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Game Giveaway of the day — Admiral Nemo

The destiny of the entire empire is in your hands!
$2.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 12 (75%) 4 (25%) 10 comments

Admiral Nemo was available as a giveaway on August 13, 2022!

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The game reflects the "struggle" between spring and winter.

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Commander, our empire needs your help! Enemies are attacking from all sides! To protect the sea borders you’ve managed to restore one of the best empire’s ships named Victoria. All aboard! Lift the anchor! Remember: the more battles you win, the more resources for the reconstruction of destroyed cities you get. The destiny of the entire empire is in your hands!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: x86, 800 MHz; RAM: 2 GB; DirectX: 8.1 or later

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

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File Size:

251 MB

Price:

$2.99

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Admiral Nemo:
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In Brief:
Admiral Nemo has never been given away before. It has a vague feel of the game Windward and of a rail shooter, but is more involved with city building and steampunk themed sea battles with two view points, side and close isometric, whereas Windward has a distant isometric view.

Using your refurbished ship, destroy enemy ships and drop depth charges to blow their submarines out of the water. With the resources you gain from destroying enemy ships, rebuild your battered cities and bring your empire back to its former glory.

Features:
60 locations
6 enemies
18 types of warship
5 types of weapon
28 buildings


You can see a few videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE and one in the Deutsch language HERE.

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The Game:
The player advances in a linear level-based fashion, purchases upgrades with in-game currency, and is awarded that currency for how well they perform in levels. It’s very standard stuff for video game design.
Here is my hang-up; Admiral Nemo is the equivalent of a pretty shooting gallery crammed into another game.


The game starts off with a simple story explaining the basics; the empire has fallen and the player is put in control of its last battleship. To restore the empire, the player has to spend gold (acquired from beating levels) to restore specific aspects of the empire, which in turn gives the player’s battleship upgrades. It is not a bad set-up, but all of these things are fluff compared to the heart of the game, the gameplay.


But that heart is a shooting gallery. At first I was mildly pleased about it; the ship designs/ship graphics are nice and the shooting gallery gameplay could fit well into a series of smaller games that are evenly spread out among the overall package. But then I realised that the main gameplay hook is solely the shooting gallery and nothing else. This is where the problems started to occur.


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Firstly, nothing recognisable happens upon advancing in levels nor upgrading. Oh yes, there may be an island or two that prevent you from firing down one or two ships in the certain parts of a level, but just as a shooting gallery the ships don’t have any effect if they cross from one side of the screen to another. Enemy ships appear to travel at the same pace throughout the entirety of the game, the time you have to shoot down ships does not visibly waver, and there is no randomness to any of the game. There is no incentive for me or anyone else to shoot down any ships or advance in any way other than for the sake of an arbitrary progression from one level to the next.


This is not helped by the fact that shooting gallery gameplay is not worthy of sustaining a full product. The player will have to manage switching between water-based and air-based projectiles and there are a few power-ups, but the overall goal does not change; shoot down the enemy craft. There is a small mine-dropping minigame, but it is so far spread-out in-between the shooting galleries that it is truly a minigame.


The problem with this game is that its thin content is spread over such a long distance that the game is not worth trekking through everything to complete it. I have only progressed halfway through this game and I just can’t bear myself to deal with the other half, as I just can’t convince myself that the second half will be markedly different. The art style is nice to look at and the music is decent, but the core of this game is just mind-numbing in its dullness.

Edited review accessed HERE; originally posted by DDNETADMIN on the 3rd May 2013, reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 11th August 2022
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Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using the free version of Virus Total and it found 3 hits; i.e. VBA32 , Jiangmin & Elastic, from 61 antimalware engines. Two of these are amongst only several antimalware suites that often tag Falcoware Games compared to most better known and more reliable antimalware engine, the other one called Plastic I've never heard of before and appears new to Virus Total?

It's very likely to be a false positive.

You can see the results of the installed games scan via the following link:
https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/9d1d47129858f99cee96089d2a739392cf3e5b40f21454097c2afbb7602d305a?nocache=1

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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#5

really like these sort of games but cant control the pointer so waste of time

Reply   |   Comment by sherry storey  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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Once I create a profile with a new player name and hit "OK," the game crashes.

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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I won't speculate on other elements of today's game but the game heavily does have a shooting gallery theme to it, sort of like the memories I had as a kid going to a carnival. I've even played one as a kid at a local arcade in Sacramento which the game is no longer there.

Shooting gallery games don't get much attention these days. This game is very slow gameplay wise. The missiles you shoot don't get any faster it seems like. You really have to time things in order to sink the ships. It was an interesting concept but one that needs to be improved on. Of course I do remember the board game battle ship, but then again you are calling out the numbers, not like a video game.

If you want a good example of a shooting gallery game you can play the PS1 Game Point Blank in your browser here:

https://archive.org/details/psx_ptblank

Also Point Blank 3 here: https://archive.org/details/psx_ptblank3

For a more family friendly type of a shooting gallery and carnival style game, Disney's Toy Story Mania game is here for $19.99 although sometimes it goes on sale for much less. It reminds me of the game played at Disneyland Anaheim where you are in a shooting gallery and the seats move to different scenes.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/317580/DisneyPixar_Toy_Story_Mania/

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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Unfortunately I cannot review today's game. I very well meet the system requirements for this game, however, after clicking on the Play button I get taken to a black screen and all I hear in the background is music, nothing happens.

I've searched my computer manufacturer for drivers through the ASUS update app and it did not help to solve the technical issue associated with this game. It is a shame since this looked real nice.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

sailorbear510 aka Jason, For those of you that have the black screen I found the cause of it. The game lets you play without prompting to have you create a new profile, it defaults to a blank one. Creating a new user name fixes the loading and black screen issue and allows you to play the game. Review to follow later.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

Thanks for posting the fix J appreciated. Have a great weekend.

I'm getting really excited with the upcoming release of Way of the Hunter (released on the 16th). I'll probably take a short break from any review writing for a few days post release as I tend to get really deep into open world games such as this.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Have you tried running the program in compatibility mode for windows xp (service pack 3)

Reply   |   Comment by Utopia  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

sailorbear510 aka Jason, Same problem.

Reply   |   Comment by DCBoy  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

DCBoy,

Hi DC Boy, did you see Sailorbears second comment? i.e make sure you create a new profile. The game lets you play without creating a new profile, with the profile name blank.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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