In space, no one can hear you scream... especially if you're the only person around, as so often seems to be the case. This is true once again in No Wand Studios' The Fall of Lazarus, newly-released on Steam with a free standalone prologue.
The Fall of Lazarus follows the exploits of a "veteran of the Venusian wars looking to carve out a new future for herself." Having volunteered for a nine-year mission to work in a distant mining colony, you are put into cryo aboard your transport vessel the USSC Lazarus for the long voyage. However, while not exactly raised from the dead, you are abruptly awakened from sleep en route with no memory of your past, or even who you are. Worse still, you are now alone except for the ship's A.I. named Hybris, who is in command of the ship. Only by investigating will you be able to piece together the mystery of what has happened in the hope of escaping this predicament alive, but along the way you will "experience a series of traumatic events related to [your] personal life: visions, dreamlike recollections, strange noises and apparitions that mess with [your] head and make [you] question what is real and what is not."
Described by the developers as "Firewatch meets the film Moon," The Fall of Lazarus tasks players with thoroughly exploring the ship's five different levels in free-roaming 3D, examining items and documents left behind by the Lazarus's former occupants, collecting clues and solving a variety of challenges including "logical and mechanical puzzles and social hacking" along the way.
The game is already available on Steam for Windows PC, but if you'd like to try before you buy, a standalone prologue called "The First Passenger" can be downloaded first. Set aboard the same spaceship but telling its own story, the demo casts players in the role of Caleb Rogers of Gen-Ethics, an "audit firm focused on controlling the normative and quality of criogenic, clonation and genetic alteration processes." This demo is also available through Steam, but alternative download links can be found at the game's official website.