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.
User reviews: Mixed (600 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 3, 2014
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About This Game


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 Worldcraft, 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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  • E-Mail: info@sema-phore.com

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
This game took me 52 minutes to complete the story mode and 60 minutes to get 100% achievements. That kinda sums it up .-.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
"Oh look guys, it's Timothy writing a review for that one game everyone on youtube makes fun of! I can't wait until he tears it a new ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, because he's a cynical ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and that's what cynical people do!"
If this was your reaction when you noticed this review, then I'm sorry to tell you that I will not write a funny 9/11 Allahu Akbar type of review. I respect the dev team, who put a lot of work and effort in this game, too much for that. Well yeah, this game is inspired by Uncharted, Tomb Raider, what not, they won't deny that. But at least they are enthusiastic about it. What's the last time you saw people this happy about making a game? Even if the game is buggy (and oh, trust me, it is, I'll elaborate) I still had fun playing it simply because I know the devs had fun making it. They really want to make an amazing adventure series where you explore the arabic world and its many fascinating places (which it truly has, no doubt about that). The dev team knows that they're not making GOTYAY material and doesn't say they are. They try to stay positive while everyone on the internet's too busy making fun of them and their "worst game ever" (a title that many other games I've played deserve more). They respond nicely to often assholish or 'funny' behaviour and criticism, which I think is something most developers can learn from. So yeah, kuddos for that, guys.
Now for the game itself. I'll give you a quick rundown of what I enjoyed and what I thought could use improvement.
The world: as mentioned earlier, the arabic world and culture and its interesting treasures is often overlooked because 'muh terrorism'. A shame, really, since some of the world's most amazing buildings and sculptures were made by arabians..
The characters: I appreciate the duo being brother and sister instead of a shoe-horned love interest. While it felt a little awkward sometimes, there's still some awws and ohs to be had when Faris and Dania talk about Dania's obesity problem and how her choice of tea could help her.
Music and sound: music was pretty solid, I like the "old man singing" that's often found in arabic music and this game had plenty of it. Voice acting was decent and so was the sound design, although some guns sound a little weak.
Story: the campaign has an interesting premise and it's nice to know that the main character and his female sidekick won't end up banging each other by the end of the game (right Semaphore? RIGHT?)
Survival: I really liked the survival mode. I didn't expect there to be zombies or mummies, but I sure enjoyed killing them, although it's a little buggy, sometimes, and it'd be nice if weapons/power ups would disappear after a while so the floor doesn't look like the surface of a giant disco ball.
Controls: while they are much better than on the console version, there's still much left to be desired. It's also a bit of a shame that you can't map any buttons yourself for the keyboard controls.
Bugs: there are still a lot of bugs in this game. Both in graphic (the background in the desert chase level would have really weird chancing colours and stuff, weird shadows or character models that stretch out to disturbing levels) and sound (the MP5's firing sound would sometimes disappear in long burst fire, lines of dialogue that aren't heard, random bits of sound that disappear, etc).
Combat in general: the boxing/CQC feels kind of awkward and stiff and gunfights are way too easy thanks to dumb AI and insanely accurate weapons with little recoil (AK2stronk). The 'stealth' in the tomb wasn't anything special either, but it did the job, I suppose. My major complaint is that all guns kind of feel the same. Sure, you have your pistols (which kind of feel the same) and the shotgun, but besides that, the three rifles (G36C, M16 variant and AK) and submachineguns (MAC 1, Mini Uzi and MP5) all kind of feel the same. Try to give them more damage, accuracy or recoil in order to give them "their own feel" so each rifle suits a different kind of player.
Length: I completed the campaign on hard in one hour and a few minutes. Besides finding the few collectibles and the survival mode, there isn't a lot of gameplay left. Still, I only paid 70 cents for this game and I think that to be a more than fair price.
And of course, the fact that the game still doesn't have its own face yet and feels like the arabic attempt at Uncharted. I'm sure the dev team will have a better idea of what direction to persue as time passes by, though.
So yeah, in the end, I can't really recommend this game for its quality alone. If you can get it for 2 EUR or cheaper, though, then give it a try and have some fun with the campaign, silly bugs and survival mode. I wish Semaphore all the best and hope that they can make Unearthed a solid and fun gaming series.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
The game is really really bad and should be avoided by everyone, doesn't matter if you like puzzles or shotting or whatever, this game is not worth your time.

So lets start witht he PROS:

- Nothing (Except that the game is so short that you wont have to suffer for that long)

- Mechanics are terrible and are so outdated that you can easily find better from games in the last century.
- Shooting in game is god awefull, driving in the game i horrible.
- The game tries to do melee fight which is dreadfull and some of the worst you will see.
- Puzzles? what puzzles?
- Voice Acting is bad.
- Animations is terrible
- The game is so slow

The last part of the game is so painfull to play since you basically just walk behind 2 people until the chapter is done.
Oh and when i say walk then i dont mean the same speed you walk when you go slowly on the street, but more like a snail going through the city.

