game narratives, even if it have its flaws. I recommend it for people that are up for something different and unique, but as I said I have a feeling this game will lose its impact before a sale rolls around unless the devs actively update it with more material, so I don’t think a lot of people would be interested. Still worth getting into now though.
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52 of 57 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2015
I premise that I have finished the games and I have put 30+ hours into it. Secondly, my advice is to stay away from this game. Let me explain why in this review.

The idea behind this game is very interesting: a game that challanges you to solve a mistery digging through pieces of documents, videos and pictures, cooperating with the other players.
Unfortunately, the realization of this concept is very disappointing and poor, and the gaming experience is not immersive at all.

The big fault of this game is that it is completely passive. You'll only have to read/watch the information presented to you and make your theory on the case. Unfortunately the truth is not revealed at the end, therefore you'll only be left just with a bunch of theories. Not rewarding at all.

The only bit of interaction in the game is due to the fact that not all the information is available. To unlock some documents/videos you have to write comments and hope that the other players upvote them or reply to them.
This mechanism is completely and utterly a poor idea, for multiple reasons:
1) It doesn't matter if the comment is useful or not, so what's the point of it?
2) There are ZERO active players, which means that there is no way to unlock that information. In other words, you'll pay for a game for which you can't access a good chunck of content (Pay not to play)!

It would have been much better if the developers had introduced enigmas to be solved in exchange of the locked information. This would have been more fun and it would have allowed players to 1) cooperate productively to solve the enigmas or 2) to be able to unlock the information even playing alone.

In the end, I wouldn't even call this a game.
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151 of 223 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
From the beginning Cloud Chamber has introduced me to a new form of gaming, it's an immersive play style that captivates its players into an intelligently designed world. The community as a whole is great, I doubt you will find many other communities that present themselves to be this "unified" and who have achieved so much in such a brief time.

The developers (Investigate North Aps) have expressed a keen interest in involving themselves within the community, to the benefit of improving the game, through integrating the thoughts and ideas of community members. I was surprised that the development team did work so effectively and efficiently in such a short time to overcome any quandaries that community members have faced and have already began to make improvements to Cloud Chamber.

The creative team behind all this is also very active within the community, answering questions, discussing improvements. I have found that they are not only working for the progress of the game, but also express an extremely friendly and dedicated passion towards the entirety of the community.
Investigate North have proven that they are not money orientated nor avaricious, I truly get the feeling that they want to please us in any way or form they can and believe me, they do.

The game can be slow or fast-paced, it can be tailored to your play style, and it's whatever you make it. For instance whenever I find a new clue, I'll drown myself into research about said clue, while others go through it at a much faster pace, you can play this game the way you like. That being said I find that the game urges me to play more and more as I progress, as with this type of game you would believe that it can become repetitive, however through every single event of playing Cloud Chamber, I have felt that the story has only pulled me in deeper and deeper.

Personally I stopped reading comments from other players, first I write my own speculations down and only after that I start reading what other players have to say. Which is often jawdropping due to the higher levels of intelligence I have witnessed within the community. I have witnessed that everyone has their own unique way of developing and concluding the ideas and evidence they have found from the events within Cloud Chamber, not only this, but I find that it is beneficial being able to compare and contrast my ideas with that of others, making the communal aspect of Cloud Chamber an integral but also distinctive part of the game.

This is not your average gaming experience, trolls, racism and swearing do not exist here, instead Cloud Chamber pertains to a much more mature audience, in which I can work together with people who also want to dedicate themselves to an enhanced gaming experience. That's something I rarely see in any type of game and it's what sets Cloud Chamber a universe apart(pun intended) from the rest.

In the end I'd like to suggest this game to any person that likes to think, re-think and think some more. Space enthusiasts, Indie lovers, sci-fi fans, fantasy geeks, daydreamers, philosophers and just most gamers in general are up for a treat with this little gem.

Storyline (so far) 9/10 (I'd love to give a 10, but there's always room for improvement in any game).
Graphics/Visuals 8/10 Original, never seen anything quite like it.
Audio 8/10 It's either your taste or it isn't, nonetheless it's great and really adds to the experience.
Community 9/10 As mentioned before, the community is one of the best I've ever encountered.
Innovation 10/10 For an Indie developer to take such "risk" shows balls, and it turned out they've put their money on the right bet.

As a last note, the game requires Quicktime (mentioned on the storepage) which many people didn't realize.
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38 of 47 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
I put 16 hours into this game and I greatly enjoyed it. I'm going to give it a thumbs up because I think it's good, but I actually DON'T recommend it to new players...

First of all, what exactly is Cloud Chamber? Well it's really more of story than a game. The story is told over 10 chapters, each of which contain a series of story nodes. Each node could be a video clip (uses real actors - Renley Baratheon from Game of Thrones is one of the lead characters!), photographs, transcripts etc.

