The game is largely based on the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Set in 1945, British agent Rick Dangerous travels to the Amazon jungle to search for the lost Goolu tribe. His plane crashes in the jungle, and Rick must escape from the enraged Goolu. When the game starts Rick finds himself in a cave running from a rolling boulder, a famous scene from the Indiana Jones movie!
Rick can jump and climb, and carry a limited amount of bombs and ammunition for his gun. The gun is mostly used to shoot enemies, although most traps that can kill Rick can also kill his enemies if used correctly. The bombs are generally used for puzzle solving, such as blowing out certain blocks. A bit difficult to play though, but quite interesting gameplay.
The PC (MS-DOS) version is graphically inferior to the ST and Amiga versions. By 1989 (and early 90s) the favored machines were 286 or 386 based processors (running up to 25Mhz and having VGA based graphics capabilities) but due to the fact that lots of people still owned and used older XT and AT (!) systems, the game had to be programmed with these in mind! The game offers the choice of EGA, CGA (screenshots depicted below) or Tandy graphics. The EGA mode is better offering up to 16 colors on screen (note that Amiga and ST also use 16 colors here but picked from a 4096 and 512 color-table respectively) whilst the CGA mode offers only 4 colors. Sprites are cute and move relatively smooth on screen and the overall action fast. Each level has its own nice design-style (through Amazon jungles in South America, inside a Pyramid in Egypt, into the Schwarzendumpf castle and London) .
Soundwise the game is horrific here, supporting only pc-speaker! The game does not support any additional sound hardware, thus no fancy sampled sounds FX here (like Ricks' and his enemies’ baby screams when killed) which are found in the Amiga and ST versions.