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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Atari ST)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Atari ST Title Screen (French version)


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The game is based on an 1870 novel by Jules Verne.

On July 5th, 1867 the government decided to launch the famous ship the "Abraham Lincoln", which will leave on the trail of a sea monster. The great French professor Mr. Arronax will also take part in the expedition. The weeks passed without any sign of the monster's presence in the area, when, one day, 300 miles from the shores of Queen Charlotte's Island... three members of the expedition set out on board the Nautilus, a submarine navigated by Captain Nemo. The player takes Anorax's role to find out more.

Most of the game is spent on the Nautilus, which consists of three rooms: the living room, the control room and the library. There the player can manipulate objects and talk to people to receive hints what to do next and the state of the Nautilus. With the map, he influences the route. Sometimes the player leaves the submarine to explore other locations, and respectively solves puzzles to receive more hints or to solve action sequences, e.g., fighting against a shark.

The game is played in real-time, which means the key to success is being in the right location at the right time. This also results in various possibilities to render the game unwinnable, and causes waiting times. For the same reason, the player also needs to watch Nemo's mood. If he angers Nemo, e.g., by manipulating the ship instruments, he locks the player into his room and valuable time passes. The game is played completely in point & click and has no function to save progress.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Atari ST Looking for "sea monster" on the board of ship (French version)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Atari ST Title Screen (French version)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Atari ST Nemo welcomes you on Nautilus (French version)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Atari ST Map of the world is correct enough (French version)

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Alternate Titles

  • "20000 Meilen unter dem Meer" -- German title
  • "20000 Lieues sous les Mers" -- French Title
  • "20000 Leguas de Viaje Submarino" -- Spanish title

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1988 8.75 out of 12 73
Power Play Oct, 1988 31 out of 100 31


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Terok Nor (27771) added 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Atari ST) on Dec 21, 2003
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