There are basically two solutions to this marvellous game.
The short one and the long one. First, the short one.
SOLUTION NUMBER ONE
Cheat. Yes - cheat. Access has added a new feature to this product called Online Help. You can select help by clicking the "?" box on the command button line.
You may be discouraged from doing this by the manual, which says you won't get any more help if you use up all your 170 points, and that if you fall below 100 points you won't see the hero's finale.
Forget it. You can cheat the program as many times as you like by saving the same scene twice under two different names, using the online help feature in one of the saved games to get your clue, then loading the other saved game to continue.
Example: Jason's apartment. If you can't find the decoding ring SAVE the game at that point and call it "APT" or whatever. As soon as the screen appears again SAVE the game once more, only this time call it something else - maybe "HELP" or what. Now when the apartment reappears you can use the "?" button as often as you like. Experiment and discover what has to be done. Then reload "APT" and play the scene again, getting all the items you need.
The program assigns your diminishing score to each saved game.
Since you hadn't used online help when you saved APT, Amazon assumes you never used it if you carry on from that saved game.
It's not even cheating, really. The program allows you to do it, so no one gets to miss the ending.
However, if that is still too difficult - here's the long solution, chapter by chapter.
SOLUTION NUMBER TWO
Note: I played the game on a regular VGA monitor. If you are using the Super-VGA option, you may need to make some slight allowances for these instructions.
After the really great opening sequence, you arrive in the parking lot of
Chapter 1. (You may see this frequently . . )
1. TERROR IN THE JUNGLE
Go into the Allister Research Building. OPEN the door to your own office. LOOK at the flashing light on the intercom. MOVE the button on the intercom to get a message. EXIT and walk past Ms. Flitch's desk (talking to her at this point will do no good) to the far end of the corridor. OPEN Mr. Thornick's door. The next sequence is automatic and you end up in your own apartment.
LOOK at the two trophies on the bookshelf. Note the date (1952). PICK UP the letter opener from the table and USE it on the mail package. PICK UP the small metal key that falls out. [Note: save the game now in case you need to read the letter again later.] LOOK at the letter from Allen. This completes Chapter 1.
2. A SECRET CODE
Note the sequence of instructions from Allen. You won't be able to find the decoder now. You have to come back later. After reading the letter EXIT the apartment.
Enter the research building and go through the open door into your office. OPEN the door of the cage and PICK UP the rat. EXIT the office now and go TALK to Darlene Flitch. The first conversation is useless, so TALK again until she tells you she hates rats. Go back to the door of your office (don't go in). SELECT the rat and place it on the floor. End of Ms. Flitch.
Go to the key cabinet behind her desk and OPEN it. PICK UP the middle key on the lower row. Walk back past her desk to the outside doors. OPEN the doors and go to her car (the middle one). USE the keys on the trunk and PICK UP the bolt cutter and crowbar. Return to the building.
LOOK at the key cabinet again and PICK UP the key to the display case. Now OPEN the door to Allen's office. OPEN the book and LOOK at it. USE the cabinet key to unlock the cabinet and PICK UP the audio tape. USE the display case key to open the display case and PICK UP the jungle potion. PICK UP the blowgun from the wall above the display case and also the dart stuck in the wall. LOOK at the movie on the counter top. (You can run it on the projector if you like, but it gives you no clues.) Note the title of the movie. Now MOVE the dartboard to reveal the safe. You can't unlock it yet, so EXIT.
Return to your office. OPEN the door to the cabinet beneath the intercom and PICK UP the alcohol bottle. MOVE the knob beneath the bunsen burner to turn it on. Now go into your inventory and drag the alcohol bottle across to the jungle potion, producing a beaker of liquid. USE the beaker on the bunsen burner. When it turns green PICK it UP again. EXIT your office.
Walk past the secretary's desk again to the security vault doors. OPEN the doors. CLIMB the tree stump. In the inventory drag the dart on to the beaker, producing a dipped dart. Drag this on to the blowgun. USE the loaded blowgun on the male guard. [Note: you should only fire when he is walking back toward the guard house.]
