Unearthed:Trail of Ibn Battuta

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    Published: 2014-05-29, by Peter Warrior.

    An Adventure, in caps, for mobile devices.

    • AAA game for mobile from Arab developer
    • Recommended: set voices in Arabic and subs in English: what an experience
    • Outstanding, console-like experience
    • Extra survival mode and unlockable extras
    • Glitches here and there, controls need improvement
    • Too obvious cliches and winks to referral media

    "Is Faris Jawad the Arabic cousin of Nathan Drake?"

    Although not as much well-known as Marco (Polo!), Ibn Battuta was a Berber explorer in the XIVth century who reached the Far East and came back after a 25 year trip, in which he visited Mecca, met the Mongol court ruling China and faced the desolation caused by the Black Death, just to name a few of his feats.

    Semaphore studios, set in Saudi Arabia considered this character as interesting as any other, and long story short, we can say we have here the heir to Uncharted, but for mobile devices, too. Aside from its outstanding technical performance, this peculiar origin is the best feature, to the point that playing it in Arabic, subbed to English, watching the sister of the main character wear a headscarf is an adventure by itself.

    For Android users, lucky owners of Tegra devices can enjoy enhanced textures, though the game isn't Tegra-exclusive and can be played in any device able to bear it. This game includes brawls, car chases, traps and lots of cutscenes, so have for sure it'll make the most of your device. Combat scenes can be a comedown, though, so don't put all your expectations in them. Likewise, don't expect either Tomb raider deaths, this game's violent but not gore.

    Recommendable for several and varied reasons.

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    May 29, 2014


    * Introduction:
    As featured in TegraZone, Unearthed is an episodic third person Action Adventure game set in modern day Middle East. The game is available in both Arabic and English voice over and features 21 Languages for Menu and Subtitles.

    The game features the voiceover talents of Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite), Jeff Rosick (Friday Night Lights, Metro), Tara Platt (Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Naruto, Halo 2, Charmed) and David Lodge (COD:MW2, World of Worldcraft, Fallout 3)

    * From the Android Press:
    - "I've had the pleasure of playing the game for a few days, and I have to say, it's pretty damn good!"

    - Unearthed is selected as Game of the Week "Unearthed has plenty to offer anyone who is looking for a great, fun action game with a deep narrative"

    - gave Unearthed a 9 out of 10 score and said "Aside from its outstanding technical performance, this peculiar origin is the best feature"

    * Trailer:

    * Synopsis:
    When fortune hunter Faris Jawad and his sister Dania receive a call to visit Morocco they embark on an exotic adventure throughout the Middle East on the trail of the famous Muslim explorer Ibn Battuta.

    The trail won't be clear however as Faris will have to overcome an unholy alliance of a militia army leader, a weapons dealer and a wealthy antiquities smuggler who are after the same goal.

    * Key Features:
    - Plays Great on NVIDIA SHIELD

    - Supports Android Controllers and MOGA controllers (PS3 SIXAXIS controller currently not supported).

    - Unique mix of platforming, melee fighting, shooting and stealth gameplay.

    - Unlockable Survival Mode: Battle against endless waves of enemies (Mummies, Zombies, Ghouls) across varied maps with leaderboards support.

    - Unlockable Extras: Concept Art, Renders, Animatics, Cutscenes, Character Gallery and Treasures.

    * Gold Edition Features:
    This Gold Edition contains over 120 fixes to the console version based on the reviews and player feedback, they are summarized as below:

    - General: A restructured tutorial level to better introduce the game mechanics, No more colliding with ragdolls and small objects such as broken pot pieces which allows for easier movement, invisible walls to prevent falling from high surfaces, clear font size for hints and facts in the loading screens, re-recorded all the Arabic voiceover to remove the extra echo.

    - Hand to Hand Combat: Fully revamped hand to hand fighting system with brand new animations, full camera orbit control, more fluid response and streamlined special moves .

    - Shooting System: Re-balanced all the weapons to allow for weapon specific range, accuracy, reverb zones, recoil, auto, semi-auto and manual targeting, and brand new weapon SFX.

    - Driving System: Improved car handling, no more flipping when turning at very high speeds, orbit camera, Better driving enemy AI, Tire tracks, Full Physical Damage Model for the player car with smoke, sparks on colliding with other cars, props and buildings.

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    * Notes:
    - Minimum requirement is Dual-Core processors, 1 GB of RAM, 1.7 GB of space.
    - Recommended Specs are Quad-Core processor, 2 GB of RAM
    - Tested on NVidia Shield, Galaxy S4 and Note 3.
    - Please restart your device fully after installing the game.
    - Make sure no other apps are running at the same time.

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