When one brother is taken away by the Inquisition, the other must search for answers that will set his imprisoned sibling free. You’ll be quickly immersed in an extraordinary expedition, as you explore the ravishingly beautiful and detailed locations and solve a unique combination of puzzles, mini-games, and other challenges within the...
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Release Date: Jul 10, 2014

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“Good puzzles with intelligent difficulty levels. Nice overall length. Fantastic artwork. Exciting story filled with twists and turns.”
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“...Lost Chronicles of Zerzura combines all the right elements to create a thoroughly enjoyable old-school adventure.”
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About This Game

Join a young inventor on the expedition of his life. A remarkable journey from Spain, across the Mediterranean, to distant Africa; a quest to save his own soul and lives of those he holds most dear.

Two brothers operate a workshop that is well ahead of its time in Barcelona of 1514. It's the time of the golden epoch of the Renaissance, a time of discoveries and inventions; but also the brutal age of the Inquisition.

One brother puts all his efforts into building a flying machine, while the other dreams of Egypt and mysterious art treasures. The advanced ideas and exotic fantasies weaved by the pair arouses the suspicions of the Grand Inquisitor.

Quite suddenly their small world is turned upside down as one brother is taken away by the Inquisition; leaving the other alone to search for answers that will set his imprisoned sibling free.

Explore the ravishingly beautiful and detailed locations of this remarkable adventure as you become immersed in this mysterious medieval tale and solve a unique combination of puzzles, mini-games, and other challenges that are perfectly integrated within this breathtaking storyline.

Evade further attacks by the inquisition, and forge strong alliances with those you meet along the way. Trek across different countries and cultures and eventually to the legendary desert city of ZERZURA, where an ancient terror guards over powerful secrets - and poses the greatest challenge of all!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AGP/PCI-E Graphics card with : Shader Model 2, DirectX®9 compatible, - min. 128MB VRAM (ATI Radeon 9800 or NVidia GeForce 6800) / Integrated (onboard)-graphics: Graphics with Shader Model 2, DirectX®9-compatible, min. 128 MB VRAM (Intel GMA x4500, ATI Mobility Radeon 9800 or NVIDIA GeForce Go 9800)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Sadly, this game crashes for me after about 15 minutes of play. I would love to play it, if the bugs were fixed.
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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2015
Lost Chronicles of Zerzura (Adventure)

There are three tabs in the Settings panel: Game, Graphics, and Sound. Options include subtitles, game cursor, additional help, and hotspot indicator under Game; screen resolution from 640x480 up to 1920x1080, gamma (brightness), and quality under "Graph."; and separate sliders for general, music, speech, effects, and environment.

This is a classic point-and-click style adventure game, hence you'll need to save manually. I completely forgot about this until the moment I got killed, and that sinking feeling of, "Oh no... do I have to do all of that again? *faint* " was quickly dispelled by the game's auto-save (blessed be!) Still, to be safe, I HIGHLY recommend saving often!

One irritation that I frequently see voiced about this kind of adventure is that the characters walk. so. slowly. Not an issue in this game! Your character automatically runs anywhere you click on the screen, and you can double-click on exits to skip the running altogether.

The game progresses via voiced-over, simple cutscenes, whilst the rest of the graphics are quite detailed and lovely to look at. The voices are done well, but the music annoyed me. Good thing we have those sliders for the sounds!

There are a few issues with the subtitles, in that sometimes the actors aren't saying exactly what's written on the screen. It's a bit jarring when it comes up, but not so much that I wanted to turn off the subtitles.

Interactions with other characters are pretty straightforward -- click on them to talk to them, then choose an image that represents what you'd like to talk about. Our character's text is white, whilst other characters have their own colors. Very nice, as it helps you distinguish who's talking, on the off chance that you don't recognize their voice. You don't have to wait for the people to finish speaking if you're a fast reader -- simply click anywhere to move the conversation along.

