AMBER: Journeys Beyond

Critic Score User Score
Macintosh
88
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Windows
73
3.7
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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 strange apparition appears near the shed.
AMBER: Journeys Beyond Windows Oops! That wasn't supposed to happen.
AMBER: Journeys Beyond Windows Following the bumping purple ball.
AMBER: Journeys Beyond Windows Come on, let's go into the castle!

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

Myst-like ghost story Windows Terrence Bosky (5227)
Decent adventure game. Earns a gold star for bizarre technical achievement Windows Kurt Sample (963)

Critic Reviews

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Macintosh Feb, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just Adventure Windows 1996 A- 91
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1996 90 out of 100 90
Adventure Gamers Macintosh May 18, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Macworld Macintosh Jan, 1997 8.7 out of 10 87
macHOME Macintosh 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Apr, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Just Games Retro Windows Sep 06, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Puntaeclicca.it Windows Sep, 1999 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Player (Germany) Windows Mar, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

Forums

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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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