Now save the game immediately. This is important as you are now going into the first timed sequence and speed is vital to avoid catastrophe. CLIMB down the tree stump and walk quickly to the garbage can. Before the bear reaches you, USE the bolt cutter on the chain securing the lid. Walk over to the guard's coat on the ground and PICK UP the vault key. Walk out of the compound through the guardhouse at the top of the screen and go over to the vault door. USE the key on the door. End of chapter 2.
3. HEAVY METAL MONSTER
Don't worry. BOB's a pushover. Turn around and walk out of the vault and back to the guardhouse. The bear is gone, the lovers are still making out. Walk back to the garbage can and PICK it UP. Go back into the vault. Goodbye BOB.
Now MOVE the lever and open the doors to the vault. USE the crowbar to open the bottom right drawer. PICK UP the map, compass and microfilm. There's nothing else for you here, so walk out again, through the guardhouse, past the tree stump and back into the research building.
The library is now open. TALK to the librarian (you get nowhere the first time) and keep talking until she tells you she only leaves her post if the lights of her car are left on. Walk back along the corridor toward the outside doors. Go to the coat rack outside your office. PICK UP the coathanger by itself over to the right. Go to the parking lot and USE the coathanger on the librarian's car. Once inside, MOVE the light switch on the dash. Walk back into the building and TALK to the librarian again and tell her the car lights are on. This gets you into the microfilm machine. SELECT the microfilm from inventory and place it in the reader. MOVE the arrows to see all the message, then EXIT. Go back to the parking lot, SELECT your own car keys and USE them to get into your car.
Your apartment has been ransacked. But the audio tape player is still working. SELECT the audio tape from inventory and USE it on the player. This gives you a scrap of paper (in inventory) with the combination of the wall safe in Allen's lab. [Note: SAVE the game now. You may need to go back and re-run the next step later.] Now PICK UP the decoder which is winking at you from the upturned armchair. Write down the sequence of these instructions - they are important. EXIT and go back to Allen's lab.
In the lab, MOVE the dartboard if you didn't do so before. SELECT the scrap of paper from inventory with the combination, and USE it on the wall safe. PICK UP the money. EXIT. Go to your car, and USE your car keys to get in. This takes you to the end of Chapter 3 and the beginning of South America!
4. HOT PURSUIT
In Cuzco airport PICK UP the jerrycan of lime encrusted water from the gas truck. OPEN the door of the truck and PICK UP the cigarettes which fall out. PICK UP the bicycle pump from the bike. Walk into the terminal building.
TALK to the ticket agent and OFFER him money. He gives you a card. OPEN the door to the Green Monkey. TALK to the bartender and OFFER him the card. He tells you to talk to the pilots. TALK to them. You next find yourself on a plane to Rio Blanco.
SAVE the game immediately. You are now into a timed sequence and speed is vital. You are also at the end of a very brief Chapter 4.
5. FLIGHT OF DOOM
The pilot enters and threatens you. There is nothing you can offer him. Walk over to the cage of geese and wait. After the pilot has said "I'm waiting!" MOVE the latch on the cage. The geese fly out - and so does the pilot!
Now - quickly - PICK UP the parachute from the floor of the plane and walk over to the cockpit door (you can't close the outside hatch, so don't try). SELECT the chute from inventory and click on the cockpit door. This opens the door and gets you into the cockpit.
SAVE the game again immediately. The timed sequence here is very short. You must do three things here: a) MOVE the wheel to pull up the nose; b) MOVE the throttles to reduce speed; and c) MOVE the lever beneath the red flashing light to put down the flaps. You should successfully crash land on the water.
SAVE again. The timed sequence continues rapidly. Walk over to the box on the right and MOVE it. You uncover another box marked 'raft.' OPEN this box and PICK UP the raft. Now go into your inventory and drag the bicycle pump across to the raft, producing an inflated raft. USE the raft on the river outside the hatch, and this brings you safely to chapter 6.
6. EL LOCO
In the village of Rio Blanco, walk over to the pepper stand and PICK UP a handful of hot peppers. Now go over and enter the
Cantina. If you TALK to the cook she will tell you the location of the telephone. On the counter in front of her is a knife. PICK it UP - but make sure she has her back turned to you when you do it. In your inventory, drag the knife over to the peppers, producing chopped peppers. Again, when the cook has turned away, USE the peppers on the plate of food on the counter. After the peasant boy has collected the plate, walk outside the Cantina and watch El Loco burn his tonsils out.
