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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (91 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 7, 2014

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November 7

BEST SOCIAL GAME 2014!



Dear investigators,

Thanks to you and to our team, Cloud Chamber just won the TIGA Game Industry award for Best Social Game 2014.

We all know that a social game like ours is all about the quality of the players.

So thank you! <3

The Cloud Chamber team

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October 30

Halloween Celebration Update!



The Universe is both fascinating and frightening!

We celebrate the success of our last two updates and our recent nomination for the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2014. Finalist - Most Original Game and Best Social Game!

Many thanks to the Cloud Chamber investigators who are making the game a fantastic experience.

UPDATE NOTES 1 & 2

FEATURES:
  • STEAM avatars:
    Players can now choose Steam avatar as profile image.

  • Restricted nodes:
    Unlocking of restricted nodes has turned out to be more difficult than intended - because it is difficult to get likes from other players. This means that unlocking restricted nodes becomes a little too difficult. This seems to be because players are simply commenting more than they are liking. So, to help fix this problem, we have changed the algorithm, so it now counts comments as likes for the sake of unlocking restricted nodes. This means that, in order to unlock the restricted nodes in, say Part 4, you will now need 4 players to either like something you have written in Part 4 OR comment on a post you have written in Part 4 (any combination of the 2 will also work).

BUG FIXES:
  • New encoding of intro video that some players had problems seeing.
  • Fixed bug when scrolling in feed or forum. Feed and forum should no longer freeze up while attempting to load more content and should load smoother.
  • A number of changes to communication between game and server to reduce risk of disconnections. Improved error messages to help troubleshoot connection issues.
  • After some controversy about Quicktime, we are now offering QT Lite as a lighter and less intrusive alternative - as suggested by some of our forum users.
  • The detection of old versions of QT has been significantly improved.
  • Fixed bug. Downvotes now no longer help unlock restricted nodes or win "best" badges
  • Fixed a few bugs and styling issues in message function.
  • Fixed a few bugs in the "Flag" function.
  • Fixed bug. Deep links in "Top Contributors" should now work.
  • Fixed path between the nodes "missing worlds" and "It's a big universe"in part 5 (used to send players on a detour)
  • Fixed bug. Clicking tagged usernames in the forums now opens the correct window.
  • Additional minor changes to leaderboard, spelling in some nodes etc.

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/290710

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Reviews

“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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 5500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • Additional Notes: Cloud Chamber uses QT Lite, which should auto install with the game.
Helpful customer reviews
232 of 263 people (88%) found this review helpful
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
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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126 of 174 people (72%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
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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141 of 208 people (68%) found this review helpful
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
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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69 of 105 people (66%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
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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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
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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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
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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28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
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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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
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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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
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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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
So unique and intelligent. I'm actually learning a lot while playing it, and seeing other people get into something as brainy as this is heartening. :) The story is fascinating, and I'm piecing things together bit by bit... with help from the community!
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
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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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Cloud Chamber is a breath of fresh air for those hoping to take a story in without having to work your keyboard into overdrive to get to the next plot twist or ending. Investigate North deliver a compelling narrative that’s bolstered by some top-notch acting by all main cast, most notably the Cumberbatch demeanor of Thomas, played by Gwylim Lee. The mystery while not played out chronologically still manages to hold your attention, your curiosity to see what happens next fueling your need to keep playing. All together Cloud Chamber stands out and may suffer from a few mild interface issues but is ultimately dwarfed by you and the community’s need to find the truth.

Full review: http://lzygmrs.com/general/cloud-chamber-a-review-puzzle-without-puzzle/4424/
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Before I start, I will say that I was torn about this review for making it an up or a down vote. How to vote is all in what you expect and get out of the game.

I waited for this game to come out on Steam, reading about it over and over again, watching the trailers and looking at the screenshots, talking about it with friends. I expected something like Evidence: The Last Ritual (http://uk.ign.com/games/the-last-ritual/pc-823616 ), but able to play it with a select group of friends. That we would explore the evidence together (sharing by words on the screen) and interacting with the evidence seen to unlock more.

