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Anachronox (Windows)

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Anachronistically fun אולג 小奥 (171618) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
A really wonderful game hydra9 (3851) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
If you celebrate Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams: here's a surprise for you... silent_driver (10) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Remember When Games Were Fun? Scott Monster (924) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Great, great game, but call the Orkin man before playing Atomic Punch! (151) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Amazing, often overlooked adventure RPG... john johansen (2) unrated
An absolutely remarkable game xofdre (70) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A plot better than most Sci-Fi movies Plix (207) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
U as in Anachronox, duh. コナン (77709) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Anachronox rocks my socks. Yeah No (22) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.4
Overall MobyScore (98 votes) 4.1


The Press Says

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100
Just Adventure
Eidos, Ion's Storm's parent company, did an even worse job of promoting Anachronox than UbiSoft's unforgivable fumble with Myst III: Exile. Despite the fact that it's been winning all sorts of awards (including Best Story - from any genre - from GameSpot), it didn't sell well at all. Which means you can probably pick it up cheap, sports fans. So what are you still reading this for? Get thee to a software store. Trust me, you'll thank me. Play this game. Right now.
100
Yiya
Abschliessend will ich noch auf die genialen Filmsequenzen eingehen. Nicht nur die grandiosen Kamerafahrten während der Kämpfe und den Leveltranscriptionen sind eine Augenweide. Was mich total begeistert hat, sind die Zwischensequenzen, die Quests auflösen und die Story weitererzählen. Sowas gab es noch nie in einem Spiel. Ich habe Polygone gesehen, die besser agieren und ihre Gesichtstexturen, verschieben, als manche Schauspieler.
100
Withingames
Weil die echten Helden vermutlich gerade im Urlaub sind, wird ein unterbelichteter Detektiv mit Alkoholproblemen zusammen mit sechs anderen Antihelden und einem Hologramm seiner verstorbenen Sekretärin mit der Rettung des gesamten Universums betraut. Ob das gut gehen kann?
100
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
Well, I did it. I finally did it. I completed my first PC nonadventure game, Anachronox. All the while I was playing, I had sort of a love/hate thing going on. Let me tell you about it.
98
GamingIllustrated.com
Overall, if you like RPG's or you don't like RPG's I can still see some appeal in this for all. It isn't an FPS, not by a long chalk. You can't jump or fall or frag till your hearts content. What you can do is get engrossed in a huge world and get lost for hours. Anachronox will be gracing this reviewer's pc hard drive for months to come, that's for sure.
95
Mystery Manor
If you are an RPG fan it is easy to dismiss Anachronox as “too easy.” If you are an adventure gamer, it is easy to dismiss it as “too much detail.” Strict devotees of either genre are doing themselves a disservice if they write off this little masterpiece. Anachronox manages to bridge the gap between the two genres, melding them seamlessly into exactly the game that you want to fill the current void left in both markets. If you missed it the first time around, I strongly recommend getting a copy now. I got mine for $12 and I spent about 50 hours playing it…. loving every single minute of it. If you can find a better bargain today, jump on it! And then… play Anachronox anyway. You won’t regret it.
93
RPGFan
Whether you're looking to play a good console-style RPG on your PC, or you're just in the mood for a game with a great story, this game is an excellent choice. Like the box says though, "Minimum system requirements include a Pentium II 266, 64 MB of RAM, and a sense of humor". If you have all of these things, I personally guarantee that you'll have a great 20 hours.
91
RPGFan
Simply put, Anachronox is an awesome game that I found charming, witty, intelligent, fun, and easy on the eyes for its 25 hour (or so) duration. I could tell that this game was lovingly crafted to the very end (the final dungeon is a hoot to play). The game is notoriously buggy, but a pair of official and a pair of fan-made patches took care of that and I played it with virtually no issues. The game is obviously out of print, but as of this writing, used copies can be found all over the Internet, often for under $10. If you're like me and enjoy console-style RPGs but are getting jaded by the rehashed console RPG offerings coming out of Japan, give Anachronox a try. I'm really glad I did, as it proved to be the shot in the arm my jaded self needed to restore my faith in console style RPGing.
