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Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon (Windows)

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Description

Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon was conceived as the first episode of an adventure game series. Three more episodes were planned, but never released.

Zelenhgorm is a fantasy continent with earth-like qualities. The player meets and learns about the Deyrec people whose clothes, dwellings and environment are decidedly early Scandinavian. Embedded in this civilization are superstition, folk-lore and magic as well as science.

The player controls Arrikk Vaheirr, a young man who lives in the fishing village of Senava and invents odd machines in his garden. One day, two strange things happen to upset the daily routine - a giant ship runs aground on the river bank near Arrikk’s garden ... and the dormant lighthouse begins to shine again. Arrikk’s quest to discover the mysteries of the great ship, and the truths behind his haunting dreams, begins.

The game is played from first-person perspective; even though it utilizes pre-rendered backgrounds, the scenery incorporates characters going about their daily lives. Even if the player cannot interact with an onscreen character, they react as Arrikk passes by. The view switches to third person only when the main character changes locations, or during special video sequences.

Over 140 live actors form the cast, among those some who participated in the Star Wars movies. Using full-motion video, the game has 360 degree panoramic views. All actions are controlled completely with a mouse, with the exception of using the ESC keyboard key to call up the main menu. Drop down menus appear when talking to the numerous characters. Open and close the bottom-screen inventory window by right-clicking and left-clicking, respectively. Objects in inventory can also be combined which is necessary for solving some of the game’s many puzzles.

Screenshots

Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon Windows This statue holds an important clue.
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon Windows Grandmother is one of the only friendly ones.
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon Windows One of the vendors in the market
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon Windows Main Menu - first screen that loads

Alternate Titles

  • "Zelenhgorm: The Great Ship Episode 1" -- Common title
  • "Das Mysterium von Zelenhgorm" -- German Title

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User Reviews

How dare they tease us like this!!!?!!! Jeanne (75601) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

The Press Says

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Sep, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventurearchiv Oct 03, 2002 79 out of 100 79
7Wolf Magazine Sep 24, 2002 7.5 out of 10 75
Quandary Oct, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adventure-Treff Sep 15, 2002 69 out of 100 69
PC Games (Germany) Dec 07, 2003 62 out of 100 62
Just Adventure Dec 16, 2002 C+ 58
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 04, 2002 55 out of 100 55
Aventura y Cía Oct 17, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Withingames Aug 01, 2003 2 out of 5 40

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Trivia

Unfortunately the company that developed Zelenhgorm, Moloto AB, no longer exists. They never got to finish part two before they went down. The road ends here.

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Jeanne (75601) added Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon (Windows) on Oct 11, 2002