February 4, 2015

Backpacker: The Lost Florence Gold Mine

Animagination, 1996

This game, a blend of many themes, was the first step for developer Animagination in the adventure gaming design. The intro describes a flashback of an event, a series of murders that occurred some sixty years ago in some wild life amusement park and that mystery reopens in the present day. You play as detective Chuck McBlade and someone initialed M.F. left a note on your doorstep requesting you to come to Idaho USA to investigate those murders. So off you go to solve the mystery and reveal a legendary Indian myth, the Cave of Death.

The game is a classical 3rd person point & click adventure with interface that resembles many Sierra On-Line and LucasArts games. Graphics are quite good and to the standard of the time the game was released, spiced up with good quality sound and music. Fans of the genre must play this title.