Atlantis: The Lost Tales

aka: Atlantis Zapomniane Opowieści, Atlantis. Los Cuentos Perdidos, Atlantis: A Lenda Perdida, Atlantis: Das Sagenhafte Abenteuer, Atlantis: De Verloren Legende, Atlantis: Det Försvunna Riket, Atlantis: Secrets d'un Monde Oublié, Atlantis: Segreti d'un mondo perduto
Moby ID: 3186
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The advanced city design of Atlantis shows that a fully-fledged society must've functioned there, and this adventure game brings it to life. Queen Rhea is the leader who is under threat, and young Seth is the character you control as he aims to save the day. How can he know who to trust, and who has their own agenda in this complex world?

The world of Atlantis is displayed in fully-rotational full-screen 3D comprising of millions of polygons and full lip-synching using a proprietary system. Listen out for sounds of danger - sometimes they are the first warning you get.

There are 5 different continents to explore, and each has its own cultures. In total there are 50 characters you will interact with, and puzzles using an inventory system. Save points are limited by the game.

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  • אטלנטיס: ההרפתקאה האבודה - Hebrew spelling
  • 亚特兰提斯:失落的传说 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 亞特蘭提斯:失落的傳說 - Traditional Chinese spelling

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Average score: 68% (based on 32 ratings)

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Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 45 ratings with 2 reviews)

Suffers from the "Cryo Syndrome"

The Good
The graphics were marvellous at the time the game was released, and they were beautiful too. The music perfectly fitted into the mystical setting, sometimes I just replayed certain sequences just to listen to the music - up to the point I heard about the official soundtrack and bought it.

The Bad
The gameplay was crap, reduced to "click on the right section in the screen at the right time" most of the game. Some of the riddles where just plain illogical, so most of the time I died, reloaded, tried another possibility, died again, tried again and so on until I survived. I found the voice acting and the dialoges to be ok, but the characters of the game - well, they did not look as good as their environment. Let me be more specific: they just looked ugly.

The Bottom Line
Atlantis is a wonderful, if not beautiful game with marvellous graphics and sound. But it suffers from the "Cryo Syndrome", meaning that the game looks nice and has a below average gameplay. At least Atlantis is one of the better Cryo titles, so I can still recommend it - to a patient player.

Windows · by Hadanite Marasek (27) · 2002

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.

Windows · by Tilt (24) · 2005

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Start and quit the game.

In the credits, wait until it goes to the second to last picture, or the one that says "It would have take 25 years for a single person to create Atlantis."

Below that, it will list things like "950 working cds", "16483 different polygons", etc.

At the bottom, it will say "136357 cups of coffee".

Wait a couple of seconds, and then watch the 7 at the end of the number turn into an 8. Information also contributed by Itay Shahar

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Game added by Erwin Bergervoet.

SEGA Saturn added by Kohler 86. PlayStation added by Kabushi. Macintosh added by MAT.

Additional contributors: Jeanne, lobo rojo, Xoleras, Tim Janssen, Crawly, CaesarZX, Andres_GDA, Paulus18950, Arman Borghem, Duduzets, Patrick Bregger, Hipolito Pichardo.

Game added January 30, 2001. Last modified February 17, 2024.