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Plundered Hearts (Amstrad CPC)

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From The Master Storytellers Infocom catalog, 1987:
    A lively tale of love and adventure, PLUNDERED HEARTS is a unanimous favorite of Infocom's large circle of expert game reviewers, including men and women of all ages.

    In the 17th century, the seas are as wild as the untamed heart of a young woman. But when you set out on the schooner Lafond Deux, bound for the West Indies, your thoughts are only of your ailing father awaiting your care. Little do you know that your innocent journey will soon turn to dangerous adventure.

    You barely survive an encounter with pirates, whose plans for you include a fate worse than death. The explosives, the rocky reefs, the vicious crocodile - all these are obstacles which you must overcome with cunning and agility. True, it's not easy; but at least you can control your fate. What you cannot control is much more dangerous: your passion for Nicholas Jamison, the handsome pirate captain.

    You'll thrill to spine-tingling peril, heart-pounding romance, and challenging predicaments, as author Amy Briggs brings your wildest fantasies to life.

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Oct 13, 2001.

From The Status Line, Vol.VI No.3 Fall 1987:

    Peril & Passion in Plundered Hearts



    "Infocom's first romance does the genre proud. Playing Plundered Hearts was like opening a romance novel and walking inside." -Judith C.

    "The main character may be a woman, but I found Plundered Hearts every bit as challenging and exhilarating as other Infocom stories. I can't think of a better way to exercise my imagination." -Andrew I.

    "I love this! This is the most vivid and evocative Infocom game I've seen yet." -Mrs. Thomas E.

    "I was a little afraid that I wouldn't like the game at first, being male and playing it as a female, but once you got started it was NO PROBLEM! I enjoyed it!!!" -Ron T.

    These are just some of the rave reviews showered upon Plundered Hearts, Infocom's new release that breaks stereotypes about computer games and the people who play them. Plundered Hearts is a tale of adventure as gripping as any previous Infocom story, filled with challenging puzzles and scenes of derring-do. But it is also a torrid romance, the first Infocom story in which you, the main character, are a woman. In its dark and passionate world, you not only test your courage and prowess at every turn - you may fall in love.

    Set in the late 17th century, when ladies were delicate and gentlemen virile, when vapid kings ruled the land and lusty pirates ruled the seas, Plundered Hearts plunges you into adventure on the high seas.

    You are a beautiful young woman, the daughter of a nobleman. You receive news of your beloved father from M. Jean Lafond, who claims to be his dearest friend. Lafond is the governor of St. Sinistra, the tiny tropical isle where your father moved after the death of your mother. Lafond sends the tidings that spur you across the Atlantic: Papa is deathly ill, and needs your loving care to keep him alive. You set out aboard the Lafond Deux, one of the governor's ships that just happens to be in port.

    Falcon, captain of the pirates


    As Plundered Hearts begins, just two nights from the end of the hitherto uneventful voyage, the thunder and lightning of cannon fire disturb your slumber - pirates! Within minutes you are face to face with the notorious Falcon, captain of the pirates. Under the impact of his gaze, the hard masculinity of his broad shoulders, the implied power in the scar that etches his jaw, you discover yourself blind to the dangers of this infamous pirate, aware only of the tremors that course your veins, of that flutter deep in your stomach as he draws near you. In this most unlikely of places, you have met the man you have been waiting for all these years.

    But things are not all as they seem. With the introduction of Falcon and the message he carries, you find all your expectations turned topsy-turvy. No longer can you be the staid and innocent miss from town. You must don the attitude with the attire of a pirate, learn to fight with sword and pistol, and adopt the deviousness of the most deceptive buccaneer. Your adventure has only just begun!

    Included in the Plundered Hearts package are the letter from Jean Lafond that tells of your father's illness, and a 50-guinea note from the Bank of St. Sinistra. These are both securely kept in the velvet reticule that every lady carries tied to her wrist.

    Plundered Hearts is the first work of interactive fiction by Amy Briggs. To research this historical adventure, Amy spent many of her formative years reading trashy romances, studied vast tomes of costume design through the ages, and ran away from home to join a pirate band.

    For more adventure on the high seas, each Plundered Hearts package contains a coupon which you can mail in to get Cutthroats for $14.95. This is a special price only available through this offer. In Cutthroats, you're a local diver who becomes entangled with shady island characters in a search for a lost shipwreck containing sunken treasures. Cutthroats contains several shipwrecks which provides for multiple adventures.

    Set for release in early September, Plundered Hearts will be available for a wide variety of personal computers, including Apple II series and Macintosh, Atari XL/XE and ST series, Commodore 64/128 and Amiga, and IBM PC series and MS-DOS compatibles. The suggested retail price is $34.95 for Atari XL/XE (mail order only) and Commodore 64/128 and $39.95 for all other systems.

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Aug 26, 2001.

Back of box cover:
    In the 17th century, the seas are as wild as the untamed heart of a young woman. But when you set out on the schooner Lafond Deux, bound for the West Indies, your thoughts are only of your ailing father who awaits your care. Little do you know that your innocent journey will soon turn to dangerous adventure.

    You barely survive an encounter with pirates, whose plans for you include a fate worse than death. The explosives, the rocky reefs, the vicious crocodile - all these are obstacles which you must overcome with cunning and agility. True, it's not easy; but at least you can control your fate. What you cannot control is much more dangerous: your passion for Nicholas Jamison, the handsome pirate captain.

    Tall and lean, with azure eyes that penetrates deep into your soul, he makes your blood quicken despite his unsavory past. When you're in his arms, swirling around the dance floor or secluded in the flowered depths of the gazebo, you are apt to forget your mission.

    But don't dally too long with Nick. For your father is waiting, and on his rescue lies the fate of more than one man. Prepare for adventure on the high seas, lass. You'll need every bit of pluck you can muster.

    In PLUDERED HEARTS, Infocom brings your wildest fantasies to life. You'll thrill to spine-tingling peril, heart-pounding romance, and challenging predicaments. To create this exotic adventure, author Amy Briggs read hundreds of romance novels, researched 17th century costumes and ships, and was wooed by a dashing pirate.

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Mar 30, 2001.