Mystery Trackers: Silent Hollow Collector's Edition
So dern close to fabulous......
Played full game in hard mode.
Very good story, great graphics and pro voice overs. You do get what you pay for here. Nice long game, awesome bonus chapter and...(drum roll).. a bonus secret room! Good clear HOGs and from time to time you had to work on what the next step was during game play. The only drawback for me personally is that the puzzles are super easy. I wish when you hit "hard" mode they would not only remove sparkles and hints but also make the puzzles more difficult. That way people of many levels could play the same game. Really do like the game. I think you will too, give it a try.
August 13, 2013
An Intricate Game
Mystery Trackers is back with a tale that takes you to their headquarters. As always with Elephant games you get:
Long playing time
Really beautiful graphics
Strategy guide (which I used several times)
Collectable animal critters
Good mix of HO'S and puzzles
The one sort of con for me was the storyline - a bit of a yawn there.
I liked the 2 bonus games, all though not necessary to end the main story.
I think the CE is worth it for this game. Lots of extras
August 1, 2013
Not What I Was Waiting For
There are often so many five star ratings on games on this site, but I usually select the "Lowest Ratings" first to try to get an accurate view of the game.
I'm a huge fan of this series. I LOVED Raincliff. Black Isle was great as well. I was waiting for another great game in this series, but this one definitely failed to deliver.
The visuals are merely ok. I found at some points that the visuals had actually gotten a bit worse than previous instalments in the series.
Some people may not like music in a game, but I like the consistency of music in Raincliff the best. Silent Hollow offers nearly NO music whatsoever throughout the vast majority of the game. A huge disappointment.
I found the map wasn't accurate in same details. At one point, I was stuck and the map suggested I still had something to do in a certain area; however, there was actually nothing to do in that area (as I later found out).
The biggest disappointment was the storyline. Now, I've really enjoyed the first three instalments. The fourth as a bit weak since it somewhat mimicked Raincliff, in my humble opinion. Silent Hollow is a very weak sequel. I did not enjoy the storyline at all. The voice acting is usually a bit off in these games, but I found it to be the worst overall in this instalment. The story of supernatural powers bestowed upon the Mystery Trackers Order was weak, unoriginal, and boring. What's worse, I didn't feel it was honest to what the series has become.
Overall, I was very disappointed with this sequel. If you can get it on a discount, I suggest to buy it at that time if you're a fan of the series.
I sincerely hope that Elephant Games does not make this a habit with this remarkable series. It had so much potential and I have so much respect for this developer. They had a huge MISS with this one. Sorry guys, but it's true!
Unfortunately, I can't recommend this game. But I would STRONGLY recommend Raincliff or Black Isle.
August 2, 2013
Pyrotechnics; Cyrogenics; Cutesy Dogs...give me a break!
I gave 5 stars to a game this week. First time in years. When I saw a new Mystery Trackers was out I thought I'd be doing two in a week. I couldn't get it above three. I'm quite disappointed; I was hoping this series could maintain its edge, as MCF as. It was presented a great serious but has opted for some of the features other games have brought in to be different and frankly I haven't been buying those. I bought this and am half way through and it's all I can take tonight. Normally, I'd play past bedtime when a new great game, but not this one. Specifics: in addition to not wanting to dress my animals or provide them with a beautiful home, I don't want to dress up my screen. I just used some of the ducats to buy some things I had no idea what they were. They decorated the inventory bar! If I wanted that kind of game, I'd be playing in another genre. If it's a tiny part of the game, find but really this is too much. And if anything is tough to do, you just send in old Elf. Or, in this game, you just roll up your sleeves and set flame to it, or freeze it. It was more fun when I had to jerry-rig something in order to overcome an obstacle. Storyline is chaotic. So far with a couple of hours played, I'm just gathering talents like fire and hypnosis and freezing things. I solve puzzles to gain access to rooms (that's good) and then get these ridiculous masks trying to get me but I'm not allowed to zap them. (Not good sportsmanship! Are you kidding!) Terribly disappointed. This is a tiresome game. Very unlikely I'll replay until maybe a year's past and I've forgotten how little fun I had playing it. Developers....please go back to the beginning. Collectibles that were hard to find or morphing objects. Not collectibles that parade in front of you. Get serious.....we could collect the trash too maybe?
July 19, 2013
elf is up to mischief again!
