The plot of Golden Eagle is a basic one: the evil priest Nahmur stole the Golden Eagle, severed it into five parts and hid them in the city. The player controls a special agent with the order (the employees are mutants) to find said parts.
So the player walks through the levels while shooting all opposition. There are also some basic puzzles to solve (collecting an item at one place and using it at another or switch puzzles) and safes to open (either with found codes or by using special equipment) in order to find the eagle parts. There are also some traps to avoid.
Besides walking and moving, the protagonist can jump and duck. All other actions like crawling can only be performed in certain places. Using terminals reveal useful information in the form of messages or a map for easier orientation. Other terminals offer the possibility to play a completely optional game of Reversi.
A fun platform game from Loriciel, Golden Eagle features fluid animations that rival Jordan Mechner's classic Prince of Persia games, as well as an intriguing blend of action with elements from adventure and puzzle genre.
The plot in Golden Eagle is hackneyed, but at least there are some elements of surprise: you are a (what else) hero sent to recover the Golden Eagle, a statuette with mysterious powers that was stolen by an evil sect. Although the box touts "action/adventure" gameplay, adventure game portion mostly involves only finding the right switch to deactivate security systems, much like Epyx' Impossible Mission 2. Loriciel, true to their reputation as developer of innovative games (similar to Exxos), even includes a full-featured Reversi board game within the game, which has a decent AI and even "hint" feature! Another neat feature is the on-line dossiers of major characters and an e-mailbox, which relays new instructions for your mission as you make progress. Unfortunately, weapons in Golden Eagle are quite ordinary, and levels are too repetitive to hold anyone's interest for long. As an example of what action/adventure should be like, Flashback fits the bill much better, although Golden Eagle deserves notice for its fluid animations and fun storyline that unfolds as you play.
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