Atlantis: The Lost Tales

Good
  • Atlantis setting that creates a fantastic story adventure blended of real world and mythological fantasy
Bad
  • Some puzzles are pretty complex and obscure that can cause frustration or reliance on external resources that break your high immersion otherwise
7.5

Atlantis: The Lost Tales will take you on a fantasy adventure centred on the lost city of Atlantis while mixing in time travel and a general sense of mystery into a puzzle adventure. Playing as the young Seth who is the hero of your story Atlantis: The Lost Tales is the first in a long series of adventure games with a similar theme that challenge players with an array of puzzle types with adjustable difficulty options. In addition players will find a living story that blends a familiar setting with a unique interpretation of Atlantis that is told through various immersive elements that includes a fully voice acted story.

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This story from the 1997 released Atlantis: The Lost Tales follows the journey of Seth who has recently joined the Queen’s Companions which are the personal protective service to the Queen of Atlantis. After the disappearance of the Queen Seth takes it upon himself to investigate this mystery which is when he uncovers a greater plot that quickly turns into a darker tone for the fate of Atlantis.

The future of this city is on the edge as Seth digs deeper into the disappearance of the Queen which leads him to the Guards of the Consul and their leader Creon who intends to use an ancient power and the power of the gods to conquer the world with a newly developed weapon. In order to stop Creon players have to adventure outside of Atlantis and find the light equivalent to Creon’s ancient power before time runs out. This story also ties into other mythological locations like Easter Island and Stonehenge which means Atlantis: The Lost Tales explores a world blended of real and fantasy.

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In order to explore this world Atlantis: The Lost Tales uses a first person perspective for gameplay and pairs it with an impressive set 3D graphics for its time that rival the high quality games of the era and further enhanced with voice acted character animations. Like the cult classic puzzle adventure title of Myst that was released only a few years earlier this first person gameplay requires players to move around each environment and select items, characters or objects to interact with that fall within the player’s crosshair.

Puzzles are at the heart of gameplay in Atlantis: The Lost Tales with plenty of variety to keep you moving forward through the game. The puzzles generally slowly ramp up in difficulty so players will hardly notice the gradual incline although upon reflection will notice that the early tutorial puzzles pale in comparison to the dramatically complex end game puzzles. This well-paced increase in puzzle difficulty is often something that many puzzle games don’t quite achieve which leads to a frustrating and oddly paced experience and while Atlantis: The Lost Tales isn’t immune to that issue it is far from the worst puzzle game.

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Puzzle diversity is high in Atlantis: The Lost Tales with chessboards, tile based puzzles, code based logic puzzles and everything in between that is always themed to your surroundings. These puzzle portions are also interspersed with active game elements (usually involving guards) where players have to react to certain events on screen and failure to react quickly or appropriately will result in players restarting that section.

Summary:

  • A wonderful lost city setting that blends real world and mythology into a single puzzle adventure.
  • A unique story of the downfall of Atlantis, a super weapon and the power of the ancient Gods.
  • Great puzzle variety with well-paced difficulty jumps as you solve all sorts of exploration and logic puzzles.
  • Voice acted storyline and realistic events during your journey help to build high game immersion.
  • The first of many puzzle adventure games in the Atlantis franchise released in 1997.

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Review Platform: PC

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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1 Comment

  1. Awesome game in many ways. I’d love to see this game remade with the freedom of nowadays machines can give. I was really disappointed of the sequels, but still hope is alive for another good Atlantis game!

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