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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?
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 the 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

    • 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
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,331 products in account
56 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
A Decent Point & Click with only a real minor flaw in its navigation system however worth checking out!

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Posted: June 11th, 2014
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
103 products in account
13 reviews
3.7 hrs on record
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 expedited the fall of Carthage. The art design is very creative but a llittle 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.
Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
54 products in account
6 reviews
3.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 12th, 2014
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
544 products in account
13 reviews
7.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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2 reviews
1.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 11th, 2014
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