|Publisher(s)||Cryo Interactive (Europe) |
DreamCatcher Interactive (North America)
|Producer(s)||Rémi Herbulot, Jean-Martial Lefranc, Philippe Ulrich|
Atlantis II, known as Beyond Atlantis in North America, is 1999 graphic adventure game developed and published by Cryo Interactive. The sequel to Atlantis: The Lost Tales, it follows the story of Ten, a mystical being that travels across time to defeat the Bearer of Dark. Players assume the role of Ten and solve puzzles in locations such as China, Ireland and the Yucatán.
Atlantis II was a commercial success, with sales of 180,000 units after fewer than two months of release. It ultimately sold 160,000 units in France alone, and became one of distributor Dreamcatcher Interactive's most popular titles in North America. The game was followed by Atlantis III: The New World.
The game features a "point and click" interface, full 3D panning, puzzles of varied difficulty, conversations with other characters, and a fully orchestrated musical score.
Ten the Bearer of Light journeys to Shambhala to confront the Bearer of Dark so that balance can be returned to the Universe. To find Shambhala, he must gather the pieces that make up the "road to Shambhala" from different locations and time periods – China, Ireland and the Yucatán. When Ten ventures into one of the places, he transforms into a different person on a unique quest. In China, Ten is a civil servant saving the land from drought. In Ireland, Ten is a monk named Felim helping the locals fulfill an old myth. In Yucatán, Ten is Tepec who serves the king and has to awaken Quetzalcoatl to save the land from famine. Finally in Shambella, Ten meets Queen Rhea and ensures that the Bearer of Dark is imprisoned.
According to French newspaper Les Échos, Atlantis II was a commercial hit, with sales of 180,000 units by late December 1999. This number rose to 200,000 units by April 2000. By late 2001, the game had sold 160,000 units in France alone. It went on to become a best-seller in the United States. Market research firm PC Data reported that Atlantis II sold 64,625 copies in North America during 2000, of which 23,327 sales derived from December. An additional 84,237 units were sold in the region for 2001, and 9,317 during the first six months of 2002. In 2003, Ghislain Pages of DreamCatcher's European branch remarked that Atlantis II had become "one of the leading products of DreamCatcher in the States", and a sign that European adventures could achieve popularity in the country.
In Computer Gaming World, Audrey Wells wrote, "Steer clear if you're not a fan of developer Cryo's work, but if you like immersing yourself in a beautiful world and solving puzzles, Beyond Atlantis is for you."
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