Bad strikes too close for comfort every time a long-time nemesis of the Mystery Trackers attacks the organization’s hallowed house bottom.
Mystery Trackers: Silent Hollow – In my own last Secret Trackers evaluation, I mentioned worrying that one day the show might let me down. After all, one company can simply crank out hits for way too long; then again, if you are Hippo Games, the usual guidelines might not apply. Having looked initially a knock off of Big Fish’s own Mystery Case Files, Mystery Trackers has now officially eclipsed that business both with regard to sport concepts and performance, as its newest title, Mystery Trackers: Silent Hollow certainly displays.
The Secret Trackers series casts you as an agent in a robust cabal of super-detectives who are equal elements David Bond and Miss Marple. In Silent Hollow, you’re unexpectedly summoned to Secret Trackers HQ which has been devastated by a string of attacks. You arrive to discover both building and also the town around it beset by unexpected floating masks-eccentric mechanisms that appear to gain the ability to command folks’s heads. Not really your talented fellow agents may resist the masks’ malevolent influence, and as the agents are overcome, the centuriesold Secret Trackers firm finds it self to the verge of failure.
Fortunately, you appear invulnerable to the flying masks’ living room tricks. Your puppy sidekick Elf can be, hypnosis-resistant, as well as the both of you team-up to capture the puppet master controlling the masks. Silent Hollow lives to previous Mystery Trackers games in each regard: it truly is lovely, diverse, very interactive, and full of dynamic story-telling cutscenes. Each place gives you numerous things to do, as well as the looking aspect is augmented by particular gizmos that allow you to see things you can’t see with the naked vision. The game’s hidden object scenes are only as well-composed as in previous titles, and continue to get constructed of things that seem sensible within the framework. These displays actuate in intriguing ways and feature interactivity that’s not only intelligent, but increases the story also.
Storytelling is the emphasis of Silent Hollow, and besides cutscenes and hidden item scenes, it utilizes a variety of additional smart storytelling gimmicks. While you progress, a strange device records images of people and gizmos and earnings data about them in the kind of “secret files.” These become a guide of sorts that fulfills you in about the things that you encounter, and provides you with lots of details regarding the Mystery Trackers. Likewise, through the entire sport you’ll collect your other agents’ animals (you have Elf to assist youother brokers have talented moles, turtles, and hedgehogs) and these too become a specific generator of intelligence. At the the top of these, in and about the HQ, you find films, tapestries, and physical puppet suggests that illustrate the annals of the organization, together with its run-ins with outwardly immortal uber villain, Morpheus.
While all Secret Trackers games tell a good story, what makes Quiet Hollow distinct from others is its Double Oh-Sevenlike reliance on awesome gadgets. Secret Trackers brokers are employed for their exceptional forces: some can teleport, some can attract turbo, and some have telekinesis. When they do not have special powers, but, the company can give some to them via specific injection. Here you are given the capability to begin shoots, freeze issues, and un – hypnotize folks (and animals), and all three of those abilities often be convenient. It truly is like you are a mutant amalgam of Sherlock Holmes and the X – Men, and who would not need that? Actually small Elf receives a cool new bullet-proof vest and his or her own walkie talkie.
The devices represent the progressive side of Quiet Hollow; the questions represent the aspect that sways toward the tried – and – true. As in previous Mystery Trackers games, the puzzles in many cases are recognizable-being of the rotating color wheel or image reassembly assortment-however, they can be rendered uniquely sufficient to create that forgivable. As mentioned, the game’s images maintain the luminous standard of the set, as do the live action figures. Sometimes, the dubbed English sounds clash rather severely using the appearance of individual characters, however the narrator, who you hear the most, is perfectly cast. The game’s songs, which features five new styles by musician Yuri Ginzburg, can be perfect and effectively communicates the suspense and mystery of prior musical scores.
Once you and Elf have preserved the day in the main game, you uncover an additional hour of game play in Silent Hollow’s reward chapter. Inside, brokers are evaporating and all evidence points to a perpetrator with time traveling skills. Unfortunately, even though time-travel notion is intriguing, this section is far less compelling as it will take no pains to explain activities or even make them sensible. Also less than exciting is an extra called the “Secret Space.” The Secret Room grants you the questionable chance to play-through chunks of the sport again to be able to assemble portraits of the planet’s most illustrious investigators (none of whom are known by title and whose explanations could baffle some gamers). It is basically a rehash of issues you have previously played, and even though you get an unique background for doing it, it smacks of articles cushioning.
A better additional is the store. Throughout the sport, you roll up ducats which could then be used to buy interesting tiny items. Your great buddy Elf has become a family man-er…dog, and you may buy him and his fuzzy brood a variety of awesome toys and luxurious items. You may also invest your ducats on menu customizations like symbols and templates for your own touch toad. The latter are amusing and have special skin-specific animations. Other extras have a method guide, a dossier full of secret files, an Accomplishments gallery, a glossary of Mystery Trackers animals, wallpapers, concept art, music tracks, and a really bizarre green screen video. (You’ll need to check it out for yourself.)
Mystery Trackers: Quiet Hollow is definitely an amazing game. It includes the comfortable with the revolutionary in only the most suitable measure, and concentrates all of its elements on offering the narrative. Although the bonus chapter is just a touch lackluster and the Key Room extra is pretty much unnecessary, the game’s overall high quality and other interesting extras make it well-worth the cost.