The first adventure from the author of Syberia and Syberia 2, Benoît Sokal. In Amerzone you'll travel through enchanting landscapes, from Brittany to tropical forest.
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Mixed (83 reviews) - 62% of the 83 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 1, 2001

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“Great story, perfectly embedded puzzles, and a lot of interesting animals and gadgets.”
80% – Adventure Gamers

“This game has the look, feel, and quality of a Myst-like game. But with a much more engrossing story, excellent graphics and animations, marvellous sounds and music.”
85% – Just Adventure

About This Game


From the creator of the Syberia series, experience Benoit Sokal's first adventure game masterpiece.

In 1932, Alexandre Valembois was a young explorer who, with his native friend Antonio Álvarez, wanted to make a name for himself by exploring the mysterious Amerzone region. Befriended by the natives of the region, he witnessed a strange ritual involving a giant egg of the famed white birds. Wanting to prove that the white birds existed, Alexandre betrayed the natives' trust and stole the mysterious egg. Alas, upon his returning to France, nobody believed Alexandre or his journals about the Amerzone.

Sixty years have passed, and the world has changed. World War II has come and gone, the Amerzone remains unexplored and closed off to outsiders by its despotic leader, Antonio Álvarez. Monsieur Alexandre Valembois is an old man at the end of his life, living alone in a lighthouse and wishing to fix his mistake. This is when, a young reporter pays a visit to the old Alexandre Valembois regarding his adventures...

Can you unravel the mystery of the white birds?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 233 MHz
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible Video Card
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Product received for free
Short and sweet. Despite its age it worked fine on Win10 but keep in mind there have been a bunch of people with issues.

Overall I liked it. It has some clichés of point and click games such as the senseless story of you, a random journalist, just out of the blue doing as requested by a dying explorer and going to an unknown village far far away, all the while being able to find fuel in very useful places.

The scenarios were a bit confusing to navigate once or twice due to the low resolution. In contrast the small videos that populate this game with parts of the trip and the like were very enjoyable, not to mention the cool concepts we meet such as the hydrafloat and the native fauna to Amerzone.

My biggest complaint is the choice of font. Sure it looks handwritten enough but coupled with the resolution I simply could not read it. I gave up on reading in-game info right at the lighthouse and decided to follow a guide whenever I got stuck.

On the other hand, I never had a point and click game work like this: with a 360º picture for each location, kinda like Google Maps' Street View. It was quite enjoyable.

If you enjoyed Syberia or like older point and click games in general, this one'll give ya an afternoon of entertainment, but don't expect too much.
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36 of 46 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
If you liked the Syberia games and still enjoy old-style adventures, it's certainly worth the low price to go back and play this one. I finished it back in the day and this version seems to run fine now.
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74 of 113 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
I remember 14 years ago, sitting in my friends house playing this game on his PS1. I bought this just out of Nostalgia, it's like a trip down memory lane!
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Benoit Sokul is a masterpiece story teller. While this is his first adventure ever and is rather dated in comparison to the new stuff on the market, it is still very much playable. Challenging and imaginative it is a point and click adventure which will entertain you for several hours. His landscapes, creatures and inventions often inspire a smile. While most story tellers rely on cheap sudden twists, his story telling abilities rely mostly on interconnections. If you loved games like Siberia, then this is a must and its only 99 cents.

The downfalls is that it is dated and the graphics are hardly crisp, some of the puzzles are really hard and have you scurrying for a walk through. And some of the letters that you find littered around the landscapes are hardly readable like a doctor's prescription on News Years. Hopefully one day they will update this beautiful game to HD....
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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
Good adventure with a great story and intriguing landscapes, is short but worth it.Runs perfectly on Windows 7 64.
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
Played 15 years ago, it was a game with a graphic never seen before, even today it looks amazing, they should do a remake with full-HD videos and images!
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
A great adventure game that is still enjoyable nowadays. What makes Amerzone stand apart from other adventure games are things that, at first, might seem like negative aspects: it's easy and it's short. This works in its favour, though, because the adventure never gets tedious and you won't have to resort to old-school habits like pixel hunting and combining every possible object in search of an answer. The story and ambience also set it apart, with an old-school, adventure film type vibe, that makes you feel like you're actually exploring uncharted territory (or, to be more precise, following in the footsteps of the only person who had travelled there before).

