Bad strikes too close for comfort whenever a longtime enemy of the Mystery Trackers assaults the organization’s hallowed home base.
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 business may just crank out hits for way too long; then again, if you’re Hippo Games, the regular principles may not apply. Having looked initially a knock-off of Large Fish’s own Mystery Case Files, Mystery Trackers has officially surpassed that business both in terms of sport concepts and execution, as its latest title, Mystery Trackers: Silent Hollow definitely shows.
The Mystery Trackers sequence portrays you as a real estate agent in a strong cabal of super-detectives who are equal parts David Bond and Miss Marple. In Noiseless Hollow, you are surprisingly summoned to Mystery Trackers HQ which has been devastated by a series of assaults. You appear to discover both building and also the town around it beset by peculiar flying masks-weird mechanisms that appear to truly have the power to control people’s thoughts. Not your gifted other agents can resist the masks’ nasty influence, so when the agents are beat, the centuries old Secret Trackers business discovers it self on the verge of collapse.
Fortunately, you look invulnerable to the flying masks’ living room tricks. Your canine sidekick Elf can be, hypnosis-resistant, along with the both of you team up to catch the puppet master managing the goggles. Noiseless Hollow lives as many as prior Mystery Trackers games in each regard: it is wonderful, diverse, highly interactive, and full of dynamic story-telling cutscenes. Each location offers you numerous things to do, along with the hunting aspect is augmented by special devices that permit you to see things you cannot see with all the naked vision. The game’s concealed item scenes are just as wellcomposed as in previous titles, and keep to get constructed of things that make sense within the context. These moments actuate in intriguing ways and comprise interactivity that’s not only apt, but escalates the story at the same time.
Storytelling is the focus of Silent Hollow, and in addition to cutscenes and hidden item scenes, it utilizes a variety of additional smart storytelling gimmicks. While you progress, a strange device records pictures of individuals and gizmos and returns information about them in the form of “secret documents.” These become a guide of kinds that fulfills you in in the things you encounter, and supplies you with lots of inside information about the Mystery Trackers. Similarly, throughout the game you’ll collect your fellow agents’ pets (you have Elf to help youother agents have talented moles, turtles, and hedgehogs) and these also become an unique source of intelligence. On the top of those, in and around the HQ, you find films, tapestries, and mechanical puppet shows that illustrate the annals of the business, as well as its run ins with apparently immortal ubervillain, Morpheus.
While all Secret Trackers games tell a good tale, what makes Noiseless Hollow distinct from the the others is its Double-Oh-Seven-like dependence on awesome gadgets. Mystery Trackers brokers are employed for their particular forces: some can teleport, some can attract turbo, and some have telekinesis. If they do not have special powers, but, the company can give some to them via specific injection. Here-you get the ability to start fires, freeze issues, and un – hypnotize folks (and animals), and all three of the abilities often be convenient. It really is like you are a mutant hybrid of Sherlock Holmes and the X – Men, and who would not need that? Also small Elf receives a cool new bullet proof jacket and his or her own walkie-talkie.
The devices represent the advanced side of Quiet Hollow; the questions represent the facet that sways toward the tried – and – true. As in previous Mystery Trackers games, the questions are frequently recognizable-being of the spinning color wheel or picture reassembly variety-yet, they may be rendered uniquely sufficient to earn that forgivable. As mentioned, the game’s graphics maintain the lambent standard of the series, as do the live-action characters. Occasionally, the dubbed English voices clash pretty seriously with the appearance of individual characters, nevertheless the narrator, who you hear the most, is totally cast. The game’s songs, which features five new themes by composer Yuri Ginzburg, can also be perfect and efficiently conveys the suspense and mystery of prior musical scores.
Once you and Elf have saved the day in the primary game, you discover another hour of gameplay in Quiet Hollow’s bonus chapter. Inside it, brokers are evaporating and all proof points to a perpetrator with timetraveling capabilities. Unfortunately, even though time-travel notion is intriguing, this section is way less powerful as it takes no striving to explain events as well as make them reasonable. Also less than fascinating is an additional called the “Secret Space.” The Secret Room offers you the questionable opportunity to play through chunks of the game again in order to assemble portraits of the world’s most illustrious detectives (none of whom are referred to by title and whose descriptions could baffle some gamers). It is essentially a rehash of issues you’ve already played, and though you receive an exclusive background for doing it, it smacks of content padding.
An improved additional may be the shop. Through the game, you amass ducats which could then be utilized to buy enjoyable small things. Your good buddy Elf is now a household man-er…dog, and you may buy him and his fuzzy brood a variety of great toys and luxurious items. You may also invest your ducats on menu customizations like icons and templates for your own tip toad. The latter are amusing and have special skin specific animations. Additional extras have a strategy guide, a dossier packed with secret files, an Achievements gallery, a guide of Mystery Trackers animals, wallpapers, concept art, music tracks, and a really unusual green screen video. (You’ll have to check it out yourself.)
Mystery Trackers: Silent Hollow is an impressive game. It combines the comfortable with the revolutionary in only the most suitable measure, and concentrates all its own factors on offering the story. Though the bonus chapter is a touch lackluster along with the Solution Room extra is pretty much unnecessary, the game’s total high quality and other fun extras make it worth the cost.