I thought I’d detail the gameplay of Alaska in a post because I haven’t really talked about gameplay and it’ll help me get it straight in my head aswell.
The basic gameplay of Alaska is based around opening up the enviroment with new tools in a mertoidvania style to enable you to scrutinise clues left there, the main gameplay verbs are:
- scumm style finding & using objects
- dialog, information flows between NPC’s dynamically and you can extract that infromation from some NPC’s more easily than others (famously employed by Bethesda in Oblivion and inexplicably removed from all their subsequent games)
- the three novel gameplay systems fueled by the metroidvania style upgrade system
The novel gameplay systems are:
Hacking tools use hydrogen to power the quantum processor in your phone, they are the super powers of the game (Similar to augmentations in Deus Ex).
The code breaker allows you to access anything that takes a password or pin.
Wireless Port Scanner:
The wireless portscanner allows you to find weak ports to use the code breaker on.
Wireless Port Opener:
The port opener allows you to force open a port on a device with no open ports, as long as it doesn’t have a wireless shield.
Lockpicks enable you to unlock manual locks in the world (functionally identical to lockpicks in Deus Ex).
Hydrogen Cells (Disposable)
Hydrogen Cells are consumed to fuel the Quantam Processor in your phone, which is used by all the Hacking tools (functionally identical to bioelectric cells in Deus Ex).
The screwdriver allows you to remove the wireless shielding from a device, which would otherwise be unhackable.
This mechanic will work similarly to the research mechanic in System Shock 2, although will be a little more involved.
The Spectral Analyser will tell you the elements contained in a sample, it will tell you the 3 most probable compounds which you then use the compound reactor to test against.
The Compound Reactor takes the sample and a pure chemical element and attempt to react and measure the reaction, combined with the Spectral Analysis you can then assert which compound a sample is.
In the rare occasion you find 2 samples that the compound reactor has shown to contain DNA, you can use this machine to compare Short Tandem Repeats and is almost certainly the method you will use to prove the guilt of your suspect in the game.