Robots of Dawn
In this text adventure based on Isaac Asimov’s science fiction detective novel
_The Robots of Dawn_ , the player takes the role of Earth detective Elijah
Baley, who is sent to the Spacer world of Aurora to investigate the murder of
Dr. Han Falstofe, a prominent roboticist and constructor of humaniform robots.
Suspects include Falstofe’s political and professional rival Dr. Kelden
Amadiro, his surrogate daughter Gladia, his biological daughter Vasilia, or
ladies’ man Gremionis, who was rejected by Gladia. Even Baley’s robot friend
and partner, R. Daneel Olivaw is not free of suspicion. In addition to the
investigation, Baley must also deal with his fear of open spaces on Aurora, a
result of having spent his entire life in enclosed spaces on the overcrowded
Earth. Also, most Aurorans will not exactly be willing to help Baley due to
As typical with adventure games in the detective genre, puzzles are less based
on item manipulation but more on gathering evidence and questioning suspects.
In each game played, the murderer might be a different one – the location of
items and people’s reaction to questions differ accordingly. To convict the
killer, Baley must determine motive, means and opportunity and present his
evidence to the Chairman of Aurora.