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The Oracle

by Eugene Couto

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File size: 75 MB
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THE STORY: What are friends for? That's precisely why you decide to help out a friend who's in way over his head. But you never expected this... Your friend Alex goes missing, a trail of notes and clues left behind, pointing to his possible whereabouts. All the while, you uncover an artifact so powerful you wish you had never laid eyes on it, and you learn of an ancient order of monks with ties to it. And the key to all three lies in -- the Oracle.

FEATURES: The Oracle is a first-person perspective, photo-realistic adventure game, photographed entirely on-location in Canada and all over Portugal. - Over 140 screens - 8 different locations - Logical & challanging puzzles (inventory, musical & interactive puzzles) - Over a dozen unique musical scores - Over 75 realistic sound effects - Save games using photo snaphots - In-game hint system SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Pentium 600 Mhz or higher processor 32 Mb RAM Windows 95 OSR2, 98, ME, 2000 or XP, with DirectX 5 or above Supports all DirectX-compatible sound and video cards 800x600 resolution, 16 bit color recommended 95 Mb hard disk space (Soundcard highly recommended but not required) Resolution: 800x600 at 16-bit color Size: 75 Mb (zipped) NEW!!! Version 1.1 now includes more in-game hints and several bug fixes.

19 people commented on this game (newest first):

Great little Myst style mystery. Some bits were fiddly, like working out how to get to certain areas, some puzzles that had e stumped a while, and a great story. Well worth the few days it took to solve.
2022-12-05 22:20:51 by ponitclickaddict
Generally I enjoyed this game, but felt that it was a little too static. Photographs are great for empty scenes but don't really work where people are included. There was generally a lack of any movement, and this was especially true of the end scene where all the action appeared as text on a static background. It failed to excite at all, when it should have done.

I also felt that the first person movement was a bit arbitrary - sometimes you could look left or right (even turn around on occasion), but not often. A lot of the time you ended up walking backwards, which is very unrealistic. I prefer a system where you have a consistent choice of views (usually four 90 degree turns). That way you are less likely to miss clues.

The puzzles were generally good and quite logical, except for the garden portal section, where everything seemed totally unrelated. Even using the hint system a few times, I still don't know quite how I managed to get the object I needed!

From my point of view, if those flaws were addressed it would be a very good immersive game
2013-06-12 13:26:54 by elentgirl
you can tell that the backgrounds are from real life
2012-05-19 17:37:00 by ig299
Very logical puzzles, I don't like combining random items or trying "everything everywhere", and here I felt I was doing things the way I would do them in real life (at least most of the time). I liked the hints system; I got stuck nearly at the end and I just got the "push" I needed, instead of reading the whole solution to the puzzle. Really nice landscapes with a smooth navigation system. I just think the end was too abrupt, I'd have liked uncovering the whole story behind the oracle step by step along the game, instead of reading about it right at the end. Anyway: a very nice game, with an interesting plot and puzzles that made a lot of sense. One of the best I've played.
2011-04-13 10:36:32 by Amapola
This is a beautiful game with very good logical puzzles, some of which even resemble Myst-puzzles. The story is intriguing and the photo backgrounds make for a wonderful atmosphere. Excellent stuff!

The only thing I minded in the game is that there is a bit too much coincedence in it. You encounter the exact same clerk in the entire city who spoke to your missing brother days earlier and even still remembers him by name; there's a thunderstorm at night exactly when you need one... it's a little bit too much.
2010-01-31 20:45:48 by Valentijn
Although I'm still playing it, I can say only one thing - superb! So many years of waiting someone to make a remake of this awesome adventure and finally there it is. This is definitely a must-play.
2008-09-03 10:24:41 by rbaleksandar
Very well done, best scenery I've ever seen..
2008-01-24 21:25:37 by grydwrd
I absolutely LOVED it. The scenery with the pictures was awesome, and the puzzles very well made :)
2008-01-10 01:53:31 by Daphoenyx
This game is awesome! One of the best I've played in a long time and hope they'll be more from the creator(s) or is there already? The scenery is gorgeous.How about a The OracleII??
2007-12-27 20:43:09 by LittleQueen
This is a great game! I agree the hint system is far too tempting, but overall I really enjoyed the game, and wished it lasted longer. :)
2006-12-23 17:28:32 by Pelican
a really beautiful looking game, with a well paced story and thoughtful puzzles. My only complaint is the hints system, which was just too tempting to ignore - I found myself taking the easy way out a few times too often, instead of solving the puzzles myself, which reduces the "yay, I finally got it!" satisfaction factor that is such a big part of adventure gaming.
2006-08-29 13:44:54 by voodoo_heart
What a perfectly wonderful game. It is one of the best ever.
Thank you for all the work you put into it. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Great job! 5 Star! 100%
2006-07-14 09:14:02 by Joanie39
Great game!! Puzzles and graphics were excellent. Hope that you will make more games!
2006-07-10 03:46:18 by Jane (jane)
I just finished the game and all I can say is that Eugene is a genius!!!!!! The game is awesome!!!!!

The game has incredible graphics, audio is excellent. I didn't find any bugs with the game so that an extra plus in my book. Can't wait for the next one.... Good going Eugene!!!!
2006-07-07 06:54:22 by Mimitheone
Great production on this game. The digitalized graphics fit seamlessly together and the music blends in perfectly with the scenery. Nice story, although the end was a bit too compact.

Beware that there is a bit of pixel hunting to make up for the not-so-difficult puzzles.
2006-07-02 09:27:23 by jkohen
It was great fun playing it!
2006-06-27 22:32:20 by Nodrighal
Very well made and fun i must say 5 stars!!!!!
2006-06-27 13:23:08 by TheCheese33
Great game!! Cool way to make a game and really held my interest. Hope you make more!
2006-06-27 00:09:52 by Ronnie (NurseRonnie)
Amazing Game....... It has everything......Fantastic scenery, Great music and amazing story line.....
You can tell a lot of work went into making this one.
Thank you for a good clean game with so many important extras
2006-06-26 22:07:04 by Rosie
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