Amazon (video game)

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Amazon is an interactive fiction computer game with graphics. The game was published by Telarium (formerly known as Trillium), a subsidiary of Spinnaker Software, in the year 1984 and written by Michael Crichton.[1] The story is partly based on his novel Congo.


Computer Gaming World praised Amazon's rarely used animated graphics and Crichton's cooperation with its designers, stating that "the cohesive manner in which the game's storyline unfolds reflects Crichton's skill as a writer".[2] German reviewers recognized the suspenseful, atmospheric and elaborated prose. Storyline, graphics and text parser got the score "sehr gut" (very good).[3]


  1. ^ Murphy, Jamie (May 13, 2013). "Stepping into the Story: Players participate in 'interactive fiction'". Reported by Cristina Garcia. Time 125 (19): 64. "Micheal Crichton (The Andromedia Strain, The Terminal Man) has actually created a software work from scratch: Amazon (Telarium; $39.95), which transports the player and a sidekick parrot named Paco into the jungles of South America in search of a lost city and hidden emeralds." 
  2. ^ Adams, Roe (January 1985). "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Leads an Invasion of the Pros". Computer Gaming World. p. 17. 
  3. ^ Heinrich Lenhardt: 7 Klasse-Adventures auf einen Streich, Happy Computer 9/1985, p.145; Boris Schneider-Johne, Heinrich Lenhardt: Science Fiction-Adventures, Happy Computer 5/1985, p.145ff.

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