Galleon (video game)

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Galleon
Galleon.jpg
Developer(s) Confounding Factor
Publisher(s)
Designer(s) Toby Gard
Platform(s) Xbox, Mobile phone
Release date(s) Xbox
  • EU: June 11, 2004
  • NA: August 3, 2004
Mobile
  • NA: August 26, 2004
  • EU: August 26, 2004
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player

Galleon (Galleon: Islands of Mystery in the U.S. version) is an action-adventure game that was developed by Toby Gard and Confounding Factor, and released by Square Enix Europe and Atlus for the Xbox and mobile phones.

Plot for Gameplay[edit]

Chapter 1: Akbah[edit]

Rhama Sabrier has received a letter from Dr. Areliano, stating that he is fascinated about his ship, and wants Rhama to come help investigate this situation. Arriving at dock, Rhama is introduced by Dr. Areliano's servant, Jabez. He is in quite a hurry, as he is aware that Areliano would be back soon, however Rhama would like to visit the shop, as he is low on stock.

Chapter 2: Calverly[edit]

Chapter 3: The Storm[edit]

Chapter 4: Slave Pit[edit]

Chapter 5: Slave Palace[edit]

Chapter 6: Ankon[edit]

Chapter 7: Epheremy[edit]

Development[edit]

Announced in Edge in 1997, the game went through various incarnations and publishers. As the original designer of Lara Croft, Toby Gard left Core Design shortly after the first Tomb Raider game was released. Galleon was to be his first independent title following the original Tomb Raider. Galleon was delayed and eventually ported from the original PlayStation to the Dreamcast to the GameCube (as Galleon: Islands of Mystery[1]) and eventually to the Xbox. The graphical style of the game was intended to have a comic book feel as well as being influenced by Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad films and Burt Lancaster vehicles.[2] Gard has since returned to Eidos Interactive as a design consultant for the Tomb Raider franchise. The soundtrack was originally composed by Lee Nicklen, though due to breach of contract and the publishers not paying him, the music is now available for free under the GNU license.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
mobile Xbox
1UP.com N/A C+[3]
Edge N/A 7/10[4]
EGM N/A 4.5/10[5]
Eurogamer N/A 6/10[6]
Game Informer N/A 4.25/10[7]
GameSpot 7.2/10[8] 7/10[9]
GameSpy N/A 3.5/5 stars[10]
GameZone N/A 7.5/10[11]
IGN N/A 8.2/10[12]
OXM N/A 6.8/10[13]
The Times N/A 4/5 stars[14]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 72%[15] 67%[16]
Metacritic N/A 67/100[17]

The Xbox version received "average" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN staff (October 17, 2001). "Galleon: Islands of Mystery (Preview)". IGN. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Toby Gard: Let the battle begin". The Independent. April 18, 2004. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ Irwin, Mary Jane (August 9, 2004). "Galleon [Islands of Mystery]". 1UP.com. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ Edge staff (June 2004). "Galleon". Edge (137): 98. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ EGM staff (November 2004). "Galleon: Islands of Mystery". Electronic Gaming Monthly (184): 150. 
  6. ^ Reed, Kristan (June 21, 2004). "Galleon". Eurogamer. 
  7. ^ Miller, Matt (October 2004). "Galleon [Islands of Mystery]". Game Informer (138): 140. 
  8. ^ Mearls, Mike (August 26, 2004). "Galleon: Dawn Review". GameSpot. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ Navarro, Alex (August 6, 2004). "Galleon: Islands of Mystery Review". GameSpot. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ Turner, Benjamin (August 6, 2004). "GameSpy: Galleon [Islands of Mystery]". GameSpy. Archived from the original on November 2, 2005. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ Lafferty, Michael (August 5, 2004). "Galleon [Islands of Mystery] - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on April 16, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (August 4, 2004). "Galleon: Islands of Mystery". IGN. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Galleon: Islands of Mystery". Official Xbox Magazine: 74. September 2004. 
  14. ^ "Galleon". The Times. June 19, 2004. Retrieved December 20, 2015. (subscription required)
  15. ^ "Galleon: Dawn for Mobile". GameRankings. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Galleon: Islands of Mystery for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Galleon: Islands of Mystery for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 

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