Mystery Trackers: The Four Aces
If not the CE you have to get the SE version - great fun game.
*All my reviews (bar one TM) is on finished gameplay - here it was the CE*
Plot was 100% tied up in this SE version, bonus chapter was a bonus plot (more info at bottom.) As usual with Elephant you don?t have to worry about this or that you need to play the CE game to understand the next story. If they started doing that I wouldn?t recommend their games! I put my finished CE reviews in SE area as that information can be hard to find and it?s the most vital piece of information I look for in reviews (as often I?m a SE player.) Since Raincliff you don?t get any extras in the SE version, just in case you were hoping.
Another great game from elephant (and big fish was in the credits as well as often they are) and I think the best of the four mystery trackers (this is more like raincliff purely because of the snow. Games in order it?s the void, ranicliff, black aisle)
Usually developers gives you the best in the demo and by the time the end comes, it?s not as good. Elephant are very unusual as I find it gets even better as it goes along. The quality never wavers, gives you a good amount of new areas and holds my easily bored attention throughout. While I lOVED their extras in the CE I do think about if it would hold my attention without all that, and here it would.
The usual elephant signature of never repeating HOS, no random click penalty, great cutscenes, transporter map (in later games) with tips in it, a lot of adventure and not that many HOS makes them my favourite DEV along with their graphics. The hint button is their usual mini guide which makes it great for SE players.
Here you have a choice of four modes to play ? added detective one which is the same as the 3rd but mouse icon doesn?t change if you get to an interactive area. You can change hardness during play. There is the usual live actors and I?d say apart from 2 scenes the lip synch was OK (mostly didn?t speak!) Your dog is back to help!
Ratio you can see is a lot of adventure and not so much HOS or puzzles but a lot of interactions, which is my personal preference as I love the adventure side.
-Lot of adventure
-Only play a HOS once (other devs are lazy when they repeat and pad their games out by repeating them)
-Black bar tips on hardest mode
-Puzzles were mostly easy and mostly not that original or got a twist on them compared to their other games
-HOS in some of their other games are more crystal clear and sharp
-Although better than some other games, still need to work on lip synch with live actors
-I wish it was more like surface where you never went back to old areas
Mostly easy, some medium hardness (3 out of 5 for hardness) I enjoyed the move the ball down the path but that was made so easy by limited choice of arrows to use. The suitcase/flag is one of my favourites.
No random click penalty on any mode, all list, interactive ? had some mini games in them, never repeat. While I found them well defined they weren?t as crystal clear and sharp as in some of their other games. Also there is light in some of them making it hard to see some as well as some very small items. I gave the graphics 5/5 for the amazing cutscenes and other scenes but the HOS is more a 3/5.
TIME ? 6 hrs (no skipping, no hints but did switch a few times from detective mode to get hints on map) This is a harder mode than I usually play (no hints or skips) so my time may be slighter longer.
Slight spoiler ?
#At the end of the bonus chapter in the CE version there is a literal 3 second scene with someone in it, that might be indicated that you will see them in another game but if you do there was no plot you were missing out on or anything like that.
November 9, 2012
ELEPHANT GAMES HAS SCORED AGAIN!
The Mystery Trackers series always are a buy for me ? they never disappoint. A most unusual storyline that keeps your interest ? glimpses of a damsel in distress and an evil villain. And let?s not forget your faithful helpful companion Elf who fears nothing and can get into a lot of places you can?t. Lots to see and do in your investigation ? your map keeps you on track to visiting only pertinent locations. Exceptional, highly-polished gameplay with beautifully drawn environments. Right amount of challenging play.
Good mix of HOS and puzzles/mini-games. HOS are somewhat crowded, but are aesthetically pleasing. The objects included in the HOS actually make sense in the story. Wide variety of puzzles and mini-games with varying degrees of difficulty. [Speaking of difficulty, you get your choice of 4 modes, from casual to hard-core difficulty.] Wonderful live acting and voice acting. All Pros and no Cons for this game.
November 9, 2012
Based on the trial, this game gets 5 stars from me!
The story is fun, the graphics are crisp and beautiful, the HOSs go above and beyond with interactive parts! The puzzles are clever and fun to do.
No only is there a map that zaps you where you want to go but the hint button is a handsome top hat-wearing toad that makes suggestions - very elegant, plus a little dog companion who can get in and out of tight places.
The developers of Mystery Trackers continue to "hit it out of the park!"
November 9, 2012
Love, love love it!!!
I did not see one thing wrong in buying this game. Love the demo. Fantastic storyline, HO scenes, music and just have to love the dog that helps you.
November 9, 2012
Fun to play
I played this game with my daughter and we really enjoyed it. We loved deciding what steps to take next and finding important clues. Played the free trial and didnt feel it was too dark like some of the other games.
November 24, 2012
If I could give this game 10 stars I would....
I had to force myself to stop playing the game (I bought this, SE version) just long enough to RAVE how GREAT this is.
It will now be on the TOP of my FAVORITES OF ALL TIMES list... a winner in EVERY respect. It just continues to get better and better versus the usual trend to diminish or get redundant after Demo [thus I typically can't even finish many games; I get bored ~ NOT with this one]. Yay~!! No offensive creep or evil [occult] .. yet it maintains very suspenseful and scary with a twist of humor thrown in.... a GREAT MIX!
SUPER HUGE KUDOS TO TALENTED DEV AND BFG ON THIS ONE!
I hope there will be more from Elephant games with the same qualities as this game; well, that's all.... now back to the game :}
November 12, 2012
good great fun
good long fun. Most of the puzzles are easy. The HOS are different in some areas where you have to find part to complete the item.
Have to find coins for the dog. Have to find hidden creatures which are easy to fine. Just a good fun game.
Cons. having to go all over the place to use items. Map helps and hint button works fast and good.
May 5, 2013
This Series Rocks
I don't give many 5 stars but this one deserved it.
HO's were interactive and not too many of them
Mini games were ok, not my thing
Hint tells you what to do
Map is interactive and not confusing, all maps should be this way
You can depend on Elephant Games to do a great job.
November 16, 2012
Best in 'Mystery Trackers' series so far!
I have played the previous three games in this series and in my opinion they get better each time. This one is definitely the best so far. Bringing back Elf the dog was inspired and makes gameplay even more enjoyable. I am pleased too that in this game the inventory items are named when your mouse hovers over them - in previous games some of these items have been a little unrecognisable and have left me puzzled as to what they are and where they fit in. The videos are good, as are the graphics. Puzzles are fun and not too frustrating or impossible. I also like the introduction of the map, showing areas where objectives have to be met - Mr Toad approves as well as he is 'resting' much more in this game than in the others as I don't need his help anywhere near as much. This is definitely my type of game, and I will certainly be buying any more in this series or any other games of this quality and nature. I am also pleased it is wide screen and fills my laptop screen, unlike most other games. I love it!
January 31, 2013
hidden object game
I absolutely loved this game., I am not surprised as I have enjoyed everyone of the Mystery Tracker Games and anything put out by Elephant Games is always the best.
It was made fairly easy because of the hint system the one thing that fooled my was getting to the heli-pad but I managed to figure it out.
The graphics were great as usual, can't say anything about the music as I don't listen to it.
the hog's were fairly easy and I enjoyed the little puzzles that you had to do to find things.
I found some of the puzzles could have been better explained but then I am 75 years old and I am not very good at puzzles. Loved the little dog it made me want to go out and buy one.
December 29, 2012