The Latest in a succession of point-and-click adventure titles set in the fabled sunken city is Atlantis Evolution. And these games draw quite a following in France, Germany and assorted countries other than ours apparently.
The game kicks off and before you know it, you've been sucked down a whirlpool and into the mystical land of New Atlantis. Strange creatures, fantastical craft and an evil dictator soon present themselves, and your far- flung adventures begin.
From this point on, we didn't like Atlantis one bit. There's nothing wrong with point-and-click per se, it's just that like other near-obsolete genres such as the 2D shoot 'em up and pinball sim, it takes something out of the ordinary to make them appealing in this day and age. Atlantis lacks that certain something. In droves.
Sure, the static visuals are well drawn, but as soon as anything has to move it all starts looking ropey. OK, the story might satisfy wide-eyed 11 year olds, but the scripting, voice acting and attempts at humour are risible. And unlike Mysterious Island - another point-and-clicker released by The Adventure Company and reviewed on this page - the fantastical setting of Atlantis means the puzzles are even more mind-numbingly obscure than usual for the genre.
Titles like this are for a different class of gamer from those who read these pages. They're for those who have retired from the bright lights and adrenalised action of contemporary gaming. It's the gaming equivalent of smoking a pipe and wearing slippers.
Download Atlantis Evolution
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP