Echo: Secrets of the Lost Cavern (2005)
Publisher The Adventure Company
Developer Kheops Studio

Secret of the Lost Cavern is another edutainment Myst-clone adventure in the tradition of old Cryo titles. Coming from Kheops Studios, the developers responsible for Egypt 3, also published by the Adventure Company, this game attempt to take us to the Prehistoric Age.

The storyline revolves around the famed Lascaux Caverns of France, where our direct ancestors, the Cro Magnon humans, have left a significant legacy of wall paintings. The hero, Arok, is a young hunter/ gatherer who is more interested in painting, however. He soon discovers that he can influence the world around him by painting on the cavern walls, as he searches for a mysterious mentor.

Gameplay is based around the classic transition of the player from node to node by simply clicking on screen wherever an arrow appears. There is no free movement but the player can move the camera by 360 degrees around him in each node. The riddles comprise of picking up items and either using them in the proper hotspot or combining them with other items. The element of the wall paintings adds some new elements to this well-known gameplay mechanism.

The educational element of the game is thankfully more pronounced than it was in the last Egypt installment and it is better interwoven in the gameplay. When new important information appears in the game's encyclopedia, the player in notified by a shell icon. The educational information is actually both interesting and it offers helpful hints about the game's riddles.

Use your wits and powers of observation to survive the vast wilderness as your journey leads you to one of mankind's forgotten wonders. Experience your adventure through the eyes of Arok and meet many fascinating characters. Contend with the wild world where fishing, hunting, gathering, and mysterious shamanist ceremonies are all part of the struggle for survival as you unravel the secrets of the lost cavern. Also featured is an integrated encyclopedia filled with historically accurate data on the Paleolithic period, while detailed graphics of ancient rivers, troglodyte caves, and green valleys will take players back to the dawn of human existence. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS - Windows 98/ME/2000/XP / Pentium III 600 MHz (800 MHz recommended) / 16x CD-ROM Drive (24x CD-ROM recommended) / 64 MB RAM / 64 MB DirectX Compatible 3D Video Card / DirectX 7 Compatible Sound Card / Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers ESRB = T Teen

Alternate Titles

* "Secret of the Lost Cavern: Tajemnica Zaginionej Jaskini" -- Polish Title
* "Secret of the Lost Cavern" -- UK Title
* "Lascaux Project" -- Working Title
* "El Secreto de la Caverna Perdida" -- Spanish Title
* "Das Geheimnis der vergessenen Höhle" -- German Title
* "Au Coeur de Lascaux" -- French Title

Product Details
UPC 625904473509
Format CD-Rom
No. of Disks 1
Language English
Audience Rating Everyone
Completed No