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AMBER: Journeys Beyond

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
88
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Windows
75
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Description

AMBER is an adventure game presenting a horror ghost story and following the guidelines of a Myst-like first-person adventure, yet, at the same time, offering some unique features of it's own.

AMBER is short for Astral Mobility by Electromagnetic Resonance device invented by a promising scientist in the field of paranormal activities, Dr. Roxanna. In order to conduct the experimental testings of the device she secludes herself into an abandoned mansion, rumored to be haunted by ghosts and spirits. In her research Roxanna confirms those rumors, however, fails to respond on numerous phone calls. Her friend, Joe, presumes that something might has happened to her and asks you, the player, to investigate.

In order to help Roxy and the spirits of the house, you will have to use the AMBER device, that will provide you with the ability to experience ghost's stories in form of the lucid dreams. Each dream will be presented in the unique stylistic presentation. For example a sequence involving the death of the girl living in 1940s will be presented in black & white with lots of period music in the background. Once you've investigated the cause and the circumstances of each spirit's torments you finally will be able to help Roxy herself.

Although, the game does require player to solve as inventory-based puzzles so as the Myst-like mechanical and mathematical puzzles, the emphasis is more on the exploration and presentation of the story. For instance, all "ghost" parts of the game have neither inventory nor items to collect. So the key element of the gameplay is exploring environments in order to advance the plot by revealing crucial information as to the reasons of ghost's bond to the world of the living.

Screenshots

AMBER: Journeys Beyond Windows A camera! This does clear some things up.
AMBER: Journeys Beyond Windows Gazebo -- a gate to the last story
AMBER: Journeys Beyond Windows Not gore, but scary as hell.
AMBER: Journeys Beyond Windows Oops! That wasn't supposed to happen.

Alternate Titles

  • "Amber: Reisen ins Jenseits" -- German Title
  • "AMBER: Journeys Beyond - Death Is Not The End" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

Myst-like ghost story Windows Terrence Bosky (5235)
Decent adventure game. Earns a gold star for bizarre technical achievement Windows Kurt Sample (963)

The Press Says

Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Feb 17, 2006 5 out of 5 100
Just Adventure Windows 1996 A- 91
Adventure Gamers Windows May 18, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1996 90 out of 100 90
Computer Games Magazine Macintosh 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Just Games Retro Windows Sep 06, 2004 81 out of 100 81
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Apr 23, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Puntaeclicca.it Windows Sep, 1999 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Windows Dec 19, 1996 7.4 out of 10 74
Power Play Windows Mar, 1997 37 out of 100 37

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
For Sale - Unopened New Product 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (44368)
Nov 29, 2007

Trivia

Development

Amber was created and designed largely by husband and wife team Frank and Susan Wimmer.

Awards

  • MacWorld
    • 1996 - Adventure of the Year
Information also contributed by rstevenson

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Contributed to by ClydeFrog (10071) and Jeanne (75626)