Mystery Trackers: The Four Aces
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
Good game, but too easy in places
I enjoy Mystery Trackers games, because they're mysterious and adventurous, but not too dark or grim. :)
Like the other Mystery Trackers games I've played, this was very well executed, with excellent backgrounds and what I think are called 'cut scenes' - you know, the little animated scenes that move the plot along.
The plot was good, and made sense within its own framework of reality. :) Hidden object scenes are nicely broken up with other puzzles and mini-games, so they do not become monotonous. :)
And, as usual with a Mystery Trackers game, it took me several evenings to complete - so you get a fair bit of game for your money. :)
However, there is one prominent nit that I feel I must pick: in places, achieving the objectives set was just too darned easy!! And it seemed to me that these instances got more frequent as the game progressed.
I know that not all games have to be majorly challenging - but for me, this didn't give the level of challenge that I've come to expect from a Mystery Trackers game. :(
That said, it was still, overall, a fun game. And some of it WAS challenging. I'd still recommend it. :) I just hope that the next one they make will more fully live up to the excellent standards that they have previously set. :)
January 29, 2013
I enjoy playing Mystery Trackers and the little helper (Elf the dog) is a cute plus to the game.
Overall I liked the story and the challenge of the game, though the story it in many ways reminds a bit of the Raincliff story.
I found that if you set your challenge level high enough, you will be challenged for a long time making the game time worth the prize of the game.
At the end of the game, though, it seemed that the game developers was in a hurry to make an ending for the game and more or less just keeps you moving back and forth between three or four previous locations to get more items to solve the next puzzle(s), where as at the beginning of the game, you get your inventory filled up very fast and more locations open up.
Because of the similarity to Raincliff, the navigation through the last stages and the fact that this is the third game of Mystery Trackers in a row that takes place in a snowstorm, I can only give this game 4 out of 5 stars.
January 8, 2013
Some of the puzzles were different than the ones we've seen again and again and again. HOS were quite easy. Not a difficult game but still quite fun.
December 1, 2012
This review is based on high hopes, an immediate buy when I saw the SE version available and 3 hours of game play.
I thought my weekend was made when I saw the SE version come up yesterday and full of excitement started to play last night ... and got more and more bored as longer I played.
Sure, the cut-scenes are wonderful and the graphics are good. But if that's all then I might as well watch a good movie. The game isn't atmosheric at all, it doesn't suck you in where you cant wait to see what happens next. It's totally linear. You need a ladder, and the HO next will provide it. And then the attempt at atmosphere that's just simply stupid. Like a cut-scene interrupts your meanderings where the girl shouts for help from a balcony and throws down a dagger at your feet as she is dragged away. Cut-scene finished and you look down at your feet and go "ohhh, there's something hidden in the snow, hush, whatever could that be? I might just want to investigate perhaps. WOW, who would have thought, it's a dagger" = hellooo!
The hidden object scenes are neat in the way they offer a couple of interactive items, but the rest is just soo old hat, where many other developers have finally already gotten beyond the 5xScissors, etc junk pile setup, this is repeatitive and boring. The puzzles I've come across this far where the only semi highlight, but I wouldn't rave yet on that account either.
So overall a mediocre attempt, specifically with raising such high hopes after the other's in the series. The developer hasn't gone beyond what's been done before #even the actress is the same as in prior games down to the hat she wears#. The worst for me is that there's no vibe, no atmosphere, no tention, just walk there, do the HO, get the item to get you through the next locked door, etc - disappointing.
If you've enjoyed the other games in this series and are keen, make sure to do the trial first before you get excited and dish out good money. I wished I'd have done that and then waited for a Daily Deal on this one.
November 10, 2012
not the "best" Mystery Tracker
disappointed in the length, played the trial version and thought it would be a good game to use as my "free game" get. I was surprised when it just sort of ended! It was not as good as the previous Mystery Tracker Games, sort of disjointed, not all that lenghty and story line was just fair. I do like the little dog as helper, and being able to jump from one scene to another without endless backtracking is a BIG plus. I normally love Elephant games so this was a bit of a let down. Not a bad pick for the "free game" glad I didn't waste the money to purchase. It was OK, but these days OK is hardly a glowing review.
November 13, 2012
why all the evil?
Been a HOG fan for nearly 2 years now and the pattern continues. Except for the "Love Story" games, every single one has evil, dark, spiritually deadly story lines with ghoulish and black hearted antagonists. I get the "Mystery" angle, but game creators must worship at the altar of Stephen King. Skipping all the story lines to get to the games and puzzles is an option, but it sure takes away from the price paid to own the game.
December 30, 2012
Not bad, but quickly finished.
Visually it's good, sound is adequate but not brilliant. Main problem is that it only took 2.5 hours to finish. Probably not worth spending a credit on.
November 22, 2012
I LOVE elephant games but this one failed a little for me. I usually love this series but the last two have just had the worst storylines. Detective games should be scary and keep you on edge the entire time. This one did not have me on edge. I played on advanced mode. I am sooo thankful I didn't buy the CE as this game only took me 3 hours roughly to complete. I did skip a few mini games but even if I had played them I would have been at 3.5 hours...
The live actors were nice and so were the voiceovers. I would have liked some better character development. The evil guy wasn't really that scary and his intentions weren't really that clear except for him wanting to be beastman. This left a lot of questions. Maybe the bonus chapter summed it up but his plan definitely didn't scare me or make me care about saving the town.
The mini games were unique. The hidden object scenes were lovely as elephant games usually are. I would have like an option to lock the inventory so it didn't keep going down. I really like games that have that function. I would really like a mystery trackers game that was out of the snow...and didn't have weird cloaked guys running around. Im starting to feel like I am just continually playing the same game...same bad guys...Id love a REAL LIFE mystery, something truly scary, evil and that could happen...I just feel like this story line was played out and the game didn't really develop the characters enough for me to care who I was saving or what I was doing...
I did like the helper though...fire lizard and elf.
February 5, 2013
Really wanted to like it, but....
I bought this one because I have really enjoyed all the other Mystery Trackers games. But this one really fell short. I played on expert, which I like to do because it takes longer to finish and you have to use your brain more. But in this game, the expert level actually SKIPS some puzzles! At least twice I saw a device that I know I should do something with, but when I clicked on it nothing happened. I checked the strategy guide, and Yep! they were puzzles that I wasn't allowed to do on Expert! And it just wasn't a fun game. Either what you needed to do next was so pitifully easy, or completely illogical. If you want a good Mystery Trackers game, Raincliff is my favorite.
December 15, 2012