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Treasures of the Aegean Review
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Posted: 7 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Treasures of the Aegean is a Tin Tin-style tomb raiding adventure game. You are Marie Taylor and unveil the secrets of a forgotten kingdom trapped in an endless time loop. To do this, in 15 minute runs you explore a hand-drawn world to recover valuable relics, map the caves and gather clues to solve puzzles and prevent history from repeating itself forever.

Play involves speedy running, jumping and climbing to find new areas of the island as the clock ticks down. More than just a race, you slowly discover the structure of the Minoan society, how they arranged civic responsibilities and dealt with money and work.

Each run adds more information to the persistent map that helps you solve key puzzles, before the world blows up and the loop restarts. You slowly find puzzles to solve that unravel the time looping conundrum.

Unlike other exploration platform games, you have all your abilities from the start. You can go pretty much everywhere, bar a little puzzle solving and some minor abilities. The amount you can do is a bit overwhelming at first, but as you chip away at it in each of your 15 minute runs you become familiar with the world. Also, because you start each of your runs from a different location, you get sample a wide range of environments before you have uncovered how they are all linked together.

The result is not only an unusual platforming game, but one that pairs artwork and soundtrack with intriguing exploration of this Bronze Age Aegean civilisation.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/11/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Undercoders (@Undercoders)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 15 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence, Mild Swearing. This game features unrealistic moderate violence. For example, when the player's character is struck by a bullet, they fall to the floor with pain noises but without any blood effects or injury detail.There is also infrequent use of bad language ('*!@?*').

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence, Use of Alcohol. From a 2D side-scrolling perspective, players traverse platforms, collect items, solve puzzles, and avoid enemy soldiers that shoot slow-moving bullets; getting hit results in cries of pain and resetting at a checkpoint. The dialogue references “a forbidden relationship between King Minos and his religious counselor,” and a joke about a “naughty priestess room.” One sequence depicts a hiccupping ghost amid wine vessels, and a cutscene shows characters praising the “great local wine,” with glasses of red liquid. The words “a*s” and “*!@?*” appear in the game.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The non-violent running and jumping exploration are ideal for younger players, although the looping and puzzle solving may need some input from older players.

CostsCosts

Treasures of the Aegean usually costs £16.99 to £19.99.
 

Treasures of the Aegean

PlayStation Store PS5 £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
Switch Store Switch £16.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Treasures of the Aegean Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
If you die you just lose a bit of time rather than lives or progress, in this way the game is unfailable.

The game displays a marker and indication of the required button to highlight elements that can be interacted with, although this doesn't pop-up until you are near to them.

When you solve a puzzle or get something into place, the game displays a "Clack" word on the screen and makes a sound to indicate success.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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