Atlantis, a long-gone land first mentioned by Ancient philosopher Plato around 360 BC, certainly has held a special place in the hearts and minds of generations since. None more so than gamers. The earliest game we know of that featured Atlantis was the Imagic classic for the Atari 2600. This may have been the first game to use Atlantis as a theme but it certainly was not the last.
This early Atlantis game gave the player control over the city’s defense armaments. Your goal is to fend off the Gorgon invaders as they fly from one side of the screen to the other, slowly lowering towards the city where they will destroy buildings. Let the whole of Atlantis be destroyed and you lose the game. Later games improved on the mythos quite a bit.
The extremely popular debut of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (and the 2007 remake called Tomb Raider Anniversary) used Atlantis as the basis for the civilizations that left the ruins you were exploring. Lara must stop Natla, the resident evildoer, from raising Atlantis from its slumber deep underwater. More than just a story prop, players could explore many parts of the sunken city in various levels of Tomb Raider Anniversary. According to Metacritic, Tomb Raider Anniversary on PC holds an 83 out of 100 score. Exploring parts of the city on your computer can be fun but playing a descendant is possibly cooler.
Atlantica Online gives you a chance to take on the world as a descendant of the Atlantean people. Battling other players around the world in a massively online role playing game (MMORPG) is made even more interesting by integrating the fantasy world with the real world. Visiting real world locations like Germany and China will provide services such as banking and guilds your character can join. Playing together is more fun than alone.
But the mythical city of Atlantis has also transcended genres to reach casino games. William Hill Vegas slots has an exclusive Atlantis themed slot machine available that gives players a chance to explore the mystical city before it sunk into the sea. Atlantis: City of Destiny is a five reel, twenty line, slot featuring Atlantean style architecture and glimpses of what the culture may have been like from royalty to servants. Fans will navigate the many islands of Atlantis searching for untold riches.
Since you cannot live your whole life in Atlantis, the next best thing is to have a taste of it with you in your pocket. Mobile gaming allows us to keep exploring Atlantis even on the go. Take Call of Atlantis by Plaryix games, available for iOS, Android and PCs for example. The world of Atlantis is laid out for you to explore via match 3 Candy Crush Saga style puzzles. If card games are more your style then explore the sunken city in Solitaire Atlantis on Android. Completing levels requires a basic understanding of a deck of cards with a bit of luck tossed in to keep things interesting.
Atlantis may be a mythical city but with these games, you can check out interpretations of what it may have been like. Gamers have clamored for more Atlantis themes since the early days of gaming. For the foreseeable future, it seems the sunken utopia will continue to hold gamers imaginations tightly.