On a technical side, this version is a mere port with all the inconveniences of running such an old game. There is a set resolution, almost no options and, although it should run flawlessly, you never forget you're playing an old game. What Amerzone truly deserved is a remake, with all those beautiful landscapes rendered in high resolution, but since that probably won't happen, this original version is more than an adequate substitute.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
Amerzone is one of those gaming experiences that will stick with me probably for the better part of my life. It's a point-and-click adventure game a la Myst, but it's pretty different. It's not puzzle heavy at all, in fact I think there are only 5 major puzzles in the entire game. It's all about the story and the people in it. And it's a beautiful story about a story:

You start off by happening upon a dying man's last request. He asks you to return a sacred egg to Amerzone. All other agencies have turned down his requests for an expedition to go back to Amerzone. Not only that, but the country (or continent? not totally sure) is going through a dictatorship with a lot of bad results. There's a dash of steampunk and a dash of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle influence in the game, but this game really does feel like a story on its own. I didn't have any problems with how old the game is (I didn't play it when it first came out). The only rela problems I had with it were the parts where you had to traverse the jungle or a swamp and I'd get lost a bunch of times, but not enough to stop me from playing.

You, of course, end up completing the old adventurer's request, but the real special thing about this game is that while you are going on your adventure to finish his, you're basically tracking his footprints from decades ago and seeing how much things have changed. Instead of a busy town with lots of people in a trade market, you come upon a barren desolate town, a ghost town, where a couple of policemen drink their meaningless lives away. There's a lot being said here about culture and knowing your roots. The country is basically trying to fast-track itself into the developed world but by doing so is completely ignoring its rich heritage.

TLDR:
This game is like a quiet poem that was whispered to you by someone old who passed away, and you never really know if what they said was real or just a story. If you like games that are all about atmosphere and don't mind that this game is old then I recommend it. Also of course if you like Syberia you'll enjoy this. It's not very long, but I found the experience very rewarding.

Cheers.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
I like this adventure. It's short, but interesting.
However, this game is technically too old and uncomfortable to handle. It has no settings, it cannot be run in window mode, you can't even minimize it's window.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
The reason I no longer need a car is not that I live on an island. That's a technicality!

My standards have been raised.

What I look for in a vehicle NOW is: that it sails, flies, glides, dives, moves underwater, shoots and pulls with a grapnel when out of gas, occasionally crashes but does not break, extends survivability for eggs, is able to accommodate my minimalist needs for many weeks or months... You know, like a hydraflot?

Thanks, Amerzone.
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Assassin
10.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
Amerzone: The Explorer's legacy Review
Amerzone: The Explorer's legacy is a classic point-&-click adventure game. It was released in 1999 and developed by Microïds. Story is based on a comic which made Benoit Sokal. This famous french author also developed famous Syberia series.

The story is about a journalist who wants to make an interview with famous doctor and biologist Valemboist. Old man beseeches him to take bird egg to country called Amerzone. He also gives journalist his journal and a Hydraflot. Special vehicle that will take the journalist to Amerzone.

I enjoyed time travelling with Hydraflot and it was a pleasure when i finished this story.
Graphics is excellent if you count that this game is 17 years old. I had no problems but I found two bugs that made the game harder.

+ Nice graphics for old game
+ Good Idea
- Bug
- Hard to understand the story

7.5/10
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выдра
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
I very much like Syberia games and that's how I found this. This game is nice retro adventure that has a great story. Graphics maybe dated but still beautiful and they were amazing when this was new!
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Candela
12.0 hrs
Posted: May 24
Amerzone is the first game of B.Sokal productions. It is in 1.st person view, which is unusual. -Syberia I&II, Paradise and Sinking Island were not, so this does give this game a tad of ''Myst'' feel to it, compared.

You just know it's Benoit Sokal's work when you start playing it,.. The lovely artwork and items you find in game, e.g. the journal you use as guide, is exactly like the one you find in Syberia, with handwritten texts and fantastic drawings, fun to look at because of its imagination, humouristic animals and the always warm stories behind it.

I have played every single game made by Sokal, I can compare his releases. I'm his biggest fan, but I'm not going to lie, there are some annoyance with it.

First of, there are no adjustments to sound levels, you sort of need a volume button on your keyboard or on the speakers/headset and hop on it occasionally. You can't tweek gamesound down and at the same time get everything they say just by reading subtitles, because there are non. Some locations were louder than others. I mean they are great crisp and belivable sounds, but levels are changing.

Then you have the tab'ing out, that didn't work, or taking screenshots and then you have the cut scenes, they were quite pixel'y, not in playmodes though. But apart from the above, there were not really anything else to put my finger on. It's an old game. The oldest, so I recommend you keep a forgiving mind while playing this, because you sure don't want to miss out on it. It's a classic, and the story is memorable and sweet.

