Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta - Episode 1 - Gold Edition
Unearthed is an episodic third person Action Adventure game set in modern day Middle East. The game is available in full Arabic and English voice over and features 21 Languages for Menu and Subtitles.
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Release Date: Jan 3, 2014

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July 27

Announcing Semaphore's Upcoming Survival Game "Badiya"

Greetings everyone!

We would like to let you all know about our upcoming project named Badiya.
Work is still going on Episode 2 of Unearthed which will undergo major changes along with the switch to Unreal Engine 4. But before that we are releasing this project on Early Access this year.
Please do check out our new website www.semaphorelab.com for more information about our upcoming projects.

* Overview:
Badiya is an infinite procedural survival and exploration game set in the desert (Think Lawrence of Arabia). Life is harsh in the desert and players must explore and discover the supplies needed for survival. Although the desert is vast, players have the opportunity of discover outposts, villages, camps, and ancient ruins, and will have to deal with the wild-life and local populations of the area. Players must scavenge for tools and weapons, and must hunt for food to survive. Players are free to explore and discover the environment as they see fit, but they must be careful as the inhabitants of the area will treat them according to their behaviour. Badiya is built around the three key gameplay pillars of exploration, activities, and combat.

Badiya is going to be released in Alpha form on Steam Early Access and once it is finalized it will make its way to consoles in the future.

The first release on Steam Early Access (Fall 2016) is going to be focused on the single player aspect of the game but co-op and multiplayer modes are planned to be added during early access.

We actually got to show the game at E3 during the PC Gaming Show event which is organized by AMD and PC Gamer Magazine. The video is below.

* Videos:
- Reveal Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_v0QWX2fEA

- PC Gaming Show Interview On-Stage at E3 2016 (starting at 03:03:00):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlS1GsEeqVg

- E3 2016 Gameplay:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GwsBb-i-Tc

* Features:
  • Infinite Procedural Open World: Every time you play you will see different looking terrain, events, enemy encounters, and items to loot.
    Time of Day System: A full 24 hour cycle is available. You can sleep to pass time and regain stamina.
  • Weather System: Clear, Cloudy, Overcast, Rain with different intensities, Snow with different intensities, Sandstorms and Fog.
  • Character Customization: Control your character ethnicity, skin tone, eye color, facial shape, facial hair, height and weight.
  • Clothing: Build up your wardrobe from a collection of authentically designed Arabic and western clothing sets covering multiple styles for head-wear, upper body, lower body, feet and accessories. You can also mix an match if you like (Imagine an Arabian thobe with a Cowboy Hat. That would be cool!)
  • Choose your own Camera Perspective: Ability to switch the camera at any time between first person and third person views.
  • Survive: Keep an eye on your biometric indicators such as health, , food, thirst, temperature (you can get Hypothermia and Hyperthermia if you are not careful). Balance your diet and food intake in-game because your character can gain weight or lose weight with visible visual difference and gameplay consequences.
  • Crafting: Loot everything you can and gather resources to be able to craft all sorts of recipes for weapons, medicine, and tools.
  • Animals: Hunt prey animals (for meat, fur, fat and bones), be hunted by wild animals, or marvel at domestic animals roaming in villages and camps. You can also utilize horses and camels for transportation.
  • Plants: Collect different types of plants that you can use to craft medical potions to help with poisoning, pain and stamina.
  • Camping: You can craft and place a camp fire which can be used for cooking food and as a source of heat during cold nights. You can also sleep in a tent to gain more stamina and health back.
  • Vehicles: Authentic military vehicles including armored cars, tanks, planes, and dune buggies with customization features such as tire armour, different weapon choices, desert camouflage paint job, side lights and more.
  • Weapons: Utilize an arsenal of weapons including side arms, rifles, machine guns and (in future alphas) flame throwers and sniper rifles.
    Skill Tree: Upgrade your character across three different fields covering (Combat, Defense and Exploration).
  • Environments: The desert is filled with interesting locations to discover including oasis, bedouin camps, villages, military bases, air fields, oil wells and ancient ruins.
  • Trading: Buy, sell and trade with different merchants across bedouin camps and villages. If you upgrade your Negotiation skill in the skill tree, you will get better deals.
  • Guns Blazing vs Stealth: You have the choice to approach each situation to your liking wither its to launch a full blown attack or sneak your way through undetected.
  • Disguise (Future Alpha): If you are sneaking into guarded military areas or ancient ruins you can increase your chances by wearing clothes that resembles the guarding faction. This will prevent them from detecting you immediately if you don’t get too close.
  • Sea Life (Future Alpha): Build your own ship and navigate to explore different islands filled with treasures, go fishing, or pearl diving in the sea.
  • Underground Tombs (Future Alpha): Equip your torch, lantern and courage and explore tombs that are filled with traps, loot, treasures and dangers.
  • AI Awareness (Future Alpha): Raise your weapon in front of civilian crowds and some of them will run away from you while others will draw their weapons in preparation for possible hostility from you.
  • Procedural Narrative (Future Alpha): Experience a story line that is unique everytime you play along with specific goals. Just like in real life, the end of story is the start of another and in Badiya there is always a new adventure to embark upon.
    Photo Mode (Future Alpha): You can pause the game at any point, move the camera around to frame your shot, change color filters, control camera depth of field and field of view and then capture that perfect shot that you can share on social media.
  • Map Editor (Future Alpha): Unleash your creativity and design custom maps using an easy to use yet powerful map editor. Set the desired weather and time of day, place different types of buildings, fill the place with props like crates and barrels, add gameplay entities like weapons, vehicles, and enemies and finally gameplay objectives such as winning conditions and player spawn positions. Once you are done with your masterpiece you can share it with the world for other players to play and rate in the community section in Badiya.

