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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 Amiga World War I style tank.
Heart of China DOS Goodbye and thanks for all the fish! Opps... wrong story! (VGA)
Heart of China DOS One of Le Deng's goons meets up with you.
Heart of China Amiga The title screen.

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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 (782)
Dynamix's excellent farewell to the adventure genre DOS *Katakis* (38210)
This game was too short DOS OceansDaughter (106)
A short, but sweet adventure. Worth playing at least once. DOS Eurythmic (2581)

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jul, 1991 910 out of 1000 91
Amiga Action Amiga Mar, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Just Adventure DOS Apr 28, 2004 B+ 83
Just Adventure Macintosh Apr 28, 2004 B+ 83
Datormagazin Amiga Feb 27, 1992 75 out of 100 75
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Aventura y Cía DOS Oct 10, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Feb 19, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play DOS Sep, 1991 55 out of 100 55
PC-Spiele '92 DOS 1991 5 out of 10 50


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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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