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Aura: Fate of the Ages - PC

by Dreamcatcher
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / NT
Everyone
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews) 63 / 100


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  • First-person puzzle exploration game takes you to four magical worlds
  • Meet and interact with numerous characters on your journey
  • Explore unbelievably realistic and beautiful graphics and environments
  • Discover and solve inventive, original and indigenous puzzles
  • For 1 player


Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002BIDEM
  • Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 30, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,662 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

AURA: Fate of the Ages is an exciting first-person puzzle exploration game, with a unique and original storyline. Since ancient times, a clan of "Keepers" has guarded sacred rings that alow travel to(and, some say, create) new worlds. Legend holds that if these rings are united with powerful ancient artifacts, will gain immortality & godlike power. One power-hungry acolyte seeks to unite the artifacts with the rings, while another fights to stop him.

From the Manufacturer

In unique worlds of illusions and reality, in magical, mechanical and ethereal lands, take on the quest to find the artifacts cleverly concealed throughout the lands. Four parallel worlds await you on your journey: The Ademika Valley - the gateway and the world of secret research and sacred rituals, Dragast - the mechanical world and the kingdom of mountains and snow, Na-Tiexu - the esoteric world of astronomy and magic, and lastly, the beautiful Island of Unity, each with different environments to explore, challenges to encounter and a variety of indigenous puzzles to solve.

Features:

  • First-person puzzle exploration game of exceptional depth and quality
  • An original fantasy-based mass-appeal unique storyline
  • Numerous characters to interact with along your journey
  • Mouse driven, with an intuitive point-and-click interface
  • Unbelievably realistic and beautiful pre-rendered graphics and environments
  • Original orchestral musical score and immersive ambient soundtrack
  • Inventive, original and indigenous puzzles

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124 of 127 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun puzzler for those who like Myst-like games August 5, 2004
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
In Aura, it's hard to avoid the comparisons with Myst. Parallel worlds for you to explore. Puzzles that range from imaginative to tedious. Clicking around, searching for clues.

If you love the Myst series, you'll feel right at home here. You're tossed into the world with pretty much no explanation, and really, you know that you need none. The plot is pretty silly. The graphics are gorgeous. All you are doing is wandering from room to room trying to solve the puzzles.

Some puzzles involve pulling levers to turn machinery on. Some involve spinning lights to turn machinery on. You get the general idea. Clues are strewn around to help you - it should never be a random clicking to get something to work. Of course if you *interpret* the clues properly, it works. If you are baffled by the clues, you can get quite stumped.

This is definitely a game that benefits from team play. The more brains you have looking at something, the more likely it is that ONE of you will spot what should happen. Sometimes it just involves looking more closely at the details of the screen.

Like all Myst-like games, there are some ANNOYING puzzles where you have to look down and sideways to see that lever hiding in the corner. If you don't spot it, you can waste days wandering from room to room, having no idea what you've missed.

Still, when you finally get the puzzle, it's a great sense of achievement. In general most of the puzzles make at least SOME sense, and the graphics are nice. I've found this in the bargain bin recently, so if you see this at a cheap price, pick it up. It could help exercise your little grey cells for a while!
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts well, but loses focus August 14, 2004
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If, like me, you like the kind of game where you spend hours trying to operate unknown, alien machinery, you'll love the beginning of Aura. There were more than enough Big Bronze Wheels, Levers, Steam Pipes, Colored Lights and Electric Arcs, all beautifully animated, and emitting the right kind of satisfying clunks, buzzes and whirs.

(there was some kind of back story involving assembling the Great Zoggin and protecting it from Belphar the Evil, but you can choose to ignore it with impugnity - the point is to turn on the machines so that you can reach the next stage).

The game makes a sterling attempt to be non-linear, at least within the major sections. It's better than a lot of Adventure games in this respect.

