atlantis has been taken over by the evil gargerensis and its your job to stop him have fun.
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[Edited on 10/17/03 @ 03:33 PM]
Good terrain and nice effects but Story? Hello? Bare objectives and no understandable story. total crap.
Like all reviews, there are spoilers:
When I first booted up the scenario, I saw a mostly empty burning city that resembled nothing like Atlantis. (save for the Atlantis tile terrain) I paused the game after a second or two to see the army of Gargarensis and his henchmen destroying "Atlantis", and guess what? I'm ALLIED WITH HIM. That's just wrong! Gargarensis is supposed to be my enemy, destroying my city, killing my peepies! A few seconds after unpausing the game, I've WON. I DON'T LIKE SCENARIOS THAT MADE ME WIN OR LOSE THE SECOND I STARTED IT UP. As for setting Gargarensis to enemy, see the balance section below. Judging by the Gaia city and blue flags to the south and some prisoners on my city, this is either supposed to be an escape or revenge scenario, with all the Gaia units and buildings being converted to you to build up an army to take back "Atlantis".
When I did set Gargarensis to be an enemy, I had literally, absolutely, hopelessly no chance of winning at all. Prisoners, even though they can't be attacked (either a bug or intentionally made like that by ES' dev team), do not count as solid units and therefore you will lose the scenario even if they're still around. Gargarensis and Kamos is in the northernmost part of the city beside a burning Poseidon Theater Wonder ruin, watching the chaos unfolding; My town center is being hammered by Einherjars; A Theocrat is being hunted down by a several hoplites and rained down upon by Manticore barbs; and Kastor is being...well...overwhelmed by Kemsyt and his gang of spearmen.
Gargarensis destroying Atlantis? Already done in the campaign, and obviously much better developed and executed. A scenario set in Atlantis? Already done loads of times. Winning a scenario in just a few seconds after i started it up? I have no idea. Your city being destroyed by your own allies? (see playability section) That is called GRIEFING.
Map Design: 2
The city, other than being aflame (effects) and in ruins (prebuilt), is mostly empty and there are some terrains that don't mix well on the map, like a hades hill in the middle of the Atlantean-tiled city. Nonetheless, I gave this a two because there is a wall of stone fences holding a herd of deer that looks cool, if unoriginal.
By the time Gargarensis was destroying Atlantis, Kamos was speared in the belly by Arkantos and then fell into a pile of granite boulders face-first and Kemsyt was beheaded by Ajax. Is there a logical explanation for all of this conundrum?
Is my review above too harsh? (or hilarious? or both?) Then don't let that take your spirits down. We all have to start somewhere, and a first step always leads to a giant leap! You may want to read and download some scenario designing tutorials a bit or take some advice from more prolific designers, and you'll be makin' good maps in no time! That is, if you're still active, of course... :(
P. S. I just like reviewing ages-old files, okay? :P