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Reviewed: Return to Mysterious Island
Producer: The Adventure Company
Required System: PC, minimum processor 800 MHz, 64 MB Ram, 64 MB DirectX 9 video card
Overall Rating:
Author: Michael Ahlf
Date: March 2nd, 2005


For many of us, the works of Jules Verne are wonderful memories of childhood fantasy, and predictions of what would be possible for the future. The adventures of Captain Nemo and other great heroes of Verne's imagination, as well as their self-reliance, can stand as a model for modern ingenuity in the face of trouble.

So, naturally, his characters and ideas have been transmitted to other mediums. The anime Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is based on the novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Most of Verne's novels, including 20,000 Leagues, have been made into movies. Some of his characters have been co-opted, such as the use of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus in the comic series and movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

The Adventure Company's take was to start with a slightly lesser-known Jules Verne novel, Return to Mysterious Island. Readers of the novel well know how Nemo stayed on the island when it supposedly exploded, and the premise exploited by the writers is a simple option - that the "death" of the island is an exaggeration, designed to protect Nemo's solitude.

Thus they came up with a brilliant way to allow players of the game, whether they had read the novel or not, to go back and examine what the Mysterious Island might be like years after the men of the novel were rescued.

Added:  Thursday, March 03, 2005
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Page: 1/3

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