Mystery Trackers: Raincliff Collector's Edition
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
I savored every minute of this game. Love the mix of actors in with the game. I can hardly wait for their next game.
December 1, 2011
All around great
Great story, graphics, HOS mostly clear. Some running around, which I like. CE had another chapter, but SE could stand on its own. Mini puzzles a bit hard, had to skip a few. Good length.
April 3, 2012
Great game I really enjoyed this game, Not too boring just the right amount of fun and surprise. Thanks Big Fish
June 8, 2012
This is deffinately a game to play, there is many different challenges a must have
November 20, 2011
Hands down, the benchmark for its genre
It wasn't on my top 5 list of games to get / play, nor was I very impressed with the visuals (one has to remind oneself that this is a 2011 release). When I started playing though, it was a whole different story.
1. Pacing: The universe depicted in this game is not as extensive as some others I've played, but the gameplay keeps you busy. Expect to spend a good 90 minutes or even two hours around the town entrance alone. The length of time you spend on the other areas will be slightly shorter though, but likely because you already have the hang of the game.
2. Gameplay: Incredible. Exactly how all HOGS should be. Perfect balance of challenge - in Expert mode, black bars don't give away too much, and the items you find are also spread just far apart enough between each other that you have to consciously remember what each item is for. HOS are not repeated. More puzzles than HOS in fact, and the puzzles are very challenging.
3. Graphics: Mix of people and animation. I'm not fussy about this aspect, although it perturbed me. Got used to it after awhile though so no big issue.
4. CE: Additional collectibles were frogs. I managed to find more than 50 (which is the target). Wished they were something else though - not a fan of frogs.
5. Map: No map, but the gameplay was so awesome, I didn't even care. Some back and forth but you will generally know when some scenes are done anyway. It's that organised!
I don't have any complaints, in fact I would peddle this to Expert players looking for a challenge.
Only two contentions:
> Certain areas that have already been unlocked still require the same workflow getting in. E.g. You unlock the lift. To go up, you need to press the up button and you wait for the journey up animation. And it's the same everytime? Lots more examples, so expect to have to keep going and going and going into your areas of interest.
> You can't skip puzzles in Expert mode. This can be unbearable for puzzle non-fans (like me). Either you refer to the SG, or you suck it up and deal with it!
On the overall, I have found my new favourite.
July 18, 2014
Love this series & this game!!!
OMG ... This series is simply, one of the best. The Raincliff storyline was simply awesome and intriguing. I just LOVE the Mystery Trackers game series.
There is only one small detail, that I did not like in Raincliff ... It was having the Video Collection, instead of a Diary or Journal, so that you know, what your tasks are, for completion. Yes, there are pages of the Brown history, throughout the storyline, but, I would have preferred that, they were in a Diary or Journal, where you could review them.
I also, must mention that, for those who really only care to do HOSs ... They are in here, but, this is also, an Adventure game, as well. This is why, there is a lot of going back and forth, to achieve goals and to advance your game. I found that, Raincliff seemed to have a bit more "back and forth", than I prefer, but, that did NOT stop me, from playing the game!!! I am one of the "best detectives" that the Mystery Trackers has and I love it. :)
I love that I can stop the game, when I need to and when I go back to playing, I am right where I stopped. No having to going back, to get back to where I stopped. This is really, really nice, when you are playing a lengthy game. Raincliff is one of the longer HOAs, that I have played and I enjoy it.
Since, I did purchase the Collector's Edition, I used the Strategy Guide a couple of times. The Guide was well written and I understood what it was, that I needed to do, to complete the "puzzle." Again, when it comes to the "math" puzzles, I either skip or use the Guide.
About the only thing, that I saw in Raincliff, that was part of the first game, The Void ... Is the friendly Hint Frog. He is so cute and is very useful. Otherwise, the two stories are completely different and are not "connected", except for using a Mystery Tracker Detective.
I hope, you have as much enjoyment, as I had, playing this game. I do recommend this series and game, highly. I am now, set and ready to play the next game, in this series Mystery Trackers ... Black Isle Collector's Edition.
July 7, 2014
Now I understand why Mystery Trackers has so many fans!
This review is based on a complete playthrough of the game + bonus content.
First off - the Bonus Content (or "Why should I pay double for this game?"): The main game ends conclusively. The bonus is a new mystery, with a new cast of characters, in the same locations, supposedly happening three hours after the main game ends [somebody was very busy for those three hours].
The BC story isn't nearly as good as the main game - lasts an hour and half or so. The plot's been done to death, and there are no twists or new angles on it. The usual achievements, frogs to collect (there are extra so don't sweat missing a few), artwork and the usual swag.
OTOH, the main game is one of the best HOPA's I've played. It kept you moving, you always knew what you were doing and why, and there was some real suspense and sense of urgency going on. I'm not going to say it's my favorite game, but it's up there - and that's after all these years (2014 now).
This is the third MT I've played and the best so far. You're still 'the detective' for an ancient order (one Ogdoadic star in game if you look for it) jumping headlong into a mystery.
On to the review:
THE GOOD: The storyline - it picks up right from the start and never lets go. I had to stop playing for a couple of days and when I came back, after two hints I was right back into the swing of it. The characters were introduced gradually, and you learned more about all of them as the game progressed.
Graphics were top notch - still great even by today's standards. Cutscenes are all replayable in game. The sound effects helped bring that icy chill through while you were playing. I don't think there was music for a lot of it - if there was it was very much in the background.
The puzzles are challenging, varied, and interesting. The AI for the 'fox and the hounds' puzzle is a little off (I won from a lost position), but still challenging. The Strategy Guide won't help you with the keypad puzzle once you've tried to solve it yourself - check the forums if you're stuck.
THE BAD: Girl, you better have some sneakers on cause you're gonna do some walkin' !!!
You are going to run back and forth between two places that are probably geographically next to each other but you need to go through more than ten locations each way. You have no map to help you - and this game could've used one (a 'jump' map would not have been amiss).
No journal. This could go into either good or bad depending on your personal playstyle. If you're used to keeping notes from Nancy Drew or similar games, you'll do fine - if you aren't: well, keep a pad next to you while you play and write down where everything is and what it 'needs'. Might want to make your own map, too.
THE UGLY: The aforementioned issues with the 'bonus game'. It just wasn't up to the high standard the main game set.
BOTTOM LINE: If you can get this on a CE sale, I'd say it's worth it. You won't go wrong getting the SE either though.
March 10, 2014
What a joy to play!
I am not a hidden object fan. While this game had them, it was not one of those junk piles that make me go blind. The puzzles were fun and not too hard. I had to skip a few "slidey" puzzles.
The story line is well done. At the end of the regular game, there was a "loose end" that is resolved in the bonus game.
As soon as I get through typing this review, I am getting another Mystery Tracker game. :)
March 4, 2014