Even at the end they try to get you excited for Episode 2 (hopefully it never comes) with a trailer.
The fun part is the trailer is not about the game itself but just some random pictures taken of places outside and the put together, and then some added voice acting about stuff that might happen in next episode. Which just makes the company look more ridiculous, because they most likely didn't even start on the second episode whent hey made the trailer.

Don't listen to people that tell you to support the devs buy buying the game, cheap or not, the game is not worth a cent in my opinion.
Your money is better spent on something else or spent on supporting someone who actually deserves getting supported
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38 of 63 people (60%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Contrary to most of the reviews that have been posted about this game, I would actually say that this is a near-masterpiece. There are certain elements in which the game falls down on, but most of its pros outweigh the cons.

Let's just take a glance at the OST of Unearthed - it is very fitting to the scenarios which this game depicts, and it provides some atmosphere to the incredibly well-designed levels. Whoever composed the soundtrack deserves an award, at the minimum.

The level design is something that should be appreciated as well; never before have I been lost and absolutely clueless with where to go, and that is just an indicator of well thought out level design, better than Elder Scrolls and Legend of Zelda dungeons. If an indie game can be compared to an AAA spectacle, then it definitely should deserve some praise.

In terms of the lore, this game excels in story telling. You thought that the Souls series has a convoluted, "see it your way" experience? Well, think again! Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta delves into some extremely deep, multi-layered lore, and every word that is stated definitely had some intentionality on the developer's part. It throws in some completely irrelevant historical figures as well, which adds into the cleverly designed lore.

And man, the voice acting. Mother of god, the voice acting is phenomenal. Coupled with the amazing character animations/models, this package delivers an insanely good dramatical experience. Every word is synched in with the lip movement, which adds into the immersion which this game has. You can actually opt between either the English or Arabic voice acting. Of course, since this game is to do with the Middle-Eastern/African culture, I would say that playing this game with the Arabic voice acting will provide the best results.

Most importantly, however, the gameplay itself is unique. It is nice to see the action-platformer genre mixed in with walking simulation and third person shooting. The CQC combat is incredibly fun and rewarding, requiring precise reactions and input. Most games these days manifests hand-to-hand combat in the form of a glorified quick-time event, but I can reassure you that this game doesn't fall down the same trap. Did I mention the gunplay, by the way? It's brilliant. The gun models look realistic and the firing animations + damage are commendable.

Seriously, this game gets my highest honour. 10/10

Oh yeah, Dania is my new waifu <3

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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Ride to Uncharted: Retribution
"A game that's like one of those oversized dog breeds: a big heart, a short lifespan and a talent for generating crazy ♥♥♥♥."

If you can get it on sale it's actually probably worth it for the laughs. Trucks jump off sand dunes and fly into the sky. Your character can't walk faster during a stroll-with-exposition scene and it's possible to fall behind the other characters by half a mile and still hear them perfectly because the audio is localize on the player (I like to believe the protagonist just temporarily became schizophrenic). At one point two cars crashed together, neither my own, and the game just told me I won.

The game smacks of good intentions crippled by amateur execution: there's set up for an interesting story and clearly a lot of love put in but the whole end product feels a lot more like someone's over-ambitious Unity hobby project than a finished work. I don't particularly regret buying it (again, on sale) because I feel like this developer has potential to do bigger and better things.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
The game play is extremely boring and too simplistic. But the idea of a video game named for Ibn Battuta is priceless, and as a fan of history and culture, I had to get it.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
They keep saying that this game is ♥♥♥♥ because of ugly collisions, gameplay, animations, story, blah blah.

To me this game is kind of an achievement on its own, mostly because of the developers who were able not only to release a game like this but also to fix it to make it decent enough.

Yes, the combat is wonky as hell, firefight and platforming itself are meh, but decent enough already and the car chase part it's just as clunky if not worse than the fistfight, the animation is still kind of subpar, but it's glorious compared to the unpatched version (just watch the cutscenes to have an idea of the amazing improvement of them).

All in all, it's a game worth the dollar I paid for it, and for the hour and a half it lasts, it was quite fun, and again, even better when you think about the background of how this game was conceived.

That's a lot more to say than the ♥♥♥♥ing piece of ♥♥♥♥ this game is supposed to be "ripping off".

I'd rather play this game a million times than playing that awful mess of a "AAA" game (what a ♥♥♥♥ing joke), or any ♥♥♥♥ing turd those untalented, overrated hacks at Naughty Dog are ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ out of their asses while being the ♥♥♥♥♥es of Sony and their ♥♥♥♥ing god-awful current consoles (and I'm saying this even though two of my favorite consoles ever are the PS1 and the PS2).
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
WELCOME to '' Ride to Hell: Retribution 2 '' is so bad that is very funny and comic. For 1 euro this game is worth every bug, glitch, hilarious level design and voice acting. This game is a parody for Uncharted even the main caracter looks like :)
If you want to have a greate time and relax buy and play this game.

