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Amerzone: The Explorer's Legacy

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Description

In 1932, Alexandre Valembois was a young explorer who, with his native friend Anonio Alverez, wanted to make a name for himself by exploring the mysterious Amerzone region. Befriended by the natives of the region, he witnessed a strange ritual involving a giant egg of the famed white birds. Wanting to prove that the white birds existed, Alexandre stole the mysterious egg and betrayed the natives' trust Returning to France, nobody believed Alexandre or his journals about the Amerzone. Sixty years have passed and the world has changed. World War 2 has come and gone, the Amerzone remains unexplored and closed off to outsiders by it's despotic leader, Anoino Alverez. Monsieur Alexandre Valembois is an old man at the end of his life, living alone in a lighthouse and wishing to fix his mistake. At this time, a young reporter comes to visit the old Alexandre Valembois regarding his adventures...

Amerzone is a first person adventure game, similar to Myst, taking place between different rooms and areas. The player assumes the role of the reporter and must unravel the clues left by Monsieur Valembois, travelling over several picturesque locations and eventually reaching the fictional Amerzone region. The adventure game takes place over a series of areas. The player can click on arrow icons to change the orientation or to move to different areas. Objects of interest change the cursor to a magnifying glass icon. Objects that can be interacted with or picked up change the cursor to a hand icon. An icon of gears represents a mechanism which must be manipulated before it can be properly used. The player's inventory can be accessed at any time.

Screenshots

Amerzone: The Explorer's Legacy Windows Alexandre Valembois is no longer a young man and can not voyage on ambitious expeditions.
Amerzone: The Explorer's Legacy Windows Many open areas allow the player to move the view-point, detailing a panoramic view of the area.
Amerzone: The Explorer's Legacy Windows Title screen
Amerzone: The Explorer's Legacy Windows This television works... sort-of and displays video of the President Alverez.

Alternate Titles

  • "L'Amerzone: Le testament de l'explorateur" -- French title
  • "Amerzone: Testament Odkrywcy" -- Polish title
  • "Amerzone: Il Testamento dell'Esploratore" -- Italian title
  • "Amerzone: El Legado del Explorador" -- Spanish title
  • "Amerzone: Das Testament des Forschungsreisenden" -- German re-release title
  • "Amerzone: Das dunkle Vermächtnis" -- German title

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User Reviews

Decently fun to play Windows ThE oNe (178)
Another "Myst-clone" that just doesn't measure up. Windows Jeanne (75627)

The Press Says

Adventure's Planet Windows May 31, 2004 82 out of 100 82
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Dec 16, 1999 16 out of 20 80
Adventure Gamers Windows May 21, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Oct 13, 2004 15 out of 20 75
Power Unlimited PlayStation Mar, 2000 7 out of 10 70
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 1999 65 out of 100 65
PC Joker Windows Oct, 1999 62 out of 100 62
UHS (Universal Hint System) Windows Jun 03, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Windows Dec 01, 1999 5.5 out of 10 55
PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1999 20 out of 100 20

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Trivia

Comic

Amerzone is based on a graphic novel by Benoît Sokal L'Amerzone. Published in France in 1993 by Casterman, it is part of the Inspecteur Canardo series started back in 1978. Canardo is Sokal's best known character. In Canardo, most of the characters are animals (Canardo himself is "somewhere between Philip Marlowe and Donald Duck") but the universe is much like a dystopian Disney: very dark, filled with melancholy and disillusion.

The original comic book tells the adventure of the P.I. Canardo, hired by Valembois' family to find the old explorer, who was missing since he went to Amerzone on a last expedition. Valembois hopes to find the legendary White Birds before he dies...

The game differs a lot from the graphic novel, which is more dark and violent, but the background universe and the country of Amerzone itself are very similar.

Title

Amerzone is actually a pun on Amazone (french for the Amazon river) and "amer" which means "bitter".

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