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Flight of the Amazon Queen (DOS)

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Description

Joe King is the hero of this point and click adventure. His plane is carrying actress Faye Russell when it crash lands in a remote jungle, and he must battle through 100 screens of adventure and puzzle. The game's feel is influenced by hammy B-movies, and the characters are quite stereotyped and comic. As standard in point and click adventures, a set of icons at the bottom of the screen allow you to interact with visible characters and items in the main view area.

Screenshots

Flight of the Amazon Queen DOS Secret tunnels.
Flight of the Amazon Queen DOS Amazons enjoying themselves
Flight of the Amazon Queen DOS Cut scene ... nice comic style (Sparky's Commander Rocket Comic)
Flight of the Amazon Queen DOS Hurry (from the intro sequence)

Alternate Titles

  • "Полет Королевы Амазонок " -- Russian spelling
  • "הרפתקאות מלכת האמזונות " -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Poljot Korolevy Amazonok" -- Russian title
  • "L'Amazone Queen" -- French Title
  • "Harpatkaot Malkat ha-Amazonot" -- Hebrew title

User Reviews

Walks on the fine line between Monkey Island and Indiana Jones without falling. micnictic (385) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A-Game Cult Classic drbriefs (4) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
A solid and well-executed adventure. RussS (781) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Truly one of the best games ever made. Antti Rantakolmonen (2) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

GameHippo.com Nov 07, 2004 9 out of 10 90
PC Team May, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Joystick (French) Apr, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Quandary Jul, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play May, 1995 71 out of 100 71
PC Player (Germany) May, 1995 71 out of 100 71
Adventure Gamers May 20, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Games (Germany) May, 1995 64 out of 100 64
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Development

This game was developed about three years (a year and a half before signing publishing deal with Warner). Back in the early days it was an Amiga floppy product which eventually became four language Amiga/PC CD-ROM game with full voice. Most of the graphics were done using Deluxe Paint IV running on an Amiga 1200 with an accelerator board because the Amiga had the best version of Deluxe Paint at the moment.

It was originally written in AMOS BASIC on Amiga, but was eventually converted to C code instead, and later ported to PC computers. The tools to build the game were also written in AMOS. The game engine was called JASPAR for "John And Steve's Programmable Adventure Resource".

There were three additional tools called JOKER (building rooms, laying out objects and actors), ACE (cut scene editor) and DOG (dialogue editor). The engine and tools were written by John Passfield and Tony Ball converted the JASPAR engine to PC.

Freeware release

Flight of the Amazon Queen has been made freeware. The source code was kindly given to the ScummVM team, by John Passfield and Steve Stamatiadis, who then made it fully compatible with their engine. It can be downloaded from ScummVM.

Inspiration

The games antagonist, Dr. Frank Ironstein, seems to be loosely based on Dr. Josef Mengele, also known as "Angel of Death". Mengele was an officer of the German "Schutzstaffel" (SS) and a physician in the infamous Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he conducted various experiments on the prisoners. Holocaust survivors gave detailed descriptions of his atrocious "researches". Mengele later fled to South America and was never captured. His person served as inspiration for villains in popular culture more than once. For another example, just watch Marathon Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier.

Version differences

This game was also released on CD-ROM, that featured full speech.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1996 – Best Adventure in 1995 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Apogee IV, B.L. Stryker, micnictic and xxxxxxxxxxx

Related Web Sites

  • Hints for Flight of the Amazon Queen (This guide provides questions and answers to nudge you towards the solutions.)
  • ScummVM (Get "Flight of the Amazon Queen", as well as many other adventure games, to run on modern systems by using ScummVM, a legal and free program.)
robotriot (8637) added Flight of the Amazon Queen (DOS) on Nov 01, 1999
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