Mystery Trackers: Four Aces Collector's Edition
Thinking of buying this one
Cool graphics. I like all the weird animals. I got through the demo to quickly though.
October 21, 2012
Nice quick Mystery
I finished this game in 3 hours. Was good fun, interesting story line and the puzzles were challenging and not too difficult. HOS were pretty easy and did not offer a challenge.
Nice afternoon fun
October 15, 2012
elephant games know their..game!
i've followed all mystery trackers up to this game (the fourth, i think, of the series) and i really enjoy them. this one lacked the achievements, but had a different entry: gathering all weird animals.
the audio/visual effects are top notch!
February 25, 2014
Better Than Expected
Big Fish kept recommending this game to me because of previous purchases, but I kept ignoring the recommendation because of some of the reviews. I finally gave in and bought it because, after all, it's an Elephant game. It was much better than I expected and I had a lot of fun with it. I bought the CE (during a sale) but I'm still convinced CE's aren't worth the extra price. You should get double the game play when you pay twice as much, but so far the bonus chapter has always been much shorter. I know some people really like the collectors' items and morphing items but they don't do that much for me. All in all, a very good game, but not great. I know Elephant can do much better and I look forward to the next game that blows me away.
October 10, 2013
Another great game -- with Elf!
Love the little dog more than ever, and the fire salamander was a nice additional touch.
The interactive map is, again, fabulous. You can teleport to any place on the map, the places where you need to do something are highlighted, and they are labeled, so you can go where you need to without having to remember all of the intervening steps.
I usually know what I need to do with an object, but can't remember where to do it -- the interactive map resolves that problem.
Graphics a bit grainy, but nothing to complain about. HOSs the usual junk piles, but clear and distinct, and in most cases, it's appropriate junk.
Puzzles either appallingly easy or tedious -- just keep moving the pieces around until they are in the right order. I skipped most of them once I figured out the pattern, as I couldn't be bothered. If I'm going to spend time on a puzzle, I want it to be something that challenges me.
The identity of the "beast" was obvious from the beginning, but since it is revealed about 1/3 of the way in, that's not too annoying.
Loses that final star because, once again, the final quarter is nothing but back-and-forth to pick up a single item, use it, then pick up another one, alternating with HOSs. The story just stops, as you race around between locations.
July 6, 2013
a modern "Beauty and the Beast"
Unfortunately, I never liked that story as much as others did.
This one is no different.
However others will enjoy it when you consider the graphics and voiceover.
April 23, 2013
Provided Hours of Entertainment
The environment was very good and the cut scenes added to the game without turning it into large file software. The map made it easy for me to find out where to go next (I hate having to search back over every scene I've already traversed). The mini games were a bit too easy for my taste. My only real complaint was that there was no real added value for me in purchasing the collectors edition - the bonus games were the same mini games I'd already seen in the adventure I'd just completed, and I could care less about wallpaper, music and videos......I just want to play games! I own the others in the series and I'm looking forward for more titles.
November 29, 2012
Excellent game shame about the acting
This game was on par with others in the series. I played the CE version that unusually this was an ?extra? as the standard game finished of the story quite comprehensively (which I have found to be rare in games that have both SE and CE editions. The bonus game takes you on a new challenge completely independent of the main challenge (though you are playing in the same town so there is some references to the ?main game?. If however you have just bought the SE version you are not penalised from a gaming point of view.
The VO is good, but the ?live? character acting in my opinion was very poor, whilst the concept is a good idea it just seemed to be a tad stilted in this game, and didn?t seem to ?flow? very easily. Having played others in the series, this was only where I felt that it was ?stilted acting?. Other games didn?t use as many ?live actors? and maybe the games were better because of this. It seemed to me to really notice in this as the ?main character? (the ?ACE?) was in my opinion very stilted.
On the plus side the mini-games were good, and challenging, though I did ?by-pass? two, one because whilst I could understand the concept of the game, I totally lacked the patience, and the other because I didn?t understand the concept of the game.
The gameplay and storyline was logical and proceeded in an orderly manner. There was an ?interactive map? which was not only useful to be able to ?jump? to locations but it also showed what areas there were tasks to complete (some may regards this as cheating, but I thought it helped with the flow of the game as it meant you didn?t wonder aimlessly wondering what you should be doing next).
Overall this was a fun game and a worthwhile addition to the series, for the reviewer who said there should be ?slider control? for the snow and rain, I agree to extent as I can imagine it would slow down and older system, however in context of these game (and it always seems to be snowing/raining etc.) it adds to the atmosphere of the overall game (a sort of 90?s noir feeling).
October 30, 2012
Like the series
I like the mystery tracker series.. the storyline is better than black isle, but is not as good as the void or raincliff..
However, there are some interesting side features such as the upgrades for the pet (Elf), simple codes for collecting tokens, collecting morphing animals...
the puzzles are not too tough, HOs are interesting too...
The CE bonus game has an incomplete ending, but may be the prologue of the next game in the series..?
For those who had not tried this series, you may prefer the
October 13, 2012
Loved all the Mystery Trackers games until this one
I was so excited to see a new Mystery Trackers game and immediately played the free trial. Although I wasn't greatly impressed with the trial I thought the game would improve since all the previous ones were so terrific, but after purchasing it I was rather disappointed. I've really enjoyed the morphing component in previous games, but these were really, really easy to find so there wasn't much challenge there. The mini-games and puzzles were fun and some of the special things you had to do in the hidden object scenes were new and different which was a plus. I really didn't like the overly dramatic voice-over reading the news and informational scenes and soon turned the volume off. The visuals were terrific although I noticed some strong similarities between some of the scenes in this game as were in Raincliff. My biggest disappointment was the length of the game as I got through it in about 3 hours. Since I didn't find it all that challenging I probably won't be replaying it several times as I did with Raincliff, The Void, and Black Isle. All in all I should have waited for the regular game rather than spring for the Collector's Edition. The bonus chapter was enjoyable, but unchallenging. I never used the Strategy Guide once and I'm not into the wallpapers, etc. so the regular game would have been a better choice for me. I don't feel I got my money's worth for the CE. All in all it was an okay game, but uninspired.
October 13, 2012