Inspired by the novel of Gustave Flaubert and the works of Phillippe Druillet, Salammbo: Battle for Carthage puts you in the middle of two of antiquities greatest powers. Can you deliver Salammbo's message before it's too late?
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Release Date: May 8, 2003

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“...High production values, unique setting, beautiful graphics...”
100% – Four Fat Chicks

“Easily one of the most unusual and beautiful adventure games released in the past few years.”
92% – netjak

“Everything about the game-play has been carefully thought through”
75% – Just Adventure

About This Game

It's the 3rd century BC, despite being supported by thousands of mercenaries, Carthage has just been overrun by its sworn enemy, the Romans, during the first Punic War. In the midst of the killing, Salammbo, the daughter of the commander of the Carthaginian forces, falls in love with the leader of the mercenaries, Matho, who is laying siege to the city as he demands payment for his services.

Inspired by the novel of Gustave Flaubert and the works of Phillippe Druillet, Salammbo: Battle for Carthage puts you in the middle of two of antiquities greatest powers. Can you deliver Salammbo's message before it's too late?

  • Whether crossing gardens full of poisonous fumes or unleashing hell on Mount Solitude, the world of Salammbo is a dark one
  • Get immersed in the 360° panorama of the dark and dangerous world of Salammbo, accompanied by the powerful score from Dvorak's epic "New World Symphony"
  • A series of 3D frescoes forms a unique player's journal summarizing the adventures and providing a new insight into ancient History

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 400 MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
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Pablo
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Salammbô is the last game from Cryo, the legendary game studio that made great games like Atlantis, and always had a great eye for detail and valued art and considered games like a new way of expression (back when games were not still considered as such). Cryo was founded also by members of Infogrames, the creators of Alone in the dark (the original)

This last effort of theirs, was troubled in its conception, partly because the studio closed its doors while doing this game (2002). Wich of course affected the development but luckily didn't affect the game too much so the game was finished and published (2003). And while the game was not the best of the studio it was one of the good ones. The art, still present to the last minute was done in this case by Philippe Druillet an acomplished french artist who did work inspired by the writing of HP Lovecraft. Druillet created originally a series of graphic novels in the 1980s called Salammbó wich were based on the novel of the same name created by Gustave Flaubert in the 1800s. This was a lush and very violent narrative wich depicted historical events about the fall of Carthage during the 3th century (the Punic wars) and the revolt of the mercenaries.
Salammbó is a dark game with weird visuals wich reflects perfectly the character of the artist. The game alltough it is dated now (2016) and has low resolution (it was one of the last full screen games before everyone went widescreen) still manages to this day to show some incredible art from Druillet wich work previously with Cryo doing Ring: The legend of the Nibelungen. I played originally the dubbed english version wich has horrible voices and now the original french one (both on steam) wich is better but still is not the reason why you are going to play this game.
The game has not much support from its present publishers so if you have a problem you are probably going to search for a solution. Personally, the only problem i had was that i had to activate compatibility mode in Windows 7 x64 bit version for the game executable, because if i didn't do that, the game crashed miserably when opening it...but aside from that (it was a very quick solution) the game worked without problems...still, it would be better if you just sold a game that didn't have such a glaringly fatal problem so big and clear in first full view (when you open the game i mean) even if the game is 13 years old, you should check from time to time the games you are selling for any compatibility issues (in this case steam) and fix them before continue selling them... what the heck, i gladly would offer myself to take the job of checking these games if steam would be interested, just for them to to be able to continue selling this classic games...without having crashing issues wich can be solved so easily (but shouldn't be done by players, because when you buy a game it shouldn't be crashing on you....like riven ...another great classic with compatibility issues....)

Anyway, besides that, the game is surely great....i wouldn't necesarily recommend it to a modern age player, because it can be hard to adjust to is gameplay rules.... BUT if you dare to do it...you are going to be rewarded, because theres a nice story and great visual work by druillet.
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10100110001111111
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
NO - Load of Rubbish, waste of money, doesn't work and the fix is far from helpful.