Bring your cursor to the bottom of the screen to see your inventory, and to the top of the screen to see the options there: Magnifying glass (hotspot indicator), Papers (save/load game), and a Book (your diary.) Sadly, the diary sometimes mentions things that you haven't discovered yet, so I only read it occasionally.

Your inventory is easily managed. Hover your mouse over an item to see the object's title (ie. carved stone,) and right-click to examine it more closely or to consume it. Grab something from your inventory and drop it on another item to combine them. If you'd like to save some time, anywhere you can use an object -- whether it's a specific place on the screen or by combining it -- the cursor will gradually turn red when it's an action you can take. For instance (completely made up, this isn't a spoiler,) say you have a loaf of bread and a knife in your inventory. Grab the knife, hold it over the loaf of bread, and if if you need sliced bread for something, the cursor will start to turn red. You could just drop it on the loaf of bread and skip that entirely, but when you have 15 things in your possession, and you're not sure what you're supposed to be doing, it's a real time-saver! :D

I played without extra help (although I did have to use the hotspot indicator), and all of the tasks I was able to figure out eventually. This is a game with mostly-logical actions, which is something I highly appreciate! My one point of contention is that sometimes I would find something I KNEW I needed to interact with, but nothing in my inventory worked! Save yourself some frustration, and click on interesting areas more than once to see if anything changes. Wish I'd known that sooner!

This, like most point-and-click adventures, is a slow-paced game, though it does have its moments. The story is interesting enough, and the devs did a pretty good job keeping anachronisms out of the game.

This was a nice stop-down from the action-adventures I've been playing lately. I'd say it's definitely worth playing. :)
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2015
Short version: 86%
Lost Chronicles of Zerzura is a mostly forgotten, yet surprisingly excellent point ‘n’ click adventure with a great story, balanced difficulty, and decent English voice acting. If you haven’t discovered this gem yet, I suggest buying it.

Long version:
Lost Chronicles of Zerzura is one of those point ‘n’ click adventure games practically nobody heard of. It was made by the same company that created the Guild series, and their love for post-classical age European history shows in the early 16th century Spanish and Northern African settings.

The story starts in Spain, in the era when the iron fist of the Inquisition was stronger than any other authority, where we meet an inventor who tries to build the first flying machine… something that doesn’t bode well in this environment. The focus is not on the science versus religion aspect though but the classic adventure feeling. There is everything you can think of, starting with a search for a lost city, to a sea battle, pirates, prison break-in, and of course some clue gathering at ancient Egyptian sites and a secular mountain monastery. All completed with a mandatory spunky female love interest and a few other stock characters.
But it is not cheesy; everything is handled seriously from plot elements to scenes and characters, and the absolutely gorgeous hand-drawn scenery.

The game uses simple mechanics to advance: you gather items and use them with each other or with certain scene elements. Most of the tasks are fairly logical, so it is easy to keep pace. Even when you need some guesswork, it is unlikely to get stuck for long.

If this originally German-only title would have seen the international market a lot sooner, it really could have been a classic among adventure gamers. Too bad it was this late to the scene.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
'Zerzura' is a traditional point and click adventure. On seeing its logo you might suspect it to be a hidden object game. But is a point and click adventure with a reasonable plot and length of playtime.

The game is based around two young men around 20 years old in Spain during the time of the Inquisition. One of them fancies himself as a competitior to Leonardo Da Vinci. Lots of the puzzles are centered around him inventing things. His brother is early on sought out by the Inquisition and the rest of the game is centered around the younger brother finding him and then discovering why he was so persecuted.

The game mechanics are very much old adventure game style. You can talk with people to advance the plot, use objects together to create new devices and use things in your inventory with objects in the environment to help your character.

Best points:
The graphics are really quite pretty.
Useful highlighting of hot spots.
The soundtrack is nothing exceptional but decent.
The voice acting for the English version is really very good.
The plot is engaging until just before the end. The ending itself is a bit dull.

