Diamon Jones: Amulet of the World
WHAT A FANTASTIC "SLEEPER!"
I NEVER would have thought that "DIAMON JONES: AMULET OF THE WORLD" would be s-o-o-o-o g-o-o-o-d!
This game, which was a mix of cartoon-like characters and first class graphics was a stunner from beginning to end, and the mini-games and puzzles were brutally difficult in about four areas. The difficulty in solving the puzzles matched that of ANY NANCY DREW game, and even surpassed NANCY, at times.
Diamon Jones, the world famous adventurer finds himself in Egypt in the pyramids, with a catchy mini-game seen here, and then in London, and finally in Tibet. He is on a quest for a rare amulet, as is a villain known as Samuel Johnson. Diamon and his girl-friend companion, Mary Ocean, find themselves in many, many quandaries, with death being the consequence.
This is a wonderful game if you want to go to and see far away places, and it is also a marvelous game, only for the resolute, and stout of heart.
The worst of the mini-games, for me, were crossing the log across the chasm in the Himalayas near Tibet; the rooms maze with its hidden gold pieces and map pieces; piecing together the golden dragon puzzle (the worst!); the maze leading to the room of gold, and the final battle between Diamon Jones and Samuel Johnson (2nd worst!).
You really had your hands full in this game, and there was almost no rest. Something was always happening.
The cut scene at the very end was astonishingly beautiful, and I applaud the ITERA Company for such a refreshingly different game!
This game was on a par with anything I have ever played, and that includes the DREW SERIES, SYBERIA and SYBERIA II, THE TREE OF LIFE, PARADISE, and the FBI CONFIDENTIAL games. I very highly recommend this game and look forward to more of DIAMON JONES!
April 8, 2013
This is a fantastic game. There are two difficult challenges, and, while I didn't enjoy them at the time, I felt a great deal of satisfaction when I finished them. The vast majority of the challenges are fun and can be worked out with only a little effort. The graphics are very good, the story is full of humourous touches
I can hardly wait to start the next one in this series.
November 6, 2012
You're my man, Diamon Jones
Let's be honest, this is a difficult game, hard to beat, but mainly because of the fact that some objects are really hard to find and because the hotspots are too small.
Otherwise, nothing but praise for this authentic adventure game, and I don't understand why it doesn't get more attention. Maybe because there is no trial version? I am under the impression that most of the reviewers only play trial versions, which I never do... sorry folks.
Here are my impressions of this game.
- the storyline is very funny and the graphics are superb cartoons.
- lots and lots of humour
- challenging puzzles, mixed with arcade games that take some time to beat, especially if you play with the touchpad
- a long game, with lots of scenes, events, and a plot which develops on and on
- objects are small and difficult to find; this, combined with the tiny hotspots, can make it frustrating. I advise to use a large screen.
- the smoothness of the gameplay could be better; reactions of the cursor to clicking is sometimes slow. I advise the use of a mouse instead of the touchpad.
- It is not always clear what to do next... some help in this would have been most welcome. In my opinion, it is almost impossible to finish the game without using the BF walkthrough.
In spite of these shortcomings, I thorougly enjoyed playing this game (twice already).
It has a most welcome freshness in the junkpile of HOG's about cemetaries, loony asylums, haunted mansions, etc.
August 8, 2012
Not one of the best games I've played...
I really, really tried to like this game. It had some funny dialog and character interactions, but that wasn't enough to keep the game moving. It also suffered from stereotypical characters and a fairly predictable plot. Given, that may have been an intentional attempt at humor, but it didn't work for me.
November 28, 2011