The team at CBE Software hope to create an Enhanced Edition of J.U.L.I.A with $5,000, a small fraction of the usual crowd-sourcing goals. J.U.L.I.A is a narrative driven adventure game set in the year 2430 following Rachel Manners an astrobiologist and member of an elite group of scientists that are sent off to explore the first ever discovered extra-terrestrial life-forms. It's an adventure game that we fell in love with and implore you to give a little to their cause, as they've had a pretty disastrous time with the game.
The Enhanced Edition will recreate Rachel Manners from scratch, creating a far more human model, redesign the games interface, extend the music tracks, refine a bit of the script and will include a slight overhaul on the puzzles with a planned easy mode for the more difficult ones and more importantly, better explanations! The game is being crowd-funded over at indiegogo, so be sure to give it a look.
Like many great space stories, J.U.L.I.A begins with Rachel suddenly awakening from a cryogenic sleep with no idea of why she was in a hibernated state, or what happened before she was in it. Soon she finds that she is the last human survivor on her team, and with her only companion J.U.L.I.A; the spaceship’s temperamental artificial intelligence, and Mobot, a reconnaissance robot.
Together you have to solve the mystery surrounding the events that took place on board the space vessel, repair it back to a working state, and explore the unknown. Players will need to utilise control of Rachel, Mobot and J.U.L.I.A as they visit six different planets.
A lot can be said about J.U.L.I.A when you look at it as an outsider; however if you look beyond first impressions, and begin playing the game you get caught up in a mysterious and endearing story, that really adheres to the simplicity of the adventure game genre by telling a simple tale and filling it full of interesting, and most importantly fun puzzles. Basically, don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
If you played J.U.L.I.A, or perhaps you have only just heard of it there's a demo on the indiegogo page, so spare a few dollars and help the creators enhance the original release, and with as little as $7 securing you a digital copy of the Enhanced Edition, you’ve really got no excuse.