Mystery Trackers: Raincliff Collector's Edition
You'll be up way past your bedtime playing this one
I thoroughly enjoyed this game - it has the right amount of everything - great storyline, challenging puzzles, a good mix of puzzles and HOS, high quality artwork, and short cut scenes that move the story right along. There are no long voice overs and the music only plays during certain significant moments. Mostly, the sound is atmospheric, which I enjoyed. Lots of snowy scenes, and every scene looked and sounded cold!
There are three levels of difficulty - I played with medium difficulty and it was quite challenging. I missed a few things since there were no "sparkles" to alert me to something important. If you play in the medium or hard mode, it's best to mouse over the entire scene until you see a magnifying glass or hand to alert you that something needs a closer look or can be picked up. Having the built in strategy guide was really helpful when I got stumped when I missed something and needed to figure out where/what I was missing.
Puzzles are challenging but do-able. Most of the time I figured out what needed to be done since several of them have appeared in numerous games. It was helpful to have the info button in case I did have a question on what I was supposed to do. A few of them have a 'reset' button, but there were a few puzzles that did not have one and I wish they did. I didn't figure out what I was supposed to do in one puzzle until half way through, and then I had to cycle through several times before the solution finally worked. But otherwise, the puzzles are good - challenging but not frustratingly so.
There is no map or task list or a 'diary', which was a little challenging for me at first. (The video camera just replays the cut scenes.) But I got used to that quickly and it was gratifying to figure things out without relying on a map or task list. Also, once you finish a HOS, that's it, no need to repeatedly go back to the same location for another HOS. You may need to go back to certain locations to fix something or solve a puzzle, but it's not too excessive.
The game play is nice and long - I spent several evening hours playing through until I needed to take a break or had to go to bed. I was definitely up way too late several evenings playing this one! Raincliff is complex and challenging and quite rewarding. Definitely worth your time!
March 14, 2012
It's A Very Exciting Game
I have loved this game very much , It's very exciting and interesting game
Thank you "Big Fish"
February 16, 2012
"THIS IS A GREAT GAME"!
This is worth the money and then some! It's fun, it makes you feel like you are there. When it's snowing, you are cold. When it's raining, you are wet. Plenty of running around to do, but necessary for the clues. Never a dull moment. Better than the newly released "Ravenhurst!" Graphics are rich in color, storyline consistant and logical. Music fits the moment. No grossness, no strong demonic symbolism. Just a great game to play. Glad I tried it.
December 15, 2011
Excellent game, nice story, wonderful graphics
December 3, 2011
grabs your interest from the start
Beautiful graphics, great storyline. One of the best games I have ever played.
June 22, 2012
One of the rare hits
This game has everything. Very well done. I wish every single game was just like this one. It does not have anything that annoyed me. The story line is superb. The quality is neat.
Thank you guys. Yoshkar-Ola rules!
March 17, 2012
I loved this game! One of the best of its kind. It had everything - excellent adventure elements, a good challenge level, a perfect pace and a great balance of puzzles, inventory and hidden objects. The story was good, the graphics were great and the game was long. The CE had a lot to offer, with a well-designed bonus game that added to the story, fun achievements, collectables, beautiful wallpapers and even a quiz and epilogue to add to the story. Loved it! I can't wait for the next in the series, Black Isle.
January 4, 2012
Like a Book that's Hard to Put Down
Great snowy/wintery graphics and interesting storyline. It wasn't too easy and wasn't too hard. Ok, I love hidden object challenges much more than the puzzles. This game is loaded with puzzles. I mean LOADED! But, I found a new interest in working puzzles just b/c of this game. They were actually fun and not frustrating! The storyline and anticipation of what was coming next kept me at it. I didn't get frustrated and quit. I was determined to get this one done in three days, which I did. The extra bonus game play with the collector's edition is worth it! So glad I got this one. I really enjoyed it.
January 3, 2012
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this game!! I cannot recommend it enough!! It is long and exhausting to play, but so well worth it!! You will not be disappointed by this game!!
January 2, 2012
Excellent game and the fun lasted for several days
Beautiful visual effects and an interesting plot. I played the hard version so it took about 3 days of casual play. Well worth the price for the collector's edition. Even the bonus play was enjoyable. The game was very well designed with most of the puzzles moderate to challenging.
December 10, 2011