One of the things that is quite unique is in the way these nodes are delivered. In each chapter you traverse this odd sci-fi landscape going from node to node and it isn't linear. Two players are unlikely to take the same course through the game. Thus what gets delivered is little snippets of the story out of order and you find yourself trying to piece together the timeline and that's what makes it interesting and makes you want to keep going to find out what happened.

Also, another thing I have to mention is the soundtrack - it's superb. It's different in each chapter and it just merges in with the game so well really giving it a great atmosphere.

But here's the problem... in each chapter only around 2/3 of the story nodes are actually available at the start. In order to unlock the rest and thus get the full story you need to interact with other players. This works rather like a social network such as Facebook. Each story node has an attached discussion area where you comment on the node, rate up others comments, reply and so on. But in order to unlock the hidden nodes you need to get a certain number of likes / comments from other players per chapter.

This wouldn't be a problem if it was an active game but it isn't any longer. I got Cloud Chamber in a bundle around a month ago and at that time there were quite a few players and plenty of discussion. But I took my time and now, some weeks later, by the time I got to the final chapter there were just 2 active players on that chapter. We were messaging each other, replying to each others comments just so we could get through it and this felt somewhat artificial.

Having said that, yu can still get a large part of the story from the unlocked nodes. You could play through from chapter 1 -10 completely ignoring the social stuff in probably an hour or two and you wouldn't be missing that much. In a few of the later chapters the locked nodes were actually very disappointing; they used a lot of clips from science programs and it started to feel like I was back in school. This felt like low value filler content.

Finally, the ending. I won't spoil it of course but I finished the game feeling unsatisfied. As I went through the final nodes I was thinking "is this it?", and it didn't feel finished. Many questions were left unanswered which was quite frustrating.
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Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
Okay I am really noy sure where to start here. If it would be a (short) movie and i would have seen it in cinema or on TV then it would be a good movie. After the end I am still not entirely sure about what happened but I think thats up for everyones own interpretation. I would call it a science mystery thriller.

The whole "game" has 10 chapters and in each chapter are about 5 to 15 parts of movie, pictures and writings each which gives clues to the story and unfold it more and more as you go through it. Some parts are locked though. For every part there is a comment function and players can leave comments which can be up or downvoted by other players. You can sort the comments by latest comments and most upvoted. You can unlock the locked parts if you get your comments upvoted, which I think is a downside. I left plenty of (I think) good comments and haven't unlocked any of the "hidden" parts yet.

I can only recommend this adventure though. It leaves me with something only few movies do, to think about it afterwards and what all that means. I am inclined to go through it all again to see if I can find clues I haven't noticed before. Maybe there is something like a definite answer to the question which keeps me hooked in this adventure, maybe I haven't found it out yet. But I think it may be deliberate to leave questions unanswered.

Pro: - Good actors which have an amateur touch to it which makes everything more believable instead of pro actors
- Well written story with a neat amount of science accurancy and a big mystery feel to it
- comment/upvote function to unlock "hidden" parts

Con: - comment/upvote function to unlock "hidden" parts
- relatively short
- a few parts are hard to navigate to/click on
- potential spoilers in ingame comments
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Well, geez... where to begin? I'm not so sure I would even consider this a game so much as a social media experiment in the form of an interactive sci-fi thriller. It definitely has the feel of an old-school FMV combined with a mysterious set of nodes, following your progression in each 'part' of the game. The experience was pretty engaging, and I was always looking to 'connect the dots' when posed with a lingering cliffhanger (to which there are many). If anything, Cloud Chamber is certainly ambitious for what it tries to accomplish, and for the most part, it succeeds. Having said this, I could really do without the social media aspect of the game. Granted, it's a cool addition to encourage a sense of community in trying to piece everything together, but here's where it falls apart (in my opinion)... parts of the game will not be available to you unless you take a very active role in the 'mini forums' I'll call them. And even then, there's no guarantee people will 'like/agree' with what you have to say, thus not allowing you to view some locked content. Bummer if you ask me. I think participation alone should be the defining factor here, but what do I know? Anywho, enough about that. Overall, the 'game' was enjoyable, and it got me thinking about 'big' things (hint, hint) that have real world meaning... almost eerily so. 3.5/5
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
I've become obsessed with this game. The conspiracy! The theories! The mystery! The... *garbled sounds, distorted voices saying unintelligible things*... murder? *bzzztflktktk*

The community is great, so far no jerks trying to spoil everything, and the format works very well... much better than I'd expected. The only thing missing is an in-game web browser because it would be nice not to have to leave the game environment in order to research some of the things that come up (and no you don't HAVE to research anything... but it's more fun that way).

