Mystery Trackers: Black Isle
Typical but Entertaining
Pros: Spooky atmosphere, decent puzzles, some non-typical HO gameplay (using inventory items during HO puzzles)
Cons: Cheesy videos, audio dubs are horrendous, storyline pretty thin
March 18, 2013
Could not finish this game. It became tedious and boring. I had inventory items I could not use and items that were needed, could not find. The HOs were good but too many puzzles for my taste. The storyline re: paranormal abilities I enjoyed because it's always been of interest to me but it dragged on. The VOs and use of live actors were great. Too much jumping from scene to scene. Just glad I did not purchase the CE, if there is one.
June 20, 2012
Not bad but without originality
One thing about this game I appreciated is the fact that all the HOs are not, on the whole, ludicrously tiny; some are even quite big and hence easy to find, others are best located by the Hints.
That said, all the HO Scenes are junkpiles, filled once more with objects that bear no relation with the context... a fork here, a harmonica there, and in between a spring, a spoon ... just name it.
The good thing is that there are not too many of these boring HO Scenes, a larger part being dedicated to finding key items and visiting locales.
Still, there is no originality in the nature of these key items: oilcan, bulb, ladle, keys...and naturally... skulls. I think one of these days I am going to play ONE game and save all the objects for all subsequent games since they all make you find the same thinggies !
Not that many puzzles either and those you have to solve 1] are rather simple, 2] do not require logic, just guessing and the error and trial method.
The artwork is good, neatly crafted, colorful and pleasant, the voice-acting decent although out of sync, tasks are listed, and navigation is made easy thanks to a map which allows you to teleport.
However you visit the same locations several times and that's a definite lack of variety. As regards the story, nothing new under the sun: a malevolent creature, a kidnapping... we've had that dozens of times.
I'll recommend this game because it is easy if not very interesting and only mildly challenging, and can be enjoyed by gamers who are new to casual games.
April 1, 2012
An o.k. game
Not as good as the other games in this series, too much back and forth for me. Story was decent but maybe should have waited for the regular edition?
April 22, 2012
Like to Hike?
The very interesting HOG art drawn from unusual perspectives is the only thing about "Mystery Trackers: The Black Isle" that stands out for me. The game suffers from an excessive amount of trekking back and forth, a clumsy map, too many puzzles, and a boring, hackneyed plot.
It does have many of the elements that have made this developer a favorite with fishies, though, so I am recommending it in spite of its deficiencies.
May 16, 2013
Not my favorite Mystery Trackers game
I played Raincliff which I love and The Void which was pretty cool but this was by far the only Mystery Trackers game which I really dislike. I felt the visuals and drawings had low resolution and the voice-over in junction to the videos were awful. The puzzles were ok but the clues and mini quests seemed really illogical at times, and during numerous times. I was also pretty tired of running back and forth from the island to the city. I prefer games where I advance to new areas.
May 9, 2012
Not what I expected
This was listed as a hidden object game, but there wasn't much of that in here. It was about solving a puzzle that only the creator's knew what was going on. I've done these before but never felt as confused (like watching a nonsensical movie) and disappointed with a game before. The graphics were wonderful as was the visual/sound quality but had no idea why I would need to pick up certain items. Their meaning had nothing to do with the story, except, like I said, in the minds of it's creators.
March 12, 2013
Incessant rain on a blue background makes for a gloomy picture
The latest in the Mystery Trackers series from Elephant Games is a gloomy game; the artwork is all dark blue & it rains incessantly, in addition the graphics were not as crisp as I like.
There are 3 modes, casual with 45 second hint recharge & sparkles absolutely everywhere, advanced with 60 second hint & sparkles to mark the H0s. The hardcore has no hints & although it says no sparkles they are used for the H0s. You might notice a lot of owls around the place but they are only used in the collector?s edition as an extra in game task.
Live actors are used in the transition scenes, the music is very subtle & the background sounds are good. There is a map & if you click on it you will get a closer view of various areas & can use it to jump from scene to scene, it is not the easiest map to use & could have been much better. The hint button will tell you what to do next if you get stuck & make sure you examine all of the scenes well as there are a lot of well hidden inventory items.
The H0s are pretty much junk piles & also rather blurred, you will use some of your inventory items on some of the interactive hidden objects. This is quite a recent development & I like it as it makes them more interesting.
The mini puzzles were fun to play, a mix of the usual sliders, matching items, etc. & most of them were easy to solve.
This review is on the demo only as due to the bad graphics I will not be purchasing.
April 1, 2012
horrible HOG ,
I did not even finish the demo before I quit it.... what happen to just HOG games... now if there is not a story behind it nobody wants it and it has to be a dark one at all that,,,, can they make more HOG that are not dark,,, just fun... no black magic... and this going back and forth just to get to the HOG , this game should be put on the strategy games not on Hidden object.... yeah music is ok , graphics excellent but still this should be on the Strategy category.... there is not even enough of the HOG... enough said..
April 3, 2012
Get the collector's editon
I really hate the strategy guides because you have to quit the game and open the SG, back and forth. I play a LOT of HO games but this one is very tough without help. I would recommend spending the extra credit to get the collecor's edition just to simplify the game some. I would definately avoid purchasing any other way since it's easier with a built in guide. I promise you will need to look!
June 1, 2012