Sentient is a cancelled side-scrolling run ‘n gun that was in development around 2008 by Sensory Sweep Studios, planned to be published for Xbox 360 Live Arcade. While the project was officially announced by the team, details about its gameplay are scarce.
Sensory Sweep did release a few (tiny) screenshots but description on their original website did not say much about the game:
“Sentient is the newest project by Sensory Sweep Studios for Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade. This flagship title will showcase Sensory Sweep’s new DreamFuel engine. Sentient provides fast paced gameplay set in a sci-fi environment that aims to set a new standard for tension-filled arcade gameplay.”
The game was cancelled when Sensory Sweep finally closed for bankruptcy, with employees working without being paid for months. As we can read on Mobygames:
“The company filed for bankruptcy in September 2005, but kept all projects going with two name changes (including Fooptube). In early 2008 the employees stopped receiving contributions, even though their paychecks were still deducted for the next few pay periods. Soon after that the paychecks bounced and Sensory Sweep lost Brash Entertainment as a big client when it folded at the end of 2008.”
What remains of the game today is just some images, preserved in the gallery below to remember the existence of this lost game.