91
GameBoomers
This has been an enjoyable experience. Anachronox may not feature the smooth, high-polygon count graphics of games in 2005, but the storytelling, the variety of settings, the music, voice acting (which was universally excellent, by the way) all combine in a way that is rarely seen to provide an engaging game. In fact, during a long weekend when my family were away, I found myself playing Anachronox for three days straight, and taking an extra day of leave from work to play for a fourth!
90
All Game Guide
Players with even a passing interest in science fiction or role-playing games should consider adding this title to their library. Those that do will be taken on a galactic journey that evokes the full gamut of emotions from anger to laughter to sadness. The game is reminiscent of a well-written novel that is funny, suspenseful, and, yes, epic in scope.
90
Christ Centered Game Reviews
The game is easy to install. The game is not designed to be run in Windows 2000, but I got mine to work for the most part. One thing I noticed is in Windows 2000 is that it doesn't uninstall it properly. The upbeat music adds to the game. There is no multiplayer in this game. I was surprised to see that this games uses the Quake 2 engine. The graphics are dated but good. Nice facial expressions on the people. For controls use can use WASD or arrow keys. There is a patch available. This game is real fun, however this is definitely designed for a mature audience.
89
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
This is no epic RPG like Baldur's Gate, nor is it strictly a console RPG. This is more of a hybrid RPG, offering the best of both worlds, throwing in a few unique twists along the way. Anachronox took a long time to get to the market, but that time was obviously spent well. I recommend this game for just about any sort of gamer, because it is entertaining, challenging, and downright fun.
84
GameSpy
Beyond the few annoyances that come with the various genres and the required patch, Anachronox is fun, engaging, and very entertaining. Some will be drawn in by the story, some by the humor, and some by the sheer originality of the world that has been created. Whatever your reason, this isn't one to miss. It's a pleasurable experience that will entertain you for hours on end.
83
Gaming Age
Anachronox deserves not only to be praised for its ability to successfully bring the console RPG paradigm to the PC, but also for it's willingness to do so in a such a unique and intelligent manner that it separates itself from its high-profile console brethren as well.
83
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Wie van science fiction houdt zal met volle teugen genieten van het meesleepende verhaal en de schitterende sfeer van Anachronox.
83
Game Captain
Anachronox spielt sich frisch von der Leber weg, die Handlung und die Aufgaben bzw. Rätsel sind kurzweilig und bevor man sich an einem Ort satt gesehen hat, geht's halt weiter. Nur die oben erwähnten langen Laufwege haben etwas meditatives, in Verbindung mit den Ladezeiten sogar nervendes. Gute Unterhaltung für Science-Fictionfreunde ist Anachronox allemal!
83
Gameguru Mania
Anachronox is a 3rd person Japanese console-style 3D-RPG laced with turn-based combat. You controls up to 3 characters at a time, from an eventual cast of seven, exploring the galaxy and 3 different dimensions. The main gameplay is exploration of the environment, melée with various galactic bad guys, and discovery of unique weapons and items that aid you on your quest. You can choose different characters to play and different ways to do things, leading you to different events and areas in the game.
82
ActionTrip
I've been following the development of this game for quite some time now (a slight understatement), and I thought I pretty much had a good idea of what it's all about. It turns out I didn't. Some of the things that I thought would be the game's weak sides ended up being quite the opposite, and some of the originality that I thought the game had was a tad too derivative, and it carried a heavy influence of Final Fantasy games and numerous Blade-Runnerish (private dick with a sci-fi twist) movies.
