The Missing: A Search and Rescue Mystery
Excellent HOPA, provides great enjoyment.
I bought this game abril/11, and today I played again ... and had a great time again!
Very good plot: you'll help to find 4students and a teacher disappeared on a mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean.
Do not skip the cutscenes... unbelievably well done !!
Excellent graphics, really crisp and colorful, plenty of gorgeous details.
Interesting and varied characters, and you interact with them.
No VO, but sound is very nicely done and involves.
Great environment - so realistic that you feel inside the story!
Amount of HOS well balanced, not too challenging, but entertaining. Mini games are kind of different from usual, very enjoyable but not really challenging.
A game you can play over and over again... always good, never tires.
March 25, 2012
Off the Beaten Tracks, very Immersive
There isn't one single thing I didn't like while playing the demo.
After a great intro movie backed up by a very good music score, I was surprised by the scenery. So clear, so neat, so realistic. I believe they are actual photos. They convey a heavy, mysterious atmosphere very successfully.
A nice change from hand-drawn graphics because photos give you a different overall impression, closer to a FPS than the casual games we are used to.
The HO Scenes are neat enough for you to find the items without difficulty, misclicking entails no penalty and Hints refill fast on the easier of the 2 Modes.
What I saw of the puzzles seemed to me quite interesting with a good level of challenge.
Tasks are not difficult to accomplish, useful items easy to find, there isn't to much bouncing from location to location, you have a map, and the objectives are clearly stated in the journal.
Unfortunately there is no voice-over.
I can guess what the storyline is about and if I am right then it is a bit weird. But that, too, can be easily overlooked because this blend of adventure/HOS is quite interesting with several features that I didn't find in the other games I played [and I play a lot]
Playtime should be long with 9 chapters for the main game plus a Bonus Chapter in the CE.
It seems to me, in view of the little response it has received so far, that this game has been overlooked to the benefit of several -often overrated- latest releases. The Missing deserves a better chance and a good rating. 4.5 stars [rounded up to 5]
December 29, 2011
The missing: One I would miss
On the plus side the graphics are good - clear and sharp. The music is ho-hum as with most games. The story is of a fairly standard run-of-the mill type with some people missing and you are out to save and rescue them with a portion of magic and mystery thrown in. The HOS vary between standard search, find and click from a list with others being silhouettes to search, find and click. In addition you are looking for a set number of a special item (useful in a part of the game). The mini puzzles are varied and some had me heading for the walkthrough (I will never be able to class myself as an expert because of these pesky puzzles!). On the downside I just could not have cared less about the outcome and I did not like the solution used for the released spirit. It is an OK game for a special but I want more from a full pricer.
January 26, 2012
Lovely game to play
The graphics on this offering from Sulus Games are superb & the artwork very beautiful; it is a little dark in places but that is no bar to my enjoyment. The music is an excellent choice and the background noises are splendid.
The H0 scenes are nicely laid out & items can be found with a little perseverance; there is a misclick penalty, your cursor disappears in a puff of smoke but reappears almost immediately. Not all the H0 had lists of items to find, some were silhouettes so there is variety.
You get a journal which holds useful facts, gives an open task list & has a map, unfortunately the map is not interactive as it only shows where you are & what areas are open so you will need to make your way around 'on foot'. Do remember to read the journal as it can give some useful ideas on what to do next.
There were a lot of areas to explore but not a lot to do in each so the game did seem a little short. The hint button recharges in 1 minute & is very useful as if you get stuck it gives a picture of the area you should visit.
There are 56 crystals to collect throughout the game which adds interest when going to a scene as they can appear anywhere #one fell out of the sky#
I did find the custom cursor a little 'sticky' which became tiresome in places, had to click a few times to pick up some items.
January 23, 2012
Interesting story, great weather effects
At its core, this is a pretty standard HOG with average (i.e. easy) difficulty hidden object scenes and puzzles. There are a number of things that make it stand out from the crowd though:
- Interesting story with a genuinely intriguing mystery that unfolds bit by bit through found journal entries. There are also some tense moments when the mysterious monster appears in cut scenes.
- Graphics are pretty decent, but the game features the most satisfying weather effects I've seen in a casual game. In one part of the game, you get to explore a part of the island, and then later go through it again except with the sky dark and stormy which was cool.
I appreciated that when you're done with tasks in a set of locations, some in-game event occurs that makes sense in the story and seals off those locations to save you backtracking.
Game length was pretty short but I was satisfied with it anyway. It didn't FEEL short, it just occurred to me when I was trying to figure out how long I'd spent playing it. :P
April 9, 2012
Sulus Games Has Produced A Winner!
Sulus Games and its capable Producer, Alexey Ushnisky, have come up with a game that is both compelling and graphically great!
You, the rescuer, must fly to a strange and mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean to save a professor and four students from the clutches of something or "someone" very evil!
You must gather 56 power sticks, missing none, and solve many puzzles before you can save the party of five!
I must say that this game held my interest, even though I usually play only large file games. A game such as this one could even get me to play more HOGS!
The 2D-3D graphics were top-notch and the storyline was logical and clear.
Congratulations, Sulus, on a job well done, and KUDOS, BIG FISH GAMES, for giving us this treasure!
October 16, 2012
The Missing: A Search and Rescue Mystery Game is a hidden object adventure game that takes place on a mysterious island. You play the detective given the task of locating a missing group of students and their professor. As you go along, you uncover clues and solve puzzles to help achieve this goal.
I have to say, I really liked the graphics for this game, as they are quite realistic. The storyline is engaging. The music is superb. The game provides you with a notebook to keep track of your objectives and clues, and there is a non-interactive map included to help you find your way around. Even with the map, I did find myself getting lost a time or two. The puzzles were good, not too hard and not too easy. The hidden object scenes would sometimes be a normal list, and sometimes show you outlines of the items you need to find. The game is less-than-average length. This isn't the best game I've ever played, but the nice visual quality, and great sound effects make it worth taking a look at.
December 7, 2011
Unfortunately, I find this game to be routine and unimaginative. There are too many hidden object puzzles and not enough brain teasers. Those that are included are generally easy. It gets credit for mixing in some silhouette hidden object puzzles with the list type, but the silhouettes are often hard to read and don't match exactly with the objects they represent. The music is boring and repetitive, and the storyline is improbable (one of four students on a field trip with their professor suddenly becomes power hungry with delusions of grandeur and tries to take over the world). This is not one of the better games I've played.
May 12, 2012
This game was too easy. Maybe it would be a good starter game, but the only real challenge was figuring out where to go - the navigation in this game left a lot to be desired. There's no indication that you should move the cursor to the right to find a new area to navigate to, for example, in the winter dome-thing. I kept getting frustrated trying to figure out where I was supposed to go next. The HOS scenes are way easy, and the minigames weren't anything new or novel.
This game was just ok.
April 24, 2012
Smooth and Fun!
This game didn't require a strategy guide. The clues weren't difficult to put together and puzzles weren't too outrageous. I loved the story too. Great!
November 12, 2011