Go back into the Cantina. Most of the customers have now gone. PICK UP the coins, the lighter, and the cheese from the tables - again, being careful the cook is not watching. Leave the Cantina and go past El Loco to the door of the hotel. OPEN the door.
Inside the lobby, you see an empty rat trap. PICK it UP and in the inventory drag the cheese across to the trap, producing a loaded trap. Place the loaded trap on the bottom stair. This kills the rat. Now you can PICK UP the wallet from inside the rathole without losing your finger.
Now MOVE the phone receiver off the hook. USE the pesos from your inventory (the Cantina cook's tip) and put them in the coin slot. MOVE the dial and let the number ring three times (did you write down these instructions in Chapter 3?). After the third ring, MOVE the phone hook and break the connection. EXIT and walk back to the Cantina.
SAVE the game before you go any further. Here you meet the lovely Maya (you never do quite see enough of her) and she engages you in conversation. She won't take you to Allen until you've answered three questions establishing your ID. The answers are:
2) 3 sisters and 1 brother;
3) Wild Women of Wongo. This gets you a nice smile and she disappears.
Leave the Cantina. You now have to sort out the bully El Loco. You will notice a ladder has appeared on the outside wall of the Cantina. PICK UP the ladder. Walk over to the far side of the well near the river bank and PICK UP the pole lying on the ground.
(Meanwhile the poor peasant boy is taking such a slamming!) Walk to the left side of the hotel and USE the ladder against the hotel wall. CLIMB up it and USE the small pole on the sign above the hotel door. This brings it crashing down on El Loco's head. CLIMB down the ladder again and the peasant boy gives you a gold nugget.
Don't hurry to Maya in the canoe just yet. First go across to the trading post. USE the money from the wallet to PICK UP several items you will need downriver - the paddle, the poison root, the fishing net, the extra ammunition, and the machete. EXIT and SAVE the game. Now go and CLIMB into the canoe with Maya. The next sequence is automatic and brilliant. End of chapter 6.
7. BRIDGE OF DEATH
As soon as you can, SAVE the game. This is another timed sequence and time is very short. It is also the first time you get to choose between playing Jason and playing Maya. You do this by clicking on the picture (at the top of the screen) of the character you want to activate. As the chapter opens, you are playing Jason. Stick with Jason for now.
Quickly - walk to the sheet of corrugated metal and MOVE it. Then walk to the log and MOVE it too. Go immediately to Allen and SELECT the extra ammunition from inventory, giving it to him. You may need to save the game frequently here after each completed action. Now walk to the hanging vine and PICK it UP.
Switch to Maya (the bridge is too fragile for Maya and needs repairing). She walks to the break in the centre of the bridge. USE the vine here. Maya can then cross to the other side. Switch back to Jason and walk him over the bridge too. Here, alas, Allen perishes nobly.
You arrive at the Amazon Queen (strangely reminiscent of the African Queen in that great Humphrey Bogart movie). TALK to the captain and OFFER him cigarettes and the gold nugget. Then you get taken "down the river" - and how.
8. SLAVE TRADERS
You must get on board the boat without being seen or eaten. When Sam the guard disappears, walk over to the hollow reeds at the right of the screen. USE the poison root on the river, killing the fish with the nasty little choppers. Wait till the coast is clear again, then PICK UP a reed and enter the water [Note: you must do this from the right of the screen or the current will take you past the boat.]
You swim across to the stern ladder. Wait for the guard to pass and CLIMB on to the boat. You are now in one of those classic Access software scenes, familiar to "Countdown" fans, in which you must keep moving to avoid the guard in a confined space. It helps if you SAVE the game here. Walk to the port side of the boat (that's the left, you landlubbers!) and PICK UP the fishing pole on the deck. Now walk up the deck beside the captain's cabin as the guard comes down the starboard side. Walk right around the cabin, keeping it between you and the guard as he passes on his round.
Go to the crate standing between the two cabins. OPEN the lid and PICK UP the harpoon inside. Keeping out of sight of the guard, walk to the bow of the boat (the pointy end) and MOVE the harpoon gun so it's pointing down the deck. SELECT the harpoon and USE it on the gun to load it. You can hide behind the crates on the foredeck when the guard comes by. MOVE the crate on the left. It slides forward clearing your line of fire. Walk back to the gun and SAVE the game. When the guard comes again MOVE the trigger and spear him with the harpoon. You only get one shot and if you miss, you're dead - hence
the wisdom in saving before you fire.
