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Some gorgeous graphic effects, like the mysterious mist on the horizon and the transition from day to night and vice versa add to the Sentinel
-like atmosphere greatly. Surprisingly though the speed of the 3D update isn't quite as smooth as expected. To make up for this slight deficiency the sound has been greatly enhanced, and the game now sports a haunting theme tune and atmospheric effects.
Slightly faster movement is unnecessary with this type of game but appreciated nonetheless. Graphically no change but with an atmosphere this good it doesn't need heavily blitter-orientated, masterpiece graphics. Play this game in a dark room and become totally immersed in the world Archipelagos, a game which make The Sentinel
look like a non-starter.
One of those games that you just can't get into quickly but once you've experienced it you just don't want to let go. The strange nature of the game and the totally hypnotic accompanying music creates a totally weird and immensely convincing atmosphere which (in my opinion at least) beats The Sentinel hands down. Just start the game and listen to the music to hear what I mean. Gameplay is significantly better with considerable variety in the foes lurking around the islands, a better sense of progress, a better feeling of achievement and at last true incentive to progress. Great stuff.
On higher levels you'll need to deal with nasties such as out-of-control whirlwinds and necromancers, disembodied souls that eat away parts of the island. If you're looking for a change from the drudgery of shoot-'em-ups, buy this program. Archipelagos is more than a game, it's an experience.
[Budget re-release] An involving and rather charming game which well deserves its excellent reputation. Get it now.
The graphics are amazing, apart from the way day changes into the night and vice versa. The feeling of distance is incredible, thanks to ‘mist-o-matico-vision-colour’. The colour is graduated, not completely dissimilar to the system implemented on the Archimedes version of Zarch. This, plus the perfect sprite sizing in relation to distance, makes the game a visual treat. The sound is not worth interrupting your mum as she washes out the Heinz beef and Custard Baby food that your little sister has poured over her. The Lost Souls make a wailing, whining sound. What a shame the game does not live up to expectations. Do not get me wrong, I am not slagging it. It is good, and worth trying out. It is just not what it could have been..
Nach einer anfänglichen Eingewöhnungsphase mit dem bereits genannten Effekt, daß man die ersten paar Level als langweilig empfindet, kam allmählich die Begeisterung, die auch noch für einige Zeit anhalten dürfte. Vor allem deshalb, weil es insgesamt 10000 (!) verschiedene Inseln gibt. in den ersten 100 Inseln ist jede fünfte als Grafik abgelegt, der Rest wird jedesmal neu berechnet. So schnell dürfte der Spielspaß also nicht nachlassen.
Almost exactly the same as the ST version, apart from a touch more colour, slightly better music and slightly slower gameplay.
„Archipelagos“ bringt für eine Weile mächtig Spaß, auch wenn das Spielprinzip nicht auf Dauer die Spannung hält.
Rein äußerlich ist das Game wahrlich nichts Berühmtes, selbst wenn der sanfte Schwebeeffekt damals sehr gelobt wurde – am hohen Spielspaß ändert das allerdings nicht die Palme, äh, Bohne!
[Budget re-release] Of the game's 10.000 levels (phew!), 100 were put together by the programming team and they get progressively harder. The remaining levels are computer generated, so they could be all completely impossible or a complete walkover, you just won't know until you try them!