Mystery Trackers: Black Isle
This game was really fun, and never got old or repetitive. Although, at times, I found myself backtracking across half the map to complete one tiny puzzle that would give me an object to help me... travel back to where I came from to do exactly the same thing.
Overall, this is a fun game with a little bit of thought involved.
October 13, 2012
Owling good time
Worth the money for a lot of game play
May 10, 2012
Loved the sound effects
The sounds effects are reallty good - the storm sounded right overhead. The graphics are good also. Some of the hidden objects are a little hard to find ( not too bad). I had to skip some of the puzzles. The main thing I don't like about this game is it jumps around from place to place too much!
April 11, 2012
from the begin of the game story was fine and get in the middle of the game starting become a bit bored and silly
April 18, 2012
Good story and look, irritated by the back tracking
I enjoyed the plot and the look of the game. I didn't like how I had to keep going back and forth between locations to get the items I needed to proceed with the game. I was also irritated with having to use some items in inventory to complete the HOG. If you don't have that item, you can't finish the HOG. It is not always intuitive regarding what you need. It was interesting to see how the developers incorporated video into the game so that the people and animals that you interacted with were real rather than drawn.
December 1, 2013
Plan a visit to Black Isle!
What a thoroughly entertaining game! Played it all in about 3 days! Great scenery and well-drawn HOS's! Plenty of cute and original mini-puzzles. Seems like there are a lot of things to find, but you use some in the HOP. The map is good for getting around, layout is easy to figure out.
It is a well written and well developed story, although like other commenters here, ends a little abruptly. Elf, your companion is also cute and helpful! If you are after a game that gets you thinking and makes you use logic, this is one for your collection. I will play it again and deighfully enjoy the visit back to Black Isle!
November 4, 2013
Phantom of the Opera meets X-Men
Not a perfect game, but pretty good. The resolution could have been better, especially in the HOS. I did enjoy using items from my inventory with items in the HOS.
The little dog was cute, but wasn't always used to the best effect.
There is too much backtracking, especially just to pick up one item, in the last third or so of the game. Not only does it waste time, it gets boring have to search through the same area over and over. I prefer to do what I have to do and move on, unless there is some valid reason that I have to return.
I had to use the hints a lot toward, as well, mainly because I'd forgotten where things were. It wasn't so much that I didn't know what to do as that I couldn't remember where it was.
As with all of these games, there are some actions that are just added as padding; these become a little too frequent toward the end, as well. There are several points earlier on when a necessary action cannot take place for 15 minutes or more as you run away finding one thing at a time -- the theatre would have burned to the ground by that point.
But overall, the game kept my interest.
June 29, 2013
WITH ELF'S HELP ........
A really good-looking game with an interesting storyline and excellent puzzles. There is a lot of running around, but the hint button and map take the frustration factor out of the searches. Just pleasant time spent playing this better-than-average game.
May 20, 2013
I felt like a beginner
I've consider myself an intermediate player, but with this game felt like a beginner.
Graphics and cut scenes were well done, but had more trouble than usual finding HO's. Used hint more than normal.
Story line was well done, but became lost on what to do next on many occasions.
Did like the little dog.
Would liked to have given this a 3 and 1/2.
April 4, 2012
Just not up to par...
Elephant Games are one of my favorite developers but this game is lackluster at best which is sad because Raincliff is one of my all time favorite games. The best way to describe this game is "Sloppy". I've never played an Elephant game that had sparkles in advanced mode for hidden object scenes. Usually Elephant Games gives a really stellar performance and its almost as if this game was tossed together using old scenes from raincliff and not putting much thought into it at all. I thought the game itself though was fun as it kept my attention and was just long enough to hook me but not too long like their game surface which bored me to death halfway through. So Im kind of torn reviewing this because although I do like it and think it had lots of potential, I think Elephant games fell short with this one. I've seen what they can do as a developer and this is a mediocre offering at best which is sad because the rest of the games in this series are amazing. This offering reminds me of something ERS would do which is throw together some junk, make the atmosphere pretty and call it a masterpiece but what companies like this don't realize is we as consumers KNOW what our favorite developers can do based on previous offerings and this Elephant Games is not a true reflection of who I value you to be and that is why I no longer buy ERS games so hopefully we will get some more awesome awe inspiring games from you that are not just beautiful but have great storylines and are not simply thrown together to make a profit. Cheers.
I recommend this game because its not a bad game, its just not where the 3rd installment of this game should be developmentally wise.
April 25, 2012