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Heart of China

DOS - 1991

Also released on: Mac - Amiga

Alt names בלב סין, Shanghai Surprise
Year 1991
Platform DOS
Released in France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom
Genre Adventure
Theme Asia, Graphic Adventure, Interwar, Puzzle elements
Publisher Dynamix, Inc.
Developer Dynamix, Inc.
Perspectives 1st-Person, Fixed / Flip-screen
Dosbox support Supported on 0.65 (works best on 0.63)
2.49 / 5 - 102 votes

Description of Heart of China

Heart of China is an excellent and most cinematic of the adventure game trio designed by Dynamix' Jeff Tunnell (the other two being Rise of the Dragon and Adventures of Willy Beamish).

Set in the exotic Orient in 1940's, you are pilot/mercenary/wannabe romancer Jake Master who are hired by beautiful nurse Kate's father to rescue her from the clutches of a powerful Chinese warlord. What makes this game so riveting and revolutionary (though sadly almost noone noticed it) is the true replayability that was often mere lip-service in other games: while the game is linear in a sense that you must do A before B and so on, Jake has a... escape sequence, using a 3D engine that was obviously taken directly from Damon Slye's simulations.

The dexterity-impaired adventurers (like this reviewer) will be relieved to hear that the game, like its predecessor Rise of the Dragon, mercifully awards you a win of the sequence after a number of failures, so you can get on with the game and Jake's future escapades. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

mobilehead 2024-03-17 0 point Amiga version

"Heart of China" is an older brother of "Rise of the Dragon" based on the same engine but with highly changed concept. The game was enhanced in terms of plot branching, meaning that many puzzles can be solved on several different ways by different characters that can interact among each other, however immersion is much weaker due to little interaction with the objects and many dealings in conversations when you need to choose correct responses. In some moments the game resembles some poor B-movie presented as slideshow.

I recommend playing Amiga version since it has much sharper graphics that even with only 32 colours is more appealing to the eye. There is also more music and sound effects.

jackamo22 2019-02-25 0 point Amiga version


Irwin 2019-01-16 0 point

Right now movies in Netflix are like this

Maverick 2018-07-08 0 point

@¿?¿?¿?¿? You can't, but you shouldn't need it once you use it for its intended purpose.

Michelle 2018-01-02 3 points

Ultimately, I found the game's story superficial and unsatisfying.

¿?¿?¿?¿? 2017-11-18 0 point DOS version

How do you keep the hook and the rope after get in the fortess?

Bubu 2016-07-19 1 point

Even though this game is made by Sierra, its very different than... Say Leisure Suit Larry, Space Quest or King's Quest...
You play the game from first person perspective...! It's different, and quite nice actually...

StillThere 2013-11-04 0 point DOS version

This was my first game for the AMIGA PC.. I loved it. It took me one year to complete it :/

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