Legend of Lotus Spring
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Publisher: Women Wise / DreamCatcher Interactive
B from Just Adventure
A Classic Adventure of Life, Romance
and Love Lost
Embrace the tragic love story of the beautiful woman called
Lotus Spring and her forbidden lover, as you are transported on their romantic
quest. Based on true events, this classic adventure comes to life as exquisite
images, animation and the unfolding story takes you on a whimsical journey to
the enchanting Garden of Perfect Brightness.
Incredible 3-D graphics
Discover the magical Garden of Perfect
Encounter fascinating characters
Stunningly beautiful animation
Immerse yourself in breathtaking
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/XP: Pentium 166 MHz (Pentium II
preferred), 32MB RAM, minimum 10MB hard disk space, 8x CD-ROM drive (16x
preferred), 640x480 display, 16 bit color, Windows compatible sound card.
Macintosh: Mac OS System 7.5 or higher, PowerPC 90
MHz, 16MB RAM, minimum 10 MB hard disk space, 8x CD-ROM drive, 640x480 display,
thousands of colors.
The Legend of Lotus
The Legend of Lotus Spring is an adventure story
based on a true romance that happened over a century ago. Historians worked
with our developers to recreate the Garden of Perfect Brightness, an 800-acre,
secret hideaway for the privileged elite of Beijing. The compelling romance
partners a ruling emperor and the concubine he loves, until she mysteriously
Throughout the adventure you travel within the garden and
collect objects central to the story. Beautiful animations occur among detailed
and colorful graphic representations of the culture and art surrounding the
azure lotus pond in the storied Garden of Perfect Brightness. As the story
unfolds, a Diary fills with the poems and mysteries of the forbidden romance,
along with accounts of interesting rituals of goddess worship, courtship, and
It's a bright Autumn day, cool and crisp.
But inside the Temple of the Flower Goddess, darkness
reigns. I reach for some matches, light a nearby lamp, and my search for Yuan
Ming Yuan, the Garden of Perfect Brightness, continues.
Well, one hundred and fifty
years ago, it could have continued.
The Garden really did flourish then, in a spacious setting
just outside Beijing. But the Garden, and its many temples and artifacts, was
completely destroyed by French and British soldiers during China's Opium Wars;
with it a classic legend of history, culture and romance was nearly lost
Now, the Garden blossoms anew, thanks to digital media...
It's all based on a true story, set in the real world of China's Quing dynasty,
which flourished some 150 years ago.
The real Garden of Perfect Brightness was destroyed more
than 150 years ago. But some of the original construction plans survived, as
did contemporary descriptions of the Gardens found in personal diaries,
imperial poems and official archives. There are even some photographs of the
ruins, taken by foreign tourists not long after the destruction.
Working with these sources, and having visited the site and
spoken to Chinese cultural historians and archeologists, Lifeng Wang was able
to painstakingly re-create not just the Gardens, but temples on the grounds,
furniture inside the temples, even tapestries hanging on the walls. These
elements give Lotus Spring a rich even luxurious feel.
Bill's Game Reviews
"Although this game is being promoted as a 'woman's story',
we both thoroughly enjoyed it for two reasons. First of all, we love gardens
and this game is the carefully researched virtual recreation of one of the most
famous gardens in all of history. We could have simply wandered through it for
hours, looking at the flowers and trees, wonderful wildlife, and landscape
design. As a matter of fact, after we finished the game we did just that.
Secondly, without appearing to be educational, the game gave us a real feel for
Chinese culture, tradition and art..."
"The setting is history's most magnificent garden, Yuan Ming
Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness) outside of Beijing, China, which took 6
generations of Qing Emperors over 150 years to build and spanned about 900
acres, with a fairyland of hills, ponds, lakes, ancient trees and palaces,
filled with one and half centuries of imperial treasure collecting. Tragically,
it was burned to the ground, lost forever, in the autumn of 1860. The romantic
story or legend, which takes place shortly before this date, is also tragic.
The Qing Emperors (the last feudal dynasty of China) were Mongol rulers who had
conquered China and ousted the existing Ming dynasty (who were of the Chinese
Han people). The Mongol Qing Emperors set up rule from the Forbidden City (the
imperial complex) in Beijing. An Emperor was allowed (and expected) to have
many concubines, any one of which might be made Empress. But, because the Qing
conquerors feared that intermingling with the conquered (but more numerous)
Chinese Han people might result in the loss of their power, one thing was
strictly forbidden by Law from the beginning: no Emperor could have a Han girl
in the Forbidden City; none could be a concubine or become Empress. But the Han
girls were very beautiful....
"Qing Emperor Xian Feng fell
deeply in love with a Han girl, whom he named 'Lotus Spring'; he hid her away
in the Garden and there they whiled away their days of love. But the Empress
found out about it and, with the Law on her side, had Lotus Spring imprisoned
and isolated. Dying of loneliness and a broken heart, Lotus Spring has
apparently committed suicide. As our story begins, Xian Feng, hearing of the
tragedy, has gone to the Garden to try to recapture and relive their love, and
to try to make some sense of and understand what really happened....but what he
discovers there is the true beauty, mystery and magic of eternal love.
"Although set up like an adventure game, with a small
inventory and puzzles to solve, the game is primarily an interactive evolving
story of a romantic legend. As you visit the various locations and examine
artifacts or solve a puzzle, you unravel one more chapter in the story..."
Just Adventure, by Ray Ivey and Darcy Danielson
Ray: The "game" simply consists of wandering around the
beautiful garden and interacting with mementos from Lotus Spring's life. The
"puzzles" are so light as to almost not be there. But in this game, that's not
really the point. This game is about exploration and discovery, not
puzzle/problem solving. ... Everything about Lotus Spring is poetry. The
graphics are beautiful, often heartbreakingly so. Especially lovely are the
animations you trigger during your explorations. Some of these are so
remarkable that they bear repeated viewings. ... Playing The Legend of Lotus
Spring is like falling into a heady, moody, beautiful, romantic dream. ...
Final grade is B.
Darcy: Be prepared to immerse
yourself in a portion of the history of China, as well as its music and overall
feel. The pleasure of being able to even just walk around in an environment
painstakingly recreated from historical documents is truly astounding and worth
the price of admission. ... There is a lot to look at and examine. Activities
result in rewards of animations and added pages in the book. To the seasoned
gamer this would be a bit disappointing, but to those that enjoy visual games
with the accent on the immersive environment, to wander around in this would be
right up their alley. This style of gaming is reminiscent of the games done by
Japanese designer Haruhiko Shono, who made L-Zone, Gadget, and Alice, which
were all pretty much click-through fests, although in Alice you were to find
and collect a full deck of cards, a bit more task than the others. And this is
more similar to Lotus Spring as there is a story here to be found out and told,
and tasks to be done to accomplish this. ... I was pleasantly surprised to find
the graphics gently feminine without being condescending. The prerendered
scenes are visually stunning. Navigation is quite intuitive. The animation is
spectacular eye candy... I give it a final grade of A-.
Gamer by Heidi Fournier (3/9/00)
"However, the Legend of Lotus Spring is also special for
another reason. It is a game the whole family can play. If this game were given
a movie rating it would be G. In direct conflict with a great many adventure
games released in the past year, there are no ghosts or ghouls, no violence, no
overt sexuality, none of the things lawmakers like to point to, to explain the
rise in juvenile crime. In fact, this game is squeaky clean and completely
appropriate for families who like to gather around the computer for a good
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