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?
User reviews: Mostly Positive (15 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2003
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Buy Adventure Bundle: Volume 4

Includes 5 items: Amerzone: The Explorer’s Legacy, Return to Mysterious Island, Return to Mysterious Island 2, Salammbô: Battle for Carthage, Voyage: Journey to the Moon

 

Reviews

“...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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
The story isn't bad, but I absolutely hate the interface mechanics. I really need to stop getting games based on the amazing screenshots pictured, they look nothing like what you see in game. For a 2003 point and click game it's not bad, but it can become frustrating really quickly. I don't see myself ever finishing this game completely, but thats just me.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Excellent game. Graphics are understandably dated but the gameplay feels natural. A great adventure game with interesting puzzles and a classic story.
Reccomend.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Have no idea how the comic book goes but this game did encourage me to go find it.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
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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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
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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22 of 42 people (52%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2014
The story is "heroic", with one improbable success and escape after another, in a dramatic comic book style.
That's ok, it's a valid style of adventure and story.

The story is slightly sophisticated, describing difficulties in negotiations to bring factions together for a common goal.

It is a full length game and story.

The inability to easily see which direction one can move is a critical downfall of the game, detracting so much from gameplay that I regret having played.

Figuring out which exits are possible is a methodical process of scanning each direction with the mouse.
It is very easy to overlook a possible exit and get stuck only for this reason.
Much time is wasted backtracking and double checking scans for possible exits.
The map is of no help at all in this regard.

The other downfall of the game is grossly unintuitive puzzles, that make little sense even in retrospect after consulting the walkthrough.

Even worse, some of the most difficult puzzles are timed events, where one must make a series of correct decisions in rapid succession to succeed. An absolute clickfest requiring many maddening repeats, even if one stares at the walkthrough knowing what to do.
If I was chained to the computer for 24 hours I would have NEVER gotten past some puzzles without the walkthrough. That's terrible.

Some of the story and art is interesting, but from a gameplay and puzzle perspective I cannot recommend this game.
I regret having purchased and played it.
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5 of 19 people (26%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
i picked up this game on sale because it was cheap and i liked the look of the game. that was a mistake on my part because the while it looks kind of nice, the game is a navigating nightmare. you cannot move freely in this game , you need to use the mouse and click on specific places on the screen if you want to head there , but the problem is it sends you to preset locations and not the place you wanted to walk. it is like you are bunny hopping around the level, this makes figuring out where to go near impossible and i personally dont have the patience for it. in my opinion dont buy, its not worth the headache.
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5 of 23 people (22%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
I wanted to like this. I will admit the main reason I did purchase this was the well-endowed woman on the cover. What bothers me about this game, besides the awkward Myst-like navigation is the art style. The animation looks like poor early 1990's standard adventure fare and the characters and animation look like a strange cross between historical accuracy and a mutated version of Heavy Metal. It has a strange dark fantasy look and the character designs are ugly, in my opinion. Do not recommend.
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8.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
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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