The cut scenes are frequent and nicely animated. The user interface is intuitive and easy to use. The ambient sounds and background music are appropriate and non-intrusive. Interaction with CG characters is natural, and doesn't fall into the 'ask the right question or you'll have to start again' syndrome.

So why four rather than five stars?

The game is set in two locations. The first is mechanistic, and the puzzles are logical. The second is 'magical', which means that some of the puzzles are just a tad unintuitive (i.e. daft). There's one in particular, involving a bird, where I had to resort to a walkthrough, and I think it colored my view of the rest of the game.

The ending was abrupt, with the promise of a sequel. I really wish game developers would stop doing that.

On the whole, though, a nicely contructed game, and well worth the money.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aura: The Fate of the Ages October 25, 2006
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is not bad. I don't know - maybe I'm just a bit jaded after finishing the entire Myst series and a few other miscellaneous "adventure games", but this is a pretty good "beginner's game" for someone new to adventure gaming.

The puzzles really aren't that hard, and God knows they give you enough hints and clues for most of the puzzles. However, like the other Adventure Company games I've played, it is heavy on inventory, and there are at least two items that are hard to find - especially if you don't realize you're supposed to be looking for them!

The graphics are absolutely gorgeous - possibly the best I've ever seen (and, as a Myst veteran, that's saying a lot!). However, I wish game companies would stop using computer-generated people. They always - and I mean always - look awful. They really should stick to live actors.

The music is very heavily synthesized, and comes across as heavily pretentious. (The music for the third world of Na-Tiexu reminds me of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir".) Then again, maybe I'm just spoiled after hearing Tim Larkin's wonderful scores for Uru and Myst V.

I've read reviews about how buggy the game is, but I found the 1.04 patch and installed it, and had no problems, except that it would crash if I tried to delete old saved games.

There's a sequel called "The Sacred Rings" that's still in production as of this writing. I'm looking forward to it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little stupid but pretty good over all. December 7, 2004
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This game has a story but it's flakey and dumb. But the graphics are good and the puzzles are quite good, bordering on exellent!

If you buy this game BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATCH OR YOU WILL HAVE TECH PROBLEMS!! Do a net search for "Aura patch" It should be no problem to find. Once it's patched you are good to go.

Fun puzzles. Not the best game but worth the full price nonetheless!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Puzzle adventure game
Love puzzle adventure games this is for you. The graffics are old now but it is still a good game.
Published 27 days ago by Thea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 months ago by E. Gawel
4.0 out of 5 stars My brother liked it.
I bought this for my brother off of his Amazon wish list.

I asked him if he had a chance to play it & he said he liked it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Miriam
4.0 out of 5 stars plenty of puzzles
I am a big fan of Adventure Co./ Dreamcatcher games because of the scenery. I have most of them. This one is for puzzle lovers only. Not a good story line you just go on a quest. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eno
2.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't load on a Vista Home Premium system
I was unable to get this to load on my Vista Home Premium system. I ususally don't have problems like this with older PC games. Read more
Published 14 months ago by White Meadow
4.0 out of 5 stars Aura Fate of Ages for PC is definately 4-stars.
This was a very enjoyable came filled with many hours of solving puzzles. The graphics was amazing. It took me to a different place from reality. Totally entertaining.
Published 16 months ago by Jimmie J.
1.0 out of 5 stars worthless
worthless, would be nice if you could get started. got thruogh the first two puzzles in an hour then stuck.
Published 16 months ago by it
4.0 out of 5 stars problem with the game
It was going along fine for a while but then all of a sudden the cursor wouldn't let me move forward. I could do other things but I couldn't proceed in the game. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Diane Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it
nice game. plenty of challenge. nice graphics. not too frustrating. nice to play along with someone else to see how thought processes vary.
Published on January 20, 2013 by c.hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Great puzzles, weird sounds
I liked this game, even though I think it was trying to be the next Myst, and fell a bit short. Many have complained of a weak story, and I agree, but that's how I like it. Read more
Published on January 7, 2011 by Molly
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