This game has been Greenlit by the Community!

The community has shown their interest in this game. Valve has reached out to this developer to start moving things toward release on Steam.

J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars
Favorite
Favorited
Unfavorite
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English, German, Russian
Players: Single-player
Posted:
Updated:
Jan 22, 2013 @ 3:11am
May 14 @ 8:44am
In 1 collection by JanKavan
Games for your brain!
30 items
Recent Announcements View All (15)
Something is coming!
Lost far away from the Earth
Description
Release date: Q1 / 2014
Science fiction interface-based video game featuring temperemental artificial intelligence, lone survivor, huge robot and aliens!

This will be a remastered version based upon player's feedback and it will feature downloadable soundtrack as a bonus. Playable demo of the original - non-enhanced game available!

About the game

J.U.L.I.A. is an innovative narrative driven PC game created as a labor of love by an independent developer's duo Jan Kavan and Lukáš Medek.

The story centers on Rachel Manners, a 35 year old astrobiologist. She is a member of an elite 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?

Among the Stars news

1. 1920x1080 and 1280x720 resolution
2. Full screen exploration allowing to explore individual planets in detail in point'n'click interface
3. Estimated 60% more contents and much longer gameplay
4. Rachel Manners redesign - images coming soon

I am currrently slowly adding new materials so you can compare how old and new J.U.L.I.A. differ. Check the screenshot tagged with Enhanced Edition. Vidoes coming soon!


Reviews

Originally posted by Adventure Gamers 4/5 stars (Katie Hazen):
"Plenty of varied puzzles will appeal to players looking for a challenge, and the story of humanity’s dealings with others and itself will draw you into its sci-fi mystery, while the decisions you’re forced to make will resonate long after you’ve left the game behind. There are really no games out there quite like J.U.L.I.A., and anyone interested in something a little different will be rewarded with a fun experience that’s well worth the time and effort.”

Originally posted by Just Adventure B (Ray Ivey):
“You can feel the love the designers of this game have for the adventure genre. It oozes out of every pore of the game. It makes you want to call them up and sit around and have a conversation about everyone’s favorite old adventure games.”

Originally posted by GameBoomers B++ (Flotsam):
“…J.U.L.I.A. provides eight or so hours of thoughtful, enjoyable, story driven science fiction, a good number of well crafted and varied puzzles, and some excellent looking cutscenes. J.U.L.I.A. is a game I would happily recommend as being well worth the price of admission.”

Originally posted by Gamercast.net 4/5 (Charlotte Woolley):
“…J.U.L.I.A is an all-round fantastic adventure game, with an intriguing story and a very satisfying ending. It supplies fresh and challenging puzzles and includes one of the most endearing robots since Dog. If you are looking for an engaging and enjoyable adventure game and don’t judge a book by its cover, look no further than J.U.L.I.A”

Originally posted by Adrenaline Vault 4/5 (Michael Smith):
“J.U.L.I.A. is obviously a labor of love, and it’s hard to be critical of a labor of love. But a few more hands on deck would’ve helped turn a good-looking, sometimes frustrating puzzle fest into an outstanding adventure game. The future appears bright for CBE; I look forward to their next project.”

Originally posted by God is a Geek 7/10 (Mary Goodden):
“J.U.L.I.A’s soundtrack is an atmospheric delight, which is fortunate, since you’ll be spending a long time listening to it while wrestling with increasingly difficult puzzles.”

“J.U.L.I.A. is a well-edited game with a clear vision that keeps you interested by perpetually adding tissue-thin layers of complexity to a lean frame. It doesn’t do anything new or spectacular, but then, it doesn’t need to. What it does do is combine tried-and-tested elements – cerebral puzzling, text-based exposition, FMV sequences and a “last human” sci-fi yarn – to form a pleasing, cohesive whole. If you’re a nostalgic adventure gamer looking for a quirky title to while away a few evenings, J.U.L.I.A. is definitely a good choice.”

Originally posted by New Gamer Nation 7.5/10 (Collin Brown):
“[J.U.L.I.A.] also has a great storyline and an intriguing hook that will keep gamers engaged right through to the end of the poor astrobiologist’s adventure.”

Originally posted by Invision community (Andrew Roberts):
“[...]Each and every planet will have a different look and different features. From icy cold planets to desert covered planets, even the different looking aliens look awesome.
[...] Overall the game will occupy at least 5 or 6 hours of good gameplay, if you fancy a change and a decent amount of challenge I would recommend this title.”

Plot synopsis
After countless years of careful space observation, the enormous telescope Chandra 17 suddenly locates a solar system quite similar to our own. As all earthly observatories turned their attention towards this new discovery, a signal of artificial origin is detected from deep within the system.

Reaction was immediate and a mission plan was conceived. No expense was spared in the construction of a massive space probe. It was designed and equipped to be ideally suited for the ultimate challenge: to meet and study extraterrestrial sentient life-forms. Equal care was taken with the crew. Only the most prominent scientists were selected and trained to ideally represent planet Earth. Everything was perfectly planned and success was certain. Yet somehow, everything has gone terribly wrong…

Now, imagine being jolted awake by an emergency alarm. As your surroundings come into focus, you realize you were deep in cryogenic sleep on a vast space probe. But why you are there is an elusive memory. Disoriented, you rush to the control room searching for answers. Once there you learn from the ship’s AI that not only have you been asleep for decades, but you are also the last surviving member of the probe’s crew.

