A VERY worthy TRY in adventure games.
The games plot is really adventurous. You're an inventor that his brother is interested by Inquisition. The brother studies the artifacts that an uncle sends all the time as presents. Because of those the brother is arrested by the Inquisition and the story begins. In the start of the game you try to build the first flying machine ever and you finally do to escape the Inquisition. You try to save your brother. You travel to South Spain where you come across a girl, a pirate Captain's daughter. You travel with them and their ship was sunk by the Inquisition. The only survivors is you and the girl. You escape nearly to the pirates hide out and from there to Africa to save the brother, in the legendary "Tripoli" city and from there to the desert and Zerzura,the Lost White City, where they have the secret of immortality.
In your journey, you make inventions of the time trying to bypass things. The game is NOT difficult. For someone that has logic and played some adventures it will be incredibly easy. I finished it in 12 ours with the hotspots on. Someone that will NOT use the feature he'll may finish it in 14 hours. The game is really easy. Like many adventures of our time the game's target is to travel us and entertain us, not to stuck us on a riddle.
A really minus is when the inquisition tries to arrest you several times and there you have time limit, as much the one move that you have to think of. In any other case the character is murdered in front of your eyes and the game exits in the menus. Before every scene of that kind there is an autosave and you just can press the Continue game option. So , don't bother. But the fact that you'll die many times before you find the solution is really irritating.
The graphics are 3D from every perspective. A modern game. Though ,you'll not find the best textures, the picture quality is really good and it even supports HD. There are NO cinematics in the cutscenes. That's a minus. Just the story teller that says some words and hand drawn sketches but no complete pictures. Like a cutscene but no cutscene at all. Let's say they didn't want to make the background just black in those few words that the storry teller says. Anyway, from every other perspective the graphics are fine. When you take things or combine them , the style is like the older games. You just see the hands to move in most cases.
The sounds are not the best but are really good. The quality is of the voices fair as much as the speaking. Ok with the music,too.
One thing that I liked much is the saves speed. You really could NOT say that you really were saving a game. You pressed ok and it was instant. The computer never slowed down.
With an interesting story line and plot, good graphics, modern game features. I would say that we have to do with a very good game. Some could take it aside "Lost Horizon" because of the plot. But the last one is really MORE... As much is older the game promises more. "Lost Chronicles of Zerzura" in the other hand is made by people that make a good entry at this market.
But in any case you have to try it! It's really entertaining and the story line is sand box like,thing that make it really interesting!