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Publisher: Dejavu Worlds    Genre: Adventure & RPG
Min OS X: Any Version    CPU: G3 @ 233 MHz    RAM: 21 MB    Hard Disk: 185 MB    4x CD-ROM    Graphics: 640x480 @ 16-bit

April 9, 2003 | Michael Phillips

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Graphics: Perfect Blue Buildings
In a word, Alida's visuals are lovely. Before installing the game, I expected to be superbly under whelmed. I awaited grainy textures, lame video clips and a general poison to my visual senses. However, it is quite evident that the man behind Alida, Cos Russo, is an excellent artist. The game's textures are wonderfully detailed, from ornate wallpaper to shiny metal on scaffolds. I never got lost while traversing the island because poor texturing made darkened doorways and cave entrances indistinguishable. Alida also features very cool animation effects and video clips. There are plenty of "roller coaster" rides to transport players from one part of Alida to another. I SO dig those. There are also nice touches like rippling water and swaying tree leafs. Alida's few characters are even well acted and nicely digitized.

Sound: So Pure
Alida's audio is absolutely outstanding. If a game expects players to solve puzzles aurally, then it had better deliver top-notch audio effects. Alida certainly does so. Gears and heavy doors sound just as one would expect, wind roars in outdoor areas and birds chirp naturally in the trees. The game's soundtrack is also excellent, quietly fading in and out at just the right moment.

Conclusion: Let's All Go to the Lobby and Buy Ourselves Alida
Considering that Alida was created by only Cos Russo, this game is absolutely a triumph. Its visuals are beautiful, puzzles are challenging, yet fun and its audio is wonderfully realized. Alida is everything one could want in an adventure game.

So, it's now time for the trivia portion of our review. Frankly, I grow tired of my questions being answered within 30 minutes. Therefore, it's time for a Mike Phillips Super Mega Ultra Trivia Thrashing™. Whoever answers this one totally OwNs me. First, there are 2 exact song titles by 2 artists in this review. Identify the song title and artist. Second, name the singer who wrote a song about peaches, asked us to say "hello in there-o" to old people and coined the lyric, "sweet songs never last too long on broken radios." The first person to answer all of the above wins their very own copy of Alida. (Note: We have a winner! The correct answer was: Perfect Blue Buildings/Counting Crows, So Pure/Alanis Morissette and John Prine.)

Publisher: Dejavu Worlds


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