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Posted: 3 years ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Observation is a narrative adventure game that puts you on a space station to solve a power outage and find missing crew. However, here you play the role of the SAM, the System Administration Maintenance artificial intelligence software, rather than human protagonist. Your limited view, due to panning cameras and restricted interactions, make this both unusual and intentionally creepy.

Play involves exploring the space station as the computer to build understanding of who the crew are and what has happened. You can control the station hatches and safety systems. As you get to know the crew they give you tasks to fulfil that slowly grant access to more of the space station. In this way you get to move your core presence between several of the modules on the station and manipulate cameras and other electronically-controlled equipment in that module.

All the while you are working to piece together what happened. From the intertwining personal stories to records and diary entries a picture starts to emerge of the events that led up to your lose of memory and malfunction. It's this that drive you forward as much as growing your power or abilities on board ship.

The result is a smart science fiction game that unusually leans on narrative as much as fear and jump scares. It's in the detail that this comes to life, and you find yourself in a labyrinth plot matched by the space station's flickering hallways. As Sam Greer puts it, "As we progress through Observation we go from reconnecting old systems to jettisoning compartments. Traumatic events in our lives leave marks that reshape us for better and for worse. Growing from these experiences means reconciling with them, understanding all that baggage and figuring out all over again what it is you actually need."

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Players: 1

Genres: Communication, Narrative (Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation)

Developer: No Code (@_NoCode)



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Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game was rated PEGI 16 for strong language. It is not suitable for persons under 16 years of age. Frequent bad language can be heard throughout the game and includes the words ‘*!@?*’, ‘*!@?*’, ‘*!@?*’ and its derivatives.


Observation usually costs £19.49 to £20.99.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Observation Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@_NoCode) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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