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Jack Keane

MobyRank MobyScore
Linux
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2.0
Macintosh
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0.0
Windows
76
3.2
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Description

The evil Dr. T has invented tea-eating plants that he uses to destroy the tea-plantations of the British Empire in order to force them to buy their tea from him. Of course the Queen does not want his tea so she sends in a British Secret Agent who has to stop Dr. T. Jack Keane, a rather unsuccessful captain, is chosen to escort the agent to Tooth Island where Dr. T has his base of operations. When he meets the agent in Cape Town it quickly becomes clear that the agent does not really know anything about spying even though he thinks he is the best of the best. So Jack unwillingly takes over the operation and tries to help the agent stop Dr. T.

Players take the role of Jack in 3rd person perspective. Later in the game the player can also control Amanda, an American henchman who is hired by Dr. T to get rid of Jack. Amanda eventually learns she is on the wrong side and begins helping Jack instead.

This adventure game uses a 3D engine with a fixed camera and everything is controlled by the mouse. The left mouse button is used mostly for looking at objects and moving around the gameplay screen, while the the right button performs all important actions.

Upon hovering over items, the appropriate action appears: walking, running, looking, picking up, talking or using. Items are gathered in the inventory at the top of the screen. They can be examined, used in the environment or combined to create a new item. There are also bonus items available when certain non-essential actions are completed. These have nothing to do with the main story but provide bonus riddles. There is another bonus if certain riddles are completed early before they stop the game's progress.

Other options offered in the game include using the "x" keyboard key to highlight all interactive spots in the current view, turning subtitles on or off, inventory show or hide, and various screen resolution settings. The playable character will run if the left-mouse button is double-clicked.

The story-based problems all involve choosing the proper inventory item (or combination of items) in the environment or on another character. There are no puzzles as such otherwise. Climbing up and down and occasional jumping are done with a click of the mouse, but there is no time-limit or risk, since your character cannot die in the game.

The graphics and humour are reminiscent of the LucasArts adventures especially the Monkey Island series.

Screenshots

Jack Keane Windows Mmmh, this jacket and hat seem rather familiar.
Jack Keane Windows Out of the Jungle, Jack finds a village
Jack Keane Windows Playing as Amanda
Jack Keane Windows Menu Loading Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Джек Кейн" -- Russian spelling
  • "Jack Keane and the Doctor's Island" -- Working title
  • "Jack Keane: Al Rescate del Imperio Británico" -- Spanish title

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The Press Says

Adventurearchiv Windows Sep 11, 2007 88 out of 100 88
Adventure Corner Windows Jan 10, 2008 88 out of 100 88
Games4Mac Macintosh 2008 83 out of 100 83
Adventure's Planet Windows Apr 24, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Jan 20, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Gamers Windows Jun 03, 2008 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Worth Playing Windows Sep 30, 2008 6.9 out of 10 69
Strategy Informer Windows 2008 6.7 out of 10 67
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Windows 2008 3 out of 5 60
Just Adventure Windows May 02, 2008 C+ 58

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Awards

  • GameStar/GamePro (Germany)
    • March 28, 2008 - Best PC Adventure Game in 2007 (Readers' Vote)

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