Voice acting was great, art is insane, such an old game, yet so beautiful textures, humour filled elements and difficulty level: -Not holding your hand, but not frustrating either.
There were a couple of times I thought I was having a glitch or bug, always kept loosing my discs and searching for needle in a haystack,.. but, I was the one who were sloppy. There were no errors, nor any bugs what so ever.

It is with sort of sadness that I finished this game. Good 11 hrs of playing and reaching the end, I knew; ''That's it!'' Now there are no more oldtime adventures by Sokal to play, but brand new productions. (Which I look forward to as well).

As for this game Amerzone; -Yes, I do recommend you get to your collection. Definitely.
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성혜진
0.3 hrs
Posted: May 24
my first 15 minutes experience about this game=
pros=-it's point-and-click exploration game with vast explorable place.Went to the lighthouse,2 minutes talking with an old grandpa and suddenly he's dead,lol
-so amazing,i figured what to do with that telephone and found this stupid paper with numbers in it.5 minutes thinking about it,I tried inputted it,and bam,it works.

cons=-this game needs english subtitles,i mean,really...
-stupid font style,it needs to be deciphered in times new roman font style.I know it makes notes you found seem natural,but what's the point if you can't even read them
-this game needs tutorials.Call me stupid,but it would be helpful,especially for button controls

I'm looking forward for english subtitle patch,it's a core to any exploration games.Don't you agree/
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Crispy Tacos
0.7 hrs
Posted: February 6
A fairly boring title. The graphics have aged well, all things considered, but the gameplay basically consists of "hover over everything on the screen just in case it's useful, and wander around until you happen across something that moves the game forward". A fairly useless model of gameplay, and, in light of other titles available to play, this is one point-and-click adventure to pass on.
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Zap Rosdower
0.4 hrs
Posted: January 31
Doesnt't work. Black screen on launch.
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kaijushima
3.0 hrs
Posted: December 20, 2015
Benoît Sokal's games have always been interesting and immersive with all around good writing and gameplay. While I wait for Syberia 3 I figured I would catch up on some of the ones I missed, Amerzone being one of them. It is a decent game with the story and journal style plot exposition that I love from his other games and it does give an insight into how Sokal has progressed over the years. The graphics are dated but from a game from 1999 I didn't expect anything different. The mechanics are basic and a little clunky, the puzzles are a little obtuse and I don't know if I will ever replay the game again but it was worth it from a completists point of view. If I had skipped over it I would always have wondered what it was like so I do reccomend it but I would say don't go in expecting a Syberia level experience.
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Ithaqua
17.5 hrs
Posted: November 22, 2015
Pro:
Graphics still hold up
OK story
Low system specs
Classic games

Con:
Short
Story needs to be cleaned up (it goes off now and then)
No cards/ achieves
Console Port
No settings options

Overall:
5/10 +1 story, -1 settings, -1 dated = 4/10
Grab it on sale but beware it's dated.
This needs a thumbs sideways
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Razorbitz
2.1 hrs
Posted: November 13, 2015
Sometimes when you delve into the relics of a bygone era, you find amazing masterpieces long forgotten. In other cases, you find games that are so unintentionally funny you can't help but reccomend to everyone you see. In Amerzone's case, it's a surprising mixture of both; hilarious cutscenes with some of the hammiest, cheesiest acting I've ever seen in a game, followed by a genuinely engrossing narrative and dated but impressive artstyle.

The game truly shines when you actually travel to the titular continent with Morrowind-esque enviornments and fascinating creature designs, but even before that, when you aren't listening to the cringeworthy dialogue, the atmosphere build and setup is utterly fantastic. I spent more time than I would like to admit pouring over the comprehensive journal of the explorer, filled with gorgeous artwork and introspective footnotes. I don't want to give too much away because it's such a fascinating Myst-like, but the reason for your journey is actually...decent. The amount of optional lore you can read about from the notes and journals you find are butter on bread, and while this game hasn't aged well visually, there is something endearing about the campy atmosphere and hammy dialogue that managed to enhance my over all intrigue.

This is not for everyone. At all. I would dare say that you would have a far better time if you kept a walkthrough open, but I'm trying to get as far as I can without one. It's about as old school as a point and click can get, but for once I can say the puzzles actually follow a form of logic. If you're curious about the relics of the not-so distant past, this is definitely a gem lost in time. The asking price is insanely cheap as well. It's definitely worth picking up just to form your own opinion of it.
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