The Secret of Tetrapylae
A tetrapylon -- plural, tetrapyla -- is a type of ancient Roman monument, cubic in shape with gates on each of its four sides. Not much is known about tetrapyla; historians simply assume them to be landmarks at significant crossroads or as ornamental architecture. These mysterious structures are found not just in Greece and Rome but also in Libya, Syria, Turkey, Spain, and throughout the world. As such, perhaps there's more to these ancient configurations than meets the eye. Perhaps there's just some particular importance that us modern folk simply can't understand. In The Secret of Tetrapylae, budding indie game developer Ludivorus debuts a high-quality point-and-click adventure centered around this Greek architecture.
The first part in what is hopefully a lengthy and invested series, this game is set in a dark fantasy world akin to the Mediterranean, during the era of the Crusades. Times are dire, war is imminent. An ambitious mercenary is on his way to join a warring faction, when his journey is interrupted by a series of unexpected events that set him on a peculiar quest. On the whole, The Secret of Tertrapylae is a believable and immersive pilot, featuring a great story and solid prose to set the background. Ludivorus is a detailed illustrator and diligent artist, as a strong point of the game is its rare hand-drawn style. Meanwhile, history buffs may appreciate the game's nod to historical accuracy. Ludivorus goes as far as using technical language to describe certain objects.
Tools and scenery; narrative; and social interactions are rife with references to Greek and Medieval folklore and literature.
With regards to gameplay, navigation can become confusing due to an extensive map with odd angles and many navigating arrows. All this makes players feel like real characters in the world; however, just like in the real world, the game may become challenging to play due to so many possibilities.
Clearly, The Secret of Tetrapylae sets the precedent for a long series, as it is rich in context and minutiae. We are off to a great start in this bold adventure!