If this is what you are expecting and want, please stop now. This is not what the game is at all.

Instead the game is a beautiful mix of scenery and music that you explore while reviewing information. All items seem to matter or set the scene: from the background music, to the scenery you move through, the items way off in the distance. Then you look at the information and ask yourself “what am I seeing here?” and “how does it fit with what I’ve seen so far?”. You read the in-game message board to see what others are thinking at that point, add your thoughts as either a new post or comment and move on. The environment is deceptively relaxing with a tense mystery that you pounder.

There are draw backs.

I believe that there are spoilers in the game created by other players. They may be small to some, but to others they are not. I do not mean spoilers in that someone has made comments about the information just down the chain you are on; instead they are comments about something 2-3 chapters ahead of you. This can lead to confusion and, if enough are doing it, annoyance at the disruption of your discovery. It is like sharing “hey, did you know Harry Potter’s uncle is alive?” or “Did you know that Hermonie kisses….?” It’s not necessary pivotal to the main story, but it is huge to the characters we are connecting with.

This could be controlled if you were able to only play with friends and experience the game together, however in its current state this is not possible.

The other item is not quite a draw back, but a game feature that may or may not appeal to all. You access the node that information is located on and that unlocks the next nodes. You do not need to view it (indeed if you do not have Quicktime installed you just get a black box where the information is suppose to be), but to unlock all the points you need to post and comment – not just that, but gain up votes. It is like going through the family attic exploring the memorabilia, you look at it, make a Facebook comment on it, wait for “likes”, and then you can open one of the “extra” boxes. Yes, you can just open the boxes that are available, but if you’re a completionist and do not like the Facebook system this will probably annoy you.

I’ve not finished the game yet. Will I? Yes, because I’ve been sucked into the story and want to know what happens. I’ve connected with the characters, have a ton of questions that only further play will answer. I love the atmosphere the game creates and the way the information is shared. When I finish it I will say “wow, I’m glad I played that, but what if this game mechanic had been this way instead?”
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I am not that far into the game, so this is based only on the start of the game..

Cloud chamber is the most innovative "game" I have seen in a long, long time. The general idea is that you are shown a piece of information in form of a movie, a document etc, and then try to figure out what this is about. You have a board to post comments about it and discuss with others.
There isn't much gaming in this, I think that all you can really get is likes for your posts, and getting these likes (I think) opens up extra documents.
Cloud Chamber is an experience rather than a game, but oh, what an experience!
The story is seen from lots of different perspectives such as a documentary, videos taken of the involved persons, official documents, e-mails etc., and it is in fact possible to spend lots of time just watching a single short clip and trying to figure out what is happening in it.

The only thing that really troubles me is the rather free use they make of physics such as trying to capture neutrinos with a cloud chamber? It bothers me because I in fact am educated as a physicist and its difficult to suspend my disbelief once in a while :D If I do though, then this is a great story.

If you want a very innovative new type of experience then this is for you, if you expect an old fashioned game, then this certainly is NOT for you.
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21 of 33 people (64%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
I have very mixed feelings about this game. I am a story based adventure gaming fan who actually really loves FMV titles, so it's somewhat surprising even to myself that I am giving this a negative review. That is because this is not a game; heck I don't think it even qualifies for the title Interactive Movie. The entirety of it is spent watching videos and discussing what you saw in the videos via comments like a youtube video.......The thing is, I don't need to pay 19.99 to do that. There is no real interactivity in this game and no puzzles and on top of that, I actually found the story to be just so-so. But, at the same time this is a project that is anything but typical and it is a bit outside of the box....however I really think they should and needed to do more with the concept.

As an experience, it is recomended as a one time novelty.
As a game, definitely not.
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24 of 41 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
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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