To make matters worse, the probe is severely damaged by a disastrous impact with a passing meteoroid swarm. First, you must make repairs. Not only is your own survival at stake, but you need to find out what happened to the crew and why you alone survived.

Are you prepared to:

  • step into the spacesuit of Rachel Manners and find out why she was the sole survivor of this ill-fated expedition?
  • utilize an ingenious MOBOT – a mobile robot designed for planetary exploration to investigate this solar system and all its wonders?
  • solve the mystery of the mission’s failure and locate the missing crew?
  • travel to six unique planets and uncover their secrets?
  • solve puzzles, gather clues and communicate with the most temperamental artificial intelligence ever designed?
Are you prepared for… J.U.L.I.A?

More information about JULIA

www.juliathegame.com
www.cbe-software.com
Popular Discussions View All (5)
7
Jul 24 @ 5:54am
Looking forward to this game
JonnyƦedHed
23
Mar 16 @ 8:02am
Which languages would you like to see J.U.L.I.A. in?
JanKavan
2
Nov 7, 2013 @ 8:06am
Congrats for the greenlit ! And have a question about the Groupees pre-purchase
Ladertlop
402 Comments
< >
robert.blane 10 minutes ago 
Hey, just a suggestion but if...you are looking for SOMETHING pretty similar to J.U.L.I.A then take a look at Promincence (here on Greenlight). Promincence is a rather gorgeous looking space sci-fi type adventure in akin to J.U.L.I.A. Amongst the Stars. A firm nod of serious respect to Jan Kavan and if you happen across this message Mr Kavan, take a look at Prominence as well! Both your game and Prominence will be bought on the day of release.
ciraliozgur Jul 24 @ 8:09am 
I played original J.U.L.I.A. several times. ( It is the only game that I played more than 3 times in my life) After that I tried to find and play "J.U.L.I.A. like" games, but I couldn't. This is why I look forward this game to release.
JonnyƦedHed Jul 24 @ 5:55am 
Not long now then? I never played the original so am looking forward to this remastered version with fresh eyes.
JanKavan  [author] Jul 9 @ 2:54pm 
Cheer up, Robert! We are almost in beta. This means that soon the wait will be over. :) Thank you for your amazing support. You have to understand that we are locked in a really dark and isolated place with no connection to outside world. That's the only way how we can finish such a big (and it turns out to be quite a long game) game. Today I did the very first start to finish playthrough and while there is a lot to polish / finalize, everything seems to work and feels in place! So in addition to my update today, I wanted to assure you that we didn't disappear. We've just decided to make something a little bigger than what we've originally wanted. :)
robert.blane Jul 9 @ 5:58am 
We know you are very busy doing whatever with life and work but hey, in all fairness, there are millions of pc users out there who could do with JU.L.I.A. brought to the market leader and DIGITAL distibutor of games (STEAM) and if one voice can raise awareness of how the masses feel then so be it: if this letter can get a response from your software house then I have done my very best.
Silence might be in vogue in the great void of space but the power of news/words is certainly golden down here on planet Earth.
And if you so please add me to your list of friends. Cheers, Robert Blane.
robert.blane Jun 3 @ 4:39pm 
I don't check every day but do look in here about once a week to see if there has been any forward momentum with the project. You are right, only empty space can be seen which is disappointing to say the least. People have high hopes for this title and the devs have been very tight lipped bar one "photograph" from their "lost in spce" excursion. Did they ever return? Will we ever hear from them again? Is Julia going to be released this quarter? Or will the war of attrition/silence continue for a considerable time? I am many others are hoping for a release so we can just get to do the business of parting with our money and playing one of the most remarkable transitions from an everyday mundane adventure game into one of this year's sleeper hits. As per Ellen Ripley's words: "this is Robert Blane signing off."
I will never give up hope of seeing a dream transpire to reality. Devs - if you are going to do something, make it soon - please?
See you next time.
ciraliozgur Jun 3 @ 5:05am 
I check this page every day in order to see any news about development progress (or release date) of the game J.U.L.I.A.. But the only thing that I see is empty space. What is going on?
JonnyƦedHed Mar 12 @ 12:51pm 
Any update from the devs' :)
Arminskie Mar 1 @ 5:12am 
I really do like how this polished product is starting to brightly shine and it looks very, very promising. The computer graphics are an evolutionary jump and exceedingly immersive.
JanKavan  [author] Feb 16 @ 3:52pm 
Thank you so much, Robert. We are working like crazy to make it a really memorable experience. I had to take my time to take over the engine we are using (had to make my own fork) and the result (among other things) is that my Ubuntu plays J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars in Full HD. Small step for humankind but big one enough to make me and quite a few penguin lovers happy.

While we still need more time to wrap the game up, even now the gameplay time and contents can't be even compared to the old J.U.L.I.A. We found out that we are building entirely new game. :)

I truly hope that in this case "patience which pays off" are not just empty words.