* Press Coverage:
- Badiya Might Be The Most Beautiful Procedural Open World Survival Adventure Game: http://gamingcentral.in/badiya-migh...rocedural-open-world-survival-adventure-game/

- Badiya hopes to change Araic representation in Video Games: https://killscreen.com/articles/badiya-hopes-to-change-arabic-representation-in-videogames/

- Badiya gameplay trailer shows a survival sim as envisioned by Saudi Arabian developers: http://www.pcgamesn.com/badiya/badiya-e3-2016-gameplay-trailer

- Badiya Preview by Open World Games Youtube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s44r56kF408

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About This Game

Introduction:

Unearthed is an episodic third person Action Adventure game set in modern day Middle East. The game is available in full Arabic and English voice over and features 21 Languages for Menu and Subtitles.

The game features the voiceover talents of Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite), Jeff Rosick (Friday Night Lights, Metro), Tara Platt (Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Naruto, Halo 2, Charmed) and David Lodge (COD:MW2, World of Warcraft, Fallout 3)

Story Synopsis:

When fortune hunter Faris Jawad and his sister Dania receive a call to visit Morocco they embark on an exotic adventure throughout the middle east on the trail of the famous Muslim explorer Ibn Battuta.

The trail won't be clear however as Faris will have to overcome an unholy alliance of a militia army leader, a weapons dealer and a wealthy antiquities smuggler who are after the same goal.

Key Features:

  • Travel across the Middle East from the wild life of Moroccan Atlas mountains to the alleys of old Damascus through the port of Alexandria and the metropolitan city of Dubai.
  • Unique mix of platforming, melee fighting, shooting and stealth gameplay.
  • Presented in a TV style episodic format along with recaps of previous episodes and teaser cliff hangers of what lies ahead.
  • Unlockable Survival Mode: Battle against endless waves of enemies (Mummies, Zombies, Ghouls) across 8 varied maps featuring three exclusive maps designed for PC and Mac.
  • Unlockable Extras: Concept Art, Renders, Animatics, Cutscenes, Character Gallery, Treasures
  • Available in 21 languages for menus\subtitles. Voice-over in Arabic and English.

Gold Edition Features:

This Gold Edition contains over 120 fixes to the console version based on the reviews and player feedback, they are summarized as below:
  • General: A restructured tutorial level to better introduce the game mechanics, No more colliding with ragdolls and small objects such as broken pot pieces which allows for easier movement, invisible walls to prevent falling from high surfaces, clear font size for hints and facts in the loading screens, re-recorded all the Arabic voiceover to remove the extra echo.
  • Hand to Hand Combat: Fully revamped hand to hand fighting system with brand new animations, full camera orbit control, more fluid response and streamlined special moves .
  • Shooting System: Re-balanced all the weapons to allow for weapon specific range, accuracy, reverb zones, recoil, auto, semi-auto and manual targeting, and brand new weapon SFX.
  • Driving System: Improved car handling, no more flipping when turning at very high speeds, orbit camera, Better driving enemy AI, Tire tracks, Full Physical Damage Model for the player car with smoke, sparks on colliding with other cars, props and buildings.

