The Secret of the Nautilus

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The Secret of the Nautilus
The Secret of the Nautilus
Box art for The Secret of the Nautilus
Developer(s)Cryo Interactive[1]
Publisher(s)[1]
Platform(s)Windows PC
Release
  • EU: 2002
  • NA: April 29, 2002
[1]
Genre(s)First-person fantasy adventure[1]
Mode(s)Single-player

The Secret of the Nautilus[2] (known as The Mystery of the Nautilus in the US) is a 2002 adventure video game, inspired by Jules Verne's science fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It was developed by Cryo Interactive and released for Microsoft Windows based PCs.

Development[edit]

The characters in The Secret of the Nautilus are based on original 19th century engravings as published in Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, despite the game taking place in the 21st century.[3] These characters include Némo, and a giant octopus.[4] The game is similar in theme to The Adventure Company's later games which include Return to Mysterious Island, Return to Mysterious Island 2, and Voyage: Inspired by Jules Verne.

An official press release launching the game was published in Aachen in January 2002.[5] In February 2002, Adventure Archiv released a preview and reported the game was due to be released on European shelves in March of that year.[3] The preview displayed the main character with new facial features. Cryo Interactive also assigned the project to the new development studio T-Bot, which incorporated a new game design.[3] The game was also reported to be coming out on CD and DVD for the MAC, however the release dates of these versions were not yet known.[3]

Plot[edit]

The game is set under the sea in the 21st century, where during a scientific assignment, a young oceanographer enters into a strange type of submarine hidden on an undersea rock shelf. The vessel turns out to be the famous Nautilus which was abandoned a great many years earlier by Captain Nemo.

Gameplay[edit]

The game plays as a Myst-clone first-person adventure game, in which the player navigates through a series of computer generated screens to interact with the environment and solve puzzles.

Reception[edit]

By 2004, global sales of The Secret of the Nautilus had surpassed 117,000 copies.[6]

Süddeutsche Zeitung felt that while the game would attract fans of Jules Verne, they would become dismayed by the game's "combintion puzzles".[7] Reviewer Four Fat Chicks felt the small hotspots, and timed sections, let the game down.[8]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
Metzomagic3/5[9]
Gry Online4.3/10[10]
Adventure Archiv60%[11]
Old PC Gaming2/5 stars[12]
Bonusweb.cz67%[13]
Gamezone.deNegative[14][15]
Przygodoskop1/5[16]
Spazio Games7.5/10[17]
4Players62%[18][19][20][21]
Just Adventure (Ray Ivey)C[22]
Just Adventure (Robert Freese)B[23]
GameOver69%[27]
JeuxPCVideoMixed[28]
Computer Idea6.5/10[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mystery of the Nautilus Release Information for PC - GameFAQs". www.gamefaqs.com.
  2. ^ "Nautilus - Microids". www.julesverne-game.com. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  3. ^ a b c d Slydos. "Jules Verne - 20,000 Miles Under the Sea - Preview english". www.adventure-archiv.com.
  4. ^ "julesverne.cryogame.com". 19 February 2003. Archived from the original on 19 February 2003.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ slydos. "News 30-01-02 Jules Vernes - 20.000 Meilen unter dem Meer". www.adventure-archiv.com.
  6. ^ "Product Info - Return to Mysterious Island". Mindscape. Archived from the original on December 10, 2004.
  7. ^ "Da hört der Spaß am Spiel auf". 9 March 2018 – via Sueddeutsche.de.
  8. ^ "Four Fat Chicks -- The Mystery of the Nautilus Review". www.tap-repeatedly.com.
  9. ^ "The Secret of the Nautilus / Mystery of the Nautilus Review by metzomagic.com". www.metzomagic.com.
  10. ^ "Sekret Nautilusa, Jules Verne: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (PC) - GRYOnline.pl". GRY-Online.pl.
  11. ^ slydos. "Jules Verne - The Secret of the Nautilus - 20,000 Miles Under the Sea - Review English". www.adventure-archiv.com.
  12. ^ "Nautilus (2002) - PC Review and Full Download - Old PC Gaming". www.oldpcgaming.net.
  13. ^ "The Secret of the Nautilus". iDNES.cz. 11 April 2002.
  14. ^ "Das Geheimnis der Nautilus: 20.000 Rätsel unter dem Meer - Leser-Test von BigJim".
  15. ^ "Das Geheimnis der Nautilus: 20.000 Rätsel unter dem Meer - Leser-Test von BigJim".
  16. ^ Czajkowski, Michał. "Sekret Nautilusa - recenzja - gra przygodowa - przygodówka :: Przygodoskop". www.przygodoskop.pl.
  17. ^ "Il segreto del Nautilus Recensione - SpazioGames.it".
  18. ^ "Das Geheimnis der Nautilus - Test, Adventure - 4Players.de".
  19. ^ "Das Geheimnis der Nautilus - Test, Adventure - 4Players.de".
  20. ^ "Das Geheimnis der Nautilus - Test, Adventure - 4Players.de".
  21. ^ "Test (Wertung) zu Das Geheimnis der Nautilus (Adventure) - 4Players.de".
  22. ^ "The Mystery of the Nautilus - Just Adventure + Review". 13 February 2003. Archived from the original on 13 February 2003.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  23. ^ "The Mystery of the Nautilus - Just Adventure + Review". 3 April 2003. Archived from the original on 3 April 2003.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  24. ^ "The Adrenaline Vault - PC Review - The Mystery of the Nautilus". 7 February 2003. Archived from the original on 7 February 2003.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  25. ^ "The Adrenaline Vault - PC Review - The Mystery of the Nautilus". 8 March 2003. Archived from the original on 8 March 2003.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  26. ^ "The Adrenaline Vault - PC Review - The Mystery of the Nautilus". 15 May 2003. Archived from the original on 15 May 2003.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  27. ^ "GameOver - Mystery of the Nautilus". 10 August 2002. Archived from the original on 10 August 2002.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  28. ^ M6web. "Test de Le Secret Du Nautilus". jeuxvideo.fr.
  29. ^ "Computer idea 73". VNU Business Publications Italia – via Internet Archive.

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