Home of the Underdogs
About News FAQs Contact HOTU GoogleGroup Music Manuals
Category Applications Action Adventure Education Interactive Fiction Puzzle Role Playing Games Simulation Special Sport Strategy War

Support the EFF
Welcome How you can help
Browse Games
Welcome Random Pick
Welcome By Company
  Welcome By Theme  
Welcome By Alphabet
Welcome By Year
Welcome Title Search
Welcome Company Search
Welcome Designer Search
Welcome Freeware Titles
Welcome Collections
Welcome Discord
Welcome Twitter
Welcome Facebook
Welcome File Format Guide
Welcome Help: Non PC Games
Welcome Help: Win Games
Welcome Help: DOS Games
Welcome Recommended Links
Site History Site History
Legacy Legacy
Link to Us Link to Us
Credits Thanks & Credits
Abandonware Ring

Abandoned Places


Creative Commons License

Game #4553
Down Under Dan   Collection: CD-ROM Adventure Underdogs
Adventure   Traditional third-person

Rating: 7.21 (14 votes)

Down Under Dan box cover

Down Under Dan screenshot
One of the most - if not THE most - obscure CD-ROM adventure games in existence, Down Under Dan is a funny, a bit above-average adventure game from PowerVision, a small developer in Australia. The main reason the game is so obscure is that it was sold only within Australia. The official blurb: "...in 'virtual' time, you have four days of challenging encounters to meet and think your way through before you can achieve your quest to strike it rich and ensure that your future as a bush pilot is safe forever." The game begins with you in control of your plane. Needless to say, something quickly goes wrong, forcing you to crash-land the plane in some unknown area. Inventory-based puzzles, wacky humor, and general wackiness awaits as you blunder into one incident after another.

The game is reminiscent of Access Software's games: digitized graphics, third-person point-and-click, and numerous pixel-hunting headaches. The puzzles are not difficult, but the extent of pixel-hunting required for some of them makes the game frustrating in many spots. Some puzzles also must be solved in real-time, adding to the frustration. Fortunately, there is a useful on-line hint function which you can use, although it has limited usage (again similar to Access' games, in particular Amazon: Guardians of Eden).

The plot is decent enough and wacky enough to keep your interest, although various jabs at Australian stereotypes (albeit tongue-in-cheek) can get tiresome. Developer PowerVision deserves applause for attempting to incorporate as many neat facts about their country into the game, and I did learn quite a bit about the land Down Under while playing. So all in all, while Down Under Dan certainly won't be the best adventure game you have played, it will hold your interest through to the end - thanks to a decent premise and a unique focus on Australian culture. Better voice acting, less pixel-hunting puzzles, and more creative puzzles would lift this game into the Top Dog realm. Recommended for all adventure gaming fans, as long as you don't expect too much - although you can expect to see at least one kangaroo :)

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Unknown
Developer: PowerVision
Publisher: PowerVision
Year: 1995
Software Copyright: PowerVision
Theme: Humorous, Grand Adventure
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links:  
If you like this game, try: Amazon: Guardians of Eden, Armaeth: The Lost Kingdom, Riddle of Master Lu

© 1998 - 2024 Home of the Underdogs
Portions are copyrighted by their respective owners. All rights reserved. Please read our privacy policy.