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Ark of Time (DOS)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.1
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall MobyScore (10 votes) 3.1


The Press Says

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Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
There's a sly humor running through Ark of Time. In a time capsule recording, one of the Atlanteans identifies himself as Bizze-R. Two mobbed-up bad guys banter hilariously in some of the most over-the-top voice acting of the game. A shaman dives into a lake and emerges with the sought-after sacred items and a rusted beer can. The magic words to open a locked door turn out to be taken directly from a bad Arabian Nights movie. Nothing overt or scene-stealing, but time and time again I found myself smiling at a remark or reaction.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Ark Of Time zal wel niet de annalen ingaan als het meest spectaculaire spel van het jaar 1997 maar mij kon het alvast voldoende bekoren. Het verhaal is degelijk en goed opgebouwd, er zijn voldoende puzzels en het geluid is prima. Ideaal voor beginnende avonturiers of een zeer leuk tussendoortje voor de meer doorgewinterde liefhebber.
75
Just Adventure
This is the worst game that I've totally enjoyed. It's a traditional third-person point-and-click adventure in which our hero, a dippy journalist named Richard, is chasing all over the globe to find a scientist who went missing in his search for Atlantis. The game starts with a wonderfully retro-cheesy cutscene of the scientist and his obviously evil sidekicks searching underwater for Atlantis.
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Game.EXE
Тем не менее не стоит относиться к Ark of Time как к халтурной поделке. Великолепные игровые возможности вскоре заставят вас забыть о явной низкобюджетности этой игрушки. Ark of Time - классический квест, каким он родился лет двадцать назад. В нем нет головоломок, машин и механизмов, нет тонких психологических ходов, зато вы найдете здесь массу сложных и остроумных логических загадок, часто не уступающих по интересности задачам из Broken Sword.
70
Meristation
La nueva aventura gráfica de Interplay ha escogido la mítica ciudad perdida , La Atlántida, para desarrollar su argumento. La ciudad, que ha sido siempre el gran enigma para muchos arqueólogos, se presenta como el escenario principal donde se producirá el desenlace.
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Adventure Gamers
This is the worst game that I've totally enjoyed. It's a traditional third-person point-and-click adventure in which our hero, a dippy journalist named Richard, is chasing all over the globe to find a scientist who went missing in his search for Atlantis. The game starts with a wonderfully retro-cheesy cutscene of the scientist and his obviously evil sidekicks searching underwater for Atlantis.
64
Power Play
„Wer Indy Jones nachmacht oder verfälscht...“ gehört eigentlich den Schlangen zum Fraß vorgeworfen. Bei Koei plädiere ich dafür, noch mal Gnade walten zu lassen. So sehr „Ark of Time“ auch abgekupfert ist, zumindest haben die Macher kapiert, worauf es wirtlich ankommt: Nämlich in erster Linie auf gute Rätsel und eine interessante Geschichte. Daß ansonsten einiges in die Hose ging verhindert nicht, daß man hier ganz gut unterhalten wird. Würde Richard Kendal statt durch die vorgerenderten und sehr sterilen Grafiken durch eine atmosphärisch ansprechendere Welt marschieren, wären die Kommentare ähnlich peppig wie die des Peitsche schwingenden Professors und wäre die stellenweise wirklich üble Sprachausgabe besser, hätten wir hier sogar eine echte Empfehlung — so reicht es halt wieder nur für das gehobene Mittelfeld.
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GameSpot
Ark of Time is definitely a traditional graphic adventure. There's nothing revolutionary or groundbreaking here: The graphics are excellent, but certainly not unique, and the interface is based almost entirely on the tried and true system found in LucasArts' adventures. In fact, Ark of Time is actually a throwback in at least one regard: It has some of the worst voice acting I can remember hearing in a game.
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PC Games (Germany)
Ark of Time zieht sich trotz seiner Stärken sehr in die Länge, Spannung will nicht aufkommen, und durch ein kniffligers Rätsel fühlt man sich eher belästigt als herausgefordert. Schuld an der mangelnden Atmospähre ist vor allem die Grafik, die dank Rendering sehr kalt und abweisend wirkt.
60
PC Player (Germany)
Anfangs machte mir Ark of Time unheimlich Spaß. Die ersten Rätsel sind für Adventure-Verhältnisse recht logisch aufgebaut, die Grafiken nett und die digitalisierten Stimmen hören sich nicht so aufgesetzt an, wie man es von anderen Produkten kennt. Den ersten Schreck bekam ich aber, als ich das optional einstellbare Scrolling in Aktion sah. Plötzlich fing mein P/166 dermaßen an zu ruckeln, zu rattern und zu schnaufen, daß ich schon zu den im Erste-Hilfe-Kurs erlernten lebensrettenden Maßnahmen übergehen wollte. Zum Glück lies sich diese Folter im Setup abschalten, was zur baldigen Genesung meines armen Computers führte. Nach längerem Spiel stellte sich dann aber heraus, daß die Mängel nicht nur technischer Natur sind.
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Quandary
As far as I can recall the first computer game that had a story based around the fabled lost city, Atlantis, was Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (that was a few years back now). Now there seems to be a rush of titles centred around this general theme with the release of Timelapse, Atlantis: The Lost Tales and also this game, Ark of Time.
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Svenska PC Gamer
Ett äventyr som handlar om en försvunnen professor, mystiska självlysande fiskar och den försvunna staden Atlantis. Spelet är inte nytt, inte revolutionerade, snarare väldigt ordinärt men det passar mycket bra för regniga sommardagar.
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HonestGamers
Which all combines to ensure that Ark of Time never does anything to make itself heard above the howling hordes of bigger and better adventure games, and makes it certainly not recommended as a starting block for anyone interested in stepping anew into the genre. It’s not so much that I regret playing the game – the pure, mind-blowing difficulty of the final aquatic stage’s completion came with a lot of swearing, pad-throwing and, eventually, pleading to the television, but few games have rewarded me with a greater sense of satisfaction once finally seen off. But that’s the problem; I didn’t feel fulfilled because I had challenged myself and came off on top but more akin to feeling like I had slain a gibbering demon that sat on my shoulder making derogatory comments on my intelligence or suggesting crude untruths about my sexuality. I didn’t complete Ark of Time as much as I slew it, gloated over its broken and bloody corpse, and then forgot it ever existed.