Don't buy it
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kazerniel
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 12, 2015
This game feels like the twisted, dark fantasy reimagination of a historical era. Had to use the discussion forum to get it running at all. It has dated UI and navigation, and okay-ish graphics and audio quality. Despite being a point & click adventure, you can actually die, though the game immediately reloads to the last place you've been before death.

I'm not recommending it because of the dark visuals and weird and art style (pretty much every human and animal look like various demons and monsters) and the aged gameplay style. It was an interesting experience, but half hour was just about enough of it.
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Not One Of Us
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 31, 2015
A nice little point-and-click adventure game, if a bit short and linear.

With a Gothic aesthetic, it was easy for me to get drawn in. A world that was both surreal and yet simple, never edging over to high-fantasy.

Mechanics are as you'd expect from some of the later Myst and Journeyman Project games, with it being singular images with 360 view. The puzzles are never obfuscated or nonsensical, and a good handful require some strong thought to solve.

Downside to the game is it's rather short (took me about five hours), and is relatively straight-forward for this type of game. At five dollars, though, I'd say the price is right if you have an itch for this genre that needs scratching.
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Exciting Jeff
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4, 2015
Some games age better than others. This has clearly not aged well, but I'm not sure it was any good when it was released, either.

You can't have the subtitle "Battle for Carthage" and then just put out some point and click nonsense.
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jeremyb777
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26, 2015
One Sentence Summary- A high-end point and click adventure with great graphics for the time it came out.

***(If you encounter a bug where the game freezes on the world map, please see my last Con (-) bullet point for a fix)***

--MY THOUGHTS--
I got this game very cheaply as part of a bundle. I did not know what to expect. This game seems to follow a pseudo-historical timeline, meaning it takes place in a fantasy/historical setting. The graphics are great. This game comes from a time when developers were learning various tricks to make games look amazing with little processing power. Think back to the early ps1 days when they used 3d polygonal characters with pre-rendered backgrounds (Resident Evil, Final Fantasy 7 thru 9). This allowed developers to make games with graphics way more detailed than what would be possible with real-time 3d rendering. Then, even later, developers improved upon that with making these pre-rendered backgrounds more lively like a cinematic video. This game is very much a point and click adventure with 360 degree living/moving pre-rendered backgrounds. For example, you can look every which way. You can see soldiers moving, animals moving, and things happening all around you (quite beautifully, too). When you talk to a person, it moves to a much closer view of the person speaking to you in the similar form of the cinematic vidoes of the past (about xbox360 graphics). The impressive thing about this is, is that this is a game that can run on a 400mhz processor and 128 mb ram.

This game should take most players about 7-10 hours to complete. Below are pro's and con's:

--PROS--
+You can get this game cheaply in game bundles on various game bundle websites. (I've seen it twice so far)
+The game has very low minimum system requirements.
+The graphics are quite good.
+ The voice acting is pretty good for the most part, with few moments of exceptions.
+The story looks to be interesting.
+The game has pretty high production values.
+The setting is a fantasy/historical setting, which is pretty creative.
+There are some pretty creative puzzles that will make you think.

--CONS--
-The game seems to be a bit dark on it's storyline and setting (some people may like this)
-Pretty much all of the characters are selfish, greedy people. Even the protagonist, Spendius, seems to have few redeeming qualities.
-The game graphics and style is dated (but it has aged fairly well, IMO)
-There are a few puzzles where the solutions are simply too obscure. For example, in one puzzle, the player would need to know that apparently Carthaginian writing is from right to left, from bottom to top, and that the grid without numbers has an opposite order of how numbers appear on a phone (1-3, 4-6, 7-9, etc.). There are one or two other similar puzzles. I would recommend consulting an online walkthrough if you spend more than 30 minutes on any puzzle.
-There seem to be a few bugs or compatability problems (I am using win 8). When I changed the resolution, things got really messed up and I had to verify the installation to replace a file. Another time, the game crashed. The biggest error I saw (and others have experienced it as well) is one where after you acquire a animal to ride, you have a map where you can choose where you want to go. After choosing the location, the game simply stops. After an internet search, I found a post on the steam community board where one person mentioned a workaround. If you encounter this bug, press f5 repeatedly, and you will see the cursor slowly move towards the destination. If you have a laptop, you may need to press shift and f5 or another similar button combination. Very strange, but it worked.

