About Flight of the Amazon Queen
Flight of the Amazon Queen (often just called FOTAQ) was created by Brisbane-based
Interactive Binary Illusions (IBI) (now defunct) in the early nineties. After four years of development it was
finally released in 1995 with the Amiga version being developed first and then the
game being ported to MS-DOS.
Back then FOTAQ was released in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and (according to ScummVM) even in Hebrew. It
came on either 3.5" disks or on CD-ROM (the latter one including fully localized voice throughout the game in the English,
German and French editions).
According to an interview with the developers
conducted by an Australian gaming website even LucasArts thought about
distributing it in the US at some point.
The gameplay follows the style of much-acclaimed LucasArts classics like Monkey Island or the
Indiana Jones games. Just like in most LucasArts games it is not actually possible to die nor to get stuck.
Moreover, well written dialogues with lots of puns and sarcastic remarks as well as beautifully hand-drawn graphics
shape this game.
In 2004 the developers Steve Stamatiadis and
John Passfield released the game as freeware and opened the source code
to the ScummVM Team. FOTAQ is now supported in ScummVM from version 0.6.0
onwards which saw the light of day on 16 March 2004.
Thanks to ScummVM's efforts and the kind support by the original team FOTAQ is today playable under a wide range
of operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, MacOS, BeOS, PalmOS, Windows Mobile and even the PSP.
On this website you will find a convenient installer to play Flight of the Amazon Queen
under Windows, a screenshot gallery as well as other useful information.
(Hint: check out the link section for several interviews with the original developers!)