Amazon is a graphical text adventure game by Michael Crichton. You work for the NSRT (National Satellite Resource Technology), a top secret research firm. Waiting for a transmission from a team sent to the Amazon Rainforest, you realize the expedition has gone wrong, and it is your job to travel to the Amazon Rainforest and figure out what happened.
Included in the folder is a map of the Amazon Rainforest and a technical briefing of your mission from the NSRT home office.
If a name such as Michael Crichton appears at the beginning of an interactive adventure, it has to stand for something. OK, at the time I first played this game on C64 I haven't heard of Crichton and I wasn't really into text adventures, still this one looked cool, but I never really was able to play it too much (as a pre-school kid I didn't understand enough English). Returning back to this game (although the PC port) was a bit scary, because my expectations were high, but I was not disappointed.
Amazon is an excellent piece of interactive fiction. A game that really guides you through itself. There's also some graphics, which are there just for the effect, but they are nice.
You even get to choose your name and have a little conversation with the computer every now and again, but most importantly you can select one of three different difficulty settings.
The story is intriguing enough, although not the most original one (or maybe it still was back in the day). The expedition that went to the Amazon (thus the name) has been slaughtered and the satellite picture shows a strange intruder being present at the massacre site of the research camp. If this sounds familiar, try to remember Crichton's Congo (it does start very much alike it).
The game even features sounds (mostly from the internal speaker), but they try to be of as good a quality as they got back then. Better then just bleeps and peeps.
As an agent of the NSRT (National Satellite Resources Technology), you happen to be the first witness of the sad fate suffered by all members of an archeological expedition sent to uncover the fabled Lost City of Chak. Apparently, the whole expedition was murdered by a tribe of cannibals. And guess what? Now YOU are the one who has to travel to the Amazon to uncover the mystery...
And that's only the beginning of your problems. Mysterious people are trying to kill you. Professor Benekker, an expert on the Amazon who was supposed to accompany you, turns up dead. As a replacement, you'll end up with his highly-intelligent (but highly-obnoxious) parrot, Paco. Be prepared to face wild animals, savage tribes, guerillos, and even a live volcano, as you make your way to the remnants of the expedition and the Lost City.
Contrary to what many people think, this game isn't based on any actual story by Michael Crichton. It's an original game on which Mr. Crichton worked even before Telarium contacted him. If you compare it to similar games from the same period, Amazon stands out with its "story-driven" plot, which somewhat compensates for the CGA graphics and Telarium's ackward parser.
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