Mystery Trackers 1: The Void
(IHOG)The Steam interface does not work with this title.
Options include separate sliders for Music and SFX/Environment, Full-screen and Custom Cursor.If you have graphics glitches around the cursor:
Disable the custom cursor. The standard cursor will still change when you hover over an exit and/or something to investigate.Story:
Three famous celebrities have disappeared in the Void's family mansion, and it's up to you to find out why. Is there foul play afoot, or are the whispers of the estate being haunted actually true?
The story is where this game really shines. It can be as immersive as you wish, as clues that you find go directly into your journal - you aren't forced to look at any of them.
There are not a lot of cutscenes, and the ones we do have are short. Story progression is mostly done via our Diary
. We get new entries often, and the journal actually opens up to page 3, so be sure to go back and read those first two pages!
There's not a lot of backtracking in the game itself, but you'll have to go back and forth in the journal quite a bit, as new bits fill in on older pages as complete objectives.Gameplay:
The game contains standard find-by-list hidden object scenes (no interaction), and there are a lot of them! At one point there were three HOS in different parts of the same room! HOS do not repeat.
There is no misclick penalty, and the HINT recharges quickly.
If you use a HINT
during the adventure portion of the game, you will get a written hint. For example, "I should check out the other side of the bedroom upstairs." There are no directional hints, and no MAP
, but to-ing and fro-ing is kept to a minimum due to older locations becoming inaccessible.
The mini-games are pretty standard, but still entertaining enough to complete. These puzzles can be SKIPPED
.Sights and Sounds:
This game was first released in 2010, so it should be no surprise that the graphics aren't quite up to today's standards. Still, they are pretty and set the tone for the game nicely.
The music is likewise environmental, and the sound effects suit the game nicely.CE Content:
- Integrated Strategy Guide
- Bonus Chapter
- 12 in-game Achievements
- 4 Music Tracks
- 18 Wallpapers
- 19 Concept Art
- 1 Screensaver
- 4 Papercraft
Enter the mind of the antagonist and become the villain. The gameplay and overall mechanics are the same as in the main game.Verdict:
This is my third time through The Void
since it came out, and it's nice to be reminded of why I enjoyed it enough to replay it the first time: The story. It's different, it's strange, it's mysterious and all in all very entertaining. There's a lot of story if you just take the time to immerse yourself in the journal entries.
If you love finding hidden objects and a good story, this game is for you. If you like a good story - but aren't really into doing a lot of HO scenes - just randomly click everywhere during the HOS, and you'll be done quickly enough~ ;) I recommend this game to people who enjoy IHOG's and/or love a good story.