A good challenging action adventure, that deserves to have a look. It's your duty and privilege, to unravel the mystery of the Mayas. Released on Amiga, ST and DOS (EGA,VGA)
The body of the famous archaeologist Edward Halifax was discovered yesterday morning in the jungle of Yucatan, not far from Chichen Itza. The causes of the death remain unexplained. The old scientist, missing for more than 3 years, had carried on him a Maya parchment mentioning the existence of a mysterious fetish. Professor Michael Fairbanks (you), his young pupil, traveled by the first plane for Mexico with the intention to continue research. Initially you find yourself in Merida a god forsaken horrid place with two drunken sleeping Mexicans sitting in front of a store. You need to go in and buy supplies, just be careful, because you only have $1000. Yo will find there useful stuff. They'll come in handy when you'll try to bribe some locals into giving you stuff. Food can restore your health (meat better then fruit) and the car can run for some time without oil (besides, you have one spare can on board anyway). So choose wisely and get your money's worth of stuff. You're able to trade stuff in for the goods, but you must first obtain things to sell and then return to Merida. Note that for the first part of the game you need to find certain objects. Get into the jeep and off you go (into a nicely made 3D driving sequence)!
The graphics are pretty good. I liked the design of each scene (yes there are only scenes like in an adventure) beatuifully designed using nice colors that give an excellent adventurous atmosphere. The sprite animation is a bit bulky though. The scene when driving your jeep is nice too,using pseudo-3D enviroment that moves pretty fast. Both Amiga and ST have similar graphics, a bit more colorful here and there on the Amiga though. As far as the sound, both versions are using the same sound scheme (I was expecting more from the Commodore's platform!). There is a fair intro tune and just a few digitized sfx while playing.
CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM. GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once). SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs