Video Game: Rise Of The Argonauts
Rise of the Argonauts
is a Multi-Platform
video game based off of the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, developed by Liquid Entertainment and published in 2008 by Codemasters.
When his bride-to-be Alceme is murdered, King Jason of Iolcus sets out to find the Golden Fleece, which is said to have the power to raise the dead. Apollo's oracle tells Jason that he must find the bloodlines of Ares, Athena, and Hermes to open the path to where the Fleece is located.Rise of the Argonauts
is built around a conversation tree system similar to the one in Mass Effect
, with choices drawing from the virtues of Ares, Athena, Apollo, and Hermes. The gods also have favored weapons, respectively the mace, spear, shield, and sword, all of which Jason carries into battle.
Tropes appearing in this game:
- Absurd Cutting Power: sword finishing attacks can bisect the target at the waist. Spear finishing attacks can include decapitation by shield strike.
- Action Girl: Atalanta.
- Alcohol Hic: one of the Silver Guard on Kythra was heavily inebriated when they all turned to stone. He wants mead!
- Almost Dead Guy: Nico confesses that he killed Diodorous on Kythra shortly after taking an Ionian spear through the gut.
- Anachronism Stew:
- Doubling with Sadly Mythtaken, Daedalus throws King Minos' agent off by convincing him that he's fled to Alexandria...as in the city founded by Alexander the Great, a historical figure who definitely did not live during the days of Classical Mythology.
- Adding onto that, there's also Pytheas and Eratosthenes, more people who existed in history, and at some point Plato and possibly Homer were included in the game. Maybe the blend of historical and mythological history was intentional?
- At the start of Mycenae, Sinon salutes Jason with a modern military salute. Said salute has its origins from Medieval knights raising their visors to reveal their faces.
- And I Must Scream: it appears that the people on Kythra had some semblance of consciousness while turned to stone. Prometheus and Epimetheus are trapped in Tartarus and used to create the Blacktongues' constructs; Jason has to end their suffering to proceed.
- Badass Crew: the Argonauts, of course.
- Battle of Wits: Phaedon's boss fight begins with a battle of rhetoric. After losing, he cuts to the chase and pulls a sword.
- The Beastmaster: Nessus has managed to tame manticores. And Hepna'je.
- Big Bad: no surprise if you know your Classical Mythology, it's Uncle Pelias.
- Bigger Bad: Hecate.
- The Big Guy: Hercules.
- The Blacksmith: Daedalus maintains the arms and armor of Mycenae's arena combatants. You can help him escape King Minos's minions and take him on as a crew member.
- Blood Knight: Ares is depicted as one and his virtues lean toward might making right.
- Canon Foreigner: Alceme appears nowhere in Classical Mythology.
- Cool Ship: the Argo has space for everyone, a shrine to the gods, and a Bronze Age self-propulsion and direction mechanism.
- Cool Sword: Jason picks up a few along the way.
- Cutscene Boss: Sciav, the head of The Blacktongues.
- Damsel in Distress: The action starts after Alceme is murdered, and the rest of the game is Jason trying to change that.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Medea. In an atypical example of this trope, however, you can learn it the first time you speak to her aboard the Argo after enlisting her: when she was only twelve, her father decided to marry her to a suitor who was sixty. When he came to her bed, she murdered him and ran. Then the Blacktongues found her, promising her power, so she joined their cult so she could gain dark sorcery powers; unfortunately, she eventually came to realize that she was becoming a thrall to the Blacktongues and their goddess Hecate. As she ruefully notes in the present, she was once again that twelve-year-old girl, but this time with a Titan slipping into her bed instead. This prompted her to defect from the Blacktongues.
- Decapitation Presentation: Jason briefly does so after defeating the boss of Saria.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Jason's final opponent in his trial by combat is the undefeated arena champion Achilles.
- Determinator: Jason will walk through Tartarus to bring his wife back to life. Nobody that stands in his way does so for long.
- Dialogue Tree
- Does Not Like Shoes: Atalanta, Medea, and Achilles.
