“National Geographic Games: Harold’s Lost Tomb” is a game categorized as seek & find type, produce - as you might figure out from its name - by National Geographic. This gives you an idea of the quality of the game which, on the other hand, it’s a disadvantage when you consider the large file you have to download to play it.
In this game, even when the mission is unique, you can select which character you want to play, between two possibilities. You can play Dr. Jennifer Dahl, a world famous archaeologist who has been searching for Herod’s lost tomb for many years. You will be using your amazing skill and knowledge, gained on the many archaeological sites throughout your career, to discover evidence from the past. You have a very high-tech approach, relying heavily on gadgetry such as handheld computers, satellite aerial imagery, portable DNA scanner, etc.
Or you can play Dr. Samuel Von Kirnitz, who has just replaced the recently retired head of your archaeological team, and is about to embark on an expedition. You are a bit of an adventurous man, and your numerous scientific research papers are authoritative on the subject. You had been assisting the retired professor for the last 3 years, and now your expertise of Herod is second to none.
So, let’s move on and know what this game is about. The story creates an environment and a goal for the game, which is a seek & find game, which means that you have to search for certain items in different scenes and find them in order to progress in the game. In this case, the scenarios will be represented by different places in the Roman Empire. You can see your current location at any time in the game map. The game has some twists though, if you compare it with other games of the same kind. The first obvious difference is that in this game you have to search for objects that may be hidden on the soil, and you will be able to see them if you uncover them with some special tools. Second, you have to find pieces of a manuscript in each scene, after the final goal of joining all the pieces to unveil the mysterious location of Harold’s tomb. The third special characteristic of the game is that it includes some extra minigames you can play.
When you first enter the game, you’ll be asked for a player name and then you’ll get to the main menu with the following options on it:
- Change Player & Profiles: the first time there’s no existing player. After you create one or more, they’ll be saved. When you enter into this submenu, you’ll be asked for a name as a new player. It’s possible to have a list of different players and record their performance. This way, you can play home tournaments with family and friends.
- Play: this option leads you to the game introduction. After that you’ll be reaching the first scene to play.
- Options: this is the menu from which you can set some game options like sound volume, music volume, and full screen.
- Credits and Exit: no further explanation required.
You can try this game for 60 minutes before you buy the licensed version. If you like it, you can buy this game for only 19.95 dollars, right from the Oberon Media Game Center, on the Web.
About the system requirements, is not that big computer that you need in order to run this game. Take a look to the list:
• 800 MHz CPU
• 512 MB RAM
- It’s very easy to learn how to play using the on-screen help
- It shows a great graphic development
- You can buy it for an affordable price
- The interface is only available in English
- It’s not a multiplayer game
- Use on network is not supported