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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 Amiga The streets of Katmandu.
Heart of China DOS Intro: Kate is kidnapped! (VGA)
Heart of China DOS Sardar a local character finally proves useful. (VGA)
Heart of China DOS E.A. Lomax, your boss (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. DOS RussS (781)
Dynamix's excellent farewell to the adventure genre DOS *Katakis* (38165)
This game was too short DOS OceansDaughter (106)
A short, but sweet adventure. Worth playing at least once. DOS Eurythmic (2581)

Critic Reviews

Play Time DOS Sep, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Action Amiga Mar, 1992 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jul, 1991 10.2 out of 12 85
Amiga Power Amiga Feb, 1992 84 out of 100 84
Just Adventure Macintosh Apr 28, 2004 B+ 83
Just Adventure DOS Apr 28, 2004 B+ 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 77 out of 100 77
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 70 out of 100 70
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Feb 19, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventure Gamers DOS Feb 01, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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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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Contributed to by Eurythmic (2581), POMAH (37745) and Terok Nor (22303)