Odyssey to Release Feburary 23 via Steam Early Access

Odyssey’s scientific adventure will be coming to a PC near you next month

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In the mood for a game that will teach you as you play? Well you’re in luck, because it just so happens that Odyssey will be releasing next month on Steam via Early Access.

Developed by The Young Socratics, Odyssey is an upcoming first-person adventure game set within the scenic Carribean Islands which will have players solving an array of puzzles as they attempt to help free thirteen-year old Kai Rao and her family  who have been trapped by pirates. Gameplay involves a mixture of exploration and puzzle-solving, wrapped in a narrative surrounding the now-trapped Rao family.

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“Reading those fragments is the key to learning not only the story of the family and why they’re in trouble, but also the way Kai has spent several months of her time rediscovering some of the biggest ideas in the 2000-year-long story of astronomy and mechanics, from the ancient Greeks to Galileo” said Odyssey co-creator Omkar Deshpande. “Understanding those ideas through her journal will help you make sense of the models you will find during your exploration, and how to crack the puzzles built around those models, which will allow you to successfully navigate around the islands.”

While many puzzle-based adventures require a bit of brainpower on the player’s part, Odyssey takes things one step further. The puzzles within the game are designed not only to get players thinking, but to teach them as well. Odyssey‘s puzzles will teach players real scientific processes and ideas, most notably those surrounding astronomy, and then will then require players to apply what they’ve learned in order to progress throughout the game. The Young Socratics have set the puzzles up in a way that they hope will educate both younger and older players alike as they play.

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“Educational games generally tend to feel quite overtly educational, and there is either no storytelling or it’s patched on top of the content in an incidental way” said Deshpande. “We have gone much further in developing the environment and story in the journal, and blending it with the history of science content in a very unique way.”

Odyssey will be available on Steam via early access starting Februay 23, and will launch at a special discounted price of $14.99. You can also check out our preview of the game right here!

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