Being somewhat of a sci-fi buff, I had to give this game a try. Actually, I would give any game a try, lol. Yet this one was really different from some of the sci-fi games out there that I’ve seen. Given that it was a sci-fi game, players shouldn’t be surprised by its incorporation of the way out of this world theories (no pun intended). This game could be considered as an action sci-fi added with adventures and others. The game involved a lot of moving around from place to place to find objects, combine objects, hidden objects, and various types of puzzles. There were 18 hidden graphic and voice recordings that would become clues to explain different sites throughout. It was a really worthwhile game because the graphic was really awesome. It also felt like the gamer was on a journey of exploration as the main character, not just being a third person trying to solve a past event. Oh yeah, use the map! You can jump back and forth from places just using it, don’t have to travel on your own if you feel dizzy or don’t want to remember all the locations. If you could, cool, but if you can’t, always refer to the map for help.
The story of the game revolved around the famous site many of us have heard of as Atlantis. Yes, the lost civilization. However, this one took and incorporated different sci-fi elements to it. The story began in present-day (2015) with archeologist Amirite Stone and her fiance, Michael–who was a diver, supposedly working on uncovering the site of the lost Atlantis. One morning when Amirite woke up on the ship and couldn’t find Michael, she dived below into the temple of Atlantis and tried to locate him. In an attempt to search for him, she also discovered different mechanisms within the temple. When she finally managed to turn off the laser and reached for a certain special artifact, the temple crumbled all around her thus burying her. Zoomed ahead 125 years later, Amirite was now in a spaceship of some sort traveling through the galaxy. What we saw previously was just part of a dream. Yet it was actually a past memory. Amirite had actually died 125 years ago in that underwater temple but was later resurrected by scientists who had finally found a cure and repaired her brain cells. She was now recruited by the government to take on further exploration of the planet Mars. Earth was now in chaos and due to lack of resources among other things, humans, in general, had sought out shelters underground. Mars seemed like a suitable new home so scientists were still exploring and trying to find a way so that they could somehow reproduce a livable environment for mankind.
As the story continued, Amirite arrived to find no one greeting her. She found it odd that the place was abandoned and only clothes were found at various sites. In an attempt to seek out answers, she had to repair different machinery and mechanisms to get to the goal. It appeared from different accounts by Dr. Li and others that the planet had been invaded by a type of strange parasite that lived in the water, which evolved into larger creatures and suck the life out of living things to build their energy. In the end, it was up to Amirite to seek out “the queen” and destroy her because “the queen” was actually the brain behind all the vicious creatures’ attacks toward them. While still on her journey of searching for different clues, Amirite had run across some accounts from a certain “Michael” who had survived the attack yet was captured by the creatures and imprisoned in a coffin. After realizing someone else was alive, Amirite worked harder to rescue that person. On top of that, she also discovered a passage that led to an illusion of the lost Atlantis. Upon touching a certain book, she learned that Martians were invaded by that same parasite that had almost wiped out the planet ages ago. The Martians managed to send out two spaceships to discover a new world to rebuild their civilization. One of the spaceships made it, the other didn’t. The one that made it had traveled to Earth so that meant Martians had evolved into mankind.
So back to Amirite, when she finally got the mechanisms to raise the coffin, she realized that the man laying inside was actually her fiance. After Amirite managed to get the elixir that was supposed to resurrect Michael, they have a touching reunion and got on the remaining spaceship that was supposedly left behind by the Martians ages ago. Along with a cat that Amirite had saved earlier, they traveled to a new planet almost like Earth to build a new world.
The story didn’t end there because in the bonus chapter, it explained the story from Michael’s side and how he was still there despite 125 years later, just like Amirite. Apparently, he died in 2015 trying to save Amirite but was also preserved by scientists and later resurrected by them. Fast forward 125 years and he was also sent to Mars to explore the mysterious lake that scientists had discovered. The bonus chapter had pieced together and explained all the missing gaps as to what happened before Amirite entered a certain location. Some of the damages, such as the bridge leading to the Pharaoh head, was destroyed by Micheal when he tried to open a certain mechanism. The bonus chapter continued until the part where Michael walked right into the lair of “the queen” and was placed into the coffin.
Opinions? Honestly, it was one of the best games out there. Such a detailed story and so much creativity along with excellent graphics. Not to mention really cool puzzles, not just hidden objects all the time. I swear if it’s made into a movie, I rather watch it than some of the soapy ones right now. And seriously, it’s actually better than some of the sci-fi movies out there as well.