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Ečstatica (DOS)

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Description

Ecstatica is a 3D action game with adventure elements, where you must free a the young sorceress Ecstatica from the unholy spell cast by vile supernatural forces. The peaceful village of Tirich was invaded by horrifying monsters. You are a lonely adventurer looking for shelter who finds himself in the role of a hero who must awaken Ecstatica, save the village and its inhabitants, and defeat the forces of darkness who are pulling the triggers behind the scene.

This is a survival horror game, somewhat similar in gameplay style to Alone in the Dark. Walk around and examine your environment, gather materials you need to solve puzzles--and gather weapons to defend yourself against the minions of evil. The hero can walk, sneak (in order to avoid fighting monsters) or run. He fights in real time, striking with melee, and later also long-ranged weapons, and parrying the opponents' hits when necessarily.

Screenshots

Ečstatica DOS Fighting a giant lizard while a small green squirrel rants at you
Ečstatica DOS The town of Tirich looks peaceful enough...
Ečstatica DOS The wizard packs a mean firebolt
Ečstatica DOS A villager and a dragon fight while the hero takes on the werewolf

Alternate Titles

  • "魔城迷蹤" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Ečstatica: a state of mind" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

The Art of Horror! BostonGeorge (232) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
The most bizarre survival/horror adventure game starring a dude made of spheres! Zovni (9350) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Survival Horror goes medieval... or does it? Alan Chan (3511) unrated

The Press Says

PC Gamer Feb, 1995 93 out of 100 93
The DOS Spirit Dec 03, 2010 5.5 out of 6 92
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Power Unlimited Feb, 1995 9 out of 10 90
MikroBitti Dec, 1994 90 out of 100 90
PC Format (UK) Dec, 1994 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
High Score Jan, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Dec 04, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1994 69 out of 100 69

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Trivia

Development

According to Jason Scott from textfiles.com, Andrew Spencer worked for six years on the game prior to its release.

Technology

Estatica uses an interesting software 3D "ellipsoid" technology that renders objects and characters completely using filled spheres/ellipses. The highly-optimized rendering algorithm performs automatic Gouraud shading and z-buffering, so the spheres are lit correctly and mesh together without noticable artifacts.

Name of the Game

The word "Ecstatica" comes from New Latin and from Ancient Greek (ekstatikos) and one meaning is "A woman perceived to have a highly sensitive emotional state, or prone to quasi-mystical trances." And here it fits perfectly because the woman you rescue is named Ecstatica and is in a state of trance during your adventure and all her nightmares and visions come true in Tirich.

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faceless (395) added Ečstatica (DOS) on Jan 13, 2000