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It Came From the Desert - Amiga 500 Hints

Game Review & Description

Imagine a world where B-movie horror comes to life, and you've got the premise of It Came from the Desert, an Amiga 500 classic that's as much an homage to 1950s monster flicks as it is an action-adventure game. This is not just any desert; it's a sprawling sandbox of mystery, giant ants, and cinematic storytelling that could only be birthed from the minds at Cinemaware.

As soon as you boot up the game, you're thrown into a lovingly crafted pixelated homage to the atomic age, where science experiments go awry and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. The game's visuals are a feast for the eyes, with detailed sprites and backgrounds that transport players straight into its pulpy narrative. It's like stepping into a time machine, one that takes you back to an era where the drive-in theater was king and popcorn was the currency of choice.

Gameplay in It Came from the Desert is a genre-bending adventure that combines exploration, dialogue-heavy encounters, and pulse-pounding action sequences. As the protagonist, you're tasked with uncovering the mystery behind the sudden appearance of mutant ants in the desert. This involves chatting up townsfolk, piecing together clues, and, when the situation calls for it, taking on the insectoid invaders in combat that's as strategic as it is exhilarating.

But what truly sets this game apart is its narrative depth and character development, rare commodities in the action-adventure genre of its time. The story unfolds through cinematic cutscenes and dialogue, with players' choices affecting the outcome of the narrative. It's a choose-your-own-adventure book in video game form, complete with all the campy charm and suspense of a 1950s horror movie.

The sound design deserves a standing ovation, with a score that perfectly captures the tension and excitement of the storyline. Coupled with the sound effects of skittering ant legs and the screams of startled townsfolk, it's an auditory experience that complements the visual feast on screen.

For those daring enough to take on the mutant menace, we've scoured the desert and uncovered a cache of hints, tips, and cheat codes for It Came from the Desert. These invaluable insights are your guide to surviving the ant apocalypse, from strategies to defeat the queen ant to secrets for navigating the desert's most perilous locales. So grab your magnifying glass and your sense of adventure; it's time to show these ants that they picked the wrong desert to invade.


It's a good idea to constantly monitor the weather by ducking into the weather station each day. The main reason for this is that venturing out on a 70 degree+ day can be very dangerous. After day 6, though, traveling to the airport on one of the hotter days gives you a good chance to record the ants' noises.


It's been said that the most effective way to eliminate the problem posed by these pesky critters is to drive at them at full speed right in the middle of the road. This game of chicken will run them off the road, and allow you to pass.


Make sure that you're home on the morning of Day 3 (at about 8-9 am). At that time, you'll receive an unannounced visit from a stranger who will give you a useful tidbit of information.

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