Mystery Trackers: Raincliff
Don't miss this one
A long adventure game with great graphics and a good storyline. Not too many HOG scenes, and those are well done. Lots of back and forthing, and I found it necessary to take notes, as I played the game over several days, and would forget what area needed what item. A map would have been useful as there are so many locations to remember.
I love the achievements for not using the hints for HOGS or the skip for puzzles. Keeps me from giving up.
Most of the puzzles are fairly simple, but a few are very tough, and one was really frustrating because it didn't have a reset button. I broke down and checked the walkthrough for that one.
This game has lots of eerie atmosphere, but nothing really gruesome. Loved it.
December 10, 2011
For the most part, I enjoyed this game. The graphics and sound were good, the storyline was pretty good, there were lots of puzzles and enough HOS for me. I enjoyed finding the frogs, they really cracked me up, even though I'm not sure they served any purpose. The hint button recharges fairly quickly and is actually helpful when you're stuck.
I did not care for the video diary, would have preferred a regular diary. I really wish there had been a map to click between places. There was a lot of running back and forth, which got old after awhile.
The story had a satisfying ending, which I really enjoyed. This is a long game, so you definitely get your money's worth. I would recommend this game and will probably play it again at some point.
July 21, 2012
Wonderfully done, great, engaging game. Minor bumps.
There are so many things done right in this game, it seems almost churlish to mention what could have been done better. The overall feeling is that no expense was spared in making this game. From lush music to live-actor film sequences, this is in most respects an exercise in how to do games right.
There are many pluses to this game. There are three levels of difficulty to choose from, tailoring the game to the users' comfort level. Hidden object scenes are crystal-clear, with no shady practices (making objects virtually invisible by over-using darkness, fuzziness or transparency). Hidden-object games are largely language-based games. Language is used perfectly here, with no faulty English obscuring goals or meaning.
Unfortunately, there is no journal or task list to remind me of what I had previously found, or what I was currently looking for. This is especially a problem because the puzzles are spread out and overlapped. I found myself usually carrying around about 10 objects at once, having forgotten what I was looking for and what I was supposed to do with them. Furthermore, while some objects were obvious in their use (paint for a canvas), some were not at all and left me scratching my head. Thankfully, the game-play hints were very helpful, but I found I had to rely on them quite often.
The layout is very convoluted and there is no map, nor are areas deactivated when you have done all there is to do there. This resulted in a lot of back-and-forth and wandering around, which is okay in small doses but became tedious after a while and left me using the hint quite often just to save the annoyance of wandering. I feel that these decisions on the part of the game designers were intentional, to give the player a feeling of disorientation, but ultimately, I think they backfired.
Perhaps this is a minor complaint, but the music was disconcerting, and not in a good way. What there was of it was great, but it played only for a few moments after the live-action shots and then went quiet again for long stretches. It just seemed strange.
Still, for the most part this is a fun, gorgeous game, with beautiful design, fun and varied puzzles, and an interesting story.
December 12, 2011
Interesting story and Game
I love most of the hidden object games that I get from this site and this one was no different. The mystery of the Raincliff students in this game was interesting and creepy and added to the fun of the game. Along with it, the game itself was more challenging than some that I have played in the past. Very much worth it!
December 9, 2011
it is a good game but not the best.
April 2, 2012
another great game series!
after having played all mystery case files games, mystery trackers are equivalently good! with the only exception that this one, raincliff, had some glitches and bugs, but was, nevertheless, great! the puzzles gave me a hard time (love it when they're not ridiculously easy!) and, well, i gotta admit that i had to check out the walkthrough more than 5 times. excellent!
February 20, 2014
Thank goodness for the hint system!
There's a lot a backtracking. The graphics don't seem as crisp in this game as they are in the newer Mystery Tracker games. There's no little dog to help you either. However, it's fun to see how these games progress. There's no map. The hint system tells you where to go versus pointing you in the right direction. Each scene has a title, i.e, basement, and you need to remember how to get there for the hints to be of any use. However, most of the scenes are in a straight line, so it's not too hard to figure out where to go next.
I've really enjoyed playing this series, including this game. I recommend playing this one on casual though --just to keep the backtracking down, unless you're a hard core gamer. If you are, then just go for it. It's fun. Oh yeah, be prepared to get cold with all the ice....brrr.
September 19, 2013
Better than some of the other mystery tracker games
Still felt there were gaps to the storyline. Good mini games.
November 4, 2012
Not so much a HO game, it had alot of different puzzles throughout
challenging game but alot of back and forth..the hint button came in handy lol
August 19, 2012
Pretty Good Game
On the plus side, I thought it was a good story with some nice features... Such as, if you collect over fifty "secret frogs", you get a special achievement icon. The atmosphere was nice with snow constantly falling and interesting details. The hint button was so specific, it was great... You didn't have to guess what they meant. It specifically said, "You need to return to X and get the Y behind the Z.". You can't get any more helpful than that!
I didn't play with the option settings, but the theme music got a little loud after long moments of silence. I actually thought the silence was nice where you could only hear the snow or the wind or footsteps. Sometimes the graphics seemed incomplete in areas (like there was the impression of a wheel but not the whole wheel--perhaps intentionally stylized this way?), but I don't think I had to use the hint button to find an item more than once or twice.
It took a few hours and was really relaxing and entertaining, great for casual gaming. Over all, a good game.
July 8, 2012