|Genre(s) Historical adventure|
Developer Arxel Tribe
|Initial release date 2000|
Mode Single-player video game
|Platforms Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems|
Publishers Cryo Interactive, 1C Company, DreamCatcher Interactive
Similar Cryo Interactive games, Adventure games
Pompei: The Legend of Vesuvius (aka TimeScape: Journey to Pompeii) is a 2000 historical adventure game. The game was developed by Arxel Tribe and Réunion des Musées Nationaux, and published by Cryo Interactive. It followed by a sequel, Jerusalem: The Three Roads to the Holy Land.
When an explorer and world famous cartographer by the name of Adrien Blake returns from an expedition he discovers that his fiancée, Sophia has disappeared. Wrought with grief Adrian immerses himself in his manuscripts and reveals an ancient curse placed on him by the goddess Ishtar. Blake must go to 79AD Pompei, where a volcano will erupt in four days time, destroying the city, and find Sophia.
Tom Houston of Just Adventure praised its story, graphics, and puzzles while deeming it on par with Egypt, China, and Aztec. Meanwhile, the site's Ray Ivey gave the game a D, commenting that the experience left him "grumpy for days". Gamespy's Tamara Schembri positively compared it to Beyond Atlantis due to the former seamlessly blending its education and entertainment. Michael Lafferty of GameZone thought the title had a wide appeal as a family adventure game with a rich story.