I can't wait for a season 2.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Uncomparable, indescribable
This game is uncomparable in the form that it doesn't look like any other game.
But it's good!!!
This is a game that need to be experienced, because it isn't possible to formulate how it workes.
It's not an average game and you need to use your intellect when your'e playing.
I really don't understand why a game like this haven't been made before but Im happy that its made in Denmark by a danish company, and i think that especially schoolpupils who's mother tungue isn't English (like me) will be boosted through this game because the game activates your brain, explains some astrophysics and forces you to express yourself in English in a extremely fun way.
This game is full pros unlike many other games because you get something in return else than entertainment.

This is a game everyone should try and it is woth both time and money.

Valentin Marcus Andersen
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
Dislaimer: review copy submitted by the developer.

Cloud Chamber is unique. Hella unique. It's a sci-fi mystery that all the players work to unravel together. You go through looking at pieces of data and discuss the files as you uncover more about the world. It's like an alternate reality game, but one having nothing to do with marketing.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
I really wanted to like this game. It has a nice, esoteric sci fi plot, and a great broken narrative which you as a player must gradually piece together from fragmented pieces of information like videos, emails etc. etc. The probelm that I have with the game does not lie in its storyline, or even the method of delivery. It's in the mechanic by which you need to unlock additional content. You see, if you just play through the game, you'll get about half the story. The rest is uncovered by unlokcing extra nodes along the way. Not a bad concept, but the probelm is that the way you unlock these nodes is through the use of discussions with other players. Now, on the surface this sounds like a good dynamic; you offer your thoughts on a node, you contribute to discussions which are already underway, and as you do so, you unlokc content. The problem is that it's difficult to really add anything new to the discussions. Most of the salient points have already been discussed, meaning that any contribution you attempt will sink to the bottom and go largely unread or unreplied to by other players. I appreciate that people need to contriobute in order to get the most out of the game, but in reality this has left me sat here with half the content stuiill locked, and no satisfying conclusion to the story.
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
Just before this game was lauched I listed a number of hesitations that I had with the concept. The first being the social media aspect to the game. So far I can say, this really works. I found myself bouncing through the first three videos combing through the evidence and trying to create my own theory as to what was going on. I've also found myself discussing ideas and with the help of others shaping my understanding.

This game isn't for everyone. It is about throwing ideas out there and sharing thoughts. It's like a massive conspiracy taking place before our eyes and we're trying to put the jigsaw together. It feels so real because of that.

This could be the next logical step for the Found Footage genre of films. It's really immersive because of that. Interactive media just took a very exciting step forward.
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29 of 44 people (66%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
For those of you that have an investigative mind and think yourself a bit of a Sherlock Holmes then this is the perfect game to practice with. Grab you magnifying glass, done your deer stalkers hat and come inside!

In Cloud Chamber you are part of a big investigation, looking to unravel a mystery and a narrative - and get invested in characters.

This game is fantastic for those who understand what it's trying to be, Cloud Chamber is about investigation, it's about time and collaboration and about having a sense of gratification in finding a clue or link.

As Every time I clicked on a node, I could feel an urge to don a checkered beret and smoke a pipe while following footsteps in the dust, I felt like a valid investigator.

The acting and story telling within the game really sets it apart and helps to immerse you in the action, but what makes it really interesting and enjoyable is the player interaction. Reading what other people think and what they have found makes you feel like you are apart of something bigger and maybe things are not quite what you first thought them to be!

When people start jumping in and join in on the forums, that's really when the game is going to take off - It is a Multiplayer Investigative Story Telling Game after all!
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30 of 46 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
I recommend this game not because it is great, not because it is excently made, merely because there is nothing quite like it. It is an amazing feeling watching an ARG (Alternate Reality Game) video and analyzing it for clues. Then you compare your clues with others from all over the world working together to solve a mystery. You find yourself having lengthy discussions about every little part of the video and noticing things that you didnt the first time thanks to other peoples posts. I recommend you pick up this game for three reasons, first it is something unique and new, something that you cant experience anywhere else. Second, It is quite fun and the story is interesting, and the videos and clues are all relatively well made. Thridly it supports the devs and helps bring about more games like this, games that are completely unique, In the end I ask one question "What is the signal?"
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39 of 63 people (62%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Decent acting, a story brought to you in tiny quicktime video bits and a facebook-like gameplay experience. You post, you comment & you like someone's status hoping that someone will like yours or comeent on your posts so you can unlock the restricted nodes in the maze.
It's a nice experiment but the facebook thing isn't really doing it for me. As is the story so far.

The game is basically:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPnP_zlYU44
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
I am very happy that I purchased this game. Going in, I was a bit skeptical. Now I'm an addict. 5 hours in, my husband and I have been tossing thoughts, ideas, speculations, and conspiracies all over the place. There are so many questions to ask and try to answer. Some answers come along eventually, yet others are still mysteries. An intellectual game at its best!
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Fascinating! The story is wonderful, the science is detailed, and the interface is much better than I would have expected.

