February 3, 2015

The Awesome Adventures of Victor Vector & Yondo: The Hypnotic Harp

Sanctuary Woods, Inc., 1993

"The Awesome Adventures of Victor Vector & Yondo" adventure game series consist of four nice and enjoyable adventure games presented in fully interactive comic book style. In each game, you play and control Victor Vector and his robotic Saint-Bernard dog called, Yondo. Our hero, Victor Vector works as field agent at the Museum of Fantastic Phenomena and his sidekick, Yondo the dog assists him in all his time traveling adventures. Basically, all these games have a similar goal of collecting rare and unique items while traveling in different dimension of time. In every game, their only rival is Ram Axis, a villainous virus engendered in the great disaster of 2093. Ram Axis always creates problems to prevent them from achieving their goal of collecting treasures, artifacts and other items.

In this 3rd adventure, Victor Vector and his digital dog Yondo time travel to ancient Rome in the year 64 A.D. on a mission to recover a magic harp belonged to Emperor Nero, which he used to subjugate his subjects. Recovering the hypnotic harp is merely the beginning of your adventure as you continue your quest conquering a gladiator, vicious and savage lions by using the magical powers of the harp and also compete in a chariot race. Educationally, the game introduces the Roman culture, their societies, and their learning methods, especially the roman letters.

The player explores a virtual comic book style environment by using onscreen gadgetry, which consists of clickable directional knobs. To interact with other game characters, simply click them. While exploring you also take care of your energy level, which can be decreased or increased by collecting certain items. Puzzle solving is totally inventory based and information on all the collectable items can be retrieved from Yondo's databank collar. Overall, these are quite enjoyable educational titles for kids and also for avid adventure game fans.