Astronomica: The Quest for the Edge of the Universe

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Astronomica: The Quest for the Edge of the Universe is an educational game made by Hyper-Quest, Inc. in 1994 for Macintosh and Windows 3.x.[1] The game developers purposely made the game's main character a girl, explaining "Younger girls are often left out of multimedia games, so we made the main character in Astronomica a girl".[2]


Game play centers around the player searching for a missing employee SkyQuest AstroLab, an astronomer that was working on a supercomputer named Astronomica prior to his disappearance. Players must solve several puzzles based on space trivia to progress.


Critical reception for Astronomica has been mixed, with many outlets criticizing its difficulty of game play.[3] Entertainment Weekly rated the game a C+, writing "Ultimately, Astronomica does little more than familiarize players with basic space terms. Despite some sloppy production values (such as the director’s audible ”Action!”), the game does offer a reference encyclopedia and detailed planetary photographs science buffs will appreciate."[4] The Washington Post was also critical of the game, as they felt it was "low-budget programming and design, pure and simple".[5]

Computer Shopper was more positive, commenting "with some of the slickest photo-realistic 3-D images around, it's as much a feast for the eyes as for the brain."[6]


  1. ^ The Scientist, Volume 8. Institute for Scientific Information. 1994. p. 4. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Billboard May 13, 1995 (Edutainment). Billboard. 1995. p. 94. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Children's Software Revue, Volumes 1-4. Active Learning Associates. 1993. p. 17. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Neville, Ken. "Astronomica (review)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Stolz, Craig (April 26, 1995). "The Shock of the Newbie". Washington Post (subscription required). Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Keizer, Gregg (December 1, 1994). "Hot stuff for the holidays. (brief reviews of multimedia hardware and software products) (Hardware Review) (Multimedia Direct) (Evaluation)". Computer Shopper (subscription required). Retrieved 19 June 2015. 

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