Mr. Bill's Adventureland Review
Reviewed by Mr. Bill and Lela
Like it's predecessor, Atlantis I, this is another excellent lst person, point and click, 360 degree, 3D game. But unlike Atlantis I, this one is a true adventure game (not an action-adventure), and it's an extremely well done one at that. The graphics are absolutely stunning, the original music is great, the story is engrossing (with a thought-provoking ending), and the 3D people are so real that you expect them to breathe... with dancing eyes and the natural play of emotional reactions across their faces.
You play Ten, a young man who is the descendant of the hero Seth in Atlantis I, and as such you are the new 'Bearer of the Light'. A Super Nova has suddenly appeared in the daytime skies, causing the light within Ten to awaken. And as a result, he has been irresistibly drawn to a Tibetan Shaman to begin a mysterious out-of-body journey, a journey which will both develop the light within him and ultimately lead him to his own celestial destiny. But to find his way, Ten must search among 3 ancient mystical cultures... the Maya of the Yucatan, the Druids of ancient Ireland, and in China... with many fascinating side trips from those areas along the way.
We were very impressed with this game. The histories and beliefs of the ancient cultures were fascinating, and the puzzles were original and appropriate to the culture. And the 3D characters are a BIG step forward, so lifelike that they gave us real hope, for the first time, for the future of 3D gaming.
But most of all we just enjoyed the trip, particularly in Ireland, and for the first time we really understand why people long to return to that 'Emerald Isle'. We ourselves could have stayed there indefinitely, enjoying the mist of the sea in the air, the wonderful Celtic music, and a certain ride that we will never forget. A great game!
© April 2000 Mr. Bill and Lela
Developed (1999) and published in Europe by Cryo Interactive Entertainment (no longer exists). Published in North America (2000) by The Adventure Company, but renamed the game Beyond Atlantis. The Adventure Company is now part of Nordic Games.
Rated: E for Everyone
Minimum System Requirements:
PC and Mac Versions are on separate CDs
PC: Pentium 200 MHz Processor; Windows 95 / 98 / ME; 32 MB RAM; 8X CD ROM Drive; 70 MB of Free Hard Drive Space; 2MB RAM Video Card Supporting 65,000 Colors; Entirely Compatible with DirectX 6; Compatible SoundBlaster Sound Card; Mouse
Mac: G3 233 MHz Processor; OS 8.6-9.1; 64 MB RAM; 8X CD ROM Drive; Graphics Card; Sound Card; Quicktime 4.0; 80 MB of Free Hard Drive Space; Mouse
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