We're a research assistant at some sort of space mining installation. There's been an attack, we're told when we awaken, and the resulting spread of poisonous gas has rendered everyone else dead and us sightless. We've got to depend on the facility's AI to describe the scene and tell us what needs to be done to summon help.

I could put up a spoiler alert right about here, but I suspect that the simple existence of a spoiler alert is going to clue you in on what's going on.

See, I've seen enough instances of this sort of thing to immediately smell a rat and assume that the facility's AI is not to be trusted. Especially when it has to explain away inconsistencies, at one point even changing its tune about what happened. "I wanted to spare you the pain." Right. Although, to be fair, all of it really is plausible. There's the possibility that the real twist is that the AI was trustworthy after all, and we're just being paranoid. Trusting the AI all the way even gets us an ending where it looks as though we've won.

But of course, after all the build-up of suspicion, we're not satisfied with that.

What's interesting about the AI betrayal is that it's not actually a case of the AI going rogue: it's following a secret directive from higher up. I think the only other time I've seen anything like this was Ash in the original "Alien". It adds a layer of depth and dignity to the AI as a character that sets it apart from the mere malfunctions.

As for what I don't like ... the dialogue sequences are set on a timed delivery, and if you've been following my reviews, you'll know how much I hate that sort of thing. It's not too objectionable here, but I could really do without it. Another thing I disliked was that access to our inventory seems limited when we're looking around the general environment. If we're using an object, we have to select that object from our inventory before homing in on the place where we want to use it. If you've picked the wrong object, you'll have to get out of the examination, reselect, and then go in again. It's quite inconvenient.

On the whole, not too bad. The growing suspicion is managed well, and I like the way the AI is written. As a breakfast, I think this is Eggs Benedict eaten as a sandwich -- a second half of an English muffin clapped down on top of the poached egg and Hollandaise sauce. There are some things in here that are pretty well done, but the actual eating of the beast is going to be a bit awkward. Cap it off with a tall glass of sweet tea, with the faint, metallic aftertaste of artificial sweetener.