80
Legendra
A l'heure où le monde vidéoludique des joueurs PC s'axe de plus en plus vers le multijoueur, il est toujours très agréable de se replonger dans ces univers solo uniques comme les développeurs savaient (pouvaient ?) tant en faire à l'âge d'or de cette plate-forme. Il ne faut clairement pas y jouer pour son aspect RPG, mais pour l'aventure (au ton loin d'être aussi sérieux qu'on pourrait croire) qu'il propose. Si les quelques points noirs évoqués ne vous gênent pas et que vous n'y avez pas encore touché, un jeu comme on en fait presque plus s'offre à vous !
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Despite the bugs and poor graphics, ANACHRONOX is clearly a good game. It has an interesting and well-paced story, excellent dialogue and characters, and fun gameplay. This is one substantial RPG that surprises in many ways, often for the better. Feel free to (finally) believe the hype.
80
PC Zone Benelux
Een aanrader voor gamers die enige diepgang in een game niet schuwen. Voor diegenen die wat meerwaarde willen: de uiteindelijk game komt met een zeer uitgebreide set aan tools. Je kunt het zo gek niet bedenken of je kunt het editen of bouwen. Creëer je eigen levels, karakters, ruimteschepen of zelfs complete planeten. Naar hartelust.
80
IGN
Where other attempts by American developers have flopped when they try to duplicate the console formula, for some reason it just works in Anachronox. Despite the aged graphics, the game makes you laugh and once you get past the first couple hours you'll find a truly fun RPG. While it isn't the 200+ hour monster that most PC gamers are used to (see Badur's Gate II for that), it will keep you busy for over 60 hours, and for a console-style RPG that is a very good length.
80
Quandary
I suspect players will either love this game or find it rather irritating. If you enjoy games that do not take themselves too seriously, you like exploring, you don't mind if the puzzles aren't too taxing and can cope with some combat then grab this game.
80
Game Over Online
Everything about Anachronox seems to speak of epic. Indeed, the development time it went through was epic. The start and, as we all recently learnt, disappearance of ION Storm (at least the part responsible for this game) has been an epic romp as well. This game is easily one of the most recognizable for the FPS community and it is through them I heard most about Anachronox. Anachronox is the city where everything meets; rather like the Sigil of an equally epic game; Planescape: Torment. Conceived when Final Fantasy VII was becoming a cult hit in North America, there is no doubt that Anachronox shares a lot with RPGs from across the pond. Whereas the PC RPG scene has flourished, probably due to extraordinary feats from titles like Fallout and Baldur's Gate, Anachronox seems to play like a world away from the supposed saviors of the RPG genre; at least in the PC arena.
80
GameZone
The slowdowns in the game are semi-frustrating, while the ‘adult’ nature of the program is overstated. The program is a terrific combination of gaming elements. There is little doubt that Anachronox is a well-done game.
80
UHS (Universal Hint System)
When Ion Storm's Anachronox didn't even bother to make an appearance shortly before its scheduled release at last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show, many thought that this console-like role-playing game was similarly destined to failure. But as it turns out, Anachronox is a very fun game that unfortunately got caught up in the rest of Ion Storm's troubles.
79
Gamer's Pulse
Certainly consider the many glitches and possible headaches that the game can cause before considering a purchase. If they are overcome, Anachronox stands as a superb PC translation of the console-styled RPG. A massive, visually detailed universe is waiting to be explored, a decent sci-fi tale spun, a mediocre combat system engaged; this over the course of a lengthy single player only adventure. Here’s to Ion Storm’s latest offering in all of it’s bitter-sweet goodness.
79
Gamigo
Anachronox ist ein schönes Rollenspiel / Adventure im eigenwilligen Tom Hall Stil. Gerade der oft vorkommende abgefahrene Humor und die verrückten Charaktere machen Anachronox doch noch zu etwas besonderem.