--SUMMARY--
All in all, the game seems pretty interesting. The asking price ($4.99) is not bad, but I would recommend picking it while on sale or in part of a bundle.
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Mongoloid Mike
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15, 2015
Doesn't run with a modern operating system. Just massive flickering and crashes. It's basically a scam to keep selling this when it's known by the publisher that it doesn't work anymore.
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tiagusalex
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 14, 2015
Old but beautiful game.
It's nice, entertaining and the story draws you in.
Having more fun with this than with some comes that come out 10 years later.
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0dds_0f_Even
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12, 2015
Based on the historic novel by Gustave Flaubert the team at Cryo Interactive (Rereleased by Anuman & Meridian4) made a first person point & click game with some combat in it to tell the story of how Carthage fell. Now before I start I want to get the negatives out of the way before I say anything good about it. The interface is god awful/annoying, the story is kinda linear but follows the original novel pretty well without being boring, the puzzles are easy except for a few hard ones (Perfect game for the new adventurer), the music is decent but it's inaccurate whenever the game plays it & depending on how good you are with puzzles (There's mini games like War Chess but that doesn't last too long) the game will last around 7 hours.

Now with that out of the way I'll start by saying for a 12 year old game it's got a weird & gorgeous art style it's just a unique piece of animation done well, the voice acting is very good, the humans look like aliens & demons, the atmosphere has that science fiction (Or Fantasy I dont know what Cryo was targeting) heavy metal type style you would see on music albums like Mastodan or GWAR for example & overall I would just wait for the game to go on sale since the game was only an average experience.

Bonus: The original story is on Good Reads if you want to check it out http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/221597.Salammb_

Bonus 2: Another influence for this game is Phillippe Druillet (the website is in french) http://www.druillet.com/
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gaia.razus
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4, 2015
Old game but amazing art style. This game is not too hard like other old games so it suits for new gamers. The story is pretty linear but not boring because there are some minigames that fun a lot. I really like war chess minigame, creative and genius, though I wish it will have a few more rounds to play.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Just finished it. Don't know why ppl blame it so much for being hard, it's almost like Atlantis series, the puzzles aren't that impossible (I'm patience to take an hour to solve something that takes 30 secs, hate walkthroughs) though I had to look for a hint to only one or two puzzles. The timed actions aren't hard either.

People that complain about this game never played Myst, Lucas Arts series and other old adventure games. The story of this one is great, the only part I didn't like so much was the end, I thought it would have something more.
Anyway if you're not a point & click fan don't buy this, but if you are and want some good dialogs, puzzles and story this game is for you.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2014
This is a very entertaining point-and-click adventure game. The game tells the story of Spendius, an actual historical figure, who rises from slavery to become a great commander of mercenary forces in the Mercenary War that further devastated Carthage after its defeat in the First Punic War. The art design is very creative but a little repetitive as is the sound design. Overall, the game has not aged too badly in the sound and graphics departments. The puzzles range from trivial to challenging and to be successful the player should make sure to take notes and look out for small details. Negatives include random crashing and the short duration of the game (I completed it in one long sitting).