Now the deck is clear. Walk back to the captain's cabin and LOOK in
the porthole. USE the fishing pole to get the keys. EXIT and go to
the cabin where Maya is being held.
SAVE the game before you enter, as another timed sequence will
begin which requires rapid action on your part. USE the keys to
open the door. Enter Maya's cabin - be quick, the captain is
gunning for you. MOVE the bar in the corner to block the door. USE
the knife to cut Maya's ropes. Be careful to walk around only
between shots through the door. If you're in motion when the bullet
is fired, you're gone. MOVE the handle on the glass cabinet to open
it. PICK UP the bottle of rum. PICK UP the rag from the table
(ignore the plate - it's a diversion). In your inventory, drag the
rag to the bottle of rum. Don't light it yet. Walk to the porthole
and OPEN it. Go into inventory again and drag the lighter across to
the rag in the bottle, producing a molotov cocktail. USE the
molotov on the open porthole. Then walk quickly to the door and
MOVE the bar. OPEN the door and walk out. You must do all this
before the gunpowder outside the porthole explodes. If you escape
successfully, you come to the cannibal village.
Time is short here too. SAVE the game as soon as you can to avoid
being eaten. This is the second time in the game when you have to
choose between playing Maya or Jason. Select Maya to begin, and
walk to the river bank. USE the fishing net to snare the passing
crate of fireworks in the river. SELECT the fireworks and walk to
the fire. USE them on the fire. That was the easy part.
Now click back on Jason and walk him to the rock beside the river.
MOVE it and PICK UP the worm (before he slithers away). In the
inventory, drag the worm to the fishing pole and USE the baited
hook in the river to catch a fish. Next, go over to the native hut
on the left of the screen and PICK UP the ladle in the doorway.
Walk to the pot and MOVE it on to the fire. From your inventory,
SELECT the jerrycan of lime encrusted water and put it in the pot.
Then SELECT the fish and do likewise.
Now switch back to Maya. Walk her over the bridge across the stream
and down to the plant beside the river. PICK UP the plant and walk
back to the pot. SELECT the plant and put it in the pot. The
healing mixture will now brew. SELECT the ladle (Maya) and USE it
on the pot. SELECT it again (important) and it will now be filled.
Walk over to the boy and USE it on him. [Note: the timing for all
this is very short and may require several tries. So save, save,
Now you get your first river ride!
9. ANCIENT SECRETS
There's no secret to the river ride, except that you have to pay
attention to the instructions you received after healing the boy.
"At the first branch go left, at the next two branches go right, at
the following branch go left."
So just do that, and save frequently.
This brings you finally to Hans Stroheim. You must OFFER Stroheim
the map and the compass. In return he asks you to go find evidence
of the fabulous treasure in the last camp of the Conquistadors.
At the site of the Conquistadors' camp PICK UP the long wooden
plank and then USE it on the moss covered boulder. This makes a
springboard. Click on Maya and walk her to the lower end of the
plank. Click on Jason and walk him to the tree stump. CLIMB the
stump. Jason then automatically propels Maya up to the first tree
platform where she can CLIMB to the upper platform. Maya walks to
the edge of the upper platform and MOVES the vine, swinging across
to the treehouse. Maya should then MOVE the rope so Jason can CLIMB
up and join her.
Walk both characters over to the pulley, one by one. Walk Maya
slightly further than Jason (only slightly) into the basket. Jason
must then MOVE the pulley rope to haul Maya up to the treehouse.
Maya must walk very carefully to the door of the treehouse - SAVE
frequently here. From the top of the pulley, it's 4 steps to the
left (4 sounds of footfall). 1 step forward. 1 step left. It can be
10. THE HALL OF DEATH
In the treehouse, PICK UP the key from the chain around the
skeleton's neck. USE the key on the chest. PICK UP the scroll
inside and read it. USE the machete to clear away the vines and
leaves behind the chest, exposing another skeleton. USE the machete
again on the breastplate of the armour and PICK UP the emerald.