- Duel Boss: A few.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Golden Fleece armor boosts Jason's attributes and gives him constant health regeneration.
- Evil Chancellor / Evil Uncle: Pelias.
- The Fagin: the Stork, a crime boss on Mycenae, uses children to pick pockets and learn secrets.
- Foreshadowing / Harsher in Hindsight: when Jason makes him regent, Pelias tells him that any who would do harm to Iolcus will have to come through him. He says "come through me," not "go through me." He lets the Blacktongues and Ionians into Iolcus.
- Guile Hero: Hermes encourages employing diplomacy and cunning, and acting like this earns you his favor.
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: Hercules punches and wrestles enemies to death. Since he's the World's Strongest Man, it's quite effective.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Bolo, an orphan on Mycenae, has an atrocious song/sales pitch. Sitting through the whole thing is a deed worthy of the gods.
- Home Run Hitter: occasionally, mace finishing blows will knock the target's ragdoll a ridiculous distance.
- Honor Before Reason: some Kythrans take Athena's virtues as unbendable laws.
- Hot Witch: Medea.
- Instant Runes
- Jerk Jock: Achilles is the undefeated champion of the Mycenae arena. It's the only thing he's got going for him and he milks it for all it's worth before he leaves.
- Kick the Dog: near the end of your quest, a Blacktongue sneaks onto the Argo and kills Argos. Just Argos. He could have attacked anyone else, but decided to gut the old shipwright.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: in Tartarus, you encounter the bosses from the three islands and can fight them again. By the rules of the setting, death in Tartarus is final.
- Let's Play: one done by Burning Dog Face.
- Named After Somebody Famous: some characters have names from classical myth but don't appear to actually be those characters (e.g. Pandora is a fortuneteller on Iolcus).
- Oracular Urchin: Apollo's current oracle appears to be a young girl.
- Pet the Dog: Apollo-favoured choices are generally of this flavour.
- To a lesser extent, Athena-favoured choices can also result in this, since Athena favors "just" choices, which in general means "doing the right thing." Of course sometimes "doing the right thing" means declaring someone guilty, but when it doesn't, Athena choices can also pet the dog.
- Power Glows: the Golden Fleece.
- Raised by Natives: orphaned after her parents were killed, Atalanta was taken in by the Nysiros centaurs.
- Rule of Three: three bloodlines, three weapons, three battles in the arena (twice).
- Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: the spear, sword, and mace are each strong against one and weak against another.
- Taken for Granite: Everyone on Kythra was turned to stone in the middle of an Ionian attack.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The boss of Saria is killed using all of Jason's weapons: crushing his weapon hand with the mace, slipping a spear between his ribs, and finally sending a sword through his throat and decapitating him. Hermes deems this to be awesome enough to warrant a statue.
- To Be Lawful or Good: The difference between Athena and Apollo, with Athena leaning more towards Lawful while Apollo is more about Good.
- Trailers Always Lie: the trailer shows Jason confronting an enormous angry rock-man. It's Prometheus, who only wants Jason to end his suffering.
- Trial by Combat: King Lycomedes of Mycenae forces Jason to fight in the arena to prove that Alceme's death is not his fault. The first trial puts him in the arena alongside Pytheas, a debtor. If Pytheas survives, his debts are forgiven and he decides to leave Mycenae.
- Vapor Wear: Medea and Atalanta clearly wear nothing under their dress and skirt.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Some Blacktongues have the power to change into crows.
- Weapon of Choice: In an interesting variation of this trope, each of the patron gods has a lot of "feats" related to a different weapon. The list, as follows:
- Apollo and Hermes have a lot of sword feats (though some of Hermes' more passive feats work just as well with spears, and Apollo's feats also tend to strengthen your shield).
- Ares has a lot of mace feats.
- Athena has a lot of spear feats.
- Shipper on Deck: Khromis, of Jason and Atalanta. More to tease Atalanta, though.
- Dummied Out: There was an arena you could practice combat in at any time, including choosing which and how many enemies to spawn and if an Argonaut fought beside you. A fan by the name of lordbulldog reportedly got it working, but said the enemies didn't attack.