History VideoGame / ZanZarahTheHiddenPortal

2nd Nov '15 10:20:33 AM Koveras
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The game was developed by the German studio Funatics Development and released by THQ in 2002. They also tried to release an ExpansionPack, ''[=ZanZarah=]: The Lost Village'', but it was CutShort. After languishing in IP limbo since [=THQ's=] closure, the publishing rights to the game were picked up by Creator/DaedalicEntertainment for a rerelease on UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} in August 2015.

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The game was developed by the German studio Funatics Development and released by THQ in 2002. They also tried to release an ExpansionPack, ''[=ZanZarah=]: The Lost Village'', but it was CutShort. After languishing in IP limbo since for two years following [=THQ's=] closure, the publishing rights to the game were had been picked up by Creator/DaedalicEntertainment for a rerelease Creator/DaedalicEntertainment, who rereleased it on UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} in August 2015.
2nd Nov '15 10:19:32 AM Koveras
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11th Oct '15 7:07:35 AM NTC3
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20th Aug '15 5:57:37 AM Koveras
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The game was developed by the German studio Funatics Development and released by THQ in 2002. They also tried to release an ExpansionPack, ''[=ZanZarah=]: The Lost Village'', but it was CutShort. After languishing in IP limbo since [=THQ's=] closure, the publishing rights to the game were picked up by Daedalic Entertainment (of ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}'' fame) for a rerelease on {{Steam}} in August 2015.

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The game was developed by the German studio Funatics Development and released by THQ in 2002. They also tried to release an ExpansionPack, ''[=ZanZarah=]: The Lost Village'', but it was CutShort. After languishing in IP limbo since [=THQ's=] closure, the publishing rights to the game were picked up by Daedalic Entertainment (of ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}'' fame) Creator/DaedalicEntertainment for a rerelease on {{Steam}} UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} in August 2015.
20th Aug '15 3:31:50 AM Akriloth2160
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The game was developed by the German studio Funatics Development and released by THQ in 2002. They also tried to release an ExpansionPack, ''[=ZanZarah=]: The Lost Village'', but it was CutShort.

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The game was developed by the German studio Funatics Development and released by THQ in 2002. They also tried to release an ExpansionPack, ''[=ZanZarah=]: The Lost Village'', but it was CutShort. After languishing in IP limbo since [=THQ's=] closure, the publishing rights to the game were picked up by Daedalic Entertainment (of ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}'' fame) for a rerelease on {{Steam}} in August 2015.
15th Jul '15 2:56:20 AM Koveras
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* ElementalRockPaperScissors: There are 12 elements in the game that the faeries can belong to, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

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* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Fielding a faery that has an [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental advantage]] against your current opponent usually means you are safe from defeat... unless the enemy faery has a lot of HP and uses a spell that charges much faster than yours, in which case it can kill you faster with its weak but fast jabs before you can inflict enough damage to it. [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard That the enemy faeries never run out of mana helps.]]
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: There are 12 elements in the game that the faeries can belong to, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Choosing the advantageous element usually means that you do several times more damage than usual and have higher critical hit chances, while the opposing faery does several times less damage ''and'' has a much lower chances to crit.
15th Jul '15 2:25:29 AM Koveras
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''[=ZanZarah=]: The Hidden Portal'' is an ActionAdventure game with ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''-style [[GottaCatchThemAll faery training/duelling]], {{Metroidvania}} and RPGElements, and a simple plot in the footsteps of ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney''. It also features [[SceneryPorn beautiful visuals]], Awesome/{{music}}, funny pseudo-languages, and surprisingly tactical combat (once you [[GuideDangIt figure out how]] to ''shoot''[[note]]To shoot a spell while controlling a faery, you need to hold down the left mouse button for it to accumulate some charge. Don't hold it for too long, though. It backfires.[[/note]]).

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''[=ZanZarah=]: The Hidden Portal'' is an ActionAdventure game with ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''-style [[GottaCatchThemAll faery training/duelling]], {{Metroidvania}} and RPGElements, and a simple plot in the footsteps vein of ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney''. It also features [[SceneryPorn beautiful visuals]], Awesome/{{music}}, funny pseudo-languages, and surprisingly tactical combat (once you [[GuideDangIt figure out how]] to ''shoot''[[note]]To shoot a spell while controlling a faery, you need to hold down the left mouse button for it to accumulate some charge. Don't hold it for too long, though. It backfires.[[/note]]).
10th Jul '15 5:03:17 AM Koveras
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* BonusBoss: There are several Faery Trainers who are not essential to progressing the main plot, but provide an extra challenge, nonetheless, such as the ice faery master near the waterfalls.



* GuardianOfTheMultiverse: The White Druid and also, the Guardian, though the latter's function is more like guarding Zanzarah from Earth's humans.

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* GuardianOfTheMultiverse: The White Druid and also, the Guardian, Guard, though the latter's function is more like guarding about defending Zanzarah from Earth's humans.


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* AWinnerIsYou: [[spoiler:After defeating the Guard, you are treated to a short cutscene congratulating you on defeating the evil and showing faeries flooding into our world, after which the credits roll.]]
4th Jul '15 2:13:05 PM Koveras
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* JumpedAtTheCall: While alone at home, Ame investigates a strange noise from the attic, is transported to a parallel dimension, and told that she must save it from some vague evil, with zero directions at how to do so. She takes it all in stride and dives right into exploring this strange new world.

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* HumansAreBastards: The White Druid (despite himself being a human) came to believe this after witnessing the {{Witch Hunt}}s in our world that forced the magical creatures to escape to Zanzarah. He is therefore not thrilled to find that another human has found her way to his realm, but he grudgingly accepts Amy's help in rooting out the Dark Elves. [[spoiler:It turns out that he is actually the BigBad of the game, driven to villainy by his paranoia of humanity.]]
* JumpedAtTheCall: While alone at home, Ame Amy investigates a strange noise from the attic, is transported to a parallel dimension, and told that she must save it from some vague evil, with zero directions at how to do so. She takes it all in stride and dives right into exploring this strange new world.
31st May '15 10:59:14 PM Koveras
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* MechanicallyUnusualClass: The Metal faeries don't evolve at certain levels like most others do, but instead require Dwarven Tools to upgrade to the next higher evolution level. On the flip side, it means that once you find said tools, you can immediately upgrade a lowest-tier Metal faery to the highest-tier one without having to LevelGrind it first.
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