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Ancient Shores by Bigfoot

Adrian 10 10 10 10
ddaring_dash 10 10 10 10
DJ Full 10 10 10 9
eRIC 10 10 10 10
Feats 10 10 10 10
Jay 10 10 10 10
JesseG 9 9 10 8
Jorge22 10 10 10 10
Juno Jim 10 10 10 10
LOTRKingluis 9 10 10 10
Mman 10 10 10 10
Phil 9 10 10 10
Raider278 10 10 10 10
requiemsoul 7 8 10 9
Ryan 9 9 10 10
tuxraider 8 8 9 8
release date: 16-Jun-2023
# of downloads: 2292

average rating: 9.66
review count: 16
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file size: 270.00 MB
file type: TR4
class: Atlantis

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Reviewer's comments
"Very good !!! Colors, puzzles, not too hard, fun !!!" - Juno Jim (10-Sep-2023)
"another Masterpiece on TRLE. this Game got vibes from TR4, TR1 and anniversary, the levels are big and it makes fun to explore, the leveldesign is a 10/10 a TR4 level thats on top, more of this please." - Raider278 (03-Aug-2023)
"A very nice and easy level, with a relaxing gameplay, without too many challenges and with little action. Recommended." - requiemsoul (01-Aug-2023)
"Bigfoot has crafted a refreshing TRLE infused with nostalgic elements. This game offers enjoyment to both new and seasoned Tomb Raider players. The game masterfully blends 2 to 3 different cultures, creating an authentic experience with vast and beautiful areas to explore – a feature I particularly adore. Each level stands out with its own unique charm, presenting enjoyable and endearing surprises along the journey (some even cute!). While the first level may have occasionally overused pushable objects, this puzzle element becomes diverse and fresh throughout the level, with different end-goals. It's evident that the effort and creativity put into designing this TRLE have resulted in an instant classic. Kudos to the creator for providing us with another exceptional Tomb Raider custom level!" - LOTRKingluis (28-Jul-2023)
"This is a six-level set, with you starting off in a Coastal town, but then it moves onto the main setting with an undersea adventure into sunken ruins that mix Egyptian and Atlantean design. The start is the weakest part but still looks good, and from there on it's excellent with multiple massive rooms full of details as well as a lot of creative texture use and great lighting. A couple of areas here have some of my favourite uses of their respective texture sets that I've seen (especially a large shadowy room in a Cleopatra-palace themed temple). Some of the colourful texture combos do nearly clash a little, but it worked for me overall, although some more transition textures would be nice. The object use is great too, with various new or modified objects, and the Dolphins are an especially standout element.

