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    Mystery Trackers 1: The Void



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    Mystery Trackers 1: The Void

    Post by genkicoll on Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:50 pm

    Mystery Trackers: The Void
    by Elephant Games

    Series links: Mystery Trackers 1: The Void, Mystery Trackers 2: Raincliff; Mystery Trackers 3: Black Isle, Mystery Trackers 4: Four Aces, Mystery Trackers 5: Silent Hollow, Mystery Trackers 6: Raincliff's Phantoms, Mystery Trackers 7: Blackrow's Secret, Mystery Trackers 8: Nightsville Horror

    Available at:
    Big Fish for PC as Collector's Edition / Standard Edition
    Big Fish for Mac as Collector's Edition / Standard Edition
    iWin - Standard Edition for PC

    The  Void family mansion used to be a gorgeous home, until Dr. Malleus Void  inherited it. Legend has it that the creepy doctor spent his time doing  terrible experiments in the home, and it has been abandoned for an  entire decade. After 3 world famous celebrities go missing inside the  house, it’s up to the Mystery Trackers to go inside the house, and solve  its mysteries once and for all in Mystery Trackers: The Void!

    The Collector’s Edition includes:  

    • Additional gameplay
    • Built in Strategy Guide
    • Original soundtrack
    • Concept art
    • Wonderful wallpapers

    For the Standard Edition:

    • Strategy Guide
    • Blog Walkthrough (Big Fish)

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    Re: Mystery Trackers 1: The Void

    Post by JustTheFacts on Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:17 am

    Wonderland Of Invention*****


    Hard to believe this is the first of the Mystery Trackers series. It is such a sweet and simple game compared to the hard hitting, spectacular sequel Raincliff, and all that have come since. Yet you can see the quality and excitement in this game that are characteristic of all these games. Although a quiet start, the tension builds quickly and the mysterious atmosphere lasts the whole game.

    There is no widescreen option, of course, and the graphics have aged a little, but are artistically delightful and on most monitors, you’d not see much difference from a decent game made today. And the colours are bold and bright, the HOPs cleverly designed to misdirect the eye while remaining clear enough to see. I did find an occasional item difficult to find because of the age of the graphics, but they were few. Being a little more mature, shall we say, there are few animations and the HOPs are less fun because of it.

    The background sounds are great. There are frogs in the pond, and rain dripping into it too. There are spooky noises in the house, and some wonderful booms and crashes. The music is mixed. Some I liked more than others. Voices don’t play much of a part in this game, but they are used to get effect. Love the radio in our car.

    We belong to a quasi-secret society called Mystery Trackers and we have been called in to investigate the disappearances of 3 famous people who have visited the mansion of recluse-inventor Malleus Void. Well, nobody rolled out the welcome mat for us, so we’ve had to improvise. The things we find in the mansion will both amaze and shock. And the mystery will become ever more intriguing.

    Nicely simple gameplay, considering the series’ tendency to be a bit tougher in more recent games. There are HOPs and other mini-games/puzzles in equal number – 38 each. Which makes it a very long game. Even I could not play it in one sitting. The HOPs are simple word lists, and as you progress you are required to get more and more multiples of some of the items. The puzzles, too, increase in difficulty as the game moves forward.

    The adventure side of the game is at its most simple. You rarely keep inventory items for long, and the game seals off behind you once you are finished with an area, so there is never too many locations to work on at once. There is no map, but hint is literally a hint. Not quite the answer, but enough for you to know where to go and figure it out. The journal receives a lot of information, and some of it is necessary, so it is good to read it regularly.

    This game has 12 achievements, which are mostly story related, but there are a couple of performance based ones.

    I surely did love playing this game, especially just after playing the latest in this series. It’s certainly not as sophisticated as its brothers, but it is a sweet game with a lot of imagination and verve.

    I recommend this game!


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    Re: Mystery Trackers 1: The Void

    Post by RenaissanceMom on Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:33 pm

    What a nice review!  Big smile 
    I love The Void; it seemed so fresh in its time and what a fun story! But, although I adore Raincliff (one of my alltime favorite games) I haven't been quite as enthusiastic about the others in the series, even though they've been pretty good.


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    Re: Mystery Trackers 1: The Void

    Post by JustTheFacts on Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:44 pm

    I've just finished dragging my way to the end of Black Isle and I am in total agreement!! Although, I do like Silent Hollow a lot.

    Black Isle's graphics are crap beside Raincliff's, can't imagine what they were thinking. They're no better, and in some cases worse than the Void's, which is admittedly a bit rough by today's standards.

    I remembered that I wasn't impressed with the game, but had forgotten how much I truly dislike it. And it goes on forever. That's good in a game that is making sense and keeping you interested. But BI was an effort from the first puzzle. In the end, I was just hitting hint, doing what it told me to do, and hitting it again. I lost all motivation for the puzzles. Thank goodness for quick skip! Such a shame.

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