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Jonny Quest: Curse of the Mayan Warriors (DOS)

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Description

Jonny Quest is an action-adventure game with beat-em-up sequences.

This game is based on the Hanna-Barbera animation series The Adventures of Jonny Quest of 1964. Jonny is a bright young fellow with a talent for judo-fighting, defeating evil creatures and generally doing heroic things normally not suited for 14-year-old boys. When mayan idols disappear in the South American rain forest, the Team Quest sets out to comb through the jungle and a couple of temples.

Gameplay is divided into two parts: On the top-down map of the forest and the temples, Jonny and his friend Hadji search for useful items and solve puzzles. If they encounter an adversary, the game switches to a side-view. Jonny’s then got to defeat his opponent in classical beat-em-up-style with a variety of punches and kicks. After a short time, Hadji and the dog Bandit appear on the scene and help Jonny by casting spells (Hadji) and dragging the enemy around (Bandit). If you lose, you’ll get two additional chances; after that, the game is over.

All main actions (talk, look around, access inventory) are performed via the F-keys; more sophisticated possibilities like using items involve strings of F-key/direction key usage. The puzzles in the game are inventory-based.

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Jonny Quest: Curse of the Mayan Warriors DOS Inventory management and item interaction is awkward and exhausting.
Jonny Quest: Curse of the Mayan Warriors DOS The cast: Team Quest
Jonny Quest: Curse of the Mayan Warriors DOS Oops... gottcha!
Jonny Quest: Curse of the Mayan Warriors DOS Explosing the temple's interior.

Alternate Titles

  • "Jonny Quest And The Splinter Of Heaven" -- Pre-release title

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High Score May, 1994 2 out of 5 40
PC Zone May, 1994 12 out of 100 12

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Trivia

The Adventures of Johnny Quest is a animation series produced by the famed Hanna-Barbera studios (The Flintstones). It first aired in 1964 and ended in 1965 after just 26 episodes, due to weak success. The plot revolves around the 14-year-old Jonny Quest. Together with his magically gifted friend Hadji Singh, his dad Dr. Brenton Quest (a scientist) and the daredevil “Race” Bennon, he embarks on dangerous missions to save the earth from all kinds of filthy creatures.
The series was relaunched in 1995 as The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. It lasted for two seasons and was dropped in 1997, after 52 episodes.

Interestingly, the game Jonny Quest was published in 1993, before the remake, and is clearly based on the original series. Why exactly developer Hollyware decided to dig out 30 years old cartoon characters at that time is one of the unsolved riddles of the games industry.

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-Chris (7365) added Jonny Quest: Curse of the Mayan Warriors (DOS) on Oct 01, 2000