EXIT the scene and you arrive back at the hut of Hans Stroheim.
He now tells you how to get to the site of Allen's camp which was
attacked. But you have to ride the river again. Note the
instructions you receive - they are, in fact, the opposite of the
ones you got before. At the branches: RIGHT, LEFT, LEFT, RIGHT.
Just do it again!
This brings you to a macabre scene, and the end of another short
11. THE SPECTRE OF EVIL
Click on Jason and walk to the front of the jeep. MOVE the winch
(not the red lever) and hang a wire to the log resting on the
tarpaulin. Walk over to the body in front of Holbrook's tent and
PICK UP the chain on the ground. Walk to the log on the tarp and
USE the chain on it. Go to Holbrook's tent and OPEN it. PICK UP the
gasoline can there. Go to the jeep and USE the gasoline in the gas
tank at the back. MOVE the gas cap lying on the floor to seal the
gas tank. Go to the body on the ground to the left of Holbrook's
tent and PICK UP the key from his hand. Return to the door of the
jeep and USE the key. This starts the engine. Go round to the front
of the jeep and MOVE the red winch lever. This hauls up the log.
Either Jason or Maya can now walk to the tarpaulin and MOVE the
corner, exposing a box of dynamite. OPEN the box and PICK UP the
dynamite. Now walk (Jason or Maya) to the bottom of the screen and
OPEN the watertight box there. PICK UP the geiger counter and USE
it on different objects in the screen. The sound effects are good
and they vary in different areas of the screen, leading you to the
plant behind the jeep. It gives off heat! MOVE the plant and expose
an arrow in the tree. PICK UP the arrow, and then you are finished
in the camp. EXIT for the third and last run at the river.
This time it's tricky. It's the same river, and the same rocks, but
you have no directions.
At the branches go RIGHT, RIGHT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT. Yes - FIVE
branches this time. Keep saving regularly. At least you are a more
experienced canoeist this time!
When you have successfully navigated the river for the last time,
you go over a spectacular waterfall. Look closely now: this is the
best view of Maya you're going to get!
12. A SECRET PASSAGE
You are into a timed sequence here again. Quickly, folks. Under the
waterfall, MOVE the tree limb leaning against the rock to expose
the secret passage. USE the arrowhead on the door to open it.
On the suspension bridge, ignore the flying arrows and walk to the
middle of the bridge between the two pillars. Stay close beside the
wall on your right. Don't go beyond the second pillar. Wait there
for Sanchez and his men to break through the door and shoot the
guards. As soon as - i.e. immediately - you regain control of the
screen, go to your inventory and drag the lighter across to the
dynamite, producing lit explosives. USE this on the bridge where
you are standing (i.e. about half way down on the right) and then
walk quickly towards the temple in the distance - before it blows
up! End of Sanchez.
But now comes . . the pit of death!
13. THE THING IN THE PIT
You only have a few seconds here. It can be tricky. SAVE the game
as soon as the scene opens. First, PICK UP the bootlaces in front
of the skeleton. Then PICK UP the broken spear leaning against the
wall. MOVE the turtle shell over to the wall and CLIMB on it. The
creature will have appeared by now. PICK UP the burning torch above
your head. This keeps the thing at bay for a few moments. Go
forward a bit and USE the knife on the flower hanging down in front
of you. It begins to drip its sap on the floor. Go back to the
shell. When the torch burns out the creature will come for you but
gets distracted by the honeysap.
Go immediately to your inventory and drag the bootlaces over to the
broken spear, then drag the knife over that. This will produce a
knife spear. USE the spear on the giant ant's underbelly -
[Important note: you thrust the spear by using the UP ARROW key.
Clicking the spear on the ant doesn't work].
When the creature is dead, the game is over.
14. THE GUARDIANS OF EDEN
The hero's finale is, I think, a bit disappointing.
After the build-up in the manual you are expecting something more.
Unfortunately, it's an automatic sequence and you have no part to
play. You're not even given the choice of taking Maya or the
emeralds. It all ends like the final scenes on Love Boat.
Given the choice, I would have taken the jewels. At least with them
you could have had any blonde in a white bikini anywhere in the
world, and the money too!
But it is only a fantasy. And still, an excellent game!