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Imagine my surprise when I first played this game (only a few days ago) and realized it would easily stand shoulder to shoulder with any of the classic adventure games.
Amazon - Guardians of Eden is a point-and-click adventure, but I suggest you use the keyboard as well (the mouse interface isn’t precise enough so it’s easier to use the keyboard to walk and interact with things by using the mouse). The interface itself needs some getting used to. You have some buttons at the bottom of the screen. If none of the buttons is pushed, you’ll see a target cursor, which makes the character move around (but you may get stuck behind an object). If you push any of the buttons, the cursor will change (so now you can use, pick up, look in the inventory, climb, and talk or exit a room). You can still move around using the arrow keys, even if the cursor is changed - which comes in really handy, as you usually need to be extremely close to an object to interact with it.
There are two more buttons for help - you set the level of hints before running the game for the first time - and you can save and load games; there are points in the game at which you really should save.
The graphics are simply fantastic, and if you consider that the game was made in 1992, they're even more impressive. Although the backgrounds and characters are animated, there are short cinematic sequences featuring live actors. This wasn’t the first ever game to use this method, but it is definitely among those that did a really good job of it.
Amazon also features speech, although the sound is somewhat weird; it sounds like a tape switches on, plays the speech, and switches off again. But keep in mind that this game is just over 8 Mb, including speech… Well that’s something.
The sound isn’t bad either. You’ll hear a background score all the time and it doesn’t get irritating, although you will have to listen to it for a while (especially when stuck in a place). There are some variations in music, though, that support the storyline.
Finally, concerning the plotline itself: You are a young, athletic, somewhat naïve researcher who’s following in his brother’s footsteps. Your older brother Allen is also your biggest role-model - which I can’t quite identify with, having an older brother myself. Unfortunately, while leading an expedition in the Amazon jungle, your brother disappears. His expedition is attacked, and nobody really knows what happened to him. Naturally it is up to you to go and find him. You will need to do quite a lot before you’re ready to take the trip (and the walkthrough added in the extras might help). Just to name a few things, you will need to scare the secretary off with your little lab assistant, feed a lot of garbage to a bear, sexually arouse a guard, and so forth, before you even reach the Amazon jungle.
So all in all this is a great game I completely missed the first time around, and that’s why I’m so glad I got a chance to play it now (especially since no good adventure games are being made anymore). I warmly recommend this game to everybody who loves the adventure genre, because it’s a pure 5-point game.
If your character is not able to pick up a Raft in the crashed plane at a certain point in the game, then use the "aaapatch.gam" file included in the archive to continue after that point. The gameplay isn’t sacrificed, just skips over the bug.