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 (63 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 1, 2001
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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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
This isn't a bad game, although definitely dated. It perhaps hasn't aged as well as some older games, but it's worth a play if you like the genre. It did seem rather short to me and the story fell apart a bit in places, so I would recommend getting it in a bundle if possible or on sale.

Graphically very pretty for the time period it was created in, although somewhat fuzzy/pixelated on a modern system in places. Nothing game breaking. There was some minor annoyance in some parts that seemed too dark to see what was needed to progress, but that was very few places. Character models probably aged the worst, but there are very few of them so no matter. Animal models still look quite good; for example, the critters playing fetch with my grappling hook late in the game were delightfully well done.

The format is point-and-click in what I like to call "freestyle Myst" style, in that as you move around from spot to spot, you stand still in a static location as you do in Myst or Dark Fall, but you have free 360 degree freedom of view and click the movement arrows to move from spot to spot. There is limited inventory and the interface is a little clunky, but again, nothing that is game breaking.

The story is straightforward but does leave a few holes and has some sketchy logic, but it was enjoyable. While I do normally like games that leave me some room to mull over what happened and what it may mean, this one could have used some more detail and fleshing out of story and characters. I had some questions that were more than just "give the player something to think about" problems and more "I think the player should have this information" problems.

Anyway, I will recommend this because there is no "in the middle" option. Given a choice between yes or no, I'd say yes, even though it hasn't aged as well as other games, because the story is interesting and the fantastical pseudo-Amazon setting is pretty fun to experience. If you like the genre, give it a shot especially if you can find it on sale.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Just finished this one.

It's an old port from PS1. Graphic is actually pretty good for a game that old.
The music and sound effect is pretty engaging.

The story is about a reporter went into an old explorer's home and accepted his dying wish to deliver/hatch a super bird egg from Amerzone....

It's actually got quite a bit of twist and turns in story.. (your multi-purpose ride ran out of fuel several times.)
You actually see death/desturction and a lot different exotic animals.

The bottom line however this is a simple Find and solve puzzle advanture which answers are always very linear. The puzzles are really easy but to find some of the items is a little bit hard. It's difficulty and enjoyment is only 1/3 of the original MYST.

Recommend to Buy? well no.. its really outdated. Even though there are no game breaking glich.. it's just not on par with most puzzle games like J.U.L.I.A and MYST. If you can get it real cheap and you want play one of the game that invented adventure puzzle game with least violece. You can give this one a try.

This one is really old and it doesn't offer trading card and achievements.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
This game certainly hasn't aged well, HOWEVER it had a nice charm and i'm not one to judge graphics too harshly, i go based on story.

The story was interesting, and while the game was short (4-5hours)

I loved how it really tied in interesting topics such as dictators, the importance of cultural traditions, and letting nature be. I found it all engaging and fun.

Love Benoit Sokal's work :) Playing this early game was a treat.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Years after playing and finishing Syberia ( the best adv. game I've ever played ! ) I've heard of the game by Benoit Sokal that was released prior to Syberia. People on forums were talking about this game, so I bought it to try it out.
At first, my expectations were high cause of fantastic Syberia, but it was fail from the start. I installed Amerzone on my XP cause the game was old. It was VERY buggy from the beginning as I couldn't even finish first half of chapter 1. Bummer .... So I tried Amerzone on W7 and it was not so buggy as I was moving through the game. I have to say that there are only a few NPC's in the game, so I was very dissapointed. Also, the game is easy which is cool as you don't need a walkthrough and it is finished in a couple of hours. Graphics were probably great at the time and sound effects and ambient are fantastic !! There are a lot of FMV's as you unravel a GREAT STORY and fantastic world through your voyage but there are also a lot of cliches in screenplay.

Overall, I would give 74/100 score.

For everyone who likes Myst games this is a great game and not so bad for adventure fans as myself. Enjoy ....
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32 of 40 people (80%) 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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