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See the sequel: Aquanox
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
4 1/2 stars from Computer Gaming
9 out of 10 from Computer & Net
Humanity Ends Where the Deep
The all consuming darkness has your
battle scarred submarine in a vise like grip. As you navigate your sub through
enemy waters, the only thing that protects you from a cold and premature death
is six inches of solid steel. As if life itself 5700 meters below the ocean's
surface was not difficult enough, the threat of impending conflict is about to
challenge your very existence...
In the distance a glimmer of light pierces the darkness and
shock waves begin to roll your craft. An unknown object is descending upon you.
Systems indicate... "Torpedo!" Act immediately to avoid destruction. Lock your
sights on the incoming torpedo. Release a Ripper Missile. Dive! Dive! Dive!
Your skill has saved you, but will you be as lucky the next
Submerge yourself into a world of corrupt conglomerates,
fanatical cults and cut-throat pirates. Assume the role of a man who knows no
fear, Emerald "Dead Eye" Flint, a mercenary whose reputation precedes him.
Your life is in danger and the very future of mankind is at
Have you got what it takes to rise to the challenge of
saving what is left of the world below the surface? If so, then be
prepared...humanity ends where the deep begins.
Amazingly fast SVGA 3D vector graphics engine in 65,000
Over 60 deadly missions to get your heart racing
Command 4 different ships and equip them from an
impressive arsenal of over 30 weapon systems
Advanced AI puts your tactical fighting skills to the
ultimate test when you engage in combat against extremely intelligent and
Stimulating storyline lets you interact with over 100
characters using an Advanced Dialog System
Sountracks which draw you right into the
adrenaline-pumping atmosphere and tension of challenging missions
Underwater motion simulation with drifting and currents
to make you feel like you're actually at the helm
IBM PC or 100% compatibles, 486 DX4/100 precessor or higher
(P90 or better recommended), VESA or PCI Bus graphics card (resolution 640x480
pixel, hi-color 65,000 colors), 8MB RAM (16MB recommended) and 35MB hard drive
space, MS DOS (version 5.0 or higher) or Windows 95, double speed CD-ROM drive,
Microsoft compatible mouse (joystick recommended). Supports SoundBlaster
Computer Gaming World, April
"With witty and intelligent banter, an ocean of playability,
sim-like vehicular controls, and a convincing submerged environment,
Archimedean Dynasty is a winner on most every count. I did experience some
problems when runing the game through a Win 95 box, but with a straight DOS
load and operation, it smoothed right out. This is the real underwater action
game that the sci-fi sim/action crowd has been waiting for."
Game Power by Peter Olafson
"This tutorial quickly blossoms into an enjoyable undersea
spin on the Wing Commander ethic: submarine missions divided up by interactive
story sequences in which you learn "the ways of Aqua" and cobble together a
living. That's necessary to keep your initial low-end ship supplied in the
splendid array of available weapons and equipment. (Get far enough into the
game and you'll be able to program two on-board turrets to do your bidding.
It's like having two wingmen on board.) That, in turn, allows you to survive
the game's nastier surprises. The interface is simpler than the game itself,
and you never quite know where a mission is going to take you.
"That's a big plus. The combat sequences, typically
organized around waypoints, offer extensive but manageable controls, a flight
sim-like heads-up display and satisfyingly murky first-person view of the
detailed 3-D ships and installations that dot the sea bottom."
Computer & Net Player,
"Blue Byte's Archimedean Dynasty ranks on my top-five
list of 1996's best games because it strikes an almost perfect balance. It's a
great game with a deep (both literally and figuratively), entertaining
"Archimedean Dynasty is a pleasant surprise, and it
deserves a top spot on your game shelf. If you like sci-fi, action-based combat
simulations such as Wing Commander and Tie Fighter, you'll find a
gem in Archimedian Dynasty. There's no FMV or star power, just
involving, addictive gameplay wrapped around a great story."
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