Worst points:
The main character thinks he's some kind of genius of invention but the puzzle solutions involve some bad, bad ideas. People that understand Physics and Engineering need to prepare themselves for covering their eyes and forgiving the writers.
The main character needs an injection of personality.
The main character develops a disturbing case of Stockholm syndrome which makes a small chunk of the game just feel weird.

In summary: The game's main flaws are the about main character but he isn't too annoying to stop the game being worth buying. It's an above mediocre point and click with good production but occasionally mad puzzle design.

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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
Played for two hours so far and am really liking this one. The art, puzzles, and atmosphere are all top notch. I am not super into point & click adventure games, but this one stands out for me. The setting is simply great, and all the little details are really amazing. I highly recommend this game to any adventure game enthusiast, or even causual gamers who like a good story with some challenging, but solvable puzzles.

Its tone is a little like lost Horizon (similar title with no relation), but the production value and art style of Zerzura is far more evolved.

Overall, this is a great game that is well worth your time, even at full price, which is $10 cheaper then the boxed version.
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
First impressions:

I've played for about 45 minutes so far.

(optional let's play footage)
The game use a 2D background with 3D characters and objects over it. It doesn't look too bad. Initially I noticed a bit of contrast between the the 3D and 2D but these usually seemed to blend together most of the time. The game nice peaceful music playing at all times.

It's a point and click adventure problem solving game. You inspect objects, pick stuff up, use objects together to find solutions to problems. It is typical sort of stuff you in the genre.

It is not a fast game. You spend a lot of time listening to the protagonist's monologue about everything you try to do or look at. There is a lot trial an error finding solutions to objectives. Some of the dialogue is amusing; the protagonist is an inventor and does not speak kindly of Da Vinci who is a rival inventor for him. I kind of liked the part where you actually 'design' inventions by sitting down in the workshop and drawing sketches by combining ideas together. Some of them look pretty funny.

The game isn't too bad. I wouldn't of it's kind but I couldn't find any major problems with it. I would recommend is looking for games like this.

Click here for more let’s play videos =)
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
First of all, this is one of the best adventure games I have played lately and the most underrated so. I bought this game more on a whim, because my first impression was it was a hidden object game. Very bad advertising work, nothing really charmed me into buying other than the fact that i am a hardcore adventure gamer and one of the trailers looked promising.

The game turned out to be a lot better than expected, a very enjoyable experience. The strongest point of the game are the puzzles, logical and entertaining. The story is not bad either, fitted with a nice historical angle, althoughcould have been a little more developed. Still, very entertaining and a must buy for all adventure lovers.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
I played a lot of point and clicks as a kid, they had some charm in then, even if i didn't understand a word of english. It was all trial and error, but i still loved them very much. Then as my teen years came i switched on to rpg's and shooters. Now as an adult, and a steam user, abundance of cheap games that one can just buy without thinking too much, i saw this.

The screens reminded me of my childhood, mainly about Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, and i thought "I haven't played a game like this in ages, it's cheap so not a big loss if it isn't good". But it is! It's awesome. Voice acting is good, graphics are extremely well done, and very detailed (the guys peeking in from the windows at Uncle Tabit's shop :D) Since i don't have much experience really in this genre, the puzzles are sometimes a bit hard to me, but so far, i've managed without googling.

There's also a helpful tool that shows POI's on the screen if you get lost. Sometimes an item is pretty well camouflaged in the background (Yes, i'm looking at you water pressure invention).

The atmosphere is great, it's easy to immerse in this one. All the characters i have met so far are good, even when they're a bit annoying, they're still annoying in a good way like "oh man, do you really have to be that obsessed about that one thing!?!".

I really don't have anything bad to say about this game, not at yet at least. I haven't finished it yet at the time of writing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Traditional point and click game with all of the pros and cons usually inherent in the style. The game has beautiful 2d art with a surprisingly varied number of sets in many different locales. An enticing story placed just close enough to believable to preserve immersion while being whimsical enough to keep some air of mystery and curiousity.

