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Heart of China (DOS)

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Description

Kate, the daughter of a wealthy businessman named E.A. Lomax, is abducted by a Chinese warlord named Li Deng near Chengdu, where she was volunteering as a nurse. Lomax recruits the former World War I fighter pilot Jake "Lucky" Masters for a dangerous mission: travel to Hong-Kong, locate a mysterious ninja, and find a way to infiltrate Li Deng's fortress and rescue Kate.

Heart of China is an adventure game with a romantic theme somewhat reminiscent of films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark. The game is set during the 1930's in China as well as a few other locations. It uses a simple point-and-click system for interaction and object manipulation, and is very similar visually and gameplay-wise to Rise of the Dragon.

Some of the tasks in the game have multiple solutions, allowing the player to pursue different methods and choose different responses in branching dialogues. However, some choices may lead to the protagonist's death or bring the investigation to a dead end. There are also a few arcade sequences, which can be skipped if the player fails to complete them after several tries. The game utilizes digitized photos of live actors superimposed on hand-painted graphics.

Screenshots

Heart of China DOS Title (EGA)
Heart of China DOS Walking down the dusty streets. (VGA)
Heart of China DOS Talking to Ho (VGA)
Heart of China DOS Here come the royal guards! (VGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "בלב סין" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Shanghai Surprise" -- Working title

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User Reviews

A good adventure for it's time that holds up well. RussS (781) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Dynamix's excellent farewell to the adventure genre *Katakis* (37823) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
This game was too short OceansDaughter (106) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
A short, but sweet adventure. Worth playing at least once. Eurythmic (2584) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

The Press Says

Dragon Dec, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just Adventure Apr 28, 2004 B+ 83
Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 77 out of 100 77
Adventure Gamers Feb 01, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Aventura y Cía Oct 10, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventure Classic Gaming Feb 19, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Sep, 1991 55 out of 100 55

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Trivia

Cast

With a cast of nearly 100 actors, Heart of China was ahead of its time in some respects. Dynamix hero Damon Slye can be found among the cast members.

EGA version

A 16-color EGA version (and, included, 2-color CGA/MCGA version) was produced but rarely distributed. Screenshots of said versions are included in MobyGame's Screenshots section for this game.

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Eurythmic (2584) added Heart of China (DOS) on Jul 16, 1999
Other platforms contributed by POMAH (34881) and Terok Nor (18924)