The gameplay has a lot of varied tasks and gradually ups the difficulty. The larger areas (including a bit of interlinking in the middle section) can be a little intimidating at first, but they're structured so it all starts to come together after you find the initial points of interest, along with the story hinting at your main goals. There's a lot of swimming, but you have infinite air most of the time, so it provides some calming exploration between the more intense sections. Given most of Bigfoot's releases have quite subdued combat I appreciated how this actually upped the enemy difficulty as it went on, although it's still quite uncommon and you only have Pistols (which could be an issue if there was any more combat, but it works with how it's still quite rare). The actual secrets are a little disappointing as they're mostly slightly off the path without even providing bonus pick-ups a lot of the time, but the actual bonus-level reward for finding most of them makes up for that and provides the proper ending to the adventure.
While they're still good in themselves, I was worried that Bigfoot's last set of releases were a sign that they had settled into a comfort zone and weren't pushing themselves given the potential their best releases had shown, but thankfully this release seems to prove otherwise and is probably the best so far from someone who has almost always delivered excellence. It's a must play with only minor issues." - Mman (25-Jul-2023)
"If you managed to get through this level without recourse to a walkthrough I really must salute you! It’s a typically attractive and enjoyable level from Bigfoot, but there’s a great deal of interaction between the different areas and, sadly, I have absolutely no sense of direction. Having said which, I had a great time in the various locations, particularly getting to swim with dolphins. Yes, there is a lot of underwater action, but Lara has an oxygen capsule which enables her to breathe, although it took me quite a while to stop automatically looking for air pockets. There’s a nice mix of gameplay and, as usual, timed runs are not too fiendishly tight. Definitely recommended." - Jay (19-Jul-2023)
"Great game that take places in often spacious areas, rather easy to play, and with only a handful of enemies (i counted only 7) Cool objects and special effects and i must say that it was an excellent thing that the Atlantean level has very little to do with the usual Atlantean levels we all know. Some very inspired moments of gameplay and great visuals. Perfect stuff , very enjoyable game." - eRIC (03-Jul-2023)
"A really pleasant and well thought-out level set. Gorgeous, expansive landscapes with some nice puzzles. Cohesive story-lines. Friendly, as not many enemies and the puzzles & secrets were generally not too taxing. I didn't want it to end. I was enjoying myself too much to find much if anything at fault." - Adrian (01-Jul-2023)
"Another great offering from Bigfoot here! Visuals are fantastic and gameplay as solid ever. Some huge areas to explore, which can be a little overwhelming but thats not necessarily a bad thing. The bigger areas aesthetically are great, fits with the narrative and are believable. As are the more tighter, focused areas of the game as well obviously! All in all this level set is a great raid and couldn't recommend it more! Get it played!" - Feats (30-Jun-2023)
"Very nice set of levels. Gameplay is balanced and has reasonably difficulty (at least for me). Enemies, puzzles, and time runs never get too hard. Visible count downs and enemy health bars make it easier. You need to be prepared to know where custom moves can be used, though. Every level features a new location and looks great. The levels invite you to explore them, but sometimes I had to backtrack too much or got lost. There's some story and some creative cinematic elements. Sometimes there are multiple small cut scenes in a row, I don't know whether I should find that nicely done or annoying (it makes it more cinematic, but interrupts you too often). I especially liked Safi and the later temple-like location with its fun and not too tedious puzzles. This level can be recommended to everyone." - tuxraider (30-Jun-2023)
"Throughout the almost 5 hours it took me to play this level set, I was doubtful whether I should give it a 9 or a 10 in gameplay, because I got so very lost, so often in the huge areas. But let's face it: it all seems to make perfect sense, plus Bigfoot offers plenty of hints - all in all, it deserves a 10, especially because it's so varied and full of magic imagination. Even the secrets that will allow you to play the bonus level are generally well hidden, but not so well hidden that only a few expert secret finders get to play it (I managed to find 11 out of 15). I liked the different settings, from the very start in the Morocco to all the huge underwater areas, even though I get the feeling that most of the game is (sort of) Atlantis, perhaps New Atlantis. It isn't everyday that one gets a level set so well designed (objects included) and with such clear lines. And generally player friendly. Bravo. I enjoyed certain details such as the sliding water and the deadly underwater lava. The bonus level is short-ish but well worth playing to give the game a proper ending. Did I say I liked the ending? And did I say I only used one medipack? Clearly recommended, even though it may need a walkthrough in hand at certain times." - Jorge22 (30-Jun-2023)
"Bigfoot can always be counted on to deliver a visually appealing raid without the player constantly having to light flares to see what he's doing, combined with imaginative but not aggravating gameplay elements. You'll find all of this throughout a five-hour adventure that had a tendency to become overly complex in spots, requiring my frequent use of Dutchy's typically thorough walkthrough. That's the only reason I've deducted a point in the gameplay department. Otherwise, you're treated to a romp in multiple environments, and you're even blessed with an aqualung to enjoy the underwater segments at your leisure. The fifteen secrets are quite cleverly and deviously placed, but if you manage to find ten of them you're allowed to play a bonus level in a setting completely different from the earlier ones. Definitely a Hall of Fame contender." - Phil (28-Jun-2023)
  • Aside from a little wallpapering, the visuals are strong and immersive, especially as Lara approaches Atlantis.
  • A lot of world building was put into the story, diving into the story of Atlantis and the origins of Egyptian culture.
  • While this levelset is mostly easy going, there are still a few nice adrenaline moments such as timed runs, boulders, and a boss fight.
  • I always love having puzzles to solve and this adventure has quite a few of them. My favorite is the code combination in the house, which reminds me of an escape room puzzle.
Time: 3 hours 9 minutes | Difficulty: Medium | Rating: 9/10" - JesseG (28-Jun-2023)
"It's always pleasant to play something a bit more down to earth and this is definitely well constructed in the classic sense. You can always depend on a thoroughly wholesome experience with a Bigfoot offering and this is no exception. Aside from what seemed to be a little too much backtracking (although welcome shortcuts do become available as you progress), everything just works brilliantly well. The surroundings are astounding across all segments (the change of sceneries was very much appreciated too), the textures are crisp throughout and the gameplay manages to find the balance between being accessible for all groups of raiders and being a little more challenging when required, as well as offering plenty of variety to keep you occupied alongside some neat twists on familiar traps and puzzles. It's nice to see a progression of difficulty such as this one here, whereby the more challenging sections tend to crop up later on, the earlier levels being more around exploration and puzzles and the later ones being more focused on jumps and avoiding traps. Nicely done as always." - Ryan (22-Jun-2023)
"I didn't give max for graphics because I just cannot ignore all the material transitions being ignored. But otherwise I feel this levelset may even land in top ten of certain players - it doesn't break ground, but it gives almost everything you can get. And the shipwreck is one of the best ever." - DJ Full (21-Jun-2023)
"Great classic adventure for 3-4 hours. Gorgeous, large-scale locations, nice gameplay. To create such large open locations you need to have talent and skill. I highly recommend it!" - ddaring_dash (18-Jun-2023)