It's easily worth $5 if you're a fan of old school adventure games.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
Based on the historic novel by Gustave Flaubert the team at Cryo Interactive (Rereleased by Anuman & Meridian4) made a first person point & click game with some combat in it to tell the story of how Carthage fell. Now before I start I want to get the negatives out of the way before I say anything good about it. The interface is god awful/annoying, the story is kinda linear but follows the original novel pretty well without being boring, the puzzles are easy except for a few hard ones (Perfect game for the new adventurer), the music is decent but it's inaccurate whenever the game plays it & depending on how good you are with puzzles (There's mini games like War Chess but that doesn't last too long) the game will last around 7 hours.

Now with that out of the way I'll start by saying for a 12 year old game it's got a weird & gorgeous art style it's just a unique piece of animation done well, the voice acting is very good, the humans look like aliens & demons, the atmosphere has that science fiction (Or Fantasy I dont know what Cryo was targeting) heavy metal type style you would see on music albums like Mastodan or GWAR for example & overall I would just wait for the game to go on sale since the game was only an average experience.

Bonus: The original story is on Good Reads if you want to check it out http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/221597.Salammb_

Bonus 2: Another influence for this game is Phillippe Druillet (the website is in french) http://www.druillet.com/
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
Old game but amazing art style. This game is not too hard like other old games so it suits for new gamers. The story is pretty linear but not boring because there are some minigames that fun a lot. I really like war chess minigame, creative and genius, though I wish it will have a few more rounds to play.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
One of the most unique adventure games I have played. Basic, but the atmosphere is incredible. Very detailed - fun to look around in the game, even if it is older.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
A Decent Point & Click with only a real minor flaw in its navigation system however worth checking out!

Video Review Below!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=269704432
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
A nice little point-and-click adventure game, if a bit short and linear.

With a Gothic aesthetic, it was easy for me to get drawn in. A world that was both surreal and yet simple, never edging over to high-fantasy.

Mechanics are as you'd expect from some of the later Myst and Journeyman Project games, with it being singular images with 360 view. The puzzles are never obfuscated or nonsensical, and a good handful require some strong thought to solve.

Downside to the game is it's rather short (took me about five hours), and is relatively straight-forward for this type of game. At five dollars, though, I'd say the price is right if you have an itch for this genre that needs scratching.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2015
One Sentence Summary- A high-end point and click adventure with great graphics for the time it came out.

***(If you encounter a bug where the game freezes on the world map, please see my last Con (-) bullet point for a fix)***

--MY THOUGHTS--
I got this game very cheaply as part of a bundle. I did not know what to expect. This game seems to follow a pseudo-historical timeline, meaning it takes place in a fantasy/historical setting. The graphics are great. This game comes from a time when developers were learning various tricks to make games look amazing with little processing power. Think back to the early ps1 days when they used 3d polygonal characters with pre-rendered backgrounds (Resident Evil, Final Fantasy 7 thru 9). This allowed developers to make games with graphics way more detailed than what would be possible with real-time 3d rendering. Then, even later, developers improved upon that with making these pre-rendered backgrounds more lively like a cinematic video. This game is very much a point and click adventure with 360 degree living/moving pre-rendered backgrounds. For example, you can look every which way. You can see soldiers moving, animals moving, and things happening all around you (quite beautifully, too). When you talk to a person, it moves to a much closer view of the person speaking to you in the similar form of the cinematic vidoes of the past (about xbox360 graphics). The impressive thing about this is, is that this is a game that can run on a 400mhz processor and 128 mb ram.

This game should take most players about 7-10 hours to complete. Below are pro's and con's:

--PROS--
+You can get this game cheaply in game bundles on various game bundle websites. (I've seen it twice so far)
+The game has very low minimum system requirements.
+The graphics are quite good.
+ The voice acting is pretty good for the most part, with few moments of exceptions.
+The story looks to be interesting.
+The game has pretty high production values.
+The setting is a fantasy/historical setting, which is pretty creative.
+There are some pretty creative puzzles that will make you think.

