'The Secret Of The Nautlius' – Facts & Screens

by Patrick on May 13, 2002 @ 3:35 p.m. PDT

The 21st century, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic. The USS Shark, a nuclear submarine on an exploration mission, detects a strange echo on its sonar. No one on board can identify it – is it a creature from the depths or a man-made creation? One thing is sure, never in living memory has a sonar operator ever heard anything like it. The crew of the Shark is divided: should they go and investigate or wait and observe? The Secret of the Nautilus - inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - is released for PC CD-Rom priced £29.99 in May 2002.

The Secret of the Nautlius – Inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

A young archaeologist on board doesn’t hesitate. He launches a mini-submarine and dives down into the heart of the ocean. As he gets nearer, he can make out a ship constructed of steel and held together with nuts and bolts floating between two waters. He docks in the water lock and enters what is the Nautilus

“I am not what you might call a civilised man! I broke all ties with society for reasons that I alone have the right to appreciate.” Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

This is the starting point for the player to explore the mythical submarine and find that the Nautilus is not completely empty - Captain Nemo has devised a form of artificial intelligence well ahead of its time which has taken control of the vessel. At the beginning of the game, the captain’s creation thinks he’s returned and allows the player to explore the ship as they wish. It soon realises that there is an intruder, so it tests him and then tries to eliminate him. The pace heats up, with the player having to explore and understand the vessel’s functions and survive and discover the drama that unfolds on board the Nautilus.

The secret of the Nautilus is a thrilling adventure game with a subjective point of view, in magnificent sets with pre-rendered images, which at long last gives life to one of Jules Verne’s most famous characters, the first submarine ever. The game’s scenario offers a new vision of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, with hitherto unrevealed highlights of the tale of Captain Nemo, his fate and the origin of the Nautilus.

The cynical humor that Nemo has endowed the artificial intelligence with, the complex enigmas and the intensity of the action, constantly renewed by the fresh challenges laid down by the A.I., make The Secret of the Nautilus the ideal game to relive the sensations of the work of the master of adventure and scientific anticipation.

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