8 October 2010
| 7/10 |
Knights of Soundtrack
Single-player video game
| Lace International (under Lace Mamba Global label)|
GER: 8 October 2010
EU: 3 June 2011
WW: 11 December 2012 (Final Cut)
WW: 8 December 2015 (iOS)
Microsoft Windows, iOS, Macintosh operating systems
Daedalic Entertainment games, Adventure games
A New Beginning is a point-and-click adventure video game developed by Daedalic Entertainment and published by Lace Mamba Global for Microsoft Windows, OS X and iOS.
A New Beginning (video game) Wikipedia
The game starts in the far future. Due to ecological disasters life is only possible in caves deep under the ground. Many lifeforms and organisms have become extinct and even the human race is about to disappear. Some inventors were able to develop a time machine which uses some kind of radiocarbon dating. They now send some researchers back in time by using some sample which was made in the year 2050. Fay and her coworker arrive in a ruined San Francisco. Fay contacts the other time travelers, but they all end up in some natural disaster and most of them die. Salvador concludes their team must travel back in time to a year where ecological problems already exist, but still can be solved. In their search they find an article about Bent Svensson who invented a biofuel based upon blue algae. They also find an article how earth got partially destroyed after a nuclear reactor exploded in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. This event destroyed the rain forest causing to start a chain reaction in which the earth went into a nuclear winter. The team travels back in time. However, it turns out Bent had to go on retirement due to health issues. The project is now led by his son Duve. Fay must convince Bent she really is from the future, the biofuel is the only solution to save the planet and the product must go in production right away. However, everyone has some reason to manipulate things for own purposes. This might fail the rescue of earth—or not.
The game is divided into 11 asynchronous chapters. The player controls Fay or Bent depending on the situation. The player can’t switch interactively between them.
While A New Beginning's soundtrack was primarily composed by Knights of Soundtrack, the credits list a number of additional people, who contributed music to the game. The main theme was written by Periscope Studios, Bent's Theme by André Navratil and Damian Zur. Florian Behnsen and Giliam Spliethoff contributed additional music, while serving as the game's soundtrack and SFX supervisors. The musical styles displayed, range from orchestral underscore, to incidental pieces in a 1980s Europop style and lounge music.
In 2010, the soundtrack received the German Developers Award for Best Soundtrack.
All music composed by Knights of Soundtrack.
A New Beginning received mixed reviews. It received an aggregated score of 67.88% on GameRankings based on 8 reviews and 72/100 on Metacritic based on 20 reviews.