Conclusion: THE VERDICT: At worst, this is one of the best rental options this year. It doesn't have the depth or longevity of the big simulation racers but for sheer hair-raising off road action, a new franchise is born. Grow a mullet, get some kahunas and change your name to Cletus - this is grievous bodily petrol. Supped up lawnmowers have never been so much fun!
Excerpt: Condor deals only with gliding and it does so extensively, but as long as you're interested, you don't need to have previous flight-sim experience. But get used to the ground. You'll be seeing a lot of it.
Conclusion: Atlantis Evolution feels like a missed opportunity. The pleasant graphics, the interesting civilization with the curious pantheon of deities, the intriguing mysteries of the island, and the highly entertaining puzzles presented in the last part of the game are greatly overshadowed by problems that should have been easy to avoid.
Excerpt: Imagine yourself as a young 20-something-year-old photojournalist in 1904. You are on your way back home on a huge ship when a storm destroys the craft and all you have is your chest of possessions, your camera, and a rickety life-raft. Not long after being shipwrecked, you are sucked into a vortex and awaken in a land called New Atlantis. That is only the beginning of the huge adventure game Atlantis Evolution . The graphics are nothing short of amazing.
Excerpt: Atlantis Evolution , from Atlantis Interactive Entertainment and The Adventure Company, came out about two months ago. Sometimes when I get a game that late, it turns out to be good a good thing because it means I get to play the game with a patch (or two or three) under its belt, and so I get a better playing experience.
Excerpt: Atlantis Evolutions is an adventure game that takes a rather bad approach to some interesting ideas. You take on the role of a photographer who, after a shipwreck, finds himself in the lost city of Atlantis. It is much more interesting than the storybook Atlantis, however. You soon learn that the fabled city is ruled by tyrannical gods that use the citizens as mere slaves. Unfortunately, as interesting as the concept sounds, it is about as poorly executed as could be.
Excerpt: There are times when playing Atlantis Evolution could make Chinese water torture look like an appealing alternative. The writing and voice acting are so bad they're almost good--you probably won't find more unintentional camp humor in a game. The interface can be cumbersome. The gameplay will have you shaking your head in disbelief and disgust as you encounter one badly designed puzzle, maze, or action sequence after another.
Summary: "Atlantis Interactive Entertainment zeigt nur mäßiges Können in Sachen Storyentwicklung und Rätseldesign. Trotzdem hat mir das Spiel Spaß gemacht, nicht zuletzt wegen der hervorragenden Grafik und der Musik. ..und - neben Salammbo - ein Spiel von TAC, welches ich gut finde!
Pros: liebevoll gestaltete Grafik, toller Soundtrack, interessante Geschichte, Grafik verwaschen, unpassende Komik und Minispiele, zu leichte Puzzle, langsame Engine