79
PC Games (Germany)
Die Kamera fährt quer über die Kulisse, zeigt ein Schlachtfeld in einem dunklen Hangar. Fünf Wachdrohnen schweben vor einem Raumgleiter im Halbkreis. Gegenüber stehen ein kräftiger Mann im Trenchcoat, eine schwarze Frau im quietschgrünen Anorak, außerdem ein bärtiger Kauz, der meckernd mit seinem Gehstock Löcher in die Luft sticht, und ein kleiner Roboter. Der Opa ist als Erster dran und könnte zuschlagen, stünde er weiter vorne.
78
GameStar (Germany)
Um Anachronox wirklich gerecht zu werden, müssen Sie über die biedere Grafik einfach hinwegsehen. Denn dann werden Sie mit einer spannenden Story und netten Rätseln belohnt. Richtig gut hat mir auch der teilweise bissige Humor gefallen. Außerdem wirken die Dialoge immer authentisch und nie gestelzt. Allerdings gingen mir die Laufereien schon mal auf die Nerven. Und die teilweise sehr langen Gespräche. Wer ein Faible für das Blade-Runner-Ambiente des Spiels hat und über gute Englischkenntnisse verfügt, wird mit Anachronox trotzdem seinen Spaß haben. Mir hat der Mix aus viel Adventure und etwas Rollenspiel gefallen.
78
Power Unlimited
De graphics doen behoorlijk gedateerd aan maar de gevarieerde en spannende gameplay en het sterke verhaal maken Anachronox een bovengemiddelde game.
78
PC Action
Wenn grade keine wahren Helden greifbar sind, muss eben die B-Auswahl das Universum retten. Zum Beispiel ein Spielzeugroboter, der Frauen ständig seine Batterien zeigen will. Ein Opa, der Gegner mit dem Gehstock vertrimmt. Und ein Superheld mit Alkoholproblemen. Anachronox beginnt viel versprechend: Als Begrüßung kriegen Sie gleich mal eine in die Fresse und fliegen anschließend durch ein geschlossenes Fenster. Herzlich willkommen im Leben von Sly Boots.
78
GameSpot
Japanese role-playing games are a staple of console gaming. But aside from some lackluster ports, they've been almost nonexistent on the PC. Developer Ion Storm is attempting to redress this imbalance with Anachronox, a Final Fantasy-inspired game designed specifically for the PC. It manages to stay true to its console roots while modifying the formula in a few key areas, not the least of which is the addition of plot and dialogue not translated from Japanese. Though these changes are too subtle to bridge the gap between people who enjoy this type of linear adventure-RPG hybrid and those who don't, Anachronox is a solid addition to the genre and makes up for some rough spots with a welcome sense of humor and a lot of personality.
77
FiringSquad
Novices to the genre will find themselves unable to cope with the game's initially sluggish and dull pace and while it gets better, no one should have to subject themselves to so many hours of toil. Diehard fans of console RPGs will find Anachronox to be a funny RPG with an average storyline that just doesn't have the same polish they've come to expect from a game like one from the Final Fantasy series. For the rest of us, it's about having enough patience to make it through the first few hours until the story gets started, and the stamina to continue through a moderately interesting story. Though Anachronox is a flawed game we certainly hope that four years of work hasn't discouraged Tom Hall from attempting another console RPG in the future. Hall's colleagues and competitors at Square have had a chance to refine and improve their storytelling abilities through more than a dozen games. Remember, NVIDIA's early attempts at 3D graphics weren't that great either.
74
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Wie zich door de trage start kan worstelen zal beloond worden met een heel sterk game.
72
Game Informer Magazine
If you’re able to swallow the graphical ineptitudes and enjoy the story, you’ll find there is quite a bit of detail when it comes to how you level up and how you utilize the game’s magic system. Detail freaks will love this, but personal computer purists will probably have a hard time getting past the visuals. Proceed with caution.
