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Based partially on the life of Genghis Khan, the plot involves an unidentified character (the player) who has appeared in the Stevenson Museum where ancient Mongolian artifacts are being displayed. The protagonist must find out who he/she is and who the other people in the museum are and solve the mystery of strange goings on at the museum. Along the way you'll be helped by a ghost girl, Mei, who you free after the first mission.
The game is a live action first person adventure with 360 degree movement. It is a point-and-click adventure (occasionally pixel-hunting). The game consists of seven chapters, spread out over six disks, in each of which you must fulfill a specific goal in order to clear the act. Most puzzles are solved by examining items and combining them.
The game was the first to use SouthPeak Interactive's "Video Reality" engine and was also the first game to be made entirely on 35 mm film. During the development stage, the game was advertised heavily in gaming magazines as being a full motion video game with the interactivity that was missing in previous first person adventures.
At the time, the popularity of adventure and full motion video games had all but vanished and the game was a commercial failure. Critics mostly gave the game less than favorable reviews as the boasted interactivity and realistic graphics were non-existent. The video screen was much smaller than the screen size and contained blurry visuals, and the fact that the main character was both mute and suffering from amnesia severely limited interaction with gameplay characters.[ ]
It is possible with that with today's DVD-ROM technology, the game could have been placed on one DVD-ROM disk with clear, full screen video. (the technology was rarely used in 1997)[original research?]
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