ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern (Windows)

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Description

Secret of the Lost Cavern is another edutainment Myst-clone adventure in the tradition of old Cryo titles. This game attempts to take us to the Prehistoric Age.

The storyline revolves around the famed Lascaux Caverns of France, where our direct ancestors, the Cro Magnon humans, have left a significant legacy of wall paintings. The hero, Arok, is a young hunter/gatherer who is more interested in painting, however. He soon discovers that he can influence the world around him by painting on the cavern walls, as he searches for a mysterious mentor.

Gameplay is based around the classic transition of the player from node to node by simply clicking on screen wherever an arrow appears. There is no free movement but the player can move the camera by 360 degrees around him in each node. The riddles comprise of picking up items and either using them in the proper hotspot or combining them with other items. The element of the wall paintings adds some new elements to this well-known gameplay mechanism.

The educational element of the game is thankfully more pronounced than it was in the last Egypt installment and it is better interwoven in the gameplay. When new important information appears in the game's encyclopedia, the player in notified by a shell icon. The educational information is actually both interesting and it offers helpful hints about the game's riddles.

Screenshots

ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern Windows Tika, a young herbalist would-be healer.
ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern Windows This lion traps the hero, Arok, in a cavern at the very beginning.
ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern Windows This is a sort of signature left by a prehistoric artist.
ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern Windows Arok is given a stone gift by Klem (during a cut scene)

Alternate Titles

  • "回声:失落巨洞之谜" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Тайна Забытой Пещеры" -- Russian spelling
  • "Secrets of the Lost Cavern HD" -- iPad title
  • "Secret of the Lost Cavern: Tajemnica Zaginionej Jaskini" -- Polish title
  • "Secret of the Lost Cavern" -- UK title
  • "Lascaux Project" -- Working title
  • "El Secreto de la Caverna Perdida" -- Spanish title
  • "Das Geheimnis der vergessenen Höhle" -- German title
  • "Au Coeur de Lascaux" -- French title

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User Reviews

A very different story, original puzzles .. but Jeanne (75502) 2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameBoomers 2005 A- 91
Glide Underground Aug 23, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adventure Lantern Apr, 2006 88 out of 100 88
GamersHell.com Jul 05, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
Game Vortex 2005 80 out of 100 80
PIB (Programmer In Black) Sep 25, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Apr 10, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZone Jul 22, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
UHS (Universal Hint System) Jul 20, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
4Players.de Aug 05, 2005 59 out of 100 59

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Compatibility with Windows 8 1 Belboz (6489)
Jun 03, 2014

Trivia

Development

According to an early interview, various companies collaborated during the making of Echo.

Totem Studio was in charge of game design and art direction, MZone for the graphical production and Kheops Studio coordinated and integrated the project.

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Silverblade (1413) added ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern (Windows) on Jun 30, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Wilfried de Kerchove de Denterghem (83), Kabushi (134627), Zeppin (8343) and Macs Black (77770)