Evil hits too close for comfort when a longtime nemesis of the Secret Trackers attacks the organization’s hallowed house foundation.
Mystery Trackers: Silent Hollow – Inside my last Secret Trackers review, I mentioned stressing that one-day the series might let me down. After all, one company may simply turn out hits for way too long; then again, if you are Hippo Games, the common principles might not apply. Having appeared at first a knock-off of Large Fish’s own Mystery Case Files, Mystery Trackers has now formally eclipsed that operation both with regard to sport concepts and performance, as its latest title, Mystery Trackers: Noiseless Hollow definitely demonstrates.
The Secret Trackers series casts you as a realtor in a robust cabal of super-detectives that are identical elements David Bond and Miss Marple. In Quiet Hollow, you are unexpectedly summoned to Secret Trackers HQ that has been devastated by a series of attacks. You arrive to discover both building as well as town around it beset by odd flying masks-outrageous mechanisms that appear to really have the power to command people’s heads. Not even your talented other agents can resist the masks’ malevolent influence, so that as the agents are overcome, the centuries-old Secret Trackers business finds itself to the verge of collapse.
Fortunately, you appear resistant to the flying masks’ parlor tricks. Your canine sidekick Elf can also be, hypnosis-immune, along with the both of you team up to capture the puppet master controlling the goggles. Quiet Hollow lives up-to previous Mystery Trackers games in each regard: it really is wonderful, varied, very interactive, and filled with dynamic story-telling cutscenes. Each location provides you with numerous things to perform, along with the looking aspect is enhanced by unique gadgets which allow you to see things you can’t see with the naked eye. The game’s concealed object scenes are only as well-composed as in previous titles, and keep to be built of things which sound right within the framework. These displays activate in fascinating ways and comprise interactivity that’s not simply clever, but escalates the story at the same time.
Storytelling is the emphasis of Quiet Hollow, as well as besides cutscenes and hidden thing scenes, it employs a variety of additional smart storytelling gimmicks. When you progress, a bizarre apparatus records images of individuals and gizmos and earnings information about those in the form of “secret files.” These become a guide of sorts that fills you in to the things that you encounter, and provides you with tons of inside information about the Mystery Trackers. In The Same Way, through the sport you’ll collect your other agents’ animals (you have Elf to help youother agents have talented moles, turtles, and hedgehogs) and these also become a special wellspring of intelligence. At the the top of those, in and around the HQ, you find films, tapestries, and mechanical puppet demonstrates that exemplify the history of the corporation, together with its runins with ostensibly immortal uber-villain, Morpheus.
While all Mystery Trackers games tell a great tale, what makes Quiet Hollow distinct from the others is its Double-Oh-Seven-like reliance on nifty gadgets. Secret Trackers agents are employed for their particular forces: some can teleport, some can attract super, and some have telekinesis. When they don’t have special powers, but, the company can give some to them via unique treatment. Here you receive the ability to begin shoots, freeze things, and un – hypnotize folks (and animals), and all three of the abilities often come in handy. It truly is like you’re a mutant amalgam of Sherlock Holmes and the X – Men, and who wouldn’t need that? Also small Elf gets a trendy new bullet-proof jacket and his or her own walkie talkie.
The gizmos represent the revolutionary side of Silent Hollow; the questions represent the facet that sways toward the tried – and – true. As in past Secret Trackers games, the puzzles tend to be recognizable-being of the rotating color wheel or picture re-assembly variety-nevertheless, they can be rendered uniquely enough to generate that forgivable. As mentioned, the game’s images maintain the luminous regular of the series, as do the live-action figures. Periodically, the dubbed English sounds clash rather severely using the appearance of individual characters, however the narrator, who you hear the most, is totally cast. The game’s music, which features five new designs by musician Yuri Ginzburg, can also be perfect and efficiently conveys the suspense and mystery of prior musical ratings.
Once you and Elf have saved the evening in the home game, you uncover an extra hour of game play in Silent Hollow’s reward chapter. In it, agents are vanishing and all proof points to a culprit with time traveling skills. Regrettably, although time-travel notion is fascinating, this part is far less convincing as it will take no striving to describe events and even make them valid. Also less than thrilling is an additional called the “Secret Space.” The Secret Room gives you the sketchy opportunity to play through chunks of the sport again as a way to collect portraits of the planet’s most illustrious investigators (none of whom are known by title and whose descriptions might baffle some gamers). It is essentially a rehash of things you have previously played, and though you receive an unique background for doing it, it smacks of content support.
A much better extra could be the store. Through the entire sport, you collect ducats which can subsequently be utilized to purchase interesting tiny things. Your good buddy Elf is now a family man-er…dog, and you can buy him and his furry brood a number of awesome toys and luxury items. You can even spend your ducats on menu customizations like symbols and skins for your own tip toad. The latter are entertaining and include unique skin-specific animations. Additional extras have a method guide, a dossier packed with secret documents, an Achievements gallery, a reference of Mystery Trackers animals, wallpapers, concept art, music tracks, and a very peculiar green screen video. (You’ll need to check it out for yourself.)
Secret Trackers: Silent Hollow is an amazing game. It includes the familiar with the revolutionary in only the most suitable measure, and focuses each of its components on offering the narrative. Though the reward chapter is a touch lackluster and also the Key Room extra is more or less unnecessary, the game’s entire high quality and other interesting extras make it well worth the price.