PS. Don't fogert the survival mode IT HAS ZOMBIE & MUMMY WAVE , very original :))))))))
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30 of 54 people (56%) found this review helpful
111.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Best Games Ever
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28
TL:DNR: A noble, but much flawed effort. Buy it very cheap (<US$1), or for the achievement 100% (<US$1.50)

Okay - so this is one of those games that the "comedians" of Steam just go on about either with brutal comments about it giving them cancer, or racist/sectist crap, or they do the lame sarcasm.

This isn't one of those.

What I like about this game, is their intent. To make a Arabic/Northern African themed game of adventure and discovery. I like the characters most of the time, and would really like to see more games coming from Arab countries make it into the mainstream (Semaphore is a Saudi game studio), as I am intrigued to hear their cultural voice applied to gaming. The graphics are generally pretty good, though the ATV escape 'chapter' had some odd graphics quality, I think to mimic a sandstorm, but looked like a bug. The brother and sister team is a great idea too.

Where it falls down is on several levels:

The camera view is horribly inconsistent, and will change on you if you get close to a wall (sometimes), and if you go to cover mode (sometimes), or sometimes for no apparent reason. Sometimes they don't move and you wish they would, such as the left dagger room as you rope across - you can't see where you are compared to the arrows very clearly and when you are eluding the two police on foot after the sniper when you are in that foyer or whatever it is - the camera was TERRIBLE. I also like the achievement choices, which were milestone with one straightforward collector. It also had cards, which were themed well and a reasonable number. The voice acting in English was ok. Some of the translations were off (though Bride of the North is correct!) in the subtitles, and IMHO the English actors were a little better than the Arabic actors, as I played in Arabic with English subtitles part of the time to get into the game's mood a little more, but then switched back to English.

The controls for me were WASD even though I had a controller installed when I played the game for the first time. It gave me no option to use the controller, which is unfortunate, as there were times it would have been alot easier! The wobbles on every board you walk across was annoying, given this guy is otherwise a ninja (e.g. obelisk).

The game was woefully short, and at US$4.99 full price, there is no way it is worth it. It was about an hour. I let it run longer to get the cards. In that short time, however, the team at semaphore tried to get every kind of chase and kickboxing fight they could, as well as some gunfights. I was starting to wonder where Jean Claude Van Damme was since it was like a 'B' action movie. Maybe he will do the movie version, since he is probably available these days...

Finally, there were some really odd graphics choices. The intro scene showed what I assume were Giza pyramids, but in the mountains. There are no real mountains there, and ALOT of city growth around them. The city of Tangier was nice, but while some elements had extreme detail, other things were undetailed, in the same area, giving it an unpolished, half-done feel. The city streets of Tangier were about 100 yards wide by 1000 yards long, endlessly repeating themselves. I drove by the same mosque and coffee shops endlessly...

So, in summary, they tried really hard, but it came off like a low budget Van Damme movie. My threshold for value is a reasonably fun game for US$1 per hour or less. I bought this on sale for US$1.24 and played about an hour, so it was just below the threshold. It has cards, so it levels out at the $1 per hour. It didn't suck, but it wasn't something I would play again, and I would have to see Episode 2 be either much longer, improved further, or very inexpensive before I would buy it at all, let alone for 'retail.'

NO @ US$4.99
5.5/10 @ US$1.24 I paid, and 100% achieved.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Plays like a cheap and funny Bollywood action adventure
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Is the worst jumple of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game mechanics I have ever played in my entire life of playing videogames

I feel i should mention that i played through and completed this game twice from start to finish. Once just running through it and the second hunting the collectables just to 100% the achievements. So it even lacks actual playtime.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Completed with fully arabic localization.
10/10 — Edgy as ♥♥♥♥.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
slag, which has not seen the light.
Do not buy this garbage.
In the throes knocked out all achivments
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
قدم لي هذه اللعبة السرطان. الحمد الله
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
If you play this game you will see that Allah is one and only god. My score is 9/11 now I will go and pray for Allah . Allahu Akbar
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Thank god I got to sell the cards for than I "paid" for the game.
Imagine that someone got an Android game and adapted it for PC. That is what this crappy Uncharted imitation is.
Not worth to play on PC, maybe worth on Android/iOS if you like this sort of game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
It was bad but i couldn't stop playing.
Can't wait for episode 2
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Oh man, I sure do love the Uncharted Rip Off, it's truly a masterpiece!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This game is a total joke, but I can't say that is a bad thing. Il be honest, I enjoyed to play this game with friends when they were over just for a laugh, like watching a dumb horror movie. The glitches and animations are quite hilarious. I finished it in about an hourbut it does offer a "zombie" mode for those who wish to venture into it. I can't reccommend this game to people who are looking for a legitamate game, but I can reccomend it to people who are looking for something related to the reasons above, for that, I did not mind the 5 dollar price tag.
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