Joe King is the hero of this point and click adventure. His plane is carrying actress Faye Russell when it crash lands in a remote jungle, and he must battle through 100 screens of adventure and puzzle. The game's feel is influenced by hammy B-movies, and the characters are quite stereotyped and comic. As standard in point and click adventures, a set of icons at the bottom of the screen allow you to interact with visible characters and items in the main view area.
If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery then Monkey Island sure must be chuffed. Countless adventure games tried to mimic what made it so special and unique yet few really succeeded. Flight of the Amazon Queen was one of them so let's take a look at how close it came to achieving its goal.
You start the game as a freelance pilot called Joe King in need of customers to fly around the world. After escaping certain death in the intro, you're stranded in a hotel room where your first goal is to get out and prevent a rich and famous customer from being stolen away by a Dutch competitor. Tssk, those ruthless Dutchmen eh. When you finally do managed to win her back, you crash in the jungle and have to try and get your plane back in the air. While running around the island, you discover a plot of a mad scientist to take over the world by transforming amazon women into dinosaurs. Yes, don't expect a believable plot from this game but then again, it's hardly expected from a game that takes obvious inspiration from Monkey Island.
In truth, this game has also been influenced by Indiana Jones & Fate of Atlantis which can be witnessed when you take a look at the graphics. They are very colourful yet also quite realistic with the locations being detailed and attractive too. A similar technique of shading has been used as well. But the comedy is definitely geared at fans of Monkey Island: I had to admit I laughed out loud plenty of times. The scene involving a gorilla dressed up in a dinosaur suit had me crying tears of laughter which is a rare thing to happen for me which goes to show that you won't be disappointed in the comedy department.
So that leaves us with what really makes or breaks an adventure game: the puzzles. While the interface can be confusing at first (the icons aren't as straightforward as Monkey Island's verbs), you soon get the hang of it and I must say that the logic behind the puzzles is quite sound. I got stuck several times but with a gentle nudge from the Universal Hint System I always managed to continue without spoiling the game.
Combine all this and you got a quality game. While it may not be a classic in the same league as Monkey Island, it's still more than worth giving a go. Some may find the humour less catching but I guess this is all down to taste. Personally, I loved it and it's a solid 5 out of 5 to me.
This charming game from a not-so-well-known Australian developer puts you in the shoes of Joe King, freelance pilot hired to escort actress Faye Russell to a photo shoot deep in the Amazon jungle. The game is not up to par with LucasArts games (which are obvious inspiration here), but it still offers plenty of solid puzzles and a gentle off-beat humor that will elicit a laugh or two and leave a smile on your face at the end.
Quite possibly one of the funniest games I've played, very similar in many respects to Monkey Island 1 & 2, except this is made by a group of Australians.
This beautiful blend of comedy and puzzle create a Lucasarts/Sierra quality game, both for free, and a small download size. (Reasonably anyway.)
The sick and twisted humor (ie Comedy Breasts™) provide a good laugh and the general behaviour of the main character will get a couple of cheap chuckles out of you.
Definatly one of my favorite adventures games, yes, even better than Monkey Island 4, and I highly recommend stopping everything just to get a little bit of speed downloading this.
Flight of the Amazon Queen is an adventure game set in the '40s, you take on the role of Joe King, a pilot for hire who is given the job of flying Faye Rusell the movie star into the Amazon jungle for a photo shoot. At the beginning of the game however, Joe runs into a little bit of trouble with a dutchman who is simply called 'Anderson', Joe has to find a way out of the hotel room that he has been locked in and catch up with Anderson before he steals his plane and takes all the glory of flying Faye into the jungle.
Amazon Queen would have to be one of my most favourite adventures, it has a nice colourful look and also provides a smile or two with it's nice humour, not only that but there are also some challenging puzzles and plenty of places to explore in the vast jungle. Although it is seen as a LucasArts 'rip off', it is essentially a fun adventure - one of which is also replayable, if you have the CD version then you'll find it even better with great speech.
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