Studio takes a few liberties with Jules Verne's classic
the Mysterious Island with the release of Return to
Mysterious Island. Puzzle solvers should enjoy this
romp through the strange landscape that hides a sordid
Verne was a visionary. His predictions of the future
as related through his stories are nothing short of
uncanny. But even he couldn't envision all of the
developments that would take place in Return to Mysterious
Island. This game blends past, present and future
elements that all appear to blend rather than clash
as they do in some puzzle games. There is a sense
of continuity among the various elements that comprise
the puzzles. The storyline holds everything together
while maintaining our curiosity to resolve the unanswered
questions that lie before us.
is sailing around the world alone. She becomes shipwrecked
during a storm and is stranded on a foreboding island
where she immediately begins her survival odyssey.
One of her most important tasks is to locate food.
Thus begins the puzzles, which are varied and plentiful.
By combining items such as a pole and a worm, Mina
is able to fish for food. To cook her food, she will
have to learn how to make fire. The puzzles grow in
proportion to Mina's development and progress on the
island. Eventually the puzzles will reach epic proportions,
literally moving mountains.
exploration of the island will help you in solving
the puzzles. As you wander, the cursor will change
into various icons denoting various items such as
clues and tools. You'll have to be thorough. Many
items are obscured from view. Some blend in with the
backgrounds, others are hidden in the shadows or behind
other obstacles. Inventory items will be required
later but need to be stored when you locate them.
first the island appears uninhabited except for the
creatures that roam the jungles. There is also an
otherworldly entity that follows you in the shadows.
I won't give away the surprise but suffice to say
that it's a popular Verne character. There are other
NPCs that you will encounter including a monkey that
will become your companion during most of the adventure.
Remnants of a long, lost technically advanced civilization
will offer more imaginative puzzles to enhance the
standard wood-and-metal mechanical variety.
of the island are breathtaking. You can almost feel
the hot sun warming your face - or is that the radiation
from the computer screen as you stare intensely at
the problems before you? It's a great way to spend
a few winter evenings. There isn't much dialog or
musical accompaniment which at least makes for a more
realistic experience since you are stranded on a seemingly
fans that are looking for puzzles that aren't confounding
for the sake of just being confounding are advised
to check out Return to Mysterious Island.