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Atlantis - The Lost Empire (GBA)

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      25.04.2009 01:50
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      "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2001 by THQ. It is based on the Walt Disney animated film of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      The story of this video game reflects the plot of the film. Evil sea monsters have seized control of a powerful crystal which can unlock supreme powers, and can be used for evil intentions. The player controls the hero Milo who explores the lost city in a typical platform adventure. In keeping with the genre, many levels focus many on object gathering but can also feature simple puzzles to interact with such as switch throwing or rescuing fellow crew members on Milo's submarine as it sinks into Atlantis. It is generally a simple game to complete and is likely targeted towards a younger audience. A possible criticism of this game is that there is no "walk" mode; Milo is constantly running. While this does not appear to be bothersome it becomes quickly obvious in periods of platforms which must be jumped across in a controlled manner. In a seemingly uncontrolled run this can become unnecessarily difficult.

      The graphics of this title are acceptable but developers clearly cut corners in implementing them. Due to the underwater location of this video game, the background scenes are often repeated to feature simple oceanic scenes which can become boring to look at as the player progressed further into the game. Character detailing was of an acceptable quality and was particularly evident in the enemy composition where I was able to distinguish clearly between them. The audio is also of a "cut corners job" with simple musical scores that are frequently looped and repeated throughout each stage.

      Overall, Atlantis is not a game I would overly recommend to prospective buyers. It could perhaps appeal to those interested in the animated film but may not be seen as ideal as a platform game alone.

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      28.04.2002 16:40
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      Well, I'm sorry to say I played this game for hours and could not find a single part that was fun or interesting. Maybe I'm not inside the intended age range, but I really can't imagine a young child enjoying this either. Sure the graphics and sound are there, and it looks familiar to the film. But come on do we really need yet another bad Disney platformer? It seems the only type of game Disney know how to make these days is the standard run and jump rubbish that we've seen 100 times before. Uninspired and highly derivative, this does not deserve your attention, there are far more worthy platformers out there.

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