Heart of China (DOS)

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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.


Heart of China DOS Game Start (CGA)
Heart of China DOS Oh, really? Well, we'll see about that!
Heart of China DOS At the airport (VGA)
Heart of China DOS Intro (EGA)

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* (37914) 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 (2581) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Dragon Dec, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jul, 1991 910 out of 1000 91
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1991 10.2 out of 12 85
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
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
Adventure Gamers Feb 01, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Sep, 1991 55 out of 100 55


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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 (2581) added Heart of China (DOS) on Jul 16, 1999
Other platforms contributed by POMAH (36361) and Terok Nor (21043)