I was really worried about the social aspects, since I'm pretty much non-social. I've never had Facebook and thought that might throw me off, but I figured out the system pretty quickly :) The reason I was worried was that people were comparing the system to Facebook. I'm still struggling a bit to get enough "likes" but I'm getting the hang of not being so self concious commenting on pieces of information.

The science has been amazing! I've learned so much and even managed to get book recommendations from a comment I made.

It seems like a LOT of effort went into this game. I haven't seen such quality in a very long time.

I see a lot of people worrying about spoilers - This seems to be a non-issue in the game. Especially, if you work through a chapter/section and work on unlocking all of the content before continuing. The way the comments drop off after a while really makes it feel new even though there are people who have unlocked all of the content. JUST DO NOT READ ANY WIKIS, WALKTHROUGHS, ETC. It will ruin the game. I haven't even looked to see if there are any (I'm hoping they are non-existant!).

Also, the trolls are downvoted/flagged and very, very quickly gone. I've played 18 hours and only seen maybe one inappropriate post and it was gone the next time I looked.

This is a wonderful game and I'm looking forward to unlocking the rest of the content and further installments :)
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
After having spent over 40 hours playing Cloud Chamber and completing it, I decided it was time to write a more comprehensive review.

The basic premise is that you navigate through a three-dimensional representation of a database, investigating the actions of a scientist and her associates at a research laboratory based out of Denmark. As you discover more information and unlock additional sections or nodes, more questions and answers surface, building a massive web of evidence composed of screenshots, video diaries, e-mail messages, transcripts from scientists, and so forth.

What is amazing about the story is that the science is all based on today's knowledge - it's not this unbelievable extraordinary science-fiction story, but one based entirely on science-fact, psychology, and philosophy. You don't collect data or evidence in a physical manner, but you do discuss what you've found with other players in the game, using an in-game forum where up and down-voting is encouraged. Contributing comments, new posts, or replies creates more discussion, and eventually through your contributions, you unlock new venues of information and evidence. As you progress through the 10 chapters, you weave through a complex web of information and clues that only serve to further your addiction and desire for more of the plot.

I've been glued to Cloud Chamber since it released, and I've been highly engaged in the story line. Although I consider myself to have considerable knowledge of Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Particle physics, Cloud Chamber has given me new perspective on recent theories that the scientific community is encroaching upon. I've learned several new things, and it's been a real pleasure to carry on discourse with other players, like-minded folk, and those who are curious and want to learn more! As such, this is almost an educational title; I guarantee you that by the time you finish the main story line, you will have a much greater understanding of the micro and macroscopic (without providing spoilers).

I was pleased to read that the developer was entertaining the concept of creating additional content, in the form of 'new seasons'. Once you finish the title, you definitely thirst for more! This title has been the best $17 I've spent on entertainment in years. The idea of an interactive feature-film with social network attached, is an insanely brilliant and novel idea!

In regards to the production values and cast, I love all the actors thus far and find that the casting was executed perfectly for Cloud Chamber. They have believable reactions, emotions, fears, but behave as I would under their pressure. You really feel like you're a part of the story, and not just a spectator. Videos shot for the title aren't borne of shaky-cam sequences with bad audio; it's clear that the developer, 'Investigate North', hired a professional film crew with solid Directing and a strong Producer.

I read in the game's official forums that the value you get from the game is quite high compared to the cost to the end-user. Essentially, you get the value of an IMAX Film with a bag of popcorn -- except with the ability to interact, reverse, rewind, fast-forward, pause, zoom-in and out, all the evidence to try to reveal far more info than you could from a 90-minute theater film, with which you can then discuss with people in almost real-time what you personally took-away from the scene, and see if your perspective and understanding matches those around you.

Involving and integrating social media and discourse converts it from a 2 player 'Clue' game to a super-charged 50,000 player investigation game. If you're curious, aren't afraid to post your observations no matter how silly/simple or super complex and extraordinary they may seem, you'll get far in Cloud Chamber. The title rewards those that are curious, investigative, and contribute, and that can either be by posting your perspective, or commenting and up-voting someone else's opinion. Have no fear, new players coming-in today to the game won't be greeted by a game that "has already been discovered and spoiled", according to other negative reviews I've read elsewhere. Even if you've completed the initial story line, you can go back to the game to see what other ideas people have posted; to glean more info and perhaps formulate a better understanding of the 'end-game'.

As for the Score, the soundtrack really made it for me; I was already glued to the story line, but the music just cemented the whole experience for me. A combination of Electronic, Trance, and Progressive from the likes of Burial, Trentemøller, Lulu Rouge, Nero, and many others; I desperately searched for an official soundtrack, but thanks to the developer and other players in the discussion forums, we were able to put a playlist together and I've since obtained my favorite tracks from official sources.

Thanks for reading this review.
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