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It Came from the Desert

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Another Cinemaware masterpiece DOS EboMike (3009)

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Platform Votes Score
Amiga 30 4.0
DOS 24 3.5
Combined MobyScore 54 3.8

The Press Says

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DOSAbandonia Reloaded
As you can see, it will take a lot of patience and effort to play this game, but the more you give it, the more rewarding your experience will be. A clear rating of 5 for a great game such as this!
DOSPC Leisure
With the strict time limit forcing you to perform well, the tension mounts in a way not seen since Cinemaware's earlier classic, Rocket Ranger. A superb game, and Cinemaware's best attempt at creating a movie-like experience yet. Not to be missed.
AmigaCU Amiga
It goes without saying that It Came From The Desert is extraordinarily polished. The sections all interlock fluently, whilst the graphics, as ever, are excellent. All the townsfolk you come into contact with appear as large animated stills, whilst the locations are authentically put together. The sound adds to this, with a suitably eerie tune for much of the time which changes as you visit other locations, for example to country rock at the bar and the radio station (KBUG), and hoe down violins at the various farmsteads dotted around the map. I could tell you about there being over twenty locations, and how large amounts of the game play randomly, but you have probably got the picture by now - It Came From The Desert is Cinemaware’s most complete game yet. All this and you get to see decent Americans terrorised too!
AmigaAmiga Joker
Die Programmierer haben es diesmal großartig verstanden, die zahlreichen Action-Einlagen logisch mit der Handlung des Abenteuers zu verknüpfen. Die detailreichen Grafiken gehören mal wieder zum besten, was der Amiga zu bieten hat, wen stört es da, dass das Scrolling hin und wieder minimal ruckelt? Und die Musik? Von imposanten Horror-Hymnen bis zum Blues der wilden 50er ist alles vertreten! It Came From The Desert ist ein technisch perfektes audiovisuelles Erlebnis, das mit viel Witz und Einfallsreichtum Filme wie „Tarantula" oder „Formicula" auf die Schippe nimmt.
This is the best combination of adventure, strategy and arcade genres since the classic Rocket Ranger, also from Cinemaware. Some of the arcade sequences are great games in themselves - I particularly like the hospital scene where your run and hide from the chasing nurses and doctors: zipping around in the wheelchair is hilarious fun! The adventure itself is superb with a classic B-Movie storyline and typically slick Cinemaware presentation to heighten the atmosphere - the giant ants are so well animated, they're scary! With each new game the course of events is slightly different and therefore never predictable. Of course there's the inevitable disk access and shuffling, but it's not too intrusive and all pretty rapid.
AmigaJoystick (French)
A la seule résonance du nom de Cinemaware, on pense déjà à Defender of the Crown, the King of Chigago etc... It Come from the Desert serait-il à l'image des précédents? Il nous semble, en effet, que cette nouvelle super-production soit encore superbe. La qualité du graphisme et du son sont à la mesure de la réputation de cette société. It come from the Desert n'échappe donc pas à cette règle, et reste un jeu d'aventure graphique hyper intéressant, avec des rebondissements et des retournements de situation à chaque instant. Un très bon produit.
Pour conclure, je dirai que ce jeu, même s'il n'est pas parfait, est une véritable perle vidéoludique. Je le recommande à tous. A noter que le jeu a connu une suite en 1990 nommée "Antheads : It Came From The Desert II", dont les événements se déroulent cinq ans après. Mais cet épisode ne rencontra pas le même succès.
AmigaAmiga Format
This is the closest Cinemaware have come to producing their interactive movie. The whole feel and atmosphere of the subject material has been caught excellently and, unless you are playing with one drive, it moves along nicely. The arcade games are simple, but it is the adventuring side of things that really keeps you at it. Good stuff, but only if you have got the upgrades.
AmigaPower Play
Mit trister Tricktechnik, schaurigen Schauspielern und krankhaft knapper Kasse zauberten die Regisseure der 50'er Jahre Werke wie "Tarantula", "Formicula", "Godzilla" und andere "-lalas" auf die Kinoleinwand. Heute erschüttern diese munteren Machwerke mit ihren Knet-Monstern eher das Zwerchfell als den Zuschauer. Der billige Science-fiction-Horror wurde inzwischen von der Cineasten-Gemeinde zum Kult erhoben: so schlecht, daß schon wieder lustig. Diesem Charme der "B-Movies" konnten sich die Cinemaware-Programmierer nicht entziehen und entwickelten ein Strategiespiel zu diesem Thema.