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ZOOM The Messenger
$14.95 (Win95/98/ME/XP) (Retail) (MESSENGPR)

Previously released as Louvre: The Final Curse

Canal+ Multimedia / Dreamcatcher

Game: Adventure

                

Breaking In Is the Easy Part...

Morgan Sinclair, a Secret Service Agent, has been charged with the mission to retrieve 4 artifacts, called ‘Satan’s Keys,’ from the Louvre Museum. These four keys, when joined together, cause complete global annihilation.

Go back in time to three periods in time when various kings used the Louvre as their residential palaces: Charles V - Mediaeval period, Henri IV - Renaissance period, Louis XV - 1789 French Revolution period, and return safely to present day. In this race against evil and against time, you as Morgan must find the keys before the vengeful descendants of an evil cult of Black Templars combine these mystic artifacts triggering Armageddon.

Features:

  • A gripping graphical mystery adventure that captures the imagination
  • Phoenix VR technology for 360 degrees panorama
  • Totally recreated settings in authentic detail
  • Original storyline & original score

Requirements:

Windows 95/98/ME/XP: Pentium 166 (P200 recommended), 16MB RAM (32MB recommended), 4x CD-ROM drive (8x recommended), 3D accelerator video card.


Reviews:

Quandary Reviews by Steve Ramsey

"The game book describes your mission thus: "Utilizing logic, stealth, hi-tech gadgets and weaponry, delve into dangerous worlds of intrigue, murder and mysticism". This is as good a summary as any. The game felt at times like Thief (creeping around avoiding detection) and at other times like Traitors Gate (finding and using sophisticated gadgets to access other parts of the Louvre). You get to drug footmen and shoot the odd guard, dress up in various disguises, decipher arcane texts to find secret passages, and make use of the best potions and spells alchemy has to offer. All around you is mystery and intrigue — Kings are murdered, Queens suspected and plots hatched. You will interact with a variety of characters, some giving you more help than others. Treachery is never far away. And if you are unlucky, you will be captured (presumably tortured — at various times you can hear some not so subtle interrogations) and you will have to start that era over again."

"As I said, this game looks like the Dracula games, which is high praise. Though not appearing on the game box or manual, Arxel Tribe are credited with the 3D scenes and animations, and they are of a high quality. If you have an historical bent, you can be impressed by the recreated and changing Louvre — if not, you can simply enjoy poking around a big, graphically sumptuous castle. The puzzles and conundrums are fairly gentle — predominantly they involve using the right item (or items) in the right spot, or finding and deciphering the right manuscript or clue. You can die or be captured, and there are a few timed dilemmas. Perhaps by way of compensation for those who don't like things timed, there are no mazes or sliders or music puzzles — plus they give you a spandex suit."



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