Lost Dutchman Mine
is a pretty fun simulation game with a very creative premise: control an "old-timer" gold miner in the Old West and, ultimately, find the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. If you aren’t familiar with the legend, that’s worth a quick read
to get the juices flowing.
You need to use both the mouse and joystick to navigate the game, which can be a tad cumbersome at first, but you get over it soon enough.
In the beginning you’re mainly figuring out the little town, buying necessary supplies for panning, mining and surviving the elements as well as bandits. And damned if it ain’t hot as hell out in the desert, and your tired old body ain’t what it once was when you were a youngin'. So get lots of canteens! And a fish hook (lots of free food swims in the nearby rivers).
The graphics are decent, and out of all the various versions the Amiga definitely got the best effort. They aren’t Cinemaware quality but they do get the job done. You get fun animation for the miner, impressive closeup shots during the card games, and a workable if basic map view. In addition, the user interface is extremely easy to understand and use although it has a strange Windows 3 feel to it at times. The music is typical for the plinky-plink style piano tunes you might expect to hear for a game set in the wild west. But the sound effects on the other hand are surprisingly poor and seem merely glommed on for some sort of user feedback (or weren’t enhanced much if this was a DOS or Atari ST port, although information on the development company is virtually non-existent.
Once you figure out the key tactics for playing the game, it can be a rather enjoyable way to pass the time over the course of a quiet afternoon. Replay value might be on the lower side once you figure things out, but the journey to that “first time” can be rewarding.
Back of the box:
The Lost Dutchman Mine...
Tales whispered in the saloons of the Old West told of a fortune in gold just waiting to be rediscovered. It was said an old prospector had found the motherload in '42, where veins of gold seemed to light the earth. He died before he could file a claim, but rumors surfaced that he had drawn a map to what is now called the Lost Dutchman Mine. Many have searched and all have failed, but your journey has just begun...
An Eventful Passage...
- Play poker, down a drink or purchase a burro - Visit Goldfield's livery stable, saloon, assay office, newspaper, bank and jail.
- Explore the caves, mountains and rivers of the desert and surrounding countryside to find the lost treasure.
- Fight heat, hunger and thirst - and Indians rattlesnakes and claim jumpers - as you make your way across the burning desert!
- Pan for gold in the river, pick for gold in the mines, capture a wanted bandit, or cast a line to try and catch your dinner.
An Exceptional Graphic Adventure...
- Real-time, animated game play with time and temperature changes and day/night variations.
- Never the same game twice - play a different scenario whenever you start a new game!
- Brilliant graphics, realistic sound effects - you'll think you can smell a campfire's smoke and hear its crackle!
- More than 100 caves and mines!