There are some ghostly goings on in an old house in North Carolina. Your enthusiastic ghost hunter friend Dr. Roxanne Westbridge is already on the scene, testing out her super new ghost detecting device. Eager to make sure the good doctor doesn’t get spirited away, you quickly drive to the mansion, only to crash your car due to a paranormal encounter once you arrive. Amber is another example of an early CD-ROM adventure game. Like many early CD titles, it used the medium to store lots of pre-rendered video and graphics. This gave the visuals a boost in quality over what was typically available at the time, but limited exploration and movement around the mansion to the pre-prepared vantage points stored on the games CD. While it’s easy to write the game off with it’s dated visuals and often clunky control system, more patient or simply nostalgic players will find that this is a compelling and excellently written adventure title.
The original installer for Amber is a 16 bit executable and will not run on 64 bit systems at all. Even if you have a 32 bit version of Windows, we strongly recommend that you use the replacement installer instead. The replacement installer is available here. Simply download the replacement installer and run it, making sure your Amber CD-ROM is in the drive. The installer will not only install the game but apply several patches to allow it to run on Windows Vista, 7 or 8.
Playing the game
Once the game has been installed with the replacement installer, there are no further steps to take and you can start enjoying the game.
Completing the game
We have not tested this game from start to finish and according to some users there are still some bugs in the updated version. Check in on the SquirtTheCat forums for more information, this thread in particular has workarounds for possible bugs in the game.