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Overall User Score (12 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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The graphics in Path of the Shell are spectacular. Three dimensions never looked so good. Into a secret room you go, down a corridor bright with reflections and rippling water. Ages appear, accompanied by the inimitable Myst groan. Music and sound effects add tremendously to the impact of the game’s environments.
IGN (Jul 26, 2004)
Uru: Path of the Shell left me wanting more. It delivered an unconventional story through inspired visuals. The musical score, while limited, deserves recognition as one of the best to ever grace a video game. Sure, some of the puzzles were a bit too unconventional, but most could be solved logically and they all fit the look and feel of the game world. Bottom line, if you're an adventure game fan, chances are you own Uru: Ages Beyond Myst already. If you're unsure about the latest expansion, rest assured, you'll get more than your 20 bucks worth. Like any other adventure game, Uru and Path of the Shell require two things missing from many trigger-happy gamers nowadays: patience and an-open mind. And not because the game sucks, obviously, but because Uru feels like it's the closest thing to digital meditation we're going to get for awhile.
GameSpot (Jul 29, 2004)
While the bulk of the expansion comprises the two new ages, these areas' puzzles are as challenging as those in the original game, and in some cases, they require a bit more backtracking. All told, the expansion offers about seven hours of solid gameplay--give or take an hour--though it suffers from the same problem as Uru: There's no replay value for your $20 once you've completed the game, aside from revisiting your favorite ages and soaking up the scenery again. That said, The Path of the Shell draws Uru's story to a satisfying close, and, by and large, it offers a satisfying experience for anyone who enjoyed the original game.
Het grootste deel van deze expansie omvat maar twee nieuwe ages, maar de puzzels die je er aantreft, zijn even uitdagend als in het origineel, en in sommige gevallen moet je zelfs een beetje voorkennis uit het eerste deel hebben. Maar zoals met elk adventure-game: als je het één keer gespeeld hebt, verdwijnt het onherroepelijk naar de eeuwige gamevelden. Niettemin krijgen we een leuk en bevredigend einde aangeboden dat degenen die plezier beleefden aan het origineel zeker zullen smaken.
75 (Jul 16, 2004)
Avec The Path of the Shell, le joueur ne risque pas d'être surpris. En effet, hormis le fait d'ajouter de nouveaux âges et énigmes, la possibilité de nager et de nouvelles options de personnalisation de son avatar, rien n'a été fait pour améliorer les graphismes ou le gameplay qui restent identiques au jeu original. C'est bien dommage, on aurait aimé avoir une jouabilité optimisée avec une meilleure gestion des collisions. Cependant, cette extension plaira à coup sûr aux joueurs qui veulent prolonger leur voyage dans les mystérieux âges d'Uru. Quant à ceux qui ne connaissent pas encore le titre de Cyan, ils peuvent profiter du pack regroupant le jeu et ses deux add-on.
PC Games (Germany) (Aug, 2004)
Nur für ganz ausdauernde Rätselfreunde.
Just Adventure (Jul 26, 2004)
You get what amounts to three new ages to play with. The graphics continue to astound and inspire. There are three more scenes which have excellent background music. There are some very good puzzles. In fact, I was able to get two thirds through one Age before needing a walkthrough. While the expansion pack modifies at least one Age from the original Uru, you don't have to replay Uru like you did with the first pack. The changes are more of a background/Easter Egg variety.
Génération 4 (Sep, 2004)
Ubi Soft lance un nouveau défi aux fans de la série Myst et aux possesseurs d'Uru : acheter son extension et prendre tout autant de plaisir.
Joystick (French) (Sep, 2004)
Uru : The Path of the Shell force un petit peu sur ses mécanismes de jeu pour créer des puzzles qui semblent originaux. En fait, leurs principes sont rapides à comprendre, mais longs à résoudre. Au mieux, ils donnent largement le temps de profiter du décor.
GameSpy (Jul 16, 2004)
If you've been interested in trying the Uru series, the Uru: Complete Chronicles package includes everything from the franchise. As an overall package, it's a good bargain, but only since the original game had lots of fun puzzles and a great backstory. Standalone, The Path of the Shell misses most of what made the original Uru an interesting game to play.