These games are good and I have others in the series, however I think in my mind this seemed to suffer more with using 'real actors' within the game-play then others in the series. I felt it was perhaps and is a backwards step as it didn't allow the game to 'flow' properly, other games that I have played that are just computer graphics are more inclusive of the overall game play, these live action characters just seem to give the overall game a 'dodgy' early 90's feel (remember phantasmagoria!), The other thing with these type of live action is that they will be on a cycle of doing the same thing over and over in a particular scene (Jason in 'The good Shepherd' for instance where near the start of the game all he is doing is washing the same glass over and over, and if you watch carefully you can see when the clip ends and restarts, this happened in other games and was also one of my bug-bears in others.
Sorry rant for now over.
The game-play itself is good as usual from this series, this series (bar the above), can never get boring as there game developers can always create new crimes for the 'mystery trackers', and they have had diverse crimes thus far from helping 'celebrities' to this latest one of finding a missing woman.
If you have played others in the series then this game is pretty much set-out the same way in that you have 'elf' your ever faithful canine partner, the map where you can see what needs to be done and where, and also the task icon to indicate what current tasks need to be completed.
With regards to the main character you can gain several 'abilities' such as 'fire-starting' (always useful), which will be needed throughout the game, this again added to the game and made you think as to where you could use them in order to move the story along.
The HO scenes are intuitive as you have to use inventory items to help with HO scenes (this is an 'elephant special'), so this adds another dimension in that you have to think about what it is that needs to be done, and think it through logically.
The story-line is strong and the voice sync/actors I have already 'touched' upon. The music is ok and comes more in 'waves' then continuous music.
One final 'bug-bear' and this has been mentioned by others, is that if you did get the SO edition, then the 'collectables' (such as owls), would still be 'on-screen' as it were, this to me is a bit 'lazy' of the producers in that it didn't remove these for the SE version, especially when people may have not for whatever reason wanted the CE version and this 'constant' reminder throughout the game is not particularly fair.
Overall based on the free hour and the fact that there is an '2for1' offer this weekend then I will probably purchase this game as I do like the storyline and the intuitive way of using various
July 21, 2013
Gaming World's Worst Actors in Otherwise Okay Game
When Mystery Trackers developers cast actors, they must run ads that say, "No acting skills required or wanted." Either that or they hire their dumbest relatives. Characters simply wait around or sleep until the player arrives (like they had no other real purpose in life like doing the job they are supposed to have). I know it's a game, but please try to make it a little more real in order to suspend disbelief. Characters have that goofy expression of "I'm really not an actor but know this is stupid so I'm in on the joke." Other than that, the games are entertaining, although a little too easy.
July 19, 2013
I have played and enjoyed the other Mystery Trackers games but sadly right from the start this one was lacking. The story was silly and the fun factor was low. I'm so over all the spooky supposedly scary games out lately. They're not scary they are just annoying & repetitive. I wish they would make something a little less "ghost" like and have a real story behind them. Just my opinion :-)
August 24, 2013
I see such high marks for the game..And I thought this was by far the worst of the series! The acting is soo atrocious that I turned off the acting sound as to see that I could've gotten up there.. The games and mini games were incredibly easy finished most in less than 10min per.. The HOS scenes were about the most enjoyable parts as well as the added scene..But I had to finish the whole game just to get to that..the added room the detailed Profile pics didn't have names of the people you found, and it was a repeat of the stuff you had just finished in the main game.. I usually just replay the game for that..Overall not worth it:(
August 16, 2013
Not as good as other Mystery Trackers
This one just didn't do much for me. I loved the others. The immersive atmosphere is missing. It was a good game, with good graphics and puzzles that were mostly fun and not too taxing, but not a great game. I wasn't impressed with the bonus content and I did not care for the coins and shopping, which had nothing to do with the game, nor did I like the special powers. Maybe I've just had too much of the magical stuff and glittery objects.
August 5, 2013
Have I Lost It or What
I went over all the 5 star ratings and thought I must be losing it.
Except for the totally adorable dog there was nothing I liked.
I had no trouble deleting it.The map was no help,I had to go to the strategy guide a number of times and the HOS's drove me nuts.
I'm happy for all you 5 star raters but I totally agree with the comments from the only other 2 star rater.
The one scene where I had to reconstruct faces and listen to a bio of all the characters was just plain time wasting and gave me no indication of how the entire game would play out.If the free trial had let me play the full hour I might have given a different review and actually bought the game.But I'm not willing to waste time or money on what was given me to play in the trial run
July 19, 2013