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This is the fourth episode in the AGON (Ancient Games Of Nations) series. It is a stand alone adventure game, though playing the previous games is not required, for continuity it is best to do so. [all 3 previous episodes are available on one disk]
The action takes place in Toledo, Spain, around the turn of the century (1900). You play, in 1st person, as Professor Hunt who is there to seek an ancient game.
There has been a lot of care taken by the developers to graphically render the scenes, even showing the dazzling effect of the intense sunlight of the region. I give them full marks for this. Only once did I find a minor bug Ė a crate protruding through a barrel. In context, this was part of a complex puzzle arrangement and did not detract from the game play. The graphics are superior to any of the previous episodes. Cut scenes are cartoon-like full colour stills. These were easily understood.
The music, mainly classic Spanish guitar, is apt and non-intrusive.
The puzzles are inventory based. You will take and develop a photo, escape a locked room etc. It takes time to work out what is expected, so donít expect to breeze through this game in a few minutes. This episode is longer than the previous ones, I estimate roughly 20 hours play. (previous episodes were roughly 10 hours duration). The scenarios are reasonably believable and the characters also. Voices are clear and in good English.
As in all the previous episodes there is an ancient game to be played before the end of the game. This too was well implemented.
The storey is full of complications and carries the player through the game.
Overall I liked this game. Itís a good solid adventure with very little to complain about. I recommend it.
Here's hoping the next instalment is a bit quicker in arriving!