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.
User reviews: Mixed (39 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 1, 2001
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Buy Adventure Bundle: Volume 4

Includes 5 items: Amerzone: The Explorer’s Legacy, Return to Mysterious Island, Return to Mysterious Island 2, Salammbô: Battle for Carthage, Voyage: Journey to the Moon

 

Reviews

“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
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
TLDR version: Get if for a discount.

The game is sweet and short, and it has a great atmosphere and storyline.

Main disadvantages: it doesn't run windowed and it's very hard to orientate yourself, with no indicator which direction you're facing. Graphics are decent but dated, but for an adventure game that's of minor concern for me. Another bigger annoyance is the fact that the game contains a lot of handwritten letters, which are quite hard to read due to the illegible handwriting.

As you'll complete this game in just a few hours, i'd say buy it on a 50% or more discount and you'll have some enjoyable hours for your money.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
When I was still a kid this game to me looked so difficult, with huge maps and full of mysterious little things that I was unable to fully understand, I've never been able to make the hydrafloat fly until now. Now after more than 15 years, I've finally finished the entire game in 3 hours, everything seemed a lot smaller, easier and faster. If you were a fan of this game during the time it was released. then you should definitely buy it, it's like visiting your old elementary school after few decades. Man the nostalgia.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Amerzone is an old school adventure game. Initially released in 1999, it was the first game designed by Benoit Sokal who is better known for his later Syberia adventure games.

Although it runs remarkably well through Steam, it has all the drawbacks you might expect from such an old game. The graphics are very dated and most scenes are static except for a few cut-scenes. You can’t run in windowed mode, nor can you minimize/Alt-Tab out of the game. This can be a big deal if you need to consult a walkthrough for help with one of the many puzzles as you will need to save and quit and then restart the game after getting help. Thankfully, load times are short and you can save at any point.

Amerzone's story is interesting, but not action-packed. The puzzles are fair. Most solutions aren’t instantly obvious, nor ridiculously complex, and they seem to make sense for the most part. The pixel hunting is kept to a minimum and you won’t have dozens of inventory items to keep track of. The voice-work, music and sounds are passable.

Amerzone can be completed in less than five hours if you are an experienced adventurer, but it can purchased very cheaply, usually as part of a game bundle. As long as your expectations are reasonable based on the game’s age, most adventure gamers will enjoy this classic.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Played this years ago when it first arrived. Figured I'd relive the memory for a few dollars. The problem is that I have to continuosly relive the memory since the save function does not work. As a result, they should retitle this as "Amerzone: De ja vue All Over Again."
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29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
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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67 of 103 people (65%) found this review helpful
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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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
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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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
A bit like Myst, but less action-packed. Also crashes a lot. No idea what's going on. Inexplicably 1.6 gigs. Abysmal.
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Benoit Sokal's first game that showcases his vision of ficitional lands with history and creativity combined. The gameplay is similar to Sherlock Holmes The Mystery of the Mummy, in which the scenery is like looking at a 360 degree matte painting while being filmed with a fish eye lens camera. However unlike that game, this game has easier puzzles and you interact with more people that drive the story allong. The graphics show their age, but since this is Sokal's first work, I'll excuse it for looking stiff. Controls are sometimes flawed but the game is still playable and will be favored by fans of European games.
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3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Do I recommend this game that is the issue. This game is mostly visuals the story is very short on details. What happens to our char in the end who cares watch white birds fly. was that the child of the old man and tribal woman heck if I know. The game was also very short at best 3 hours if you are experienced with point and click, and the puzzles are mostly find the only clickable item and use. I enjoyed my time playing, but i can't recommend it. Unless your new to point and click it's the perfect game to start in. As the puzzles aren't hard, only 2 need thinking, there's no death or dead ends. In the end If pretty(for the time) Visuals made a game it would be top of my list sadly you need good puzzles and most of all a good story.

If you don't mind easy puzzles and little story this is a good point and click for you. Me I enjoyed it but only because I had a CD copy back in the day and never finished it back then.
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
I absolutely adore this game. As a teenager, I spent hours upon hours playing this game (I still have the cd-rom and packaging!) But I thought I would buy it on Steam instead of installing it through 4 different discs. Unfortunately, I cannot get it to play through Steam on my computer. :( The chat boards are not much help so I am going to try the support email. Hopefully, I will get to play my beloved game soon. If you can get this game to play on your computer, I definitely recommend it. It is a beautiful (but short) game. The only truly annoying part of the game was making my way through the swamp..... ugh. lol
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