71
Gameswelt
'Anachronox' erleidet das gleiche Schicksal wie seinerzeit 'Daikatana' vom gleichen Entwickler: Durch die Vielzahl Verschiebungen kann es zum Release die hohen Erwartungen nicht mehr erfüllen. Zwar bietet das Spiel dank der Story und des gut umgesetzten Settings durchaus einen gewissen Reiz und auch die Grafik, die Ion Storm aus der alten Engine herausgekitzelt hat, kann sich zum großen Teil sehen lassen, auch wenn nicht die grafische Klasse eines 'Gothic' erreicht wird. Doch irgendwie wirkt das Spiel nicht konsequent umgesetzt und man wird sich nicht ganz klar, auf welches Alter des Zielpublikums das ganze ausgelegt ist. Wirkt der eigentliche Abenteuerteil schon auf ältere Spieler ausgelegt, sind viele Elemente des Spieles eher auf kindlicherem Niveau.
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
And that's the problem. Anachronox was in development at Ion Storm's ill-fated Dallas office for four long years before finally emerging earlier this summer, almost two years late and a few million dollars over budget. A patch was available before the game was even released in Europe, but as the team that created it was kicked out the door right behind the game, the chances of any significant support in future are faint to say the least. It also seems highly unlikely that the planned second part of the game will ever see the light of day, despite the fact that much of the content for it is apparently already done. This leaves Anachronox as a flawed classic, with moments of true genius marred by bugs and rough edges which could really have used a few more months of polishing.
70
Super Play
Allt som allt funkar Anachronox bra som helhet, men det är inte perfekt. Lite bättre musik och finare grafik hade nog hjälpt till att engagera spelaren lite mer, även om det duger som det är nu. Ett rymdäventyr som på något lustigt sätt lycas hamna på gränsen mellan konsol och dator, och därmed blir ett ganska originellt spel som känns igen i dubbel bemärkelse. Lustigt. Ett bra spel i alla fall.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Une note qu'il faut relativiser selon ses exigences par rapport au soft. Les joueurs allergiques à l'anglais, les amateurs d'action et les impatients peuvent déjà passer leur chemin. Ceux qui cherchent un jeu d'aventure vaste, au scénario imprévisible, et qui sauront passer outre une réalisation et un gameplay décevants auront du mal à décrocher.
69
Gamesmania
Für Anfänger und Freunde von Detektivgeschichten wohl ganz interessant, aber viel Zeit muss mitgebracht werden.
67
Game Revolution
I have this real love/hate relationship with Anachronox. The writing and design are fresh and clever, but the actual gameplay can drag at times. Still, it's not a bad RPG effort from an American developer. Maybe these guys aren't losers after all?
60
Gamekult
Anachronox, c'est un peu le cauchemar du testeur. Doté d'un univers original et prenant servi par un très bon scénario mi-SF mi-film noir et par des protagonistes charismatiques, Anachronox pêche cependant par son côté bâclé et une certaine linéarité très irritante dans les premières heures de jeu. Un hit donc, mais qu'il faudra réserver aux amoureux de la science-fiction (anglophones de surcroît), assez souples d'esprit pour supporter le démarrage très lent et les quelques incohérences de gameplay qui surviennent ça et là. Le public n'est pas si large, comme on le voit.
50
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
For most aspects of Anachronox, the good just barely outweighs the bad, resulting in a triumph of mediocrity. The graphics are fine; so are the music and gameplay. The single exceptional trait that distinguishes Anachronox is the incredible depth of back story that supports the entire universe. If the player had been allowed to shape the events that could be the salvation of the universe, Anachronox would have been a successful application of console role-playing sensibilities on a PC platform. The game’s failings do not result from the divergence of PC and console styles, but rather because play focuses more on collecting objects seemingly unrelated to the plot than on shaping a fascinating universe.
44
GamePro (SE)
Anachronox hade varit bra om spelet släppts 1998. Idag känns det inte roligt alls.
40
Game Informer Magazine
If you're able to get by the fact that all the characters in Anachronox look like painted cement blocks, I think you'll find it plays worse than it looks. This game chugs more than a freshman at a frat party, and if you don't shake your head in disgust during your first combat, you must be new to gaming. Welcome!