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  • Summary: A quiet drink in a Cafe in Paris is the start of a mysterious adventure for young American George Stobbart. Unwittingly he is drawn into a web of archaic and sinister plots, with origins that extend back to the earty 14th Century and the deadly order of the Knights Templar. Dive into anA quiet drink in a Cafe in Paris is the start of a mysterious adventure for young American George Stobbart. Unwittingly he is drawn into a web of archaic and sinister plots, with origins that extend back to the earty 14th Century and the deadly order of the Knights Templar. Dive into an adventure of global exploration: cryptic puzzle solving; and fight for survival. Feast on over 60 beautifully animated characters in over 70 breathtaking, hand drawn locations. Answer the call to action and challenge yourself to the limit with compelling game play for the would-be adventure. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nintendo Power
    92
    The masterfully crafted and converted game will keep you haning on every point, click and step of the way. [Mar 2002, p.134]
  2. 90
    The beautiful backgrounds and fluid animation of the original are all spot-on.
  3. A gaming masterpiece, the very fact that it exists in this format is an unbelievable testament to the development team behind it. Absolutely essential for all adventure fans.
  4. One of the few games that manages to successfully center itself entirely around its story.
  5. If you can get over the repetition of asking people about the same things (you do get new information so it is helpful to do so), you will get right into the game and play for quite a long time.
  6. 75
    It's there for those who love a good story and some attractive surroundings. It's not difficult or particularly challenging, but it will absolutely hook you.
  7. It’s hard not to be disappointed by the resolution and graphics, which is more a fault of the screen rather than the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JarienF.
    Nov 21, 2002
    10
    A very interesting game.
  2. KevinB.
    Oct 13, 2002
    10
    Simply the best adventure game on the GBA.
  3. Apr 14, 2017
    9
    A bit old but still holding up pretty good.

    A classical adventure point and click game in which you play as an American tourist on vacation
    A bit old but still holding up pretty good.

    A classical adventure point and click game in which you play as an American tourist on vacation in France. Just so happens that a bomb explodes inside the cafe at which you were having a coffee. Needless to say it's enough for the main character to investigate and get tangled inside the Templar story.

    So the game is a bit cheesy. Has that 90's vibe as well. But that's actually quite refreshing nowadays. And I enjoyed it quite a bit. The story is a standard Templars story - there's a conspiracy, they want something to rule the world, you're up to stop it. Simple but quite entertaining. On your adventure you'll get to visit France, Spain, Ireland and Egypt. The characters while feeling a bit cliché are still pretty interesting and the dialogs are pretty fun.

    Visually it's still very lovely looking. Hand drawn locations are varied and pretty - although in a bit smaller resolution. It still looks good. And the animations remind of older French animation films. The sound is also well done - all dialogs are spoken so no reading necessary.

    The puzzles are pretty nice - there's nothing too abstract and they do make sense for the most part. Only on few occasions you get the full map with no clue where to go next. For most part the next step is obvious. The interface used is a standard point and click - but instead of picking sentences to speak you use the icon of the topic or item you want your character to talk about. Pretty neat if you don't like reading all the possible questions you might want to ask.

    Overall this game is pretty fun - even after all these years. Interesting characters, well designed and drawn locations and most of all entertaining story makes this a must play on any point and click enthusiast list. Highly recommended.
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  4. tonyD
    Jun 6, 2009
    7
    Great puzzle/ adventure game. There are a few bugs in the game. I 'ran' into a few bugs. I had to do the game all over again Great puzzle/ adventure game. There are a few bugs in the game. I 'ran' into a few bugs. I had to do the game all over again because i was stuck. That kinda sucked. Expand

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#34 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002