--CONS--
-The game seems to be a bit dark on it's storyline and setting (some people may like this)
-Pretty much all of the characters are selfish, greedy people. Even the protagonist, Spendius, seems to have few redeeming qualities.
-The game graphics and style is dated (but it has aged fairly well, IMO)
-There are a few puzzles where the solutions are simply too obscure. For example, in one puzzle, the player would need to know that apparently Carthaginian writing is from right to left, from bottom to top, and that the grid without numbers has an opposite order of how numbers appear on a phone (1-3, 4-6, 7-9, etc.). There are one or two other similar puzzles. I would recommend consulting an online walkthrough if you spend more than 30 minutes on any puzzle.
-There seem to be a few bugs or compatability problems (I am using win 8). When I changed the resolution, things got really messed up and I had to verify the installation to replace a file. Another time, the game crashed. The biggest error I saw (and others have experienced it as well) is one where after you acquire a animal to ride, you have a map where you can choose where you want to go. After choosing the location, the game simply stops. After an internet search, I found a post on the steam community board where one person mentioned a workaround. If you encounter this bug, press f5 repeatedly, and you will see the cursor slowly move towards the destination. If you have a laptop, you may need to press shift and f5 or another similar button combination. Very strange, but it worked.

--SUMMARY--
All in all, the game seems pretty interesting. The asking price ($4.99) is not bad, but I would recommend picking it while on sale or in part of a bundle.
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2014
I remember I bought this game in box form when PC games were still sold that way. I enjoyed very much but as passed by I have no idea what I did with the game so I only had a mere memory but it was always on my mind. I had a buddy of mine track the game title down with vague hints I gave him but it wasn't on steam. When I saw it released on steam I immediately bought it because of the memories.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Salammbô is the last game from Cryo, the legendary game studio that made great games like Atlantis, and always had a great eye for detail and valued art and considered games like a new way of expression (back when games were not still considered as such). Cryo was founded also by members of Infogrames, the creators of Alone in the dark (the original)

This last effort of theirs, was troubled in its conception, partly because the studio closed its doors while doing this game (2002). Wich of course affected the development but luckily didn't affect the game too much so the game was finished and published (2003). And while the game was not the best of the studio it was one of the good ones. The art, still present to the last minute was done in this case by Philippe Druillet an acomplished french artist who did work inspired by the writing of HP Lovecraft. Druillet created originally a series of graphic novels in the 1980s called Salammbó wich were based on the novel of the same name created by Gustave Flaubert in the 1800s. This was a lush and very violent narrative wich depicted historical events about the fall of Carthage during the 3th century (the Punic wars) and the revolt of the mercenaries.
Salammbó is a dark game with weird visuals wich reflects perfectly the character of the artist. The game alltough it is dated now (2016) and has low resolution (it was one of the last full screen games before everyone went widescreen) still manages to this day to show some incredible art from Druillet wich work previously with Cryo doing Ring: The legend of the Nibelungen. I played originally the dubbed english version wich has horrible voices and now the original french one (both on steam) wich is better but still is not the reason why you are going to play this game.
The game has not much support from its present publishers so if you have a problem you are probably going to search for a solution. Personally, the only problem i had was that i had to activate compatibility mode in Windows 7 x64 bit version for the game executable, because if i didn't do that, the game crashed miserably when opening it...but aside from that (it was a very quick solution) the game worked without problems...still, it would be better if you just sold a game that didn't have such a glaringly fatal problem so big and clear in first full view (when you open the game i mean) even if the game is 13 years old, you should check from time to time the games you are selling for any compatibility issues (in this case steam) and fix them before continue selling them... what the heck, i gladly would offer myself to take the job of checking these games if steam would be interested, just for them to to be able to continue selling this classic games...without having crashing issues wich can be solved so easily (but shouldn't be done by players, because when you buy a game it shouldn't be crashing on you....like riven ...another great classic with compatibility issues....)

Anyway, besides that, the game is surely great....i wouldn't necesarily recommend it to a modern age player, because it can be hard to adjust to is gameplay rules.... BUT if you dare to do it...you are going to be rewarded, because theres a nice story and great visual work by druillet.
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