MURDER ISLAND – Secret of Tantalus

by PLAYFIRST GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics: ****  Player participation (PP) ****  Satisfaction Factor (SF) ****

Frustration Factor (FF)  *

Starting off with the graphics – they are great.  The locations are depicted clearly, and imaginatively, with realistic, authentic scenery and visually satisfying colour, items materials, and characters.  The graphics are a wee bit blurry at times as if the focus isn’t quite right, but they are far above average.

The story draws you in and you are involved from the outset – applying logic and reason in order to solve the problems and overcome the obstacles put in your way before all the characters die.  As I haven’t reached the end yet, I can’t give the story away to you.

At each location/scene – you will understand why I give you a choice there as many of the scenes are between locations – there are extra tiles to be found.  As yet I don’t know what they are for, but no doubt they will come into play at the end.  Also you must find map pieces  – these are separate from the active game-map – which you can put together as you go along, or a few at a time when you feel like it, or hold them off till you have them all and do them then.  I recommend a few at a time as the holding area around the map-board could get really jam-packed.

The mini puzzles require logic and persistence and a degree of knowledge – though you can eventually circumvent that by continuing to do them till you have run out of variations – to solve them.  These are mainly placed on doors, gates and safes that require opening.  And some of them are in the form of items that need to be found and placed in the right positions to unlock the barrier.

The game-map is interesting and allows you to jump from one scene to another with a yellow indicator to let you know which are hotspots and which aren’t.  Mind you , like the Hint, it has a timer on it so you cannot use it immediately until it resets.  Of course you can get to the scenes by backing out of or moving forward one at a time across the island.  It depends on how impatient you are, and whether you want to find hotspots as you go back and forth unaided, or whether you are in a rush and want to get to the end as quickly as possible.  Good luck!

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