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Atlantis: The Lost Tales (Windows)

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Written by  :  Tilt (26)
Written on  :  Apr 30, 2005
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

Thoroughly enjoyable.

The Good

This game's story line is it's greatest strength. It expands on the legend of Atlantis creating a historical account of Atlantis from it's beginnings to it's fate. The characters within the game are both interesting and very entertaining. The voice acting and background music are both superb as well. (The background music was actually released as a separate CD by itself.)

The graphics were very well done by standards at the time this game was released. The cutscenes are well done and allow the story to flow quite smoothly. Character movement is mouse controlled and what few action scenes exist are fairly easily navigated. The game's puzzles are very well integrated into the story and don't seem to be an afterthought as is so often the case. The puzzles are neither too easy as to require little thought or too hard resulting in high frustration levels.

Even though there are seven continents to explore and multiple CDs involved there is no unnecessary CD swapping because the game requires little wasted travel between locations looking for an obscure item. All items needed are generally found before you can advance to the next area to explore.

The Bad

There isn't much I didn't like about Atlantis. The credits that run every time you exit the game are a little annoying. Doesn't seem to be a way to bypass them.

It would have been nice if there was a way to closely examine the items in inventory. On a couple of occasions it was difficult to determine what an item was when it was found.

There is no manually controlled save game feature. The game saves itself at predetermined points in the game. This is frustrating when you have to replay portions of the game numerous times to get through one of the trickier action scenes. (not many though)

The Bottom Line

If you are an adventure junkie like myself you will enjoy this game. It tells the story of Atlantis but adds a historical perspective that allows you to live Atlantis from it's origins to it's demise. The characters, sound effects and music will suck you into this game and hook you. There is treachery, comedy, romance (well sort of) and an interesting story that transcends any of the small annoyances (no game save feature).

You play Seth, the hero and Queens companion, in trying to uncover the mystery and treachery behind the Queens disappearance. The plot twists and all is not as it appears to be as you must determine who to trust and who is your enemy as you search for clues and allies. There are secret passages, hidden agendas, strange personalities, etc to keep you in front of your computer for hours. This game is one of those where saying the right thing at the right time to the right person is as important as choosing the right weapon and fighting well. The culture of Atlantis, that is the pivotal element in the story, will impress you. There was a lot of attention to detail in this game.

I have played other Cryo games (Arthur's Knights) and this is head and shoulders above the rest. I can't wait to give Atlantis II a whirl.

I have a top shelf that I put my favorite games on and this game is there.