PC/Mac Exclusive Features:

  • Supports Full HD 1920X1080 at 60 FPS
  • 4X the texture resolution of the console version
  • High Quality Anti Aliasing
  • Very High Resolution Shadows
  • Motion Blur
  • Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
  • Ambient Obscurance
  • Screen Space Reflections
  • Vignetting
  • Chromatic Abberation
  • Lens Dirt Layer
  • Fog effect
  • Anaglyph 3D Glasses Support
  • Exclusive "Tangier Night" survival level
  • Damage effect shown on the player car when hit by other cars or objects
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System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 4000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 9 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Quad Core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850, 1 GB VRAM, Shader Model 3 Support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac Mountain Lion 10.8, Mac Lion 10.7, Mac Snow Leopard 10.6
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 4000
    • Storage: 9 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac Mountain Lion 10.8, Mac Lion 10.7, Mac Snow Leopard 10.6
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Quad Core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850, 1 GB VRAM, Shader Model 3 Support
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
GOTY!
i think this is a game that doesnt take the uncharted franchise serious at all. for those are fans for the series will indeed get a kick out of this game.
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917 of 1,120 people (82%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
This is the worst game I've ever played and I highly recommend it. It's up there with Ride to Hell Retribution in terms of hilarious incompetence and misery. It's one of those unique experiences that are so bad that you just have to see it for yourself.

You owe it to yourself to suffer and laugh through this game.
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1,158 of 1,633 people (71%) found this review helpful
82 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
Many people would try to tell you that Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta is a poor man's Uncharted, when it's clearly the other way around. My friend and I discovered after playing through the whole game that what we have here is clearly the better experience. For example:

Uncharted had Nolan North. Unearthed has Troy Baker. Which one of these voice actors won GOTY last year? That's what I thought.

Unearthed: 1 Uncharted: 0

Unearthed runs at 60 FPS at 1080p. Uncharted only runs at 720p at 30 FPS. Basic math tells us that since the frame buffer has roughly 4 times as many pixels and twice as many frames, Unearthed is at least 8 times better looking than Uncharted.

Unearthed: 9 Uncharted: 0

Uncharted 3 had horses. Unearthed has 4 wheel ATVs. That's 4 more wheels than Uncharted lets you ride.

Unearthed: 13 Uncharted: 0

Uncharted only runs on the PS3, while Unearthed runs on Android, PC, Mac, and probably the Gizmondo.

Unearthed: 17 Uncharted: 0

Uncharted only has creepy slippery Nazis. Unearthed has full on zombies, and it doesn't need to explain why they're there.

Unearthed: 18 Uncharted: 0

Uncharted usually only gives you a few weapons to choose from at any time. Unearthed has more weapon types than there are enemies in the entire campaign.

Unearthed: 19 Uncharted: 0

Nathan Drake is a ♥♥♥♥♥ who gets scared and emotional when the going gets tough. Faris Jawad doesn't stop cracking jokes even when a gun is fired at his sister.

Unearthed: 20 Uncharted: 0

Finally, as Unearthed rightfully points out on the store page, this game has been translated into more languages than most best-selling literature will ever see, because Semaphore knows everyone will want to play this and wants to be culturally sensitive to everyone. Uncharted consists of playing a white guy shooting minorities. I think we know who is more socially responsible.

Unearthed: 41 Uncharted: Racism

Winner: Unearthed

This is just a summary of all the things that make Unearthed the best. I didn't even go into detail about the leisurely strolls through the city discussing the plot, or the Kafka-esque analysis of the futility of escaping in a car as the city loops around you. There's just too much to this game to pack in one review, and I implore you to check out what may already be the de-facto GOTY of 2014.
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186 of 239 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
UPDATE: Here is a full play through for the game done by me. I went through it a second time for you guys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDaqY5XSwlA

First and foremost I would like to say that their are a lot of people bashing it just based on what they read from Metacritic, without actually owning or purchasing the game. I have in fact purchased and played through the entire game already. In short I can't recommend it as it is the shortest story driven game I have ever played (1 hour to complete going slowly). Here are my basic points and review of the game.

The pros:
- The story, while your two main characters are a bit weird (brother and sister), has some potential. Sort of Indiana Jones'ish.
- The environment looks pretty decent for a $5 title. Recently Indie games have been scaling back the graphics to focus on gameplay, this actually has some pretty decent looking areas.
- It is fully voiced in English and Arabic.

The cons:
- Short! The game is super short. It took me about a hour or so to complete and I could have done it a lot faster. 1 tutorial level, 1 full exploration level, 1 short vehicle combat level, 1 walk around level, 1 quick chase event, and 1 driving event.
- Weird movement issues at points. I would try to interact with a ladder to go down and it would jump me in the air and climb up something that wasn't there.
- AI is dumb. I would shoot someone with a SMG and their buddy a couple feet away would still be walking patrol saying something like "I know he's around somewhere". Also some other nuances like "Cover me, I'm reloading" when no shots were fired.
- The melee combat is awful.
- The driving sequence has you driving around Moroco, but the city just loops around. You will drive through the same streets no matter how you progress.