The puzzles are pretty good in my opinion. I'm sure the case could be made that some are too easy compared to other point and clicks but I found it refreshing that most of them actually made sense. Logic is usually enough to get though each scenario and only a couple of times did I need to resort to the "ol' rub everything I am currently carrying against everything in the environment 'till something happens" routine.

The mechanics are basically what you might expect and are solid. My one very minor "gripe" in this regard may be the inventory which "auto-hides" a bit too quicly for my taste.

The character animations are fairly clunky at times with jarring walk/run animations and some oddly paced cut-scenes (ex. two characters having a sword fight loses some excitment when the swords clearly phase through eachother at odd movement speeds) The voice acting is pretty good with a surprising amount of decently written dialog. My only complaint here is the accents which don't always fit the character or the setting.

If you can grab it on sale like I did, there is quite a lot of value here. My complaints are pretty minor and if you appreciate a good point and click which is "true to form" you will enjoy Lost Chronicles of Zerzura. I know I certainly did!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
If you like classic point & click adventures this game is not a bad purchase, especially if it's on sale.
Not among the best, but far from the worst of the genre, it's good for somewhere around 15 leisurely paced hours of entertainment.

Most of the puzzles are fairly easy, and some bordering on trivial, but a few may cause some headscratching and the dreaded try everything with everything else syndrome common to the genre. I only found one of them nonsensical enough to be really frustrating however, as for the most part things made plausible sense.

Another common problem with this type of game is pixelhunting, when some utterly insignificant part of the screen happens to contain an important hot-spot that is almost indistinguishable from it's surroundings. There a a couple of those in this game, like a small nail in a wall and a slightly irregular spot in the sand.
This is not a big deal though, because there is a hot-spot indicator in the game that you can turn on or off as you please.

Graphically I'd say it's atmospheric and nice looking, but nothing to write home about. Some animations look a little silly or jerky from time to time, but there really isn't much movement going on aside from your charachter running around anyway, so no biggie.

As for audio, there is sound, and there is also music, none of it terrible or out of place and none of it particularly good.
The voice acting is mostly low key and imo mediocre, but not bad.

The story and writing is ok if you don't expect too much from it. The greatest weakness, I think, is that the characters are flat, predictable and uninteresting. Also, the ending is ridiculously underwhelming.

Now, looking at this review, one might think this game is mediocre at best. Well, it may not be a masterpiece, but I found my playthrough enjoyable despite a few shortcomings. There are better games, yes, but there is also a ton of much worse ones. All in all it beats watching TV and if you get it on sale i'ts well worth the money.
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8.3 hrs
Posted: October 8
This is Cranberry's last adventure game and sadly also their worst. It's far too easy and the story isn't very interesting. The environments are really nice, but character modelling and animations feel 10 years older than the rest of the game.

Their older titles in the Black Mirror series are far better, play those instead.
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39.2 hrs
Posted: October 2
Really dug this game. The art, music, and gameplay is great. The puzzles, namely, are just difficult enough to figure out and keep the story going. Definitely recommend if you're a fan of adventure games.
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11.9 hrs
Posted: September 17
Great game, art and story!
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0.8 hrs
Posted: August 13
The game crashes every 15 minutes or so. I contacted support as instructed in the pinned post, and haven't heard back from them in over 30 days.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: March 20
4 times crashed at 40 minutes
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14.3 hrs
Posted: February 13
The game is awsome and I like the story. Backgrounds and art elements are very nice and beautiful. Puzzles are good placed in story. The actors voice are great and the background sound are very good. I realy enjoy playing the game. my score is 5/5.
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9.8 hrs
Posted: December 21, 2015
Good game. Feels like a boys own Adventure or something of that nature. It has logical puzzles and a fun story. A really nice game. An Adventure game that feels like you are going on an Adventure.
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