Galactor


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NoahGalactor is a Flash-based point-and-click room exploration game from the Finnish Consumer Agency. Aimed at increasing awareness of consumer issues, Galactor's meticulous style and dry humor transcends the stigma often associated with educational entertainment. While the information within may not necessarily be accurate in regards to consumer protection laws outside of Finland, the game still contains a wealth of good advice and common sense.

galator.jpgClicking on various objects in your impeccably furnished isometric room will soon reveal that almost everything you own is damaged, defective or undesirable in some way. You'll be prompted with three choices, the correct answer being the one in which your needs and the requirements of Finnish law are both satisfied. Occasionally people will knock on your door asking for advice or bearing bills, but the first visitor you receive is a very special one; it is a deliveryman carrying the Galactor KV2000, a galactic material mover containing a visitor from outer space who is about to turn your innocuous consumer issues lesson into an out of this world sci-fi adventure! Your alien guest's apparatus is out of energy and he needs your help, a cruel irony considering his mission is to deliver the Seven Books of Wisdom, designed to help teach earthlings about the importance of a sustainable lifestyle.

Analysis: A remarkable amount of care has been put into what could be considered an educational game, a genre often particularly non-entertaining. However, Galactor is enjoyable and well written, with a keen comedic sense and bizarre sci-fi backstory. Apart from the excellent user interface, the team behind Galactor have great eyes for detail and included several cute little touches such as the reflection of your mouse cursor in the mirror, Rami the guinea pig, or the fully interactive poetry book.

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21 Comments

Khrisper June 11, 2006 1:31 PM

Hummm. What shall i make of this. Looks good and intresting, time to win it :D
Keppy uppy on the siteey Jay -
From K.

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Khrisper June 11, 2006 3:02 PM

Grrr. I have reached 100% Energy and 99% played? How can this be?

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iamprettyhip Author Profile Page June 11, 2006 3:24 PM

That was pretty fun, not too hard to beat and educational. It looks really good too, a very attractive game. It sends a really good message too.

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wow. i really like this game :)
it's fun, and you learn about what to do if you ever find yourself in one of these common situations.

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ahh! 98% energy 99% played.
wht am i missing?

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Nipaluk June 11, 2006 5:10 PM

YAY! i like the guinea pig, and i learned that glue dosent fix everything... <3,//

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Why is it that there is a cat in the oven!?

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i dont get how to beat the galactator

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Escape the room or point-and-click games are really starting to grate on my nerves, but I found this one a bit better in that it was a bit more 'simulation' and expresses what everyone should at least have a basic knowledge of.

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Alli, if you're having trouble finding the "active area"...

...it's referring to the two green circles just below where the two magnetic balls are.

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There are tons of things that are hard to find:
Such as:

There are many things on the tables, one on the top cabinet, the newspaper has two sides, the shelfs contain a heck of a lot of things, plus I believe in order to get 'play 100%' you have to check out the computer, TV, the oven, that poetry book.
Also you don't get energy if you don't answer the question right

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100% energy and 100% played - phew! at long last!

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RandomBob June 13, 2006 8:50 PM

The scoring system confuses me a little. Ive got 100% energy, no missed questions, 100%complete and my max score is 10100. Is there something Im missing or does time actually play a role in this?

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Grr. 100% energy, 100% played, and nothing is happening!

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Did you guy get the wisdom's book?
When you got more than 80% you can try to work on the galactor~~ Read the instruction~

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This is a nice game ^_^;;

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ThreeplusFour May 27, 2007 12:15 PM

i found out that

the 7 books will help

in real life

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Just beat it. really fun. you don't actually need 100% to beat the game. just have to find the great book of wisdom/consumer products.

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Anonymous August 30, 2008 1:04 AM

I assume this is aimed for kids, but isn't a bad idea to condone opening the door to strangers so frequently?

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Gobsmacked Author Profile Page June 18, 2009 5:04 PM

It was interesting to discover that consumers are not allowed to return non-defective, unopened merchandise (no matter how quickly they change their minds) in Finland.

On the one hand, that seems unneccessarily harsh to my American sensibilities. If you didn't apply any wear-and-tear to it, just void the transaction and put everything back the way it was.

On the other hand, I bet it cuts down on boxes of high-end electronics that actually contain bricks, and the "retail rental" of expensive, seasonal, or special-purpose items...

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Asthanius April 1, 2010 1:52 PM

Argh! I downloaded and installed the right version of flash, but it STILL won't let me play!

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