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 (567 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 3, 2014
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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 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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  • Website: http://www.unearthedgame.com
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UnearthedTheGame
  • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/UnearthedGame
  • Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/UnearthedGame
  • E-Mail: info@sema-phore.com

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
This game took me 52 minutes to complete the story mode and 60 minutes to get 100% achievements. That kinda sums it up .-.
Posted: September 26
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
83.2 hrs on record
Best Games Ever
Posted: October 8
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
I knew it would be bad the moment I saw the first cutscene. The character models have zero expression, their VA's have zero emotion, the subtitles are almost entirely unpunctuated, the animation is frankly hilarious in its ineptitude, the difficulty is nonexistent on Normal mode, the "hints" directly tell you what you're supposed to do (effectively turning it into a hand-holding "you suck" button), and the game threw a fit when I tried to return to the menu.

Sure, it's good for a laugh, but there's no actual redeeming quality to be found other than unintentional hilarity. Don't go into this unless you're actively trying to find a bad game to play. In the meantime, I'll need to have a chat with the friend who gifted this to me.
Posted: October 16
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
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 :))))))))
ENJOY
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Do not buy this game. It is a peice of crap. it is not worth 9 euro
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Major bugs and gamebreaking issues, I fell through the floor 18 times in the first hour. The hit detection for the hand to hand combat is non-exsistent and the movement controls are sticky and caused me to have more issues. I would have liked to complete the game but another bug has made that impossible for me. However it was only .99 cents so its no real lose.
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 9
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
brokin
Posted: September 30
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
This is easily the greatest game ever made. It's so good that I'm still the world champion of the Survival mode.

99/100 (I had to dock a point in order to make my review more scientific and sound like a real game journalist)
Posted: September 27
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Unearthed is a celebration of bad game design, bad game writing and bad game mechanics. Unearthed is the Birdemic of games. It is truly a game that is so bad it's good.

God bless Unearthed, 10/10.
Posted: October 5
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
this game is ♥♥♥♥ing stupid and gay
play it, it's the best ♥♥♥♥ ever
Posted: October 6
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2.0 hrs on record
It's far too short (about 1-1.5 hours) and has many issues, but I liked the idea and the setting. I recommend it if you can get it for 1$ or less.
Posted: September 26
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50 of 85 people (59%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
To properly enumerate the many flaws present in Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta - Episode 1 - Gold Edition would be a hideously superfulous task. It is better that one narrows their focus to only the game's most terrible aspects; additions that not only detract from this ambitious title's playability, but cement Trail's status as possibly the most consitently incompetent title currently available on steam. This is not to say that Trail of Ibn Battuta the WORST game one steam. (That honor still belongs to Adam's Venture or arguably Bad Rats) I would liken a playthrough of Trail to watching "Plan 9 From Outer Space" where-as an Adam playthrough is more akin to suffering through "Gigli" with a full bladder.

A convoluted awkward script limps blindly over messy physics and positively baffling game mechanic choices. Seriously what the f**k is that balance beam s**t? :rfacepalm: During cutscenes Faris' and Dania's character models stare lifelessly at locations off camera while vomiting up a veritable salamagundi of arabic historical twaddle. (*To be fair, the voice actors deliver the best performance possible given a positively asinine script. At times they even manage to charm)


The developers of Trail are not native speakers of the Queen's English and WOW does it show.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=259004716

"Are YOU afraid of the dark? Remember that show when we were kids? kekeke" is such an insultingly stupid line.

During my initial playthrough I was absolutely revolted by the misogymy. We hear the same tired old "women can't do what men can do" acquiescence to a male lead; but this time DIRECTLY after an opening sequence where Dania is introduced as yet another "damsel-in-distress" functionless set-piece. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=254343126

After reading these HILARIOUS developer notes: http://steamcommunity.com/app/263680/discussions/0/630800446543906222/ and completing a playthrough of the game my opinion softened slightly. The truth is, the devs really aren't trying to make Dania a feckless stereotypical dud. According to the dev notes they are "working on it." It is my opinion that the developers just don't know any better culturally.

To the throngs of ♥♥♥♥..ed off female gamers; the devs thought they gave you this: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=259004626

HOLY F**K! A beautiful, headstrong-yet-modest, female, riding an ATV in pants, brandishing a pistol? and not accompanied by a man? Heresey! Dania then proceeds to drive Faris through a battle where the player will kill more people than cancer. You can tell from the bodycount that this title was not produced by some p**sy Christian.

I think the developers have an opportuniuty to make this right. Dania is an intriguing character. Far more so than Faris. (Though I must admit my great admiration of his scarf!) I want to believe that the devs are trying. My suggestion?

LET THE USER PLAY AS F***ING DANIA. It is not an uncommon mechanic in adventure games to switch between characters. Some of problems with narrative and plot could be easily resolved by adding this mechanic. How does Faris end up in such a sh**ty situation? So many POSSIBILITIES to explore "on the way home" to the prologue.
Yes, we are now stuck with the predicatable canon of "Apeman rescue princess. make happy end" because of the opening sequence. However, with a little clever writing the devs stand a fair shot of exiting their sexist caves and give us a strong female lead who looks great wasting bit.ch-as.s marks in a ḥijāb. There's really nowhere to go but up for this franchise. I look forward to Episode 2.
F+

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=254395683
Posted: May 21
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22 of 36 people (61%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
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

/s
Posted: August 4
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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)

Cons:
- 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.

Conclusion:
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
Posted: July 20
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19 of 33 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Seriously there are multiple reasons to get this game. I will hand them all out and tell you why you should be spending money on Ibn Battuta.

#1 - You will forever have a good joke to make. ''Hey guys come over and play somee uncharted with me!'' (secretly is unearthed)
#2 - Your character is arabic, do I need to say more?
#3 - Easy 100%ed game, takes about 30 minutes max.
#4 - It has cards!
#5 - Allahu Akbar

But yes, it's one of the worst games I ever played and I still make jokes about it now. It's a horrible game but actually should've played it to be able to talk about this with people. If it's in a bundle, get it!
Posted: May 28
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Why on earth people claim this to be anywhere close to the Uncharted series, it is beyond me. There didn't seem a whole lot of point to this game. The most challenging level of the whole game was the tutorial.

The story doesn't make a whole lot of sense, I found myself confused at the plot the majority of the time. There is actually an entire level of just following around two people listening to them talk, and even worse is you actually get an achievement for it.

The animation of the characters are the most awkward that I have seen in a game for a very long time as well. Going by the fact that the story, from what I worked out, was left as a cliff hanger, and the "Episode 1" in the title, means there are going to be more episodes to follow. I hope to god they can pull something a little bit better out of the bag otherwise it's just going to be another flop.

Stay clear campers!
Posted: June 17
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21 of 37 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!?!!!!?!
Posted: June 4
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
World of Worldcraft
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