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AMBER: Journeys Beyond (Macintosh)

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Description

AMBER is an adventure game presenting a horror ghost story and following the guidelines of a Myst-like first-person adventure, yet, at the same time, offering some unique features of it's own.

AMBER is short for Astral Mobility by Electromagnetic Resonance device invented by a promising scientist in the field of paranormal activities, Dr. Roxanna. In order to conduct the experimental testings of the device she secludes herself into an abandoned mansion, rumored to be haunted by ghosts and spirits. In her research Roxanna confirms those rumors, however, fails to respond on numerous phone calls. Her friend, Joe, presumes that something might has happened to her and asks you, the player, to investigate.

In order to help Roxy and the spirits of the house, you will have to use the AMBER device, that will provide you with the ability to experience ghost's stories in form of the lucid dreams. Each dream will be presented in the unique stylistic presentation. For example a sequence involving the death of the girl living in 1940s will be presented in black & white with lots of period music in the background. Once you've investigated the cause and the circumstances of each spirit's torments you finally will be able to help Roxy herself.

Although, the game does require player to solve as inventory-based puzzles so as the Myst-like mechanical and mathematical puzzles, the emphasis is more on the exploration and presentation of the story. For instance, all "ghost" parts of the game have neither inventory nor items to collect. So the key element of the gameplay is exploring environments in order to advance the plot by revealing crucial information as to the reasons of ghost's bond to the world of the living.

Screenshots

There are no Macintosh screenshots for this game.

There are 32 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.


Alternate Titles

  • "Amber: Reisen ins Jenseits" -- German Title
  • "AMBER: Journeys Beyond - Death Is Not The End" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Feb, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just Adventure 1999 A- 91
Computer Games Magazine 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adventure Gamers May 18, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mac Gamer 1996 90 out of 100 90
Macworld Jan, 1997 8.7 out of 10 87
macHOME 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
AppleLinks.Com Apr 23, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

Forums

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For Sale - Unopened New Product 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (43888)
Nov 29, 2007

Trivia

Development

Amber was created and designed largely by husband and wife team Frank and Susan Wimmer.

Awards

  • MacWorld
    • 1996 - Adventure of the Year
Information also contributed by rstevenson

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Jeanne (75635) added AMBER: Journeys Beyond (Macintosh) on Feb 04, 2007
Other platforms contributed by ClydeFrog (10073)