This game sees the protagonist directing the decisions of an archaeologist eager to make their name discovering Colombia's legendary Inca ruin of La Ciudad de las Nubes
. Play starts off with easy choices used for character generation, defining aspects of the character's career, inventory, and sexuality. Then their grant is approved and they're off to Quito, left to determine on their own how best to locate the ruins and how to traverse the jungle (and overcome its many hazards) in the way.
Over the course of the voyage, players may also have to contend with the numerous perils of malaria, pit vipers, booby traps, FARC guerrillas, narcosubmarines and ill-advised trysts with field studies undergrads. Even should they succeed at locating the site and manage to return unscathed, their ability to prove their find for a "best" ending (hello, National Geographic
cover!) is contingent on whether their voyage saw them retaining their camera, navigational equipment, and perhaps golden plunder from royal Incan graves.
A full playthrough of the game is shorter than the Choice of Games
standard, but there are more mutually exclusive plot forks to pick through on replay, so likely overall the game is around the same size.
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