It Came from The Desert
DOS - 1990
Also available on: Amiga
Description of It Came from The Desert
Undoubtedly inspired by dozens of 1950s "B" movies, especially the 1954 mutant-ant classic "Them!", It Came From The Desert is one of Cinemaware's finest creations that will challenge both your brain and your brawn.
As the town's resident geologist, your goal is to discover the source of all the strange occurances happening in Lizard Breath. Gameplay centers around choosing what you want to do by selecting an option on the multiple choice screens that pop up. There are several buildings in town, as well as farms, mines, an airport, and even a drive-in theatre. Since time ticks away quickly at one minute per second of real time, quick decision is key to success.
Once your investigation begins, you soon realize there are large, mutant ants roaming around the outskirts of town. These ants are dangerous, and you must fight them to survive with a handgun, an apparently infinite amount of grenades, and bug spray used in airborne attack. Knowledge of the movie "Them!" will help you kill the ants, but if you haven't seen the movie, don't despair -- you get hints when talking to the townsfolk.
While play might seem limited at first, there are dozens (possibly hundreds) of variations in the game, depending on the choices you make. Not only that, but there are many opportunities to find yourself in a fight, either with the ants, or with some of the not-so-friendly folk of Lizard Breath. You can wind up in a knife fight, or being chased across the desert by several hundred giant ants, or even playing chicken on the highway with the local greaser punks. With great graphics, rocking soundtrack, and tons of atmosphere, this is a must play for all action/adventure fans. Recommended! And better yet, Cinemaware has released the game as freeware in 2001, so go support one of the most underrated developers today :)
Review By HOTUD
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Comments and reviews
Fraudian 2019-11-24 2 points
It doesn't load all I get is the prompt, I think a command needs to be typed in but don't know what to type.... Any assistance would be appreciated.
CookieCAT068 2016-11-28 0 point
I'm 13 and my dad showed me this game and I think it's pretty fun! Maybe it's just me, but I think there should be modern games like this for kids to enjoy!
mrmcfisto 2016-08-07 0 point
I loved this game as a kid and used to play it all the time but I'm not a computer buff and get lost in the jargo of trying to download it and make it work. any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. its for a laptop with windows ten.
andwan0 2015-09-29 -1 point
anyone manage to get this working on UAE4Droid or DOSBox Turbo nicely? DOSBox Turbo seems to have bad joystick support, and UAE4Droid has problems with fire buttons.
commodore amigo 2013-06-07 -3 points DOS version
one of the screens (this with an old man) is just from Lost Dutchman Mine!
markegiani 2013-04-06 1 point DOS version
Fantastic game with fresh idea ! One of the best games on Amiga 500.
mymoon 2011-10-11 3 points DOS version
Better play it on an amiga emulator. But this one is nice too.
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