El Dorado is a
3D-Comic-Adventure using 3rd person-perspective and keyboard control. However this
keyboard control is rather precise and the game can be well controlled. The characters
react without delay to your commands, they don't suddenly walk into objects or somewhere,
where one cannot see them any longer and can't control them, as we know it from keyboard
controlled 3D-games by Cryo.
Depending on different situations, you
alternating control one of our two heroes - Tulio or Miguel - with the arrow keys. The
other one will follow automatical or waits until the action is up to him. You
simply must fall in love with the funny friends of our heroes, the noble horse Altivo and
the intelligent cuddlesome Bibo - invented by movie maker DreamWorks, not
Revolution, I must concede. They always help Tulio and Miguel when there seems no way out.
In addition to the arrow keys there are 3
special keys for creeping, running and jumping aside, but you don't have to use them very
often - a pleasant fact. The two races with a jaguar-monster at the end of the game were
no problem and could be mastered well.
Inventory can be opened with the
Return-key, to use objects or interact with them you hit the Strg-key. The number of
objects within the inventory is limited, so there is no endless trying for hours with
different inventory items. It's always clear, what to do.
In the affectionately drawn and clearly
arranged environment important objects always light up when Tulio or Miguel come near, so
there's no strenuous pixel hunting. The graphics are well made and appealing, even if our
heroes are still somewhat angular in close-ups. The plentiful video sequences are clips
from the original movie, sometimes they do not correspond exactly to the flow of the game,
but I must say that it isn't disturbing by any means.
On the whole the game shows the framework
plot of the movie, but naturally elements from the movie were taken away. In other respect
the game is enhanced to insert puzzles and tasks in a logical way.
There is one point of minus for the badly
synchronized lip movements. The dubbing actors are very good indeed (I think they already
dubbed the original movie), but actually the lips are often moving and moving on, after
our heroes already said everything. But the funny comments and cross-talks of Tulio and
Miguel are atoning this in every respect.
It is not a difficult game, but the puzzles
do require some knack of combination and skills. They are simpler to solve than the
puzzles of the two Broken Sword games, but they are of the same funny and inventive type.
Here I recognized the old Revolution style throughout. A masterpiece is outwitting the
sailor in the ship's antinode, George and Nico wouldn't have done it better!
Unfortunately I have to draw another
comparison here too: Like in the Broken Sword games some dilemmas always occured, Tulio
and Miguel also must fight against the perfidies of the program. In my case I was
concerned with a spider, which could spring over or from a down-driving elevator, on which
I should actually put it and unfortunately always put it in vain. With its unexpected jump
arts this spider could unfortunately always and from any position achieve our heroes and
bite them. Enervated I finally gave up and used a savegame of a more successful gamer
(thanks to Ludwig Kratz of www.gamepad.de!) to
game on. Unfortunately I do not know how my methodology caused this dilemma til this day.
Fortunately no further problems ocurred.
Subsumption: The game is (unfortunately
!!!) short, but nevertheless I extremely enjoyed it. Gold and Glory - The Road to El
Dorado is funny and most ingenious, the puzzles really make fun. The price is also
unusually low, so its a must-buy for adventurefans.
Therefore I rate the game with 80% : simply
Minimal system requirements:
- PII 233 Mhz (recommended 300 Mhz)
- 8 MB graphic card, 640x480 32 bit (recommended 16 MB)
- 100% DirectX7-kompatible sound card
- 32 MB RAM (recommended 64 MB RAM)
- 466 MB on hard disk
- 4x CD-ROM drive
- Windows 98
- Pentium III 600 Mhz
- Elsa Erazor III
Pro graphic card
- 128 MB RAM
Adventure-Archiv rating system:
- 80% - 100% excellent game, very recommendable
- 70% - 79% good game, recommandable
- 60% - 69% satisfactory, restricted
- 50% - 59% sufficient (not very
- 40% - 49% rather deficient (not to be
recommended - for Hardcore-Adventure-Freaks and collectors only)
- 0% - 39% worst (don't put your
fingers on it)
Copyright © Annemarie für Adventure-Archiv, 11. Januar 2001
Will we ever find El Dorado ...?
We must go through ...
There is a horse sitting in the boat ...
Find your luck far away
Miguel, what are you doing ...?
Tzekel Khan is meaning mischief
What does he want again ...?
At last! A ship full of gold!