Mystery Trackers: Raincliff's Phantoms
He's Behind You!
Return to Raincliff, a town long abandoned, to find a missing journalist whose assignment is to find proof that people are actually living there. What she finds is, well invisible people! Who doesn't love Mystery Trackers? The first thing you will notice when you start this game is quality, pure and simple, quality, every little detail, every cut-scene every hidden object game, quality! Elf is back! That cute little canine detective that can squeeze into the tiniest of spaces and drag out things twice his size. The Collectors Edition has achievements to earn and those weird morphing animals that Mystery Trackers has made famous, and even a frost meter that requires you to find clothing etc. to warm your core temperature. The mini games were surprisingly easy, and the hidden object scenes are interactive list finds which have a small mini game in each one, you might have to push buttons in a certain order for example. The mini games are good, my favorite one was having to turn dials 2L, 2R, 3L and 3R to make all the arrows pull out and light up, if you go the wrong direction the arrow will recede. There are 4 levels of difficulty, Casual, Advanced, Hardcore, and Detective which gives you absolutely no help or hints, no skip feature, not even the cursor will change indicating an active area! Some inventory items will display a + sign indicating that further action may be needed such as placing batteries into a flashlight. You find a video camera that belongs to the journalist and when you play the first tape, a still picture comes out and you need to place that picture exactly where it was taken and that place will contain information that the journalist hid. I bought this game in the Collectors Edition because in my opinion, the extras are well worth the money, an I will say that I'm still thrilled with the game from beginning to ending! I most certainly recommend this game for any level of player, one of my all time favorites, enjoy!
March 14, 2014
RED CARPET WINNER
GENERALLY: If this were a movie, the developers would certainly win an academy award or two. There are four modes - casual (relaxed which is my preference), advanced, hardcore (with absolutely no help) and detective (which has less help than hardcore).
GAMEPLAY: (in casual mode) Elf is back, though I don't know why he sits in the inventory tray instead of off to the side where most helpers sit. He helps in tight places. More adventures than HOS driven, with lots to see and do.
Objectives are specifically given, which I like. HOS are typical. Puzzles are varied and not so difficult that you can't solve them (unless maybe you're a beginner).
Color palette and graphics are outstanding as all the Mystery Tracker games. Map and journal are normal. Flawless gameplay. Carefully crafted environments and nicely-told story.
SUMMARY: I don't think this is my favorite Mystery Trackers, although they all are terrific. Lots of fun and things to do and nonlinear. If you play a lot of HOGs, can't help but love this series
March 14, 2014
I love this series!
This is my favourite one in these series. A lot of fun, storyline is thrilling and amazing and visual quality is great too. This was such a pleasure to play this game! I highly recommended :)
March 15, 2014
as always the mystery trackers games does not disappoint!!!
fantastic game!!!! hint/skip charge fairly fast. good graphics. items can be found in HO scenes. i played casual, low sound. you have been called in to find emilie, another reporter, that has disappeared in raincliff. she started reporting and then nothing. you are chasing the "headless one". he has developed a formula that makes people invisible. even the clothes they wear eventually take on the invisibility trait. if you defy him, he then punishes you. sequel.....sure! there always is one. great series!!!!!!
March 18, 2014
Trial version Review
This is a great game. Good challenge with 4 choices.
The graphics are good. Creates a mysterious chilly atmosphere.
I mute the music.
Hidden objects are easy enough. Puzzles medium challenge level.
Are the bad guys all bad?
I recommend this game.
March 14, 2014
I really liked this
I love a setting in the snow - chills the core and sets the senses on edge. Not sure why this was not as popular as I would imagine. I have loved the entire Raincliff series, they really know how to bamboozle, connections are tricky and not always obvious.
April 18, 2014
another great mystery trackers
I love this series of games. played the demo and new I would get it. this one is one more of there great games. the only frustrating part is I will use a free game most likely and no longer get credits for it, not sure why that change was made and don't like it but still love the games. I do recommend this. great hint that lets you jump to places and a map.
March 14, 2014
The Mystery Trackers series is one of the best, with each game being a very strong entry. I own five other MT games, with two as CE's.
In this episode, you return to the town of Raincliff to investigate the disappearance of TV reporter Emilie White. Ms. White disappeared while investigating the presence of invisible people in the town, hence the "Phantoms" title.
The drawing and design are top notch, the swirling snow very realistic #I can attest to that by looking out my window#. Voice overs are also very believable, and cut scenes #and they pop up frequently# are well done. Even the "phantoms" are believably realistic #I think - I've never actually seen a real phantom #. Music is very subtle but nice.
Playing off the snowy landscape is a unique #as far as I know# wrinkle. On the left of the screen is a thermometer. When the temperature drops, you have to find a morphing object to warm you. However, the objects are just standard items, not necessarily associated with warmth. There is an option to disable this feature.
Another wrinkle is VHS tapes #yes, still using them, my theory on this I'll put in the forum#. Each time you find and view a tape you receive a photo #a old style polaroid, of course#. You have to match the photo to its location in the game to find a secret hiding place and objects.
This game is clearly well thought out and well executed. My only ding would be that the hidden object scenes and even the puzzles are just too easy. You really won't have any trouble finding anything and the puzzles, while cleverly designed, have really simple solutions. Perhaps this changes as you play further but I'll take off 1/2 a star for now.
The CE version has collectible "creatures", achievements, a strategy guide, and a bonus chapter as well as the usual "pseudo-extras" #i.e. wallpapers, etc#. There are four levels of difficulty.
4-1/2 stars, last half star is a Phantom.
March 15, 2014
Gotta Love Those Mystery Trackers
This is posted after playing the entire game.
I have played all the Mystery Tracker games and while this was a good game, it did leave me a bit wanting, especially the ending. It was a shorter game than I remember the others being, but that didn't seem to bother the fun of it. I did enjoy playing and look forward to the next time.
The graphics were excellent and the sound fantastic. The voice overs were very clear and the music, while repetitive wasn't boring and went along with the scenes. Just an amazing job by Elephant once again.
The challenge was not really difficult. The hidden objects were clear and fairly easy to find. The mini games were surprisingly easy which if fine for me, because I don't normally care for them. Don't get me wrong, they weren't push overs, but at least I had the patience to complete them.
You have Alf to assist you along with a fantastic map. You will find that it's help is both necessary and informative. The only disappointment I had was the hint. It refilled quickly, but in the other games, the frog would go through antics while recharging and I would use the hint just to watch him. This time there didn't seem to be any of that, but he helped just the same, telling you where to go and opening a location allowing you to click and go to that place.
The story is explained by Big Fish and it follows along quite nicely. I mentioned I was disappointed in the ending. It did just that, ended. I hope this does not spell the end of the series.
I do believe you will enjoy this game. I sure did.
March 18, 2014
Challenging...on the most difficult setting
Fun game, but switched over to the hard setting during the trial phase, to make the game more challenging...and it did just that. The story line was predictable, as in most of these games. It was fairly easy to figure out what objects(s) you needed to find, but that where the fun began. The HOP's were all easy, with one object always harder to find. Over all, I enjoyed the game.
March 22, 2014