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  • Summary: The story focuses on Rachel Manners, a 35 year old astrobiologist. She is a member of an select group of scientists, chosen to embark on one of the most critical missions ever conceived on Earth. Now Rachel is alone, orbiting an unknown planet. Her only companions are J.U.L.I.A., the spaceThe story focuses on Rachel Manners, a 35 year old astrobiologist. She is a member of an select group of scientists, chosen to embark on one of the most critical missions ever conceived on Earth. Now Rachel is alone, orbiting an unknown planet. Her only companions are J.U.L.I.A., the space probe’s artificial intelligence and Mobot, a huge reconnaissance robot. Together, this unlikely trio will explore the mysteries of this solar system. But are they prepared for what they will find? Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    85
    A fine puzzle adventure game, with an intriguing, deep storyline, great pacing and a multitude of interesting and challenging puzzles.
  2. Feb 23, 2015
    82
    Great short point-and-click with a thoughtful plot.
  3. Oct 6, 2014
    80
    More a slick refinement than a radically different game, J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars largely took what it got right in the already enjoyable original version and improved upon it, then added some welcome new content on top.
  4. Nov 17, 2014
    78
    A nice and engaging sci-fi graphic adventure. If you're a fan of the genre, you should give it a chance.
  5. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 25, 2014
    75
    After a promising beginning the story slows down to a crawl due to the lack of conflict: our drone cheerfully explores planets, Julia and Rachel hang out in the comfort of her spaceship, everyone is happy. [Dec 2014, p.74]
  6. Oct 24, 2014
    67
    Solid “no-frill” point & click adventure with rather predictable story and well integrated but very simple puzzles.
  7. Sep 26, 2014
    50
    Just the sheer amount of detail put into each aspect of world-building, from the designs of the planets to the religion of an alien species, is incredible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Fuz
    Oct 9, 2014
    9
    J.U.L.I.A. is a point & click adventure game with a fantastic atmosphere. The style is more in the line of MYST games than the old LucasartsJ.U.L.I.A. is a point & click adventure game with a fantastic atmosphere. The style is more in the line of MYST games than the old Lucasarts ones.
    Said so, I've never been a fan of MYST, and I don't really like the tipology of the puzzles in JULIA... sometimes I didn't even knew what I was trying to do. But nevertheless, apart from some puzzles, I really enjoyed it and couldn't stop playing until I finished it, just to see what was waiting for me next. Its strenght, for me, lies in the storytelling and its powerful "alone in space" theme.
    The setting and the writing are excellent, the exploration is very interesting, the research and all the details are amazing and the sense of discovery is absolutely fantastic.
    It's been a great, sometimes poetic, experience and I would recommend it to any adventure gamer.
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  2. Oct 13, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the best games I've played lately.
    Very good story telling,
    Very original story
    Good acting

    Only negative sides was the ending. and the weird guy (Didnt want to spoil who he is).
    Also as a molecular biologist I found this game scientificly accurate (except the "weird guy")
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  3. Jan 5, 2015
    9
    Great atmosphere. Fairly original plot & story-telling. Puzzles are logical & fairly creative. GFX are good as is the voice acting. A veryGreat atmosphere. Fairly original plot & story-telling. Puzzles are logical & fairly creative. GFX are good as is the voice acting. A very solid Sci-Fi adventure game. Expand
  4. Jan 15, 2015
    8
    A very enjoyable point-and-click game, and recommended for any fan of that genre. In gameplay and style, it's like a quality Nancy Drew orA very enjoyable point-and-click game, and recommended for any fan of that genre. In gameplay and style, it's like a quality Nancy Drew or Midnight Mysteries game. The makers knew what they wanted, and gave us a good UI (not perfect, has its flaws so -1, but still good), clean graphics, nice music and ambiance, nice environments, very well integrated puzzles, and a story that moves along at a great pace. At the end, you think, that was fun. Not perfect, and the story goes down a path I wasn't so fond of (-1). But the rest more than makes up for it, and the dual ending is good to have too (there's a useful auto-save). Add it to your collection. Expand
  5. Jul 26, 2015
    7
    This title is a pretty typical sci/fi/eco/humans playing god/Alien/Prometheus story, couched in a classic point and click/ adventure/ puzzleThis title is a pretty typical sci/fi/eco/humans playing god/Alien/Prometheus story, couched in a classic point and click/ adventure/ puzzle game. So there is little that is new here.
    That having been said, this is also a delightful PC game with some good characters and voice acting, and some excellent backgrounds. What stands out for me though is the quality of the puzzles: incorporated to expand the story, and increase the capabilities of equipment, despite a few repetitious "trial and error" misfires, are satisfying and never seem tagged on for the sake it.
    Having enjoyed this game, it seems a little stingy to score it only 7/10 but because of its short length, and because of the planet hopping and confusion of what I should be doing or where I should be going and the confusion surrounding some of the puzzles, that score seems fair to me.
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  6. Nov 24, 2015
    2
    This is a game you can't play unless you are young enough. And even then, not all kids will be able to play it.

    I'll make it short: That
    This is a game you can't play unless you are young enough. And even then, not all kids will be able to play it.

    I'll make it short: That game seems interesting enough, but it's full of text, unavoidable and all in tiny fonts. And of course, in a very unprofessional manner that will make me ignore any product out of their company to avoid a repeat, the developers didn't think of offering any font size options.

    It's unreadable on a 40 inches monitor.

    That's a very, very silly way to alienate players.
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