Would I recommend it? Not really. The game has some glaring issues with it, in many cases to the point of them being comical. However I am curious what they are going to do with the next few episodes. I don't regret the purchase if for anything will make for a good playthrough video. It is a $5 USD game for let's say 1 hour of campaign. There is a survival mode that I unlocked after completing it, but I could take or leave that. The price point is so low that you might want to pick it up just to see what it's about, but you aren't going to miss anything groundbreaking if you don't. Plus it is probably the shortest campaign driven story game that I have ever played.
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353 of 483 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
While it's refreshing to see a game like this that doesn't feature a burly white American man as the main character, Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta, is unfortunately a very buggy, poorly slapped together game with hilariously bad voice acting, animations and writing.

It's nothing more than a mockbuster created to capitalize on the success of the Uncharted series. Even in one of the early cutscenes it's mentioned that the protagonist "always enjoyed raiding tombs and uncharting mysteries in videogames." If the game wasn't so broken I may have enjoyed it, but it makes Deadfall Adventures look like "the Citizen Kane of Video Games". It's sad because the Unity engine is capable of much, much more.

Would only recommend it if you want something to laugh at.
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220 of 300 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
5 minutes in and already dropping down into white endlessness because of clipping errors. Moving is a hassle, left/right movement is not strafing but will turn the character, move him forwards and re-align the camera - no matter what the mouse tells the camera to do. Might be handy on a console, but when you're using a mouse to control the camera view - why build in things that override the player controls? It's really an utter nuisance. Controls can't even be configured. Maybe you'll find it better with a gamepad, but even with a controller there's nothing you could do to avoid "jump-rolling" into a wall and dropping into eternity. Doesn't look toooo bad, it's obvious that some work went into this, but to my eyes it's PS2 level, hardly PS3. Not "current shooter average".
Pigeons sitting under water, enemies staring at walls and shouting lame "reloading, cover me" commands into an empty room, showing zero AI at all... Really sorry to be so negative, but it's just not worth the 4€ from my point of view.
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177 of 237 people (75%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
Guide to uninstalling : Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta

1) Open your Steam libary
2) Find "Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta - Episode 1 - Gold Edition"
3) Click Mouse Right Button -> Delete Local content
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152 of 202 people (75%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
This game taught me that culture means always carrying guns and shooting everyone you see.

10/10
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316 of 449 people (70%) found this review helpful
50 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
The game was SO great, it cured my cancer.
I give it 9/11. Allahu Akbar.
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100 of 125 people (80%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
This game took me 52 minutes to complete the story mode and a total of 60 (extra 8) minutes to get 100% achievements. That kinda sums it up .-.
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Morphy
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 23
A pretty boring Tomb Raider-esque type of game. It's over in an hour or so and can't say was that enjoyable to play through. Nothing special here.
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XShadow822
1.3 hrs
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DANNYonPC
1.3 hrs
Posted: May 17
I actually kinda enjoyed it,
Sure it wasn't good in any way, but it gave me a few cheap laughs, simple achievements and such

No idea how i ever got this game (it was in my libary) but i enjoyed my hour playtime
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QuantumGames
3.4 hrs
Posted: May 16
One of the worst games I've played in a while. One moment im running to take down someone and then the game gliches and makes me fall through the ground. (That was the second level to.) The voice acting is terrible, the graphics are ok but I wouldn't say great. Theres mor than I can type in a paragraph but DO NOT buy this game. I made that mistake of buying it despite the reviews.
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Dangermoose
1.1 hrs
Posted: May 14
Keep your expectations under control and you won't be disappointed! If like me, for some reason, you have an itch to enjoy something quirky set in Arabian speaking countries this will do until they release Badiya! The voice acting is very good, especially the female lead.
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Katpanic
1.0 hrs
Posted: May 7
Kind of okayish.

Despite having janky controls and being really short, I still sort of enjoy it. The combat feels not good at first, but it isn't terrible.

I don't really know what to say, but it plays better than the very early Tomb Raider games, but they've got to be coming up on 20 years old at this stage, if they aren't already.

There is a bit in the opening of the 2nd level where one of the protagonists refers to the other's affecdtion for 'Raiding Tombs and Uncharting Mysteries', and that really sums up the entire game. They're trying very hard to reference somethign else, but it's done clumsily and without clear comprehension of what it is that they're doing.

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it's ♥♥♥
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