Bad hits too close for comfort each time a long time enemy of the Mystery Trackers assaults the organization’s hallowed house bottom.
Mystery Trackers: Silent Hollow – Inside my last Mystery Trackers review, I mentioned worrying that one day the show would let me down. After all, one company may simply turn out hits for such a long time; then again, if you’re Elephant Games, the regular principles might not apply. Having looked at first a knockoff of Huge Fish’s own Mystery Case Files, Mystery Trackers has officially surpassed that operation both with regard to sport concepts and execution, as its latest title, Mystery Trackers: Silent Hollow certainly displays.
The Mystery Trackers sequence casts you as a real estate agent in a robust cabal of super-detectives that are identical parts James Bond and Miss Marple. In Noiseless Hollow, you are unexpectedly summoned to Secret Trackers HQ which is devastated by a series of strikes. You arrive to discover the building and the city around it beset by odd flying masks-weird systems that appear to really have the power to command folks’s thoughts. Not your gifted other agents can resist the masks’ malevolent influence, and as the agents are overcome, the centuries old Mystery Trackers business finds itself in the verge of collapse.
Fortunately, you seem resistant to the floating masks’ living room tricks. Your dog sidekick Elf can also be, hypnosis-immune, and the both of you team-up to catch the puppet master managing the masks. Quiet Hollow lives up-to prior Mystery Trackers games in each respect: it really is wonderful, varied, extremely interactive, and filled with dynamic story-telling cutscenes. Each location provides you with several things to perform, along with the hunting aspect is augmented by special devices which enable you to see things you cannot see with all the naked eye. The game’s concealed thing scenes are only as well composed as in previous titles, and continue to get constructed of items which seem sensible inside the context. These displays activate in fascinating ways and feature interactivity that is not merely apt, but escalates the story at the same time.
Storytelling is the focus of Silent Hollow, and in addition to cutscenes and hidden thing scenes, it employs a variety of additional smart storytelling gimmicks. When you progress, a bizarre apparatus records pictures of individuals and gizmos and returns data about them in the form of “secret documents.” These become a manual of kinds that fills you in to the items that you strike, and provides you with lots of details regarding the Mystery Trackers. Likewise, through the game you’ll gather your fellow agents’ animals (you have Elf to help youother brokers have talented moles, turtles, and hedgehogs) and these also become an unique wellspring of intelligence. At the top of these, in and about the HQ, you run across pictures, tapestries, and mechanical puppet proves that exemplify the annals of the corporation, in addition to its run-ins with seemingly immortal uber-villain, Morpheus.
While all Secret Trackers games tell a good tale, what makes Silent Hollow different from others is its Double-Oh-Seven-like reliance on awesome gadgets. Secret Trackers agents are employed for their particular forces: some can teleport, some can attract super, and some have telekinesis. If they do not have special powers, however, the agency can give them some via special shot. Here you are given the ability to start fires, freeze points, and un – hypnotize people (and animals), and all three of these abilities frequently come in handy. It is like you are a mutant hybrid of Sherlock Holmes and the X – Men, and who would not want that? Even little Elf gets a cool new bullet-proof vest and his or her own walkie-talkie.
The gadgets represent the advanced side of Quiet Hollow; the puzzles represent the side that leans toward the tried – and – true. As in past Mystery Trackers games, the puzzles in many cases are recognizable-being of the spinning color wheel or picture reassembly assortment-however, they may be rendered uniquely enough to generate that forgivable. As mentioned, the game’s images maintain the lustrous common of the collection, as do the live action figures. Sporadically, the dubbed English sounds collide rather severely with all the appearance of individual characters, however the narrator, who you hear the most, is absolutely cast. The game’s music, which features five new designs by composer Yuri Ginzburg, is also perfect and efficiently conveys the suspense and mystery of previous musical ratings.
Once you and Elf have preserved the day in the primary game, you unlock an extra hour of gameplay in Silent Hollow’s reward chapter. Inside, brokers are vanishing and all proof points to a culprit with time traveling abilities. Sadly, even though some time travel idea is interesting, this area is far less compelling as it takes no striving to explain activities or even make them rational. Also less than thrilling is an additional called the “Secret Area.” The Secret Room provides you with the dubious opportunity to play-through chunks of the sport again to be able to collect pictures of the planet’s most illustrious investigators (none of whom are described by title and whose explanations could baffle some gamers). It is basically a rehash of things you have already played, and although you receive an unique wallpaper for performing it, it smacks of content padding.
An improved extra could be the shop. Throughout the sport, you gather ducats which could subsequently be utilized to purchase interesting little items. Your great buddy Elf has become a household man-er…dog, and you will acquire him and his furry brood a host of cool toys and luxury items. You can even invest your ducats on menu customizations like icons and templates for your hint toad. The latter are hilarious and come with particular skin-specific animations. Other extras have a strategy guide, a dossier packed with secret files, an Accomplishments gallery, a glossary of Mystery Trackers animals, wallpapers, concept art, music tracks, and a very strange green screen video. (You’ll need to check it out yourself.)
Secret Trackers: Silent Hollow is definitely an amazing game. It combines the comfortable with the advanced in just the right measure, and focuses all its elements on offering the story. Though the bonus chapter is just a touch lackluster and the Solution Room extra is more or less unnecessary, the game’s total high quality and other interesting extras make it really worth the price.