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Jack Keane (Windows)

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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 Chapter II - The Journey (cutscene).
Jack Keane Windows Finally convinced the agent to get rid of his camouflage.
Jack Keane Windows The elephant and his rider only help Jack a little
Jack Keane Windows Entrance to an ancient looking temple

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

HonestGamers May 10, 2008 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Jul 25, 2007 84 out of 100 84
Deaf Gamers Feb 27, 2008 8.2 out of 10 82
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 22, 2007 16 out of 20 80
IGN Apr 28, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 2008 75 out of 100 75
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Apr 02, 2008 71 out of 100 71
Game Vortex May, 2008 70 out of 100 70
Game Freaks 365 May 02, 2008 6.8 out of 10 68
Gamer.nl Mar 28, 2008 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

At the event "GameStar/GamePro Leserpreis 2007" (March 28, 2008) Jack Keane received the trophy "Best PC Adventure Game in 2007" after the reader's voting of German gaming magazine GameStar.

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Sicarius (61034) added Jack Keane (Windows) on Aug 06, 2007
Other platforms contributed by Xoleras (66269) and Iggi (4315)