Cleopatra: a Queen s Destiny
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Cleopatra: A Queen... Alexandria in Egypt 48BC.

The country is divided by civil war pitting Cleopatra's supporters against those of her brother and husband, Ptolemy, who is ravaging the country. In this climate of terror, Thomas, a young apprentice to Akkod, Cleopatra's astrologist and astronomist, falls in love with his master's daughter. One day, in horror, he discovers that both master and daughter have been kidnapped.

Thomas sets out on their trail and learns in the course of his investigations that Cleopatra herself had asked Akkod to make a specific divination, and
What's New
Version 1.0.4:
  • Toggling between windowed mode and full screen mode would prevent the game from displaying properly on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Gla reviewed on 16 May 2009
I am an absolute fan of the graphical adventure game genre, thinly populated as it is of late.

I have now completed the demo of this game, and I have to say it seems to be the best I have seen in a long time. The sound and graphics are as good as can be, with well-lit outdoors combined with sharp details, and believable real-time effects, all immersed in non-annoying sounds and gentle background music. Pretty darn good.

As for playability, there is a lot to like. Moving around works like in later Myst titles, where you move between preset locations, wherin you are free to look around 360°. You can pick up and manipulate certain objects. Unlike the Myst series, you have an inventory system in a separate screen, and here you can also comine certain objects to make new objects or modify one you have already. This then works as mini puzzles: figuring out which obejcts can be combined can sometimes be tricky. The environment is frictionless to interact with. The invenory a bit less so, but with a little practice this also works well.

My biggest gripe? Unlike in the Myst series, you take on a specific character, called Thomas, apprentice to Akkod, Cleopatra's astrologist. This really hampers the immersive experience so crucial in such a game, IMHO, and is one of the main reasons Myst succeeded: This total immersion you get by playing as yourself and without any distractions on the screen is key in such a game, much more than it is in a shooter type game, for instance.
It would really have helped the game if a 'simple' backstory had been made where you, as yourself, for instance timewarp to the time and location where this game takes place. The in-game vocal hints provided by Thomas, assumingly idiotically talking to himself (yourself? After all, you are supposed to be Thomas), would have to be dropped, and you'd just have to figure out how things worked by, well, by figuring out by yourself, just as if you had really been there. This would have had to force a slight redesign of some of the puzzles so that they would have been more logical within the context of the situation given in that point of the game. All in all, it would have helped the internal logic of the game, which would have helped the immersive experience further.

As it is and works, it is still a valiant effort, and deserving of success, from what I have seen in the demo. It is to be hoped that a good story is to be found in playing the rest of the game, as that is another crucial aspect of making such a game work. The demo is too short to provide a good feel for the story, but the setting certainly provide story potential in abundance. Who wouldn't want to roam around Egypt in the time of Cleopatra? Here's to hoping the rest of the game fullfills the promises of the glimpses provided by the demo!
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DB8088 replied on 22 May 2009
Thank you for the review. You finished the demo? I can't figure out how to -fix the peg?-, get the sails out of the chest, etc., if you can even do these things in the demo! Could you give me a hand?
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License:Demo
Date:10 Dec 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Cleopatra: A Queen... Alexandria in Egypt 48BC.

The country is divided by civil war pitting Cleopatra's supporters against those of her brother and husband, Ptolemy, who is ravaging the country. In this climate of terror, Thomas, a young apprentice to Akkod, Cleopatra's astrologist and astronomist, falls in love with his master's daughter. One day, in horror, he discovers that both master and daughter have been kidnapped.

Thomas sets out on their trail and learns in the course of his investigations that Cleopatra herself had asked Akkod to make a specific divination, and that the partisan of Ptolemy are behind the kidnapping. Cleopatra promises Thomas that in exchange for the tablets required for the divination, her guards will find the master and his daughter.

Thomas's investigations lead him to the discovery of Egypt's legendary sites such as the Library of Alexandria and the Lighthouse. Thomas also meets the Queens and a whole host of their mysterious characters.

Will he manage to save his master and his loved one, so that together they can decypher the stars? Without the prophecy, the country will be lost; the destiny of Egypt and its Queen are in his hands.

Main Features
  • A history adventure game based on Cleopatra's extraordinary destiny.
  • Discover Ancien Egypt's mythical sites, Alexandria's Lighthouse and Library, all reproduced with perfect historical accurancy.
  • A whole host of puzzles and enigmas based on Ancient Egyptian culture and sciences.
  • Great attention to ambient sounds and graphics bring total immersion along with dozens of animated sequences that enrich the story.
  • Proven game systems: